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Government committee criticises watchdogs over UK data breaches

The British government and its watchdogs are doing a poor job of protecting citizens and companies from online attacks, according to the public accounts committee. It also criticised a confusing system for reporting breaches, which painted an inconsistent picture of the current state of Britain’s digital security. Despite cyber attacks …

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UK government to invest £2 billion in digital defences

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The UK government has announced plans to invest £1.9 billion over the next five years in improving the defences of the country’s digital infrastructure. It’s hoped that with better education, more investment in newer systems and a more proactive approach to defence, the UK can prevent a greater number of …

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UK banks may not be reporting all breaches to customers

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If one thing has become apparent from breaches of corporate stores of customer information in recent years, it’s that the fall out is usually lessened if you give people a heads up that they may have been compromised. An alternative for British banks though, is to just not tell anyone. One security …

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Man pleads guilty to ‘Fappening’ celebrity photo leak

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The celebrity nude picture leaks of 2014, colloquially known as “The Fappening,” now have a patient zero, as 29 year old Edward Majerczyk from Iowa, U.S., has plead guilty to hacking email accounts to obtain the images. While his lawyer denies that Majerczyk disseminated the images. Although sentencing has yet to take place, …

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British athletes hit by latest hacked data dump

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More athlete confidential files have been released by the hackers responsible for cracking into the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) servers and stealing away medical records. Although it appeared that the hack at first targeted U.S. athletes exclusively, now they’ve released files on several British Olympians too. It appears now that …

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Russian hackers leak U.S. athlete doping test data

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WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, confirmed yesterday that its databases had been hacked and confidential medical data, some of it on U.S. olympic athletes, had been stolen. Worse still, this hack is actually being laid at the feet of the Russian government, with some claiming it’s revenge for WADA’s attempt …

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Guccifer hacker sentenced to 4+ years in jail

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The Romanian hacker known as Guccifer, has been sentenced to a total of 52 months in jail by a U.S. court, after extradition to the country earlier this year. He plead guilty to several charges relating to hacking various high-profile members of the U.S. political system and has now been …

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SWIFT bank hackers may be linked to 2014 Sony hack

The hackers behind the recent attack on a Bangladeshi bank that saw over $81 million siphoned away, may have also been responsible for the 2014 attack on Sony’s servers, which has previously been blamed on North Korea. The anti-malware company behind this latest claim, also believes the group was behind …

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UK teen arrested on suspicion of hacking the FBI

A 16 year old from the UK has been arrested by British police on suspicion of being behind the hack of confidential FBI files in late 2015. The young man was said to be the leader of a small collective of hackers who were responsible for the attack which stole information …

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Ubisoft to crack down on cheats in The Division

The Division beta kicked off over the weekend and in that time, the development team managed to gain some pretty good feedback. However, quite a few cheats in the PC version were also uncovered during the weekend-long test and while it was frustrating for players to deal with at the …

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Ukraine power outages confirmed as result of hacking

The recent power outages in Ukraine which saw upwards of 80,000 people left without electricity, are now said to have been caused by hackers. The BlackEnergy malware is thought to have been used in the attack, with a coordinated effort made to shut down the power, hinder its repair and …

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Time Warner Cable admits 320,000 accounts may be leaked

The second largest TV and broadband provider in the U.S., Time Warner Cable, has released a statement saying that around a third of a million of its customers may have had their email and passwords copied away by hackers. At this early stage in the investigation however, it was keen …

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Social media firms increase extremist crackdowns

In the wake of several attacks linked to extremist terrorist groups, social networking firms like Twitter, Google and Facebook are being asked by many governments and intelligence agencies to step up their fight against those that would incite violence against others. They will now attempt to take down anything they …

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Another exploit found in latest version of Flash

Although clearly not the case, it sometimes feels like hackers hate Adobe Flash. Despite the fact that it represents a simple path to exploit user’s systems, every time it gets found to be insecure, it dies a little more. That slip into obscurity looks likely to continue, as yet another …

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£20 million a year ransomware group disrupted by Cisco

Researchers in Cisco Systems Talos security unit who were researching the Angler exploit kit, have taken steps to disrupt the activities of a hacking group that it believes was generating as much as $20 million a year by installing ransomware on people’s systems before demanding payment. Now though, Cisco has …

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U.S. considering sanctioning Russia and China over hacking

The United States is said to be considering applying sanctions to both Russia and Chinese individuals and companies for conducting aggressive hacking attempts against U.S. targets, according to several unnamed U.S. officials. While no decision has been made one way or another just yet, they claim that the Obama administration …

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Google now offering five figure bounties for Android bugs

Bounties have proved an affective way of tackling security issues with software in the past, since it incentivises the kind of people who hunt out such things to report them, rather than using it to disrupt service or exploit people. Google has clearly been paying attention to that, as it’s …

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