Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Contacts of 1m Virgin Media customers left on unsecured database

At least one person from outside Virgin Media accessed non-financial detailsAlmost a million Virgin Media customers had their personal details stored on a marketing database that had been left unsecured since last April, the company has admitted.Records show that...

China: new internet censorship rules raise fears of renewed crackdown

Controls on the ‘online information content ecosystem’ bring heightened concern about freedom of speechSweeping new internet censorship rules have gone into effect in China, prompting concerns that authorities will further control information and online debate as the country reels...

Our personal health history is too valuable to be harvested by the tech giants | Eerke Boiten

Action to prevent deeper access to our private lives and data is more essential than everHealth data paints a rich picture of our lives. Even if you remove your name, date of birth and NHS number to “anonymise” yourself,...

Google software glitch sent some users’ videos to strangers

Bug affected users of Google Takeout exporting from Google Photos in late NovemberGoogle has said a software bug resulted in some users’ personal videos being emailed to strangers.The flaw affected users of Google Photos who requested to export their...

Will we just accept our loss of privacy, or has the techlash already begun? | Alan Rusbridger

Not so long ago we searched Google. Now we seem quite happy to let Google search usProbably too late to ask, but was the past year the moment we lost our technological innocence? The Alexa in the corner of...

Jeff Bezos met FBI investigators in 2019 over alleged Saudi hack

Amazon founder interviewed as FBI conducts inquiry into Israeli firm linked to malwareJeff Bezos met federal investigators in April 2019 after they received information about the alleged hack of the billionaire’s mobile phone by Saudi Arabia, the Guardian has...

Boris Johnson gets final warning with Huawei 5G verdict imminent

Former senior government figures voice security fears as PM chairs meeting of NSCFormer ministers have sounded their final warnings to Boris Johnson about the Chinese telecoms firm Huawei ahead of his expected decision on whether it will play a...

Israeli spyware firm fails to get hacking case dismissed

Judge orders NSO Group to fight case brought by Saudi activist and pay his legal costsAn Israeli judge has rejected an attempt by the spyware firm NSO Group to dismiss a case brought against it by a prominent Saudi...

I’m still on Windows 7 – what should I do?

Support for Windows 7 has ended, leaving Marcy wondering how they can protect themselves I do a lot of work on a Windows 7 desktop PC that is about five years old. I’m a widow and can’t afford to...

Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 security fix after NSA warning

US agency revealed flaw that could be exploited by hackers to create malicious software Microsoft is rolling out a security fix to Windows 10 after the US National Security Agency (NSA) warned the popular operating system contained a highly...

The five: ransomware attacks

Software that demands money with menaces has hit the big time. Here are some of its most lucrative formsCyber-attacks that threaten to publish a victim’s data or block access to it unless a ransom is paid have grown internationally...

Skype audio graded by workers in China with ‘no security measures’

Exclusive: former Microsoft contractor says he was emailed login after minimal vettingA Microsoft programme to transcribe and vet audio from Skype and Cortana, its voice assistant, ran for years with “no security measures”, according to a former contractor who...

Dixons Carphone fined £500,000 for massive data breach

‘Systemic failures’ found in the retailer’s management and protection of customer dataDixons Carphone has been hit with the maximum possible fine after the tills in its shops were compromised by a cyber-attack that affected at least 14 million people.The...

Get yourself cybersecure for 2020

With ever more tech in our lives, our data is vulnerable. Here are our six top tips to keep it safe in the new yearTechnology is changing our lives for the better; yet it’s also exposing us to organised...

Huawei says ‘survival is our first priority’ in 2020 as western boycott bites

Chairman Eric Xu warns that hit from US sanctions means telecoms firm must ‘go all out’ to maintain salesThe embattled Chinese telecommunications company Huawei says “survival” is its first priority after announcing sales were hit hard by a boycott...

Huawei’s Worrying New China Problem Just Got Worse: Here’s Why

Huawei used its 2019 results to threaten retaliation against the U.S. But the company now has serious problems closer to home.

Palantir, The $20 Billion, Peter Thiel-Backed Big Data Giant, Is Providing A Coronavirus Monitoring Tool To The CDC

Palantir will help the Centers for Disease Control keep on top of ventilator and mask needs to treat coronavirus victims, sources say.

Defense Evasion Dominated 2019 Attack Tactics

Researchers mapped tactics and techniques to the MITRE ATT&CK framework to determine which were most popular last year.

Watering-Holes Target Asian Ethnic Victims with Flash Update Decoy

About 10 compromised websites employ a multi-stage, targeted effort to fingerprint and compromise victims.

OpenWRT is vulnerable to attacks that execute malicious code

Enlarge (credit: OpenWRT) For almost three years, OpenWRT—the open source operating system that powers home routers and other types of embedded systems—has been vulnerable to remote code-execution attacks because updates were delivered over an unencrypted channel and digital...