MAZE Relaunches “Name and Shame” Website

MAZE Relaunches "Name and Shame" Website A threat group has once again taken to the internet to publish data stolen from alleged victims who refuse to cooperate with its ransom demands.  In December 2019, the MAZE ransomware group published online a portion of the 120 GB of data they claimed to have stolen from Southwire, North America’s most prominent wire and cable …

US Pressures UK on Final Huawei Decision

US Pressures UK on Final Huawei Decision The US made a last ditch bid to convince the British government to fall into line over Huawei this week, as newly introduced legislation proposed excluding allies from intelligence sharing agreements. Secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, was expected to press his counterpart Dominic Raab at a meeting in Washington this week over the …

Facebook Improves Political Ad Transparency but Refuses Ban

Facebook Improves Political Ad Transparency but Refuses Ban Facebook has revealed new capabilities to improve transparency and user control over political ads, but repeated its refusal to ban such advertising outright. In a blog post on Thursday, director of product management, Rob Leathern, said updates to the Ad Library would help users shine a light on political ads delivered via …

Dixons Carphone Receives Maximum Fine for Major Breach

Dixons Carphone Receives Maximum Fine for Major Breach A major UK high street retailer has been fined the maximum amount under the pre-GDPR data protection regime for deficiencies which led to a breach affecting 14 million customers. Privacy regulator the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) fined DSG Retail £500,000 under the 1998 Data Protection Act after POS malware was installed on …

Amazon Ring Workers Fired After Watching Users’ Videos

Amazon Ring Workers Fired After Watching Users' Videos Four employees of Amazon's home security company Ring have been fired after being caught snooping at users' videos.  The online retail giant admitted terminating individuals over unauthorized access in a letter dated January 6 that was addressed to US senators Ron Wyden, Edward Markey, Gary Peters, Chris Van Hollen, and Christopher Coons.  In the …

UK Banks Foiled by Travelex Ransomware Attack

UK Banks Foiled by Travelex Ransomware Attack The New Year's Eve cyber-attack on currency exchange bureau Travelex is disrupting services for UK bank customers.  Travelex took all its systems offline as a precautionary measure after being hit by what it initially described as a "software virus" on December 31. On January 7, the company released a statement fingering the culprit as a …

Accenture to Acquire Symantec’s Cyber Security Services Business

Accenture to Acquire Symantec's Cyber Security Services Business Accenture Security is to acquire Symantec's Cyber Security Services business from Broadcom. No financial terms were disclosed regarding the acquisition, which is expected to close in March 2020, subject to customary conditions.   The impending Symantec deal is the latest in a long line of acquisitions by Accenture Security in the threat intelligence and cybersecurity fields. Already in …

Interpol Reduces Cryptojacking Infections by 78%

Interpol Reduces Cryptojacking Infections by 78% Interpol is celebrating after a region-wide operation led to a drastic reduction in the number of routers in southeast Asia infected with cryptomining malware. Operation Goldfish Alpha began in June 2019 after intelligence identified over 20,000 compromised routers in the ASEAN region, accounting for nearly a fifth (18%) of global infections. Over the succeeding …

Police to Implement Facial Recognition at Cardiff-Swansea Football Match

Police to Implement Facial Recognition at Cardiff-Swansea Football Match South Wales Police has announced that it will be deploying facial recognition technology at the upcoming Premier League football match between Cardiff City FC and Swansea City FC at Cardiff City Stadium this Sunday, 12 January. In a statement, South Wales Police said: “We will be deploying our facial recognition technology …

TikTok Patches Critical Account Takeover Bugs

TikTok Patches Critical Account Takeover Bugs TikTok has been forced to patch several critical vulnerabilities which may have allowed hackers to hijack user accounts and steal personal data. Check Point researchers discovered the flaws in the wildly popular social media platform, including one SMS link spoofing bug affecting a feature on the main TikTok site that lets users send a …