Former director earned £1.4 million selling customer data

Former Managing Director of No 1 Accident Claims Limited based in Manchester has been reported to have earned over £1.4 million from selling customer data illegally. The former director, David Cullen appeared before Manchester Crown Court earlier this week (24 June), pleading guilty to 21 charges of unlawfully obtaining and selling personal data, breaching section […]

5 million records belonging to MedicareSupplement.com was left exposed 

A database belonging to the US-based insurance marketing website has been left open and accessible to the public, exposing more than 5 million records.  Security researcher Bob Diachenko discovered the public MongoDB instance which appeared to be a part of the website’s marketing leads database. Diachenko tweeted that the database had been spotted on BinaryEdge.  […]

EU to run war games to prepare for cyber attacks

European Union ministers will take part in joint war games over the following months to prepare for “hybrid threats”. Finland’s foreign minister, Pekka Haavisto stated that both interior and finance ministers will be tasked with responding to fictional scenarios during meetings in July and September, in Helsinki.  The war games follow after a series of […]

PrivSec:Report Weekly Roundup

Each week, PrivSec:Report presents the top 5 headlines from the week’s news and upcoming events in the privacy and security industry. This week a report was released revealing that consumers in the UK are valuing their security over convenience, and a lost USB drive leads to the arrest of Anonymous hacker. He dropped himself in […]

Congress introduces bipartisan bill to prohibit “dark patterns”

Known as The Deceptive Experiences to Online User Reduction (DETOUR) Act, the bill would prohibit websites and online platforms from utilising deceptive techniques.  “Dark patterns” is simply deceptive techniques used by websites and online platforms to  manipulate users into buying or signing up for products and/or services that they wouldn’t normally do. Proposed by US […]

5 million cyber attacks on IP cameras blocked, research reveals

In a partnership with VIVOTEK, Trend Micro had announced its findings after analysing data from 7,000 anonymously aggregated IP cameras. The security vendor announced that it had blocked 5 million attempted cyber attacks against IP cameras in just five months, indicating the huge risk in security the IP-based surveillance industry are facing.  In its analysis, […]

Nokia warns UK over using Huawei kit

The Finnish company has warned the UK against utilising Huawei’s equipment following fears over network security.  Huawei, the leading telecoms company had been under increasing global pressure following accusations that it conducts surveillance on behalf of the Chinese government, with the US being the most vocal about it.  Huawei has continuously denied all allegations.  Marcus […]

US authorities developing malware detection program

It’s been revealed that US authorities are working on a malware detection program. The software, dubbed MalSee, is said to be able to detect malware faster than current methods. Developed by the US Navy’s Center for High Assurance Computer Systems (CHACS), and researchers at Mayachitra who have also been working on the web-accessible service, released […]