Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Marcus Hutchins: UK ransomware ‘hero’ pleads guilty to US hacking charges

Hutchins says he regrets his actions and will continue ‘keeping people safe from malware attacks’A British computer security researcher once hailed as a “hero” for helping stem a ransomware outbreak and later accused of creating malware to attack the...

How do I stop old USB drives from infecting my new Windows PC?

Jason wants to protect his new high-end laptop from viruses but needs data on old SD cardsI’ve just bought a high-end Windows laptop for video editing while travelling around Europe. What steps can I take to prevent any possible...

Parenting club Bounty fined £400,000 for selling users’ data

Company illegally shared 34.4m records with 39 companies, information commissioner findsThe parenting club Bounty has been fined £400,000 – one of the largest penalties possible – for sharing its data with marketing agencies without users’ permission.Bounty offers support and...

UK hacker jailed for six years for blackmailing pornography site users

Zain Qaiser targeted millions of computers with ransomware demanding large sumsA hacker who blackmailed users of pornography websites in what investigators say is the UK’s most serious cybercrime case has been jailed for six years and five months.Zain Qaiser...

Facebook stored hundreds of millions of passwords unprotected

Company admits to mistake and says it has no evidence of abuse – but the risk was hugeFacebook mistakenly stored “hundreds of millions” of passwords in plaintext, unprotected by any encryption, the company has admitted.The mistake, which led to...

Beware of digital manipulation ahead of the EU elections | Eleonora Nestola

Personal information is being used to target voters – and the EU commission isn’t doing enough to build safeguardsOn 11 July last year the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)published its first report on the Cambridge Analytica scandal. This is...

Optus privacy breach: names, addresses and details revealed in sim card glitch

Some mobile users were able to see records of other users when logging in to phone serviceOptus has scrambled to contact customers whose personal details were revealed in a system glitch affecting pre-paid mobile sim card activation and the...

Mumsnet reports itself to regulator over data breach

Company apologises after bug meant users were able to log into accounts of strangersMumsnet has reported itself to the information commissioner after a data breach resulted in users accidentally logging into the accounts of strangers.A botched upgrade to the...

EU recalls children’s smartwatch over data fears

European commission says Enox Safe-Kid-One can easily be hacked and poses risk to childrenA children’s wristwatch that allows the wearer to be easily contacted and located has been recalled by Brussels over safety fears.The European commission said the Enox...

The 5G wireless revolution: Chips with Everything podcast

We look at what to expect when 5G is rolled out in 2020 and how it could both help and hinder our livesLast month in Las Vegas, the Consumer Electronics Show showcased some of what we can expect from...

How Taylor Swift became a cybersecurity icon

In the wake of Apple’s FaceTime privacy bug, we should learn from the superstar who predicted such breachesIt’s hard to convince people to take data safety seriously. Installing updates, changing passwords, refusing permissions: it can be exhausting, and it’s...

Largest collection of breached data ever seen is found

Store of 770m email addresses and passwords discovered after being posted to a hacking forumThe largest collection of breached data ever seen has been discovered, comprising of more than 770m email addresses and passwords posted to a popular hacking...

I got a phishing email that tried to blackmail me – what should I do?

Pauline received a spam message that looked like a sextortion or webcam scamI got this email today. It says “I hacked your device, because I sent you this message from your account.” It goes on to claim that it...

Steep price rises and even steeper streets | Brief letters

Data grabbing | Country diary | Cost of stamps | A question of perspective | Steepest street titleThe solution is surely to use the non-profit Ecosia search engine that plants trees and quite simply guarantees that it protects your...

Apple reportedly hires Facebook critic in privacy role

Sandy Parakilas, who worked at Facebook before opposing its use of personal data, ‘to work on data protection’Apple has reportedly hired a former Facebook employee who blew the whistle on Facebook’s data-sharing policies exposed during the Cambridge Analytica scandal.Sandy...

Stuxnet Family Tree Grows

What a newly discovered missing link to Stuxnet and the now-revived Flame cyber espionage malware add to the narrative of the epic cyber-physical attack.
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Another dark web marketplace bites the dust –Wall Street Market

Two major dark web marketplaces for buying illegal products shut down in the span of a month.

Google File Cabinet Plays Host to Malware Payloads

Researchers detect a new drive-by download attack in which Google Sites' file cabinet template is a delivery vehicle for malware.

Demonstration Showcase Brings DevOps to Interop19

Attendees will learn how orchestration and automation can be a part of network operations and security, even at smaller companies.
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What Home Buying Can Teach Us About Continuous Monitoring

Companies have been brainwashed to solely rely on hiring major auditing companies to help monitor and audit their vendors’ security. Assessments from these traditional auditors are typically an annual point-in-time affair. With technology advancing much more frequently, this outdated...