National Cyber Security Centre appoints new CEO

Lindy Cameron has been announced as the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre new CEO, taking over from NCSC founder Ciaran Martin. Currently in post at the Northern Ireland Office, Cameron was previously Director-General for the Department for International Development’s programmes in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. On assuming the NCSC role in October 2020, Cameron’s […]

New report reveals cyber security flaws in UK universities

More than half of UK universities have reported at least one data breach to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) over the last year, according to a report from managed security services provider Redscan. According to 86 respondents of 134 UK universities approached by Redscan for Freedom of Information requests in March 2020, there were two […]

Garmin’s services knocked out by cyber-attack

Smartwatch and wearables maker Garmin is getting its systems – both external and internal – back online five days after attackers encrypted some of them. The 23 July incident interrupted customer-facing applications, customer support and company communications. “We have no indication that any customer data, including payment information from Garmin Pay, was accessed, lost or […]

‘Millions’ caught in hack on Dave

Attackers have gained unauthorised access to user data at digital banking app developer Dave, with details of more than 7.5 million customers reportedly published on a hackers’ forum.  The security breach involved former third-party service provider Waydev. The stolen information includes passwords stored in hashed form using bcrypt, names, emails, birth dates, physical addresses and […]

Action is required, says member of Lords Select Committee on Democracy and Digital Technologies

“The pace of change, the velocity of what’s happening – we need to really get far more of a grip and understand how to legislate and regulate in a world where things can go global in a fraction of a second,” says Lord Holmes of Richmond MBE, a member of the House of Lords Select […]

Ecommerce websites ‘face continuing threat’ from Keeper Magecart hacker group

Cybersecurity firm Gemini has warned that Keeper Magecart is likely to continue launching increasingly sophisticated attacks against online merchants across the world. The assertion is based on Gemini’s discovery that the hackers’ group, consisting of a network of 64 attacker domains and 73 exfiltration domains, has targeted more than 570 e-commerce sites in 55 countries […]

EC launches public consultation on cybersecurity

The European Commission (EC) is seeking the views of interested parties on its 2016 directive which called for a high level of security for network and information systems across the trading bloc. The review will include assessing whether cybersecurity has improved across the EU, identifying existing and emerging issues, and quantifying regulatory costs and benefits. […]

LifeLabs ordered to improve online security after data breach

The information and privacy commissioners of Ontario and British Columbia in Canada have told LifeLabs to implement a series of measures to overcome shortcomings in its computer systems. The orders follow a joint investigation finding the country’s largest provider of general health diagnostic and speciality laboratory testing services failed to protect the personal health information […]

AI is key weapon on both sides of the phishing war

The use of artificial intelligence to both cause and combat data breaches reflects that the crime is less about pure technology than it is about understanding human behaviour, according to Mariana Pereira, director of email security products at Darktrace. In a presentation at this month’s Last Thursday in Privacy, organised by the Data Protection World […]