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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.

UK police service ‘needs to better grasp the scale and impact of digital crime’

A new study from HMIC concludes that the police service in the UK needs to better understand the scale and impact of digital crime.

Quantum cryptography ‘is vulnerable to attack’

Swedish researchers have found that quantum cryptography, via energy-time entanglement, is vulnerable to being exploited by an attacker.

Employees ‘the biggest threat’ to enterprise cybersecurity programs

A new survey finds that the majority of corporate information security practitioners consider employees to be the biggest risk to their company’s cybersecurity program.

Apple continues to defend encryption

Apple’s Tim Cook has once again defended encryption, explaining that the introduction of a backdoor would create vulnerabilities and leave devices exposed to threats.

The security review: Nemucod malware, Star Wars and China on cyber sovereignty

Our latest recap of the last seven days in information security includes the spread of the Nemucod trojan, the importance of improving awareness of online safety in children and young people and how Star Wars offers plenty of top cyber advice.

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.

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