UK’s data watchdog hands out two mega-fines for breaches

The times they have a-changed since the ICO could only slap fines worth a fraction of the current amounts. British Airways and Marriott Starwood are facing massive fines in the United Kingdom for cyber-incidents that compromised the personal data of their customers. Yesterday, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) unveiled its intention to slap a fine of … More UK’s data watchdog hands out two mega-fines for breaches

Banking Malware: Countering the threats with certified (browser) protection

These days, there isn’t much that can’t be done on mobile, and that includes banking. Banking apps are quickly becoming the go to method of managing finances, and as a result, mobile banking malware targeting Android phones has become a serious and somewhat underestimated threat. For malware creators motivated by financial gain, banking apps provide … More Banking Malware: Countering the threats with certified (browser) protection

Malicious campaign targets South Korean users with backdoor-laced torrents

ESET researchers have discovered a malicious campaign distributing a backdoor via torrents, with Korean TV content used as a lure. Fans of Korean TV should be on the lookout for an ongoing campaign spreading malware via torrent sites, using South Korean movies and TV shows as a guise. The malware allows the attacker to connect … More Malicious campaign targets South Korean users with backdoor-laced torrents

Ransomware protection crucial to enterprise

Ransomware is malicious code that blocks or encrypts the contents of a device and demands a ransom to restore access to the data. Devices refer not only to mobile phones and computers but also to servers and the Internet of Things (IoT). Therefore, in case of a successful ransomware infection (and nonexistent or nonfunctional backup), the … More Ransomware protection crucial to enterprise

NHS warned to act now to keep hackers at bay

Outdated computer systems, underinvestment in cybersecurity, and a shortage of cybersecurity awareness and skills impact the organization’s cyber-resilience and conspire to put it in the firing line of cyberattacks. Two years after being badly hobbled by the WannaCryptor outbreak, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) still has a lot of work to do to avoid … More NHS warned to act now to keep hackers at bay

Two billion user logs leaked by smart home vendor

The leak, which apparently has yet to be plugged, exposes a range of very specific data about users. A Chinese smart home solutions provider has been leaking billions of logs from devices managed via the company’s cloud platform, exposing a range of sensitive information about their users. The database – which was found sitting an … More Two billion user logs leaked by smart home vendor

Ex-Equifax executive sent to jail for insider trading after breach

“Sounds bad”, the former Equifax CIO wrote in a text after learning of the breach that ended up affecting almost half the US population. The Equifax debacle is in the news again, as a former executive of one of the firm’s business units was sentenced to four months in prison last week for capitalizing on early … More Ex-Equifax executive sent to jail for insider trading after breach