• 'Truly an angel': widower pays tribute to wife in Manchester Arena hearings

    'Truly an angel': widower pays tribute to wife in Manchester Arena hearings
    Third day of commemorative hearings remember Lisa Lees and others who died in attackMoving tributes to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing continued for a third day in a series of commemorative hearings during the public inquiry.During the second week of the inquiry into the terror attack, the children of Marcin and Angelika Klis said their parents were so in love and without a care in the world. Continue reading...
  • Twitter Boosts Account Security for US Election Hopefuls

    Twitter Boosts Account Security for US Election HopefulsTwitter has announced new measures designed to improve the security of certain high-profile accounts ahead of the upcoming US elections in November.The social media firm said that chosen accounts would receive in-app notifications requiring or “strongly recommending” the new measures.Accounts will be required to use a strong password, with those currently on weak log-ins prompted to change their credentials next time they use th
  • US CISA: Agencies Must Patch Zerologon Bug by Monday

    US CISA: Agencies Must Patch Zerologon Bug by MondayThe US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued an emergency directive designed to force all civilian government agencies to patch a high-risk Windows vulnerability.CVE-2020-1472 is a critical elevation of privilege bug which exists when an attacker uses the Netlogon Remote Protocol to establish a vulnerable secure channel connection to a domain controller, according to Microsoft. It affects Windows Server 2008 onwards.Dubbed “Zer
  • US Judge Blocks Trump’s WeChat Ban

    US Judge Blocks Trump’s WeChat BanA US district court judge has blocked a recently announced ban by the Trump administration of popular Chinese app WeChat, citing free speech concerns.Judge Laurel Beeler in San Francisco granted an injunction, stating that the government hadn’t convinced in its argument that the ban was due to national security concerns, and that the “balance of hardships tips in the plaintiffs’ favor.”The Commerce Department had on Friday issu
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  • Paladin Appoints Former NCSC CEO

    Paladin Appoints Former NCSC CEO The former CEO of the UK government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has joined Paladin Capital Group as a managing director. The appointment of Ciaran Martin by the global cyber and deep tech investor, headquartered in Washington, DC, was announced today.  Previously, Martin was hired as director of security and intelligence at the Cabinet Office in 2008, later accepting the position of constitution director there in 2011. I
  • Netwalker Goes After Nurses' Data

    Netwalker Goes After Nurses' DataThe cybercrime gang Netwalker claims to have exfiltrated data from the College of the Nurses of Ontario in a ransomware attack.A screenshot of data allegedly swiped from the college was posted on Netwalker's website, where the college's name has been added to a growing list of the gang's victims.In a sparsely detailed statement issued yesterday, the college acknowledged that it had been impacted by a cybersecurity incident but didn't specify what had oc
  • OneSpan Appoints New Chief Technology Officer

    OneSpan Appoints New Chief Technology OfficerCybersecurity firm OneSpan has announced the appointment of Ajay Keni as its new chief technology officer (CTO).Keni will replace Benoit Grangé in the post, who will take up a new position as chief technology evangelist, in which he will “focus on sharing OneSpan’s technology vision and deep industry insights with customers, partners and the broader financial services market.”As CTO, Keni will be tasked with guiding the expans
  • #GartnerSEC: Cybersecurity Leaders Must Start Preparing for the Next Decade

    #GartnerSEC: Cybersecurity Leaders Must Start Preparing for the Next Decade
    #GartnerSEC: Cybersecurity Leaders Must Start Preparing for the Next Decade Cybersecurity leaders need to prepare for the long-term picture as well as deal with current day-to-day issues, according to Toby Bussa, VP analyst at Gartner, speaking during the Gartner Security and Risk Virtual Summit.As we emerge from a decade of substantial change in the cybersecurity landscape, Bussa expects to see a similar evolution occur in the years up to 2030. “The last 10 years have been inter
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  • Cyber-fraud Prevention Company CEO Charged with Fraud

    Cyber-fraud Prevention Company CEO Charged with FraudThe CEO of a cyber-fraud prevention company has been arrested and charged with fraud.Adam Rogas is accused of using fraudulent financial data to obtain over $123m in financing for Las Vegas–based tech company NS8 and pocketing $17.5m of the cash for himself. The 43-year-old Las Vegas resident was arrested yesterday in the District of Nevada, where he is expected to appear before a judge today. The accused is
  • #GartnerSEC: Ensuring Buy-In for Security Awareness

    #GartnerSEC: Ensuring Buy-In for Security AwarenessEnsure management adoption and employee engagement in your security awareness program by delivering suitable content in an understandable language.Speaking at the Gartner Security and Risk Virtual Summit, senior director Brian Reed said that getting investment and support for a security awareness program “depends on persuasive justification, and negotiation skills.”Asking why gaining support is so important, Reed said that
  • #GartnerSEC: Combine Security and Customer Experience Online to Tackle Fraud

    #GartnerSEC: Combine Security and Customer Experience Online to Tackle FraudCreating trust on the internet requires the aligning of effective online fraud protection with good customer experience, according to Jonathan Care, senior director analyst at Gartner.Speaking during the Gartner Security and Risk Virtual Summit, he observed that currently, many e-business fraud prevention teams are overly focused on loss prevention; indeed, 58% of Gartner clients have stated that fraud prevention blocks
  • Business Owners Targeted by HMRC #COVID19 Tax Relief Scam

    Business Owners Targeted by HMRC #COVID19 Tax Relief ScamUK business owners have been targeted by a new phishing scam that attempts to gain sensitive information, including payment details, by impersonating Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), according to an investigation by accountancy firm Lanop Outsourcing.In emails purporting to be from the HMRC, recipients are told that their VAT deferral application has been rejected. This follows an initiative by the UK government to allow bus
  • #GartnerSEC: Understand the Destination of Digital Transformation for Better Buy-In

    #GartnerSEC: Understand the Destination of Digital Transformation for Better Buy-InSecurity and risk leaders need to know where their plans for digital transformation are going.Speaking in the closing keynote of the Gartner Security and Risk Virtual Summit, distinguished VP analyst Mary Mesaglio said leaders are facing four current crises in health, climate, economic and social issues, and this can lead to “transformation fatigue” as leaders are asked to accelerate dig
  • Pure Storage to Acquire Portworx to Expand Multi-Cloud Data Services Offering

    Pure Storage to Acquire Portworx to Expand Multi-Cloud Data Services OfferingIT firm Pure Storage has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Portworx, a Kubernetes data services platform. The deal, which is believed to be worth around $370m, is part of Pure Storage’s plan to expand into the market for multi-cloud data services to support Kubernetes and containers.There has been substantial growth in the use of the cloud native stack to process data into value and insight in recent
  • US Indicts Two Over Cyber-Intrusion Campaign

    US Indicts Two Over Cyber-Intrusion CampaignThe US has indicted two Iranians in connection with the theft of hundreds of terabytes of sensitive data from computers in America, Europe, and the Middle East. Hooman Heidarian, aged 30, and Mehdi Farhadi, 34, were allegedly involved in a slew of coordinated hacks perpetrated to make money or for political reasons. Data stolen in the attacks and later allegedly sold on the black market by the defendants included confidential commun
  • Fatality After Hospital Hacked

    Fatality After Hospital Hacked A woman in need of urgent medical treatment has died after a hospital under cyber-attack was unable to admit her. Attackers struck the Düsseldorf University Clinic (DUC) last Thursday, causing IT systems at the major hospital to fail. Because of the attack, a woman seeking emergency treatment at the hospital on Friday night died after she had to be transported to a hospital in another city for treatment.Treatment of the deceased woman was delayed by an ho
  • Stalkerware Banned from Google Play Store

    Stalkerware Banned from Google Play Store
    Stalkerware Banned from Google Play StoreGoogle has told app developers to remove from its Play Store stalkerware capable of operating behind the scenes without the user's consent.The tech giant yesterday issued an update to its Developer Program Policy requiring all apps that track users and send their data to another device to include an "adequate notice or consent" and show a "persistent notification" that the actions of the user are being tracked.While an exception was made for app
  • Securonix Announces New C-Suite Appointments to Bolster Growth

    Securonix Announces New C-Suite Appointments to Bolster GrowthSecurity information and event management (SIEM) company Securonix has announced two new C-suite appointments to bolster its growth.Brett Bowman joins Securonix as chief financial officer and Dilshan Ratnayake as chief people officer.Bowman brings previous experience in defining and executing growth strategy within tech startups and will lead Securonix’s finance and accounting operations, whilst Ratnayake, with a 25-year backgro
  • Universities Face Increase in Ransomware Attacks as Students Return

    Universities Face Increase in Ransomware Attacks as Students ReturnAcademia has faced fresh warnings of cyber-attacks after a rise was recorded in August when students returned.According to an alert issued by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) there has been a recent spike in ransomware attacks against UK schools, colleges and universities. It claimed that, in recent incidents, it has observed remote desktop protocols and unpatched software and hardware being utilized, as w
  • Trump says no TikTok deal yet amid security concerns

    Trump says no TikTok deal yet amid security concerns
    DefenceTalkDefenceTalkPresident Donald Trump said on Wednesday he wasn’t ready to approve a deal for an American company to partner with Chinese-owned video app TikTok, which would allow it to...
  • Eyeing China, Pentagon plans larger, ‘more lethal’ navy

    Eyeing China, Pentagon plans larger, ‘more lethal’ navy
    DefenceTalkDefenceTalkSecretary of Defense Mark Esper announced Wednesday an ambitious plan to expand the US Navy with a range of unmanned and autonomous ships, submarines and aircraft to confront...
  • France sees joint European drone project launched this year

    France sees joint European drone project launched this year
    DefenceTalkDefenceTalkFrance is confident that a deal on developing a joint European military drone project will be signed this year, after the conclusion of tough price negotiations with...
  • DDoS Attacks Hit 1 Tbps in 2020

    DDoS Attacks Hit 1 Tbps in 2020There has been a 151% increase in the number of DDoS attacks in the first half of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019.According to Neustar’s latest CyberThreats and Trends Report, these attacks include the largest that Neustar has ever mitigated at 1.17 Tbps.As reports of the number of detected DDoS attacks increase, Neustar said the number of attacks sized 100 Gbps and above grew by 275%, and the number of “small attacks,” sized 5 Gbps
  • #GartnerSEC: How Midsized Enterprises Can Recover from Ransomware

    #GartnerSEC: How Midsized Enterprises Can Recover from RansomwareA ransomware attack need not be tragic for midsized enterprises.That is according to Paul Furtado, senior director, midsized enterprise security at Gartner, speaking  at the Gartner Security and Risk Virtual Summit. He said a midsized enterprise is defined as a company with up to 1001 employees, with revenues of $50m to $1bn. Furtado said these businesses typically have an IT budget of less than $20m, and under
  • Former Aussie PM’s Passport Details and Phone Number Obtained by Hacker Following Social Media Post

    Former Aussie PM’s Passport Details and Phone Number Obtained by Hacker Following Social Media PostFormer Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s passport details and personal phone number were obtained by a hacker, it has been reported.Writing on his personal blog, Australian hacker Alex Hope outlined that he was able to gain this sensitive information after Abbott posted a picture of his boarding pass back in March 2020 on the social media site Instagram. Hope said he was able to l
  • Lawsuit Filed Against Warner Music Group Over Data Breach

    Lawsuit Filed Against Warner Music Group Over Data BreachA lawsuit has been filed against Warner Music Group following the disclosure of a data breach that compromised customers' sensitive personal information.Warner notified customers of a breach earlier this month after discovering a number of its e-commerce websites had fallen victim to a prolonged skimming attack. Attackers were able to access personal data entered by customers into the impacted sites between April 25, 2020, and August
  • US Staffing Firm Hit by Ransomware Again

    US Staffing Firm Hit by Ransomware Again
    US Staffing Firm Hit by Ransomware AgainOne of the largest IT staffing companies in America has been hit by a second ransomware attack in nine months. At the start of September, Artech Information Systems disclosed a data breach caused by a ransomware attack perpetrated between January 5 and 8, 2020.Attackers deployed the ransomware three days after gaining unauthorized access to some of the company's systems. The incident was picked up by the company following reports o
  • Attacks on Mid-Market Organizations Soar

    Attacks on Mid-Market Organizations Soar Cyber-attacks on middle-market organizations have risen significantly since the outbreak of COVID-19 reached pandemic proportions.According to global data gathered by specialist insurer Beazley Group, middle-market organizations have been especially hard hit by online social engineering attacks. In the report "Beazley Breach Insights – Q2 2020," published today, the insurer said: "The arrival of the global pandemic provided cyber
  • #GartnerSEC: Understanding a Changing Threat Landscape in Light of #COVID19

    #GartnerSEC: Understanding a Changing Threat Landscape in Light of #COVID19Organizations must become agile to respond effectively to the changing threat landscape, particularly in light of the turbulent events of 2020, according to Jonathan Care, senior director analyst at Gartner. He noted: “We’ve seen drastic changes in how we as a society work and play as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and bad actors have taken notice.”In doing so however, organizations must be careful n
  • #GartnerSEC: Top Trends for Risk and Security Include Cloud, Automation and Privacy

    #GartnerSEC: Top Trends for Risk and Security Include Cloud, Automation and PrivacyThe current top trends in security and risk management for threat-facing, disruption and the organization have been detailed at the Gartner Security and Risk Virtual Summit.Speaking at the event, research VP Peter Firstbrook pointed at “mega trends that are beyond your control,” which include: the skills gap, regulation and privacy, application scale and complexity, endpoint diversi

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