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Weak passwords continue to pose huge security threat

People’s choice of passwords continues to be a huge security risk, according to new research. SplashData’s annual Worst Passwords List finds ‘123456’ and ‘password’ continue to be the most common choice.

‘Context’ shapes American attitudes towards privacy

A new survey has revealed that when it comes to making a decision on information sharing and privacy, context plays an important part for many Americans.

Twitter goes offline across the globe

Twitter users across the globe have experienced problems with the social network, which was unavailable for between one to two hours.

Phishing scams spike leads to social engineering campaign

Get Safe Online has launched a major new campaign in the UK to help raise awareness of the dangers of social engineering, as figures suggest more needs to be done to inform the public about this growing nuisance.

The security review: BlackEnergy, Internet Explorer and Fitbit

Highlights from the past seven days in information security include an analysis of the BlackEnergy trojan and Microsoft’s decision to end support for older versions of Internet Explorer.

Legal firms ‘risk compromising data over poor login security’

Firms in the legal sector are at risk of compromising information confidentiality because of poor data practices, according to new research by IS Decisions.

Employees face penalties for ‘misinterpreting security policies’

Corporations will take a much tougher approach to insider security threats by penalizing employees who “invite a data breach”, according to a new survey.

Global operation against DD4BC results in arrests

European countries have joined the fight against DD4BC, as part of a global response against the cybercriminal organization, resulting in arrests.

Operational technology ‘susceptible to remote attacks’

Reid Wightman, a security researcher, has discovered that internet-connected operational technology can ‘easily’ be attacked and damaged.

Data thieves ‘need to be handed tougher sentences’

Data thieves need to receive tougher sentences, says Christopher Graham, the UK’s information commissioner, as this will be a more effective deterrent.

Your smartwatch may be revealing your card’s PIN code

Wearable devices bring us a whole world of technological innovation, yet at the same time it appears as though they also bring with them a serious security risk.

The security review: BlackEnergy, CES 2016 and Windows 10

Highlights from the last seven days in information security include the return of the BlackEnergy trojan and security insights from CES 2016.

Uber agrees to $20,000 penalty over poor data security practices

The app-based taxi company Uber has agreed to pay a $20,000 penalty for poor data security practices and to reform its privacy policies.

Time Warner Cable: Customer data ‘may have been compromised’

Time Warner Cable, one of the biggest cable telecommunications companies in the US, has revealed that some of its customer data ‘may have been compromised’.

UK police force hire ‘Britain’s greatest fraudster’ to help tackle cybercrime

Once described as ‘Britain’s greatest online fraudster’, reformed Tony Sales has been hired by West Midlands Police in the UK to help tackle ongoing cybercrime.

Gozi trojan coder free after being sentenced to time served

Deniss Calovskis, one of the men found to be responsible for the Gozi trojan, is free to return home to Latvia after being sentenced to time served.

Shipping industry gets its first set of cybersecurity guidelines

A number of leading shipping organizations have developed a set of cybersecurity guidelines to help the industry combat this growing threat.

Consumers ‘cautious about IoT device security’

While the hype around the Internet of Things (IoT) is warranted in many respects, consumers are nevertheless cautious about adopting the technology, a new survey suggests.

Microsoft to alert users to state-sanctioned cyberattacks

Microsoft has revealed that it will notify its users to inform them that their account has been targeted or compromised by a state-sanctioned cyberattack.

Google testing password-free account sign-in

Google has announced that it is piloting a new sign-in system that will, if successful, replace passwords. User authentication will be delivered through a smartphone.

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