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UK businesses ‘slow to respond to unusual network activity’

A new study has found that UK businesses, in comparison to their international counterparts, are slow to respond to unusual activity on their networks.

Xi Jinping: Cyberattacks a global challenge

China’s president, Xi Jinping, has called on the international community to work together to fight cyberattacks, which he described as a global challenge.

Man arrested in connection with VTech data breach

Authorities in the UK have announced that a 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the major data breach at VTech in November.

New insurance policy covers cyberbullying

Cyberbullying and online abuse is a growing problem, and one insurance company is taking it so seriously that’s it’s willing to cover those who fall victim to harassment on the internet.

The security review: Risky wearables, #CyberChoices and holiday shopping safety

You might already have mince pies on the mind as we countdown to Christmas, but cybercrime doesn’t sleep and neither should your security solutions. Here is this week’s security review – our recap of the biggest, most interesting stories and opinions from the past seven days.

Data breaches ‘likely’ to affect consumer loyalty

A new survey of consumers from across the globe finds that data breaches have an impact on their trust in a business that has been the victim of a cyberattack.

UK govt could access and use smart toys to spy on suspects

The UK’s Science and Technology Committee has heard that it is possible for the government to remotely access and use smart toys to spy on suspects.

MEPs agree to new EU-wide cybersecurity legislation

MEPs in the European Parliament have agreed on the need for EU-wide cybersecurity legislation, which will establish a common framework for all member states to subscribe to.

Gary McKinnon reveals detail on NASA data breach and ‘extraterrestrial life’

In an recent interview, IT expert Gary McKinnon candidly revealed detail on his NASA data breach and finding documents on ‘extraterrestrial life’.

Hacker Buba releases data belonging to customers of a UAE bank

Hacker Buba has released tens of thousands of records belonging to Invest Bank customers online.

The security review: VM machines and security, online banking and VTech data breach

The last seven days in information security have been notable to say the least, with VTech experiencing a major data breach and Google being the subject of a complaint over data gathering practices. Read on for more on both these stories, as well as other highlights of the past week.

GCHQ confirms that it hacks computers without ‘proper warrants’

The UK’s intelligence agency, the GCHQ, has finally admitted that it hacks into computers and other devices.

OPM data breach ‘not state-sponsored’ says China

A major data breach at the OPM in June was the result of cybercriminal activity that had nothing to do with state-sponsored cybercrime, China has disclosed.

10 million VTech users now known to have been compromised

Over 10 million users now known to have been affected by VTech data breach, the specialist electronic toys and technology company has revealed.

Armada Collective launches DDoS attacks against Greek banks

The Armada Collective has launched DDoS attacks against three Greek banks, again demanding ransom in the form of bitcoins.

5 million VTech customers affected by major data breach

VTech announced that its Learning Lodge website was attacked by cybercriminals, affecting up to five million customers.

The security review: Biometrics, Dridex in Europe and online payments

From biometrics to Dridex in Europe and a fascinating insight into how different nations pay for things online – this week’s security review is a busy one.

MagSpoof device ‘capable of predicting Amex credit card numbers’

Developed by Samy Kamkar, MagSpoof is a multipurpose device that “emulates” the magnetic stripe on any credit card, as well as being able to predict Amex credit card numbers.

Amazon ‘resets customer passwords’ as Black Friday approaches

Amazon has reportedly reset a number of customer passwords, causing some concern as Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner.

Dell root certificate vulnerability leaves users open to attack

Dell has confirmed that a root certificate vulnerability that is present on some of its laptops and computers, means they can be exploited by cybercriminals.

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