Trickbot ransomware distributor taken offline following court order, says Microsoft

An infamous botnet and distributor of ransomware has been taken offline following a US court order, Microsoft has said. Trickbot, which is estimated to have infected one million computing devices around the world since 2016, was disrupted following an order from the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Tom Burt, Corporate Vice […]

PWC Middle East launches DIFC-backed data protection compliance tool

PwC Middle East has launched a data privacy assessment tool to help companies in Dubai comply with new data protection legislation. The tool, which has been supported by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) provides organisations with bespoke reports outlining their current status against key requirements of the law, which became enforceable on 1 October. […]

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US Treasury warns making ransomware payments could breach sanctions regulations

The US Treasury department has warned that facilitating payments to cybercriminals to remove ransomware from IT systems risks breaching sanctions regulations. In an advisory note published today, the treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)  said demand for ransomware payments has increased during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ransomware is designed to block access to a computer system […]

Fashion chain H&M fined $35m for snooping on employees

Fashion chain H&M has been fined $35million for data protection breaches, including recording and sharing private information about hundreds of employees among managers. Hamburg’s data protection commissioner said the company collected private information about employees at a customer service in Nuremberg. After absences, such as vacations and sick leave, supervisors would conduct “welcome back talks” […]