NSA link WannaCry attack to North Korea

The WannaCry ransomware attack is believed to be traced back to North Korea according to British and US security officials. The attackers behind the virus are believed to be a North Korean cyber gang called the Lazarus Group. The attack affected 150 countries including over 60 NHS trusts in the UK locked data and demanded […]

Poor IT habits putting one in 10 SMEs at risk

10% of small business owners and employees regularly share confidential files on personal devices or send documents to personal rather than work emails. The findings, which show a significant lapse in data security amongst the UK’s five million plus small businesses, were highlighted in research* conducted by software developer Reckon. Furthermore, the research found that […]

Report forecasts banks to face fines totalling €4.7bn in first three years under GDPR

The new report GDPR: Banks, Breaches and Billion Euro Fines forecasts the number of data breaches in the European financial services sector over the next three years and corresponding fines under GDPR. The report from Consult Hyperion, commissioned by AllClear ID, forecasts that European financial institutions could face fines totalling €4.7 billion in the first three […]

Gloucester City Council fined by ICO for leaving personal information vulnerable to attack

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Gloucester City Council £100,000 after a cyber attacker accessed council employees’ sensitive personal information. The attacker took advantage of a weakness in the council’s website in July 2014, which led to over 30,000 emails being downloaded from council mailboxes. The messages contained financial and sensitive information about council staff. The […]

Fraudsters are claiming to be from HMRC

Action Fraud is warning people once again of scammers contacting victims claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that trick people into paying bogus debts and taxes using iTunes gift cards. Fraudsters are contacting victims in various ways including calls, texts and voicemails claiming to be from HMRC. the fraudsters tell people that […]

Former claims company manager fined £2,000 over blagging calls to obtain personal data

A former claims company manager has been prosecuted for leading a team involved in ‘blagging’ calls to illegally obtain personal data. Joseph Walker appeared at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to 12 offences of unlawfully obtaining personal data under s55 of the Data Protection Act. A further 44 similar matters were taken into consideration. The […]

New trend report shows how email phishing attacks hook organizations

A new study on email phishing attacks revealed that DHL, Google & Amazon were the most frequently spoofed brands while operations and finance were the most remediated departments. Anti-email phishing technologies, Ironscales has published its first email phishing attack report called, Trend Report: How Modern Email Phishing Attacks Have Organizations on the Hook. The study, which […]