Monthly Archives: March 2017

Close to 1.4 billion data records compromised in 2016

Over a billion data records were compromised globally in 2016, according to Gemalto’s latest Breach Level Index. The report revealed that close to 1.4 billion records were involved in some sort of data breach, representing an incredible 86% increase compared to 2015. Identity theft, the authors of the report explained, was the most common type [...]

By |2017-11-20T19:18:39+00:00March 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

40% of industrial computers were hacked in 2016, here are 5 ways to protect your business

Nearly 40% of industrial computers experienced cyberattacks in the second half of 2016, according to a new report from Kaspersky Lab, released Tuesday. And these attacks are on the rise: The percentage of targeted industrial computers grew from 17% in July 2016 to 24% in December 2016. Kaspersky Lab's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response [...]

By |2017-11-20T19:18:39+00:00March 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Apple underwhelmed by latest CIA exploits revealed by WikiLeaks

Earlier this month WikiLeaks made the headlines releasing what claimed to be leaked secret CIA documents detailing methods by which it exploited vulnerabilities and used hacking tools to spy upon persons of interest. The “Vault 7” press release issued by WikiLeaks included allegations that the CIA had developed methods to secretly listen in on smartphone [...]

By |2017-11-20T19:18:39+00:00March 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

GDPR: A simple explainer

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the biggest change in data protection laws for 20 years, and when it comes into effect on May 25th, 2018, it intends to give European citizens back control over their personal data. Its impact won’t just be felt in Europe though, as it will have wider implications for [...]

By |2017-11-20T19:18:39+00:00March 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

ABTA experiences data breach

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has suffered a major data breach, affecting thousands of customers. As some news providers have observed, it took the UK’s largest holiday and travel association 16 days to alert customers of the data breach, which it said took place on February 27th. The breach was subsequently discovered on [...]

By |2017-11-20T19:18:39+00:00March 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why top ISPs don’t think your web history or app usage is ‘sensitive information’

Internet service providers (ISPs) said that web browsing and app usage history should not be considered "sensitive information," according to a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The CTIA, an advocacy group representing ISPs including AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA, and Sprint, filed a document with the FCC on March 16, stating that [...]

By |2017-03-20T15:19:23+00:00March 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hack Brief: High-Profile Twitter Accounts Overrun With Swastikas

LAST NIGHT, A swath of Twitter accounts with large followings—including Duke University, BBC North America, Forbes, and Amnesty International—tweeted out the same message, in Turkish, that included a swastika and hashtags that translate to “Nazi Germany, Nazi Holland.” The hacked accounts, which apparently stem from increasing vitriol between Turkey and Holland, appear to have all [...]

By |2017-11-20T19:18:39+00:00March 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Adobe, Microsoft Push Critical Security Fixes

Adobe and Microsoft each pushed out security updates for their products today. Adobe plugged at least seven security holes in its Flash Player software. Microsoft, which delayed last month’s Patch Tuesday until today, issued an unusually large number of update bundles (18) to fix dozens of flaws in Windows and associated software. Microsoft’s patch to fix at [...]

By |2017-11-20T19:18:39+00:00March 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Home Depot agrees to $25 million settlement for data breach

US retail giant Home Depot is set to pay a $25 million settlement in relation to a data breach suffered in 2014. The incident reportedly saw the credit and debit cards of 56 million people compromised. According to the Credit Union National Association, the data breach cost credit unions around $60 million. A proposed settlement [...]

By |2017-11-20T19:18:39+00:00March 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

FBI won’t release iPhone hacking tool

The tool used by the FBI to unlock an iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter, Syed Farook, will remain under wraps for now. On Monday, a court filing from FBI records management division section chief David Hardy said that the unveiling the method used to unlock the iPhone could "cause serious damage to national security." [...]

By |2017-11-20T19:18:40+00:00March 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments