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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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Symantec: Millennials most likely to be victims of hacking

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Considering the Millennial generation grew up with a greater access to technology than any that came before it, you would think that its members would be some of the most security conscious. It turns out that that couldn’t be further from the truth, with a new report from anti-viral firm …

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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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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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Vietnamese bank the latest to be hit by SWIFT exploit

Following on from the Bangladeshi hack last month that looked to spirit away almost a billion dollars worth of funds, Vietnam’s Tien Phong Commercial Joint Stock Bank has been hit in the same way. Using an exploit in the SWIFT bank messaging system, hackers attempted to steal a further $1.13 million. …

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Apple thinks someone is modifying its servers during transit

In the latest instance of Apple looking to distance itself from government interference, it has announced that it is now designing its own servers in-house, because it’s concerned that someone is modifying its servers after they’ve been shipped from the manufacturer. In some cases, it believes hardware was added to …

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GCHQ shot down encryption standard because it was too good

Amid all the arguments about encryption ongoing in the press and government right now, it’s easy to forget that it’s something that GCHQ and other intelligence agencies have been railing against for some time. I turns out that in 2010, it helped to reject a smartphone encryption standard that would …

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Daesh has its own encrypted chat app

In an effort to help obscure its communications from the many worldwide intelligence agencies trying to hunt them down, members of terrorist group Daesh now have their own encrypted chat application. This follows members of the organisations being kicked off of the likes of WhatsApp, Telegram and other platforms. Governments …

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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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Microsoft to warn users if government might be hacking them

If Microsoft thinks that intelligence agencies or governments from around the world are attempting to gain access to one of their user’s email accounts, it has promised to issue a warning to that person to let them know it’s happening. This move follows similar announcements by other major tech firms like …

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U.S. state official admits hacking and online stalking women

A former member of the United States’ State Department working at the embassy in London, has pleaded guilty to attempting to extort hundreds of women to send him sexually explicit images. He used data and pictures he copied from various email and social networking accounts, after phishing login details from …

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Government cyber-crime agency paints all teens as hackers

With the way the media loves to pump fear into everyday citizens, it’s no wonder that guidelines for ‘how to spot your teen doing X’ are a common bit of advice dished out by various organisations. The latest advice guide from the National Crime Agency (NCA) however, has such loose …

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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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U.S. secretary of state believes China, Russia read his emails

It turns out that we aren’t the only ones assuming that every government out there is looking at our private communications; even high-ranking United States politicians don’t feel safe from hackers and foreign actors. In a TV interview, current U.S. secretary of state and one-time presidential candidate, John Kerry, admitted …

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NSA and GCHQ reverse engineering anti-virus software

In the name of thwarting terrorism, British and US intelligence agencies have taken part in many questionable practices over the past few years. Often those actions are considered legally dubious by various international authorities, but that hasn’t stopped them pushing full speed ahead. In a new round of document reveals …

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White House Personnel Management hack exposes sordid secrets

Earlier this month, we learned that hackers – possibly from China – had infiltrated the White House Office of Personnel Management and had copied documents on millions of government employees. While there were concerns that financial and employment data, possibly even security clearance information had been compromised, it’s also shed …

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Lizard Squad member pleads guilty to 23 charges

One of Lizard Squad’s members, a 17 year old teen from Canada, has appeared in court and pleaded guilty to 23 charges relating to online abuse. He was charged with counts of extortion, criminal harassment and public mischief. Since the boy is only 17, he can’t be named publicly but …

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