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How a Pandemic Started a Trend Called Zoombombing

Zoom has seen hyper-growth during what IT teams are calling the "new normal." But that fame comes with a cost--the attention of hackers and security pros. … [Read more...]

How Hacking, Trolling, and Misinformation Impacts Cybersecurity

The Dark Triad brings together three types of online cyber attacks: hacking, misinformation, and trolling. While they can each work independently, they usually feed off each other and become especially potent when working in concert. … [Read more...]

Podcast: Managing eWaste in a Secure and Compliant Manner

Businesses must consider all the data security implications when dealing with eWaste. Many companies are now opting to shred old equipment on top of using tools to wipe storage devices. … [Read more...]

Hospital patients’ medical records found on roadside

Hospital notes of patients who attended Craigavon Area Hospital, Co. Armagh were discovered scattered on a local roadside on 7 February. The records contained the information of 18 patients who visited ward 2 South Medicine at the hospital, including their name, age, reason for admission, and medical and social history. A man and a six-year-old child, who wish to remain anonymous, discovered the … [Read more...]

Unlawful data processing practices cost Italian telecoms organisation more than €27 million

The Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali) last month issued a €27,802,946 fine to telecoms company TIM S.p.A for several GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) infringements and a lack of accountability. The unlawful practices, which occurred between 2017 and 2019, affected millions of individuals, some of whom were not even TIM S.p.A customers. They … [Read more...]

Ireland’s DPC begins investigation into Google and Tinder

Ireland’s DPC (Data Protection Commission) is investigating Internet giant Google and matchmaking app Tinder over the way they process and retain users’ data. Inquiry into Google The DPC has commenced an own-volition Statutory Inquiry into Google Ireland Limited following complaints from several EU consumer organisations about its processing of users’ location data and the transparency of the … [Read more...]

250 million Microsoft customer records exposed in latest breach

In its latest data breach, Microsoft has exposed nearly 14 years of customer service and support records, equating to the details of nearly 250 million records. The breach was discovered by Comparitech’s security research team, which is headed by Bob Diachenko, who immediately informed Microsoft. The corporation took swift action; in total, the data was exposed from 28–31 December 2019. Diachenko … [Read more...]

Cyber attacks and data breaches in review: January 2020

The new decade is off to a promising start, with only 61 disclosed data breaches or cyber attacks. It’s not all good news, though, as a handful of massive incidents – including the ongoing leaks of medical files in the US – has helped push the number of breached records to 1.5 billion. There were also several worrying incidents involving European organisations. Let’s take a look at some of them … [Read more...]

2019 cyber security news in review

At this time of year, news feeds are chock full of Predictions For The Next Year – and for good reason. Everybody wants to be prepared for what lies ahead.  But if you’re looking for guidance on what 2020 has in store, we suggest you follow the maxim that the best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour.  So, as we enter a new year – and indeed a new decade – let’s take a look back at … [Read more...]

One in four organisations were breached in the first half of 2019

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that 2019 has continued a growing upwards trend of cyber crime, but Bitdefender has revealed just how extensive the threat is.  Its Mid-Year Threat Landscape Report 2019 revealed that 24% of organisations suffered a breach in the first half of the year.  Meanwhile, many of those that haven’t reported an incident admit it’s possible that they’ve suffered one but … [Read more...]