The NSPCC has warned Facebook that it risks becoming a “one-stop grooming shop” if it presses ahead with plans to encrypt across all its messaging services. Facebook is considering end-to-end encryption on Facebook Messenger and Instagram Direct – on top of WhatsApp, which is already encrypted – but there has been a deep concern that the move could prevent child abusers from being caught.
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Although UK organisations are increasingly moving sensitive data to the cloud, IT staff and employees are failing to define cloud security responsibilities, a new report suggests.
Cyber security company McAfee surveyed 1310 IT staff and 755 employees in businesses with over 250 employees across Europe to understand how cloud adoption is progressing and how well organisations are dealing with cloud security concerns.
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World wide web founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned of a “digital dystopia” as he launches a global action plan aimed at tackling misuse of the web. The British computer scientist will unveil a string of standards in Berlin on Monday, over fears of ever-increasing online threats, such as election interference, harassment, invasion of privacy and the spread of disinformation. Sir Tim’s World Wide Web Foundation has put together a Contract for the Web, calling on governments, companies and the public to ensure the web is a safe, free and open platform for all.
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The Labour Party has vowed to overhaul the country’s cybersecurity with the creation of a co-ordinating minister and a review of the National Cyber Security Centre’s role. The party’s manifesto also commits to introducing a Charter of Digital Rights to protect children online. In its 2019 manifesto, the party warned that services such as the NHS, nuclear facilities, transport systems and communications networks are vulnerable to cyberattacks as we become more dependent on digital technology.
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Law firm Slaughter and May have lambasted executives from TSB and parent company Sabadell over the catastrophic core banking migration that locked two million customers out of their accounts in April 2018.
The migration from Lloyds Bank systems to TSB's new in-house core banking platform Proteo4UK led to money disappearing from customer accounts, halved Sabadell's 2018 profits, and eventually forced out TSB CEO Paul Pester.
Slaughter and May's 262-page report, said to have cost £25 million to produce, criticised the TSB board for failing to "fully understand the scope and complexity" of the new IT system and found Sabadell's IT arm Sabis guilty of failing to test the system on one of the two data centres it relied on.
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The Labour Party has said it experienced a “sophisticated and large-scale cyber attack” on its digital platforms, which was later revealed to be a DDoS attack.
A Labour source confirmed that the attack was DDoS in nature, meaning that the perpetrator attempted to cause its digital platforms to crash by flooding them with so much traffic from various sources that services struggle to load properly.
Since bursting into the lives of UK shoppers in 2014, Black Friday has fast become the busiest week in the retail calendar. Cyber Monday is the online sister of Black Friday, and that too has ballooned in recent years. In fact, last year, a record-breaking $7.8 billion worth of sales were made on Cyber Monday.
With all this demand, comes greater responsibility. Luckily for those retailers looking to capitalise on this record-busting sales event, there are plenty of cutting edge technology solutions to help them get it right.
Techerati spoke with nine technology experts to get their thoughts and advice for retailer best practice this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
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Cyber attacks come in all shapes and sizes When it comes to hacking, it’s easy to think of the many films which showcase the criminality of it. From 2016’s Snowden to 2007’s Die Hard 4, hacking is typically associated with thrillers and crime dramas – films which feature a master hacker able to unlock a... Read More
Cloud computing has offered a wealth of opportunity for businesses across the globe. From encouraging vast and continuous development of services, applications and platforms, to giving companies a myriad of choices when it comes to finding the right solution to drive business benefit. However, cloud computing does open the door to new risks that need to be acknowledged. These risk factors come in many different shapes and sizes, including unauthorised system access, mass data loss, or the complexity of network identity management.
Visibility is absolutely key for businesses to make informed and educated decisions. Without the full picture, correct decision making is nearly impossible and will ultimately lead to failure. With an understanding of where the risks and threats lie, companies can build a defence to mitigate these threats; this is where having centralised connectivity is essential.
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A common assumption about cyber attacks is that they’re all about theft. But that’s not always the case, as data manipulation attacks illustrate. This type of attack is where cyber criminals access the target system and make undetected changes to data in order to elicit some form of gain, but without any outright theft taking place. Sometimes referred to as “the hack you might not notice”, they have the potential to cause immense damage.
Cybercrime is getting smarter and data is growing in value. So, as cyber-attacks become more sophisticated, businesses need to rise to the challenge and protect their digital operations. This October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which aims to draw attention to the threats that are putting businesses, and individuals, at risk. To highlight the importance of this awareness month, Techerati spoke with seven industry experts to get their thoughts and advice.
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