• G7 security preparations in Cornwall – in pictures

    G7 security preparations in Cornwall – in pictures
    Ahead of the G7 summit starting on Friday, 5,000 mutual aid officers have arrived in the area from police forces across the UK. They will join 1,500 officers and staff from Devon and Cornwall police being deployed at the event.
    More than 100 police dogs will be working at the summit, though no police horses are due to be there Continue reading...
  • COO Charged in Georgia Hospital Cyber-attack

    COO Charged in Georgia Hospital Cyber-attack The chief operating officer of an IoT security company has been indicted by a federal grand jury over a cyber-attack carried out on a hospital in Georgia. Vikas Singla, of Marietta, Georgia, was arraigned on Thursday for his alleged role in the 2018 attack on Gwinnett Medical Center that exposed patients' personal data. The center, which is now known as Northside Hospital, was a not-for-profit health care network that pro
  • US Launches National AI Task Force

    US Launches National AI Task ForceThe Biden administration has launched a new national artificial intelligence task force to make more government data available to AI researchers.News of the National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Resource Task Force was announced on Thursday by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).A key role of the task force will be to serve as a federal advisory committee, assisting the creat
  • McDonald’s Suffers Data Breach

    McDonald’s Suffers Data BreachA data breach at fast food restaurant McDonald's has impacted customers and employees in South Korea and Taiwan and company operations in the United States.The breach, which was first reported Friday by the Wall Street Journal, was the result of a cyber-attack. Hackers who broke into the computer system of McDonald's Corp. accessed only a small number of files before their intrusion was detected.During their period of unauthorized access, the cy
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  • Neo-Nazi student guilty of terrorism and hate offences

    Neo-Nazi student guilty of terrorism and hate offences
    While studying politics at Aberystwyth University, Andrew Dymock promoted a group aiming to ‘stir up a race war’, trial heardA neo-Nazi student who promoted an extremist organisation that was later banned as a terrorist group has been found guilty of terrorism and hate offences.Andrew Dymock used online platforms to raise money for System Resistance Network (SRN), one of a number of groups that sought to take over after the far-right group National Action (NA) was proscribed in 2016.
  • Neo-Nazi student found guilty of terror and hate offences

    Neo-Nazi student found guilty of terror and hate offences
    While studying politics at Aberystwyth University, Andrew Dymock promoted a group aiming to ‘stir up a race war’A neo-Nazi student who promoted an extremist organisation that was later banned as a terror group has been found guilty of terror and hate offences.Andrew Dymock used online platforms to raise money for System Resistance Network (SRN), one of a number of groups that sought to fill a gap after the far-right group National Action (NA) was proscribed in 2016. Continue reading.
  • Gaming Giant EA Suffers Major Data Breach

    Gaming Giant EA Suffers Major Data BreachHackers have stolen a wealth data from gaming giant Electronic Arts (EA), including game source code and tools for a number of popular games, it has been reported.Cyber-criminals made the claim in blog posts published on underground hacking forums, where they advertised a total 780gb of data for sale. These posts were viewed and detailed by Motherboard, who were informed by EA that it had indeed suffered a data breach.Among the data stolen was the source
  • #G7UK: UK and US Strike New Agreements on Cybersecurity

    #G7UK: UK and US Strike New Agreements on CybersecurityThe UK and US governments have agreed to work together more closely to tackle cybercrime as well as enhance the security of supply chains and emerging technologies. The announcement has come amid US President Joe Biden’s visit to the UK for the G7 summit, which has started today.The partnership will be built within the framework of the revitalized Atlantic Charter, first introduced in 1941, and will cover a range of areas in science an
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  • Unknown Attacker Chains Chrome and Windows Zero-Days

    Unknown Attacker Chains Chrome and Windows Zero-DaysSecurity researchers warn of a series of highly targeted attacks designed to compromise victim networks via Google Chrome and Microsoft Windows zero-day exploits.The attackers are thought to have first exploited the now-patched CVE-2021-21224 remote code execution bug in Chrome.“This vulnerability was related to a Type Mismatch bug in the V8 — a JavaScript engine used by Chrome and Chromium web-browsers,” explained Kasper
  • China's New "Anti-Sanctions" Law Means Headache for Foreign Firms

    China's New "Anti-Sanctions" Law Means Headache for Foreign FirmsWestern tech firms and other multinationals with a big presence in China could soon find themselves in a difficult position after Beijing passed new retaliatory sanctions laws.The move is widely seen as a reaction to a string of sanctions put in place by the US and allies in recent months over human rights abuses in Xinjiang and the muzzling of democracy protests in Hong Kong.The new law passed on Thursday will reportedly enable th
  • Quantum Breakthrough in Britain Creates 600km Secure Link

    Quantum Breakthrough in Britain Creates 600km Secure LinkLong-distance quantum-secured data transfer took a step closer this week after Toshiba announced that scientists in the UK have managed to produce a stable prototype that works over 600 kilometers.Quantum computing is often described as a potential security challenge in that, once states can engineer working machines, they could theoretically crack any public-key cryptography system.However, the technology could also be used to mitiga
  • IT Administrator Sentenced for Sabotaging Employer

    IT Administrator Sentenced for Sabotaging EmployerLockdown hasn't ended for one vengeful IT professional who carried out a cyber-attack against his former employer. Levi Delgado, of Middletown, Delaware, was sentenced on Wednesday to home confinement after hacking into a company's computer network, deleting its data and disabling user accounts.The 36-year-old cyber-criminal had been employed as an information technology administrator at a medical center that provides care to under
  • Arrest Made Over Multi-million-dollar BEC Scam

    Arrest Made Over Multi-million-dollar BEC Scam Texas law enforcement officers have made an arrest in connection with a multi-million-dollar wire fraud and money laundering scheme involving Business Email Compromise (BEC).Guillermo Perez was taken into custody Wednesday morning for allegedly defrauding businesses and individuals of more than $2m through cyber-scams and bank fraud schemes.An indictment unsealed on June 9 accuses 26-year-old Houston resident Perez of participating in
  • Texas to Publish Data Breach Notifications

    Texas to Publish Data Breach Notifications Lawmakers in Texas have passed a bill requiring notices to be published online of any data breaches involving the personal information of 250 or more Lone Star State residents.The unanimously passed House Bill 3746, which amends the Texas Business and Commerce Code §521.053, requires the Texas Attorney General's Office to post the breach notifications to its public-facing website.Notifications must be uploaded to the website within 3
  • #Infosec21: Lack of Vision Explains Cyber Skills Shortage

    #Infosec21: Lack of Vision Explains Cyber Skills ShortageThe cybersecurity skills gap is caused by a lack of vision in the industry rather than a pipeline problem, argued Wendy Nather, head of advisory CISOs at Cisco, during her keynote address on day three of the Infosecurity Europe virtual conference.Nather, who was recently inducted into the Infosecurity Hall of Fame, believes it is a complete misnomer that there is a lack of talent available to fill the expanding number of security
  • Neo-Nazi ex-Ukip member found guilty of terrorism offences

    Neo-Nazi ex-Ukip member found guilty of terrorism offences
    Police raid of Dean Morrice’s home found stockpile of chemicals and cache of terrorism manualsA former Ukip member and British army employee has been found guilty of a range of terror and explosive charges.Dean Morrice ran a Telegram channel that prosectors said had “unapologetically, unambiguously pumped out” neo-Nazi propaganda that encouraged the killing of people of colour and Jewish people. Continue reading...
  • Schools Forced to Shut Following Critical Ransomware Attack

    Schools Forced to Shut Following Critical Ransomware AttackTwo schools in the south of England have been forced to temporarily close their doors after a ransomware attack that encrypted and stole sensitive data.The Skinners' Kent Academy and Skinners' Kent Primary School were attacked on June 2, according to a statement on the trust’s website which said it is currently working with third-party security experts, the police and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).It revealed
  • High Street Banks Exposing Customers to Phishing Attacks

    High Street Banks Exposing Customers to Phishing Attacks A consumer rights group is calling on all high street banks to improve their anti-phishing capabilities after spotting that a key protocol is sometimes not configured to offer maximum protection.  Domain-based message authentication, reporting and conformance (DMARC) is a tried-and-tested way to help brands block phishing emails to customers.It helps to verify that the domain of the sender hasn’t been impersonated, although
  • JBS Admits Paying REvil Ransomware Group $11 Million

    JBS Admits Paying REvil Ransomware Group $11 Million A meat processing giant recently hit by ransomware has confirmed it paid its extorters $11 million, reigniting the debate over the ethics of doing so.A statement published by Sao Paolo-headquartered JBS, whose US and Australia businesses were hit in the incident last week, claimed that at the time of payment, the “vast majority” of its facilities were operational.“In consultation with internal IT professionals and third-party
  • Probe into Leak of Cuomo Accuser’s Personnel File

    Probe into Leak of Cuomo Accuser’s Personnel FileAn investigation has been launched to determine whether New York governor Andrew Cuomo broke the law by allegedly leaking the personnel file of the first of eleven women to accuse him of sexual harassment. Cuomo's former aide Lindsey Boylan first accused him of sexual harassment in December on Twitter. In February, Boylan shared details of the alleged harassment, claiming that Cuomo had compared her to one of his former g
  • Nebraska Medicine Data Breach Settlement Approved

    Nebraska Medicine Data Breach Settlement ApprovedA preliminary settlement has been reached in a lawsuit brought against Nebraska Medicine over a 2020 data security incident. Omaha-based Nebraska Medicine suffered a cyber-attack in September 2020. The attack disrupted the healthcare provider's information technology system, leading to the postponement of patient appointments. Staff in the system’s hospitals and clinics had to chart by hand, and access to Nebras
  • Pennsylvanian Charged over Trump Impersonation Fraud

    Pennsylvanian Charged over Trump Impersonation Fraud A food delivery driver from Pennsylvania has been charged with impersonating former president Donald Trump to defraud social media users. Joshua Hall, of Mechanicsburg, was arrested on Tuesday morning and charged with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.Prosecutors allege that the 22-year-old defrauded hundreds of people from across the United States in a year-long fundraising scam that he devised and executed alone. Hall is acc
  • Single Fastly Customer Sparked Global Internet Meltdown

    Single Fastly Customer Sparked Global Internet MeltdownYesterday’s wide-scale internet outage was triggered when a single Fastly customer changed their settings, it has emerged.The problem took place on Tuesday June 8, when Fastly, a cloud computing services company, experienced a bug on its content delivery network (CDN). This led to several major websites, including Amazon, Reddit, The Guardian and New York Times being forced offline for 30-40 minutes from around 11am. Additionally,
  • #Infosec21: NCSC Outlines Biggest Cyber Threats During COVID19

    #Infosec21: NCSC Outlines Biggest Cyber Threats During COVID19The main cyber-threat trends during COVID-19 and how they will affect the UK going forward were discussed by Eleanor Fairford, head of incident management at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), during the keynote session on day two of the Infosecurity Europe virtual conference.Fairford began by describing the new opportunities that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented to cyber-criminals and nation-state actors. Cyber-crimin
  • Israeli strikes kill 11 Syria troops: monitor

    Israeli strikes kill 11 Syria troops: monitor
    DefenceTalkIsraeli air strikes in central Syria killed at least 11 government troops and militiamen late Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The strikes were the first carried out...
  • US pullout from Afghanistan more than 50 percent complete: Pentagon

    US pullout from Afghanistan more than 50 percent complete: Pentagon
    DefenceTalkThe US pullout from Afghanistan is more than 50 percent complete, the Pentagon said Tuesday, as it approaches its September 11 deadline to remove troops. Since President Joe Biden ordered...
  • ‘What’s the price today?’: FBI phone app reaped secrets of global drug networks

    ‘What’s the price today?’: FBI phone app reaped secrets of global drug networks
    DefenceTalkOne drug trafficker texted another that he had a “job” and a proven way to get it done: two kilograms of cocaine from Bogota using the French embassy’s protected...
  • A Third of Execs Plan to Spy on Staff to Guard Trade Secrets

    A Third of Execs Plan to Spy on Staff to Guard Trade SecretsMost senior executives believe more money is needed to protect trade secrets from malicious third parties and insider threats, and many are prepared to spy on staff to do so, according to a new study from global law firm CMS.The firm commissioned The Economist Intelligence Unit to interview over 300 senior corporate executives from various sectors in China, France, Germany, Singapore, the UK and the US.  Three-quarters (75%) agreed
  • China accuses US of ‘paranoid delusion’ over huge innovation bill

    China accuses US of ‘paranoid delusion’ over huge innovation bill
    DefenceTalkBeijing on Wednesday accused Washington of “paranoid delusion” after the US Senate passed a sweeping industrial policy bill aimed at countering the surging economic threat from...
  • US Senate greenlights huge innovation bill to counter China

    US Senate greenlights huge innovation bill to counter China
    DefenceTalkThe US Senate passed a sweeping industrial policy bill Tuesday aimed at countering the surging economic threat from rival China, overcoming partisan divisions to support pumping more than...

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