• Has GDPR Impacted Insider Threats?

    Has GDPR Impacted Insider Threats?According to new research from Clearswift, the introduction of GDPR has led to a slight drop in insider threats in both the UK and Germany. Survey respondents said that insider threats make up 65% of reported incidents in 2018, compared to 73% last year. German companies reported similar declines, with insider error incidents at 75% this year, down from 80% last year.The research surveyed 400 senior IT decision makers from global organizations wit
  • Ransomware Revenue Earning Does Not Match Infection Decline

    Ransomware Revenue Earning Does Not Match Infection DeclineThere has been a decline in ransomware infections, but that does not mean that earned revenue has reduced for cyber-criminals.According to the third instalment of the Check Point 2019 Security Report, threat actors are increasingly targeting public cloud and mobile deployments as they are determined to be the weakest and least protected points in an organization’s IT infrastructure. The research found that 18% of organizations glob
  • Half of UK Firms Admit to Unknown Network Devices

    Half of UK Firms Admit to Unknown Network Devices Almost three million UK businesses could be exposing themselves to cyber-threats by having unknown devices on their network, according to new Forescout research.The security vendor polled over 500 IT decision makers in the UK to better understand their exposure to IoT threats.It found that half (49%) of respondents have unknown third-party devices on their networks. That represents over 2.8 million businesses at official 2018 levels. The figure i
  • Microsoft: Russians Hacking Again Ahead of Euro Elections

    Microsoft: Russians Hacking Again Ahead of Euro ElectionsRussian state hackers are targeting NGOs, think tanks and other government-linked organizations ahead of the European Parliament elections in spring, according to Microsoft.The tech giant said it had observed 104 accounts in Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Romania and Serbia come under fire from Fancy Bear (APT28, Strontium). This is the group blamed for the 2016 attacks on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) which many believe
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  • Swedish Privacy Snafu Affected More Companies

    Swedish Privacy Snafu Affected More CompaniesA major Swedish privacy leak revealed this week is even worse than at first thought, with several other companies and over 100 additional servers exposed, according to new findings.Security vendor Outpost24 investigated service provider Applion, sister company to Voice Integrate Nordic AB, which hosts data for the affected firms on its web servers.In the original case, the NAS storage unit at nas.applion was found to have exposed 2.7 million pati
  • Shamima Begum: will the plan to revoke her citizenship succeed?

    Sajid Javid wants Shamima Begum stripped of her citizenship – can he do that, and what does it mean for her child?The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has ordered the Isis recruit Shamima Begum’s citizenship to be revoked. Here are some of the key questions the move raises: Related: Shamima Begum: Isis Briton faces move to revoke citizenshipContinue reading...
  • Shamima Begum: could the plan to revoke her citizenship be stopped?

    Sajid Javid wants Shamima Begum stripped of her citizenship – can he do that, and what does it mean for her child?The home secretary, Sajid Javid, has ordered the Isis recruit Shamima Begum’s citizenship to be revoked. Here are some of the key questions the move raises: Related: Shamima Begum: Isis Briton faces move to revoke citizenshipContinue reading...
  • Taking Shamima Begum's citizenship risks making her a martyr | Robert Verkaik

    Whatever her alleged crimes, there is every reason to try Shamima Begum in the UK where justice can be seen to be doneThe decision to strip Shamima Begum of her citizenship will turn a young British woman into a martyr.In the same way Guantánamo Bay became a recruiting sergeant for extremism, cases like that of Begum will serve only to radicalise more young British Muslims. Related: Isis Briton Shamima Begum faces move to revoke citizenshipRelated: A British girl has asked to come home. W
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  • Palo Alto SOARs into Agreement with Demisto

    Palo Alto SOARs into Agreement with DemistoA definitive acquisition agreement between Palo Alto Networks and Demisto, announced today, is expected to close during the fiscal third quarter for Palo Alto Networks. The acquisition of Demisto will be finalized for a total purchase price of $560 million, according to a press release.The total purchase, to be paid in cash and stock, is subject to adjustment, and the final deal is contingent upon customary closing conditions, including satisfactor
  • Web Application Security Poses Greatest Risk

    Web Application Security Poses Greatest RiskThe majority of vulnerabilities in 2018 were associated with network vulnerabilities, while less than 20% were associated with web applications and APIs, according to the fourth annual Vulnerability Stats Report from Edgescan.When it comes to breaches, though, web application security remains the area of greatest risk. “The percentage of high and critical risks combined, compared to all discovered risks is still high at 19.2% for public internet-
  • Trump is right: it’s our moral duty to take back radicalised Britons | Usama Hasan

    Indoctrinated young people like Shamima Begum need to be shown how Islamic thinking embraces modern nation-statesHow do we deradicalise young, indoctrinated people like Shamima Begum? As part of their ideology, takfiri terrorist groups such as Islamic State and al-Qaida justify their aggression towards the west by creating a divide between Muslims and non-Muslims. They argue that the modern nation-state model of governance is incompatible with Islamic principles, and that the Muslim world must b
  • How would I deradicalise Shamima Begum? With Islamic scholarship | Usama Hasan

    As an imam, I have helped indoctrinated young people to see the errors of a medieval, misguided and misapplied worldviewHow do we deradicalise young, indoctrinated people like Shamima Begum? As part of their ideology, takfiri terrorist groups such as Islamic State and al-Qaida justify their aggression towards the west by creating a divide between Muslims and non-Muslims. They argue that the modern nation-state model of governance is incompatible with Islamic principles, and that the Muslim world
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  • Student Data Exposed at Stanford University

    Student Data Exposed at Stanford UniversityThe private data of students at Stanford University was exposed after someone changed a numeric ID in a URL that had been distributed to students who requested access to review their own files, according to The Stanford Daily.In total, 93 students have been notified that their privacy was compromised. According to the report, a university student made a Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) request to view their admissions documents, no
  • #CPX360: Attackers Are Delighted by the Expanding Attack Surface

    #CPX360: Attackers Are Delighted by the Expanding Attack SurfaceEthical hackers have to “pretend and think like a criminal” as attackers think in the opposite way that a defender thinks. Speaking at Check Point Experience in Vienna, ethical hacker and Cygenta co-founder Freaky Clown (FC) said that he is driven by trust issues, and stated he “trusts nothing unless I understand it fully, and I untrust everything to the nth degree, and then I trust it.”FC pointed t
  • Europe Intros Global IoT Security Standard

    Europe Intros Global IoT Security StandardExperts have welcomed the introduction of a new globally applicable European standard designed to drive improvements in baseline security for consumer-grade IoT products.Introduced today by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the standard will hopefully encourage manufacturers to improve built-in privacy and security protections whilst providing consumers with a way of differentiating between products on the market.The ETSI T
  • #CPX360: Prepare for Next Generation of Attacks with Prevention Focus

    #CPX360: Prepare for Next Generation of Attacks with Prevention FocusSpeaking at the Check Point Experience conference in Vienna, Check Point founder and CEO Gil Shwed reflected on the first 25 years of the company, saying it had “come a long way” in protecting the internet.Shwed said that the company's first few years were spent “trying to convince people on the power of the internet and I'm glad we insisted and stayed the course and took Check Point to where it is” as w
  • Russian State Hackers Take Minutes to Move Laterally

    Russian State Hackers Take Minutes to Move LaterallyThere was a major rise in Chinese state-sponsored cyber-activity in 2018 while Russian actors were by far the most operationally effective, according to the latest report from CrowdStrike.The security vendor’s 2019 Global Threat Report tracked the relatively new metric of “breakout time” which measures how quickly a hacker manages lateral movement following an initial incursion. In so doing, CrowdStrike believes IT teams will
  • Sweden’s Patient Hotline in Major Privacy Snafu

    Sweden’s Patient Hotline in Major Privacy SnafuMillions of highly sensitive audio files linked to a Swedish healthcare hotline have been left exposed online for several years, in what could be a major breach of the GDPR.The 2.7 million files in question amount to 170,000 hours of calls, dating back to 2013 and left on an open Apache web server with no password protection, according to local reports.The calls, recorded for quality assurance purposes, detail highly sensitive information
  • Britain could deradicalise Shamima Begum – with compassion | Dawn Foster

    Many are calling for the Isis recruit to be shown no mercy, but treating at-risk young people as individuals has to be the better pathThe CCTV images of the three teenage girls Shamima Begum, Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase passing through Gatwick airport four years ago en route to join the Islamic State “caliphate” were shocking for much of the British public. That Isis was radicalising people online was no surprise, but the fact these three girls were as young as 15 and from the sam
  • Australian PM Blames “Sophisticated State Actor” for Parliament Hack

    Australian PM Blames “Sophisticated State Actor” for Parliament HackAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has blamed a “sophisticated state actor” for the recent attempt to hack the parliament’s computer network.On February 8 news broke of the malicious activity which resulted in password resets for government workers.Speaking today, PM Morrison said that there was “no evidence of electoral interference” and that steps were being taken to “ensur
  • Chinese Surveillance Database Exposes Millions of IDs

    Chinese Surveillance Database Exposes Millions of IDsSecurity researchers have spotted a mass data leak from an unsecured database which exposed the personal details of over 2.5 million surveilled Chinese residents.SenseNets Technology uses AI-powered technology in facial recognition cameras to record the movements of millions of minority Uighurs in the western province of Xinjiang, according to reports.China has come under increasing international criticism for its treatment of the Muslim minor
  • UK Spooks Give Green Light to Huawei

    UK Spooks Give Green Light to HuaweiThere was finally a bit of good news for Huawei today after UK spies effectively gave the green light for the beleaguered Chinese firm to supply the nation’s 5G infrastructure.GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has reportedly decided that any risks posed by the Shenzhen giant can be managed, putting it add odds with its Five Eyes counterparts.Australia, the US and New Zealand have all effectively banned the firm from supplying key in
  • MPs Repeat Calls for Russian Brexit Meddling Probe

    MPs Repeat Calls for Russian Brexit Meddling ProbeMPs have repeated their calls for tech companies to be more heavily regulated to combat disinformation online, and for the government to investigate Russian meddling in the EU referendum.The long-awaited final report into ‘fake news’ from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee was released yesterday, with some harsh words for Facebook and plenty of recommendations for the government.Among other things, it recommended that a p
  • Trump is right, UK must take back Isis fighters – ex-British army chief

    Gen Lord Dannatt says British Isis fighters in Syria should face justice back homeA former head of the British army has said Donald Trump is right to say British Islamic State fighters held in Syria should be brought back to the UK because they are the UK’s responsibility.Gen Lord Dannatt said it was important they are seen to be treated fairly to help prevent others being radicalised and to set an example to the rest of the world. Related: The possibility of redemption is central to a hum
  • Trump: EU must take back 800 Isis fighters captured in Syria

    US doesn’t want to watch ‘fighters permeate Europe’ with caliphate ‘ready to fall’, says presidentDonald Trump has told the EU it must take back its 800 Isis fighters captured in Syria by US-backed forces and put them on trial.The president’s call came as he prepared to claim the end of the caliphate in north-west Syria with the fall of the final Isis-held town. Related: Without territory or new recruits, Islamic State is in its death throes | Jason BurkeConti
  • Families threaten to boycott IRA Birmingham pub bombs inquest

    Crisis talks to be held after legal aid is cut and key British intelligence files go missingBereaved families and lawyers are threatening to boycott the long-awaited inquests into the 1974 IRA Birmingham pub bombings because of concern over missing documents, lack of legal funding and what the process can deliver.They are anxious that the inquest’s frame of reference has become so limited that it will yield little insight into the circumstances surrounding the two bombings that killed 21 p
  • The Observer view on Shamima Begum | Observer editorial

    Whatever the risk this young Isis supporter may pose, she is Britain’s responsibility and we cannot afford to shirk itExploited victim or unrepentant villain? It’s impossible to determine the truth about Shamima Begum, the 19-year-old who left Bethnal Green in London when she was 15 to join Islamic State, from a single newspaper interview. And it shouldn’t be hard to acknowledge that more than one interpretation of her story might contain a ring of accuracy.Begum is undoubtedly
  • Let Shamima Begum return to UK or risk more terror recruits, says expert

    Counter-radicalisation expert criticises Sajid Javid’s reaction, saying it feeds Isis narrativeThe home secretary’s response to teenage Islamic State bride Shamima Begum will guarantee new recruits to the ideology that underpins the terror group, a former senior counter-radicalisation expert for the government has warned.As the debate over whether to allow Begum, who left the UK to join Islamic State as a 15-year-old, to return home continued yesterday, Hanif Qadir said Sajid Javid&r
  • Shamima Begum may have criminalised herself, says senior terrorism officer

    Family calls for her return to UK and considers legal action to stop government blocking itThe UK’s most senior counter-terrorism officer has said that Shamima Begum, who left the UK to join Islamic State as a 15-year-old, had “potentially criminalised” herself as her family considers court action to stop the government blocking her return to Britain.Government and counter-terrorism officials are still considering what to do after Begum, now 19, was discovered in a Syrian refug
  • Dating App Says Stolen Data Was Sold on Dark Web

    Dating App Says Stolen Data Was Sold on Dark WebIn the aftermath of multiple reports that millions of stolen records were dumped on the dark web, the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel confirmed that the accounts of approximately six million users were compromised in a breach, according to a Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB) spokesperson.The company also said that the stolen data was indeed part of the trove of records that were sold by a malicious actor on the dark web marketplace, Dream Market.&nb

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