New tool by Cellebrite can unlock any iPhone

The Israeli forensics firm and law enforcement contractor Cellebrite has announced a tool allowing law enforcement to unlock and extract data from all iOS and high-end Android devices. The tool known as the Universal Forensic Extraction Device or UFED, can “bypass or determine locks and perform a full file system extraction” on any iOS device […]

New Android malware that can bypass 2FA

A new type of android malware has been identified that is capable of bypassing SMS-based-two-factor authentication. In a report on ESET by researcher Lukas Stefanko, a new type of malware has been detected in the Google Play store, which is capable of accessing one-time passwords (OTPs) in SMS two-factor- authentication (2FA) messages “without using SMS […]

Ireland’s cyber security strategy to strengthen with cash boost

The Government of Ireland is set to publish its much-anticipated second national cyber security strategy, reports reveal. The plan will replace intentions outlined in a similar strategy four years ago, to offer a far “broader and comprehensive” proposal which will then be presented before a public consultation. In a statement, Ireland’s Department of Communications, Climate […]

Federal agencies need to strengthen online identity verification processes

The Government Accountability Office published a report reviewing federal agencies’ remote identity proofing practices. The report explains that many federal agencies rely on consumer reporting agencies (CRAs)  like Equifax, to help conduct remote identity proofing. Hence with the Equifax data breach in 2017, the data stolen from the breach could be used fraudulently in order […]

Data breach probe launched into potential Parliament hack

Officials at the Houses of Parliament are looking into a potential confidential data breach, after claims were made that its website was hacked. Cyber authorities at the Palace of Westminster spent last night investigating a cyber breach into the parliament webpage, which holds confidential Parliamentary bills that are not for public viewing. Reports on Twitter […]

Samsung TVs need regular virus checks, firm warns

Electronics manufacturer, Samsung, has told owners of its cutting edge connected televisions to perform virus scans on a regular basis. In a step-by-step guide published on the Twitter account of Samsung Support USA, owners of the firm’s latest TVs can get familiar with the dozen button presses it takes to delve into their devices’ menus […]

Phone carriers violate privacy law, claims groups

A complaint has been made by public interest groups following allegations that major phone carriers are sharing their customers’ location data without consent. The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received a complaint against Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile The complaint wrote: “The Carriers have disclosed customer location information to location aggregators, other location-based services companies, […]

Student scrapes Venmo transactions to warn users over privacy settings

A computer science student has scraped seven million transactions to prove that users’ public activity can be acquired. This follows after a privacy researcher, had downloaded 207 million transactions of Venmo last year. This was possible as Venmo payments between users are made public by default. Therefore every transaction a user makes is publicly accessible […]