MumsNet hit by hack, DDoS attack and SWAT

Mumsnet, the phenomenally popular British parenting website, has suffered an attack from hackers which has seen users’ accounts breached, and passwords stolen. And the damage doesn’t end there…

5 child geniuses destined for a career in cybersecurity

There is a huge shortage of skilled professionals in cybersecurity. We take a look at five young geniuses who may be the future of the industry.

Moonpig warns of password breach – but it may be more than their users who are at risk

Moonpig, the online personalised card company, has blocked the accounts of an unspecified number of customers after users’ details were published online.

Must-know security tips for non-technical fathers

Few people’s idea of a relaxing Father’s Day involves getting to grips with IT security, but scammers typically target the holidays to catch out consumers.

Password security firm LastPass compromised

Popular online password vault provider LastPass has warned users to update their master account passwords after their network was hacked.

Is your GoPro camera secretly spying on you?

Poor choices of passwords can lead to your privacy being breached, after researchers revealed just how easy it could be for hackers to break into GoPro cameras.

Google reveals failure of ‘secret question’ password recall

A research paper from Google has looked into the difficulties of standard ‘forgotten password’ personal information verification.

Researchers design ‘decoy password’ system to fool hackers

Researchers have developed a system to protect password databases, allowing hackers to believe they have cracked the file, only to be given fake credentials.

Smartphone Authentication: the Passing of the Passcode?

Smartphone authentication: is biometric technology ready to replace PINs and passwords?

5 signs you’re in hackers’ sights

“It won’t happen to me” is often uttered by citizens and businesses who are adamant that they won’t become a victim of cybercrime. But this confidence is often misplaced, with even the most basic security errors exploited by hackers.

Point-of-Sale vendor has used the same admin password for 25 years

A major vendor of point-of-sale terminals has not changed the default passwords used on its devices in a quarter of a century, researchers have revealed at RSA 2015.

Infographic: Alternatives to the password

The humble password has struggled in recent years, and is often seen as vulnerable to attackers. The interactive infographic below offers up some alternatives. Click on the tabs to read about the options.

Twitch backs down on 20-character passwords in wake of hacking

Twitch has backed down on its attempts to force stronger password complexity on its site post-hacking, after multiple complaints from its userbase.

British Bank trials heartbeat based authentication

A British bank has been trialling a different type of biometrics, allowing their customers to confirm their identity via heartbeat according to the BBC.

Toys “R” Us resets account passwords to counter stolen reward points

Account holders with Toys “R” Us have been informed that their passwords will be reset, after unauthorised third-parties attempted to gain access to the company’s reward program.

Hacker puts words into wrestler’s mouth in WWE Twitter hack

WWE superstar Antonio Cesaro was the victim of a Twitter hack this week, as a wrestling fanatic hacked his account to vent against company chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.

What are the alternatives to passwords?

Is it time for big companies – at the very least – to abandon weak password security? If so, what password alternatives are there?

HipChat hack leads to precautionary password reset

Use HipChat? Be aware that hackers have accessed the names, usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords for some users.

US military explores ‘cognitive fingerprints’ as alternative to passwords

Sky News reports that the United States military is investing heavily in new identify verification techniques that could replace passwords and biometric solutions for security.

Twitter launches phone-based password alternative for the web

Twitter has announced the release of its Digits password alternative for websites, reports ZDNet.

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