Atlanta’s ransomware attack: Police dashcam video archives lost forever

The city has spent $5 million to restore files, rebuild impacted systems, and harden its cyber-defenses. The ransomware attack that compromised much of the computer infrastructure of Atlanta’s municipal government in March 2018, has resulted in the loss of years’ worth of footage collected by dashboard-mounted cameras in the city’s police cars, according to WSB-TV channel. … More Atlanta’s ransomware attack: Police dashcam video archives lost forever

Two Canadian banks warn attackers may have stolen customer data

Simplii Financial and Bank of Montreal are believed to have suffered a twin attack that was soon followed by blackmail threats. Two Canadian banks have announced that cybercriminals may have made off with the data of up to 90,000 of the banks’ customers in apparent security breaches, according to a CBC.ca report. Online bank Simplii Financial … More Two Canadian banks warn attackers may have stolen customer data

Losses from Business Email Compromise scams rising fast and furious

In 2017, the victims of BEC fraud were stung for $676 million, almost double the loss totals reported in the previous year. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received a record-high 301,000 complaints of internet-facilitated fraud and other cybercrimes in 2017, with reported losses adding up to $1.42 billion. Pegged at over $676 million, … More Losses from Business Email Compromise scams rising fast and furious

GDPR: One rule to rule them all – legally

It’s here! But what are the legal ramifications of the incoming legislation for businesses? There is a certain similarity between J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming to force today, May 25 2018. As weird as it may sound, the regulation puts in place standards identical to those of … More GDPR: One rule to rule them all – legally

£120,000 fine for university after details of 20,000 staff and students exposed in data breach

The University of Greenwich has received a fine of £120,000 because of the substantial damage and substantial distress caused by a security breach that exposed the personal information of 20,000 people. It’s called “Shadow IT”, and it’s a problem that has now cost a British university £120,000 (over US $160,000) following a serious security breach. … More £120,000 fine for university after details of 20,000 staff and students exposed in data breach

Last call for GDPR

With the deadline fast approaching SMBs are reminded of what is required to become compliant. Benjamin Franklin famously once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” – a piece of wisdom that can be applied directly to any discussion on Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a directive coming to force on May … More Last call for GDPR