Wajam: From start-up to massively-spread adware

How a Montreal-made “social search engine” application has managed to become widely-spread adware, while escaping consequences. Background Wajam Internet Technologies is a start-up founded in December 2008 by Martin-Luc Archambault (a famous entrepreneur in Quebec) and based in Montreal, Canada. The core product of the company is a social search engine application (i.e. it allows … More Wajam: From start-up to massively-spread adware

UK’s National Lottery urges millions of players to change their passwords

The lottery’s operator has found that attackers probably used an automated method known as ‘credential stuffing’ to access up to 150 customer accounts. The United Kingdom’s National Lottery is advising all of its 10.5 million registered online users to change their passwords as a safety precaution following a security incident. The recommendation comes after the … More UK’s National Lottery urges millions of players to change their passwords

British hacker admits stealing satellite data from US Department of Defense

A British computer hacker has admitted breaking into a US military communications system and stealing the ranks, usernames, phone numbers, and email addresses of over 800 employees as well as IMEI data related to 30,000 satellite phones. 25-year-old Sean Caffrey, of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday to offences under … More British hacker admits stealing satellite data from US Department of Defense

Fines for poor data security double in UK

Experts have warned that a number of UK companies could find themselves on the end of ever-increasing data privacy fines if they do not adequately prepare themselves for the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). A new report from PwC found that 23 enforcement notices were issued by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in … More Fines for poor data security double in UK

ICO urges businesses to focus on becoming GDPR compliant

The UK’s information commissioner Elizabeth Denham has urged businesses to be incentivized by the benefits of GDPR data security compliance, rather than the possible consequences. In a video addressing boardrooms across the country, Denham stated that businesses should not waste any time in preparing for “the biggest change to data protection law for a generation”. As … More ICO urges businesses to focus on becoming GDPR compliant

Close to 1.4 billion data records compromised in 2016

Over a billion data records were compromised globally in 2016, according to Gemalto’s latest Breach Level Index. The report revealed that close to 1.4 billion records were involved in some sort of data breach, representing an incredible 86% increase compared to 2015. Identity theft, the authors of the report explained, was the most common type … More Close to 1.4 billion data records compromised in 2016

Cybersecurity becoming a key boardroom agenda item

An increase in the number of cyberattacks and growing awareness of the threat has made cybersecurity a key boardroom level agenda item. After previous research showed just 1 in 7 security chiefs report to the CEO, according to a new study from Marsh, there has been a discernable increase in the understanding of cyberthreats among board … More Cybersecurity becoming a key boardroom agenda item