Oxford University COVID‑19 lab hacked

Neither clinical research into the coronavirus nor any patient data were affected by the incident. Oxford University has confirmed that one of its biology laboratories that is researching ways to combat the COVID-19 pandemic has fallen victim to a cyberattack. Details about the incident at the Division of Structural Biology (Strubi) were released by Forbes. “We have identified … More Oxford University COVID‑19 lab hacked

Two years later, has GDPR fulfilled its promise?

Has the landmark law helped build a culture of privacy in organizations and have consumers become more wary of sharing their personal data? “Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping Tom to install your window blinds” – John Perry Barlow, EFF (July 1992). Any individual who has the slightest engagement in the … More Two years later, has GDPR fulfilled its promise?

Universities warned to brace for cyberattacks

The UK’s cybersecurity agency also outlines precautions that academia should take to mitigate risks. The United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued a stark warning to universities across the country, urging them to be on their guard against cyberattacks. The main risk is, in fact, two-fold. Firstly, it comes from ne’er-do-wells seeking financial gain via … More Universities warned to brace for cyberattacks

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

The UK plans to legislate to secure IoT, but is it really the answer?

A reflection on whether this approach to addressing IoT security challenges can ‘deliver the goods’ and how consumer awareness can help. According to an article by the BBC, the United Kingdom’s Digital Minister Margot James is proposing legislation to introduce a new labelling system to show customers how secure an IoT product is. In order to … More The UK plans to legislate to secure IoT, but is it really the answer?