Cyber-Attacks Hit UK Firms Once Per Minute in 2019

Cyber-Attacks Hit UK Firms Once Per Minute in 2019 UK businesses were deluged with cyber-attacks in 2019, with the average firm hit by over half a million attempts to compromise systems, according to new stats from Beaming. The Hastings-based business Internet Service Provider (ISP) extrapolated the findings from data on its own corporate customers across the country. It calculated the …

Apple Is Scanning Your Photos

Apple Is Scanning Your Photos Apple's senior director of global privacy has confirmed that the company scans photos uploaded to the iCloud for evidence of illegal activities such as child sexual abuse. Jane Horvath made the admission while speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 conference in Las Vegas yesterday, according to The Telegraph. While speaking at the tech conference, …

Las Vegas Suffers Cyber-Attack

Las Vegas Suffers Cyber-Attack The city of Las Vegas is licking its wounds after suffering a cyber-attack on its computer network. It is not yet known whether any sensitive information was compromised in the incident, which took place in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  City spokesperson David Riggleman said that it was likely that the threat actors gained access to the …

Nigerian Betting Company Denies Breach

Nigerian Betting Company Denies Breach Nigerian online betting company SureBet247 has told the public not to be deceived by "false" reports that the firm has suffered a serious data breach. According to the website iAfrikan.com, over 32GB of SureBet247 data, spread across six databases, has been exposed online. The information affected by the alleged incident includes user profiles, betting slip logs, a list …

Google Shifts to 90-Day Bug Disclosures by Default

Google Shifts to 90-Day Bug Disclosures by Default Google has tweaked its Project Zero disclosure policy in a bid to drive more thorough patch development and improved adoption. The new direction for 2020 centers around one major change: from January 1 this year the firm will implement a full 90-day disclosure policy regardless of when a vulnerability is fixed by …

NGOs Demand Google Crackdown on Pre-Installed Apps

NGOs Demand Google Crackdown on Pre-Installed Apps Global rights groups have joined forces to demand that Google tackles the problem of budget Android smartphones pre-installed with privacy infringing apps that users can’t remove. Over 50 organizations, including the UK’s Privacy International, today asked the tech giant to stop manufacturers and other Android partners from delivering devices that could undermine user privacy …

UK Man Jailed for Using RAT to Spy on Women

UK Man Jailed for Using RAT to Spy on Women A Merseyside man has been jailed for two years after using a notorious Remote Access Trojan (RAT) to spy on women via their webcams. Scott Cowley, 27, of St Helens, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court this week after pleading guilty to offences under the UK’s Computer Misuse Act and …

Utah Company and Its Former CEO Settle with FTC Over Alleged Security Failures

Utah Company and Its Former CEO Settle with FTC Over Alleged Security Failures The US Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with a Utah company and its former CEO over allegations that shoddy security practices led to the personal information of over a million customers' being illegally accessed in multiple hacks. InfoTrax Systems, L.C. and its founder and former CEO Mark …

Richard Branson Gets Animated Over Online Scams

Richard Branson Gets Animated Over Online Scams Sir Richard Branson is so hacked off with cyber-criminals ripping off his name and image that he has released an animated guide to spotting online scams.  The video features two extremely pink cartoon renderings of the Virgin founder who work together to highlight a variety of scamming tactics over a soundtrack that conjures the most daring …

Insight Partners Acquires Armis for $1.1bn

Insight Partners Acquires Armis for $1.1bn In the first major cybersecurity acquisition of 2020, Israeli company Armis has been acquired by private equity firm Insight Partners.  Under the terms of the agreement, Insight will acquire the company for cash at a valuation of $1.1bn, with participation from CapitalG for $100m and rollover from certain existing stockholders.  The deal represents the largest …