18 Jul 2019

Iran Says It Seized Foreign Oil Tanker, Escalating Regional Tensions

Tensions in the Gulf further escalated on Thursday after Iranian media reported that the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps seized a foreign oil tanker on Sunday. Allegedly the vessel, sailing under an unidentified flag, had been smuggling one million liters of oil. Last Saturday, a United Arab Emirates vessel disappeared

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12 Jul 2019

Britain sending destroyer to Gulf amid Iranian threats

Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Friday warned the British government that it is playing a “dangerous game” that “has consequences” by refusing to release an Iranian tanker that was recently seized in Gibraltar by UK Marines. According to an Iranian spokesman, “the legal pretexts for the capture are not valid,” and

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11 Jul 2019

Britain says Iran attempted to block its oil tanker

The United Kingdom on Thursday stated that a BP oil tanker sailing under the Isle of Man flag was almost denied passage through the Strait of Hormuz between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman by thee Iranian vessels. The tanker was only able able to continue its journey

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10 Jul 2019

Marriott Faces $123 Million GDPR Fine for 2018 Data Breach

In addition to considering an unprecedented $228 million fine for British Airways over the data breach the company experienced in the summer of 2018, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) plans to fine Marriott International Inc £99,200,396 ($123,705,869) over its failure to protect customer data under the EU’s General Data

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09 Jul 2019

GDPR: Record British Airways fine shows how data protection legislation is beginning to bite

British Airways will soon have the dubious honor of becoming the first organization to receive a major fine under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that came into effect in May of 2018. The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office plans to slap the airline with a £183.4m fine (around

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08 Jul 2019

Don’t forget about WannaCry: Hospitals are still at risk of cyberattack

Two years after the WannaCry ransomware worm infected hundreds of thousands of computers around the globe within a few days, hospitals in the United Kingdom remain vulnerable to cyberattacks, a new report by the Imperial College London warns. The WannaCry outbreak cost the National Health Service (NHS) over $100 million

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05 Jul 2019

Iran threatens British shipping in retaliation for tanker seizure

Iran on Friday threatened to capture a British oil tanker unless the United Kingdom releases an Iranian tanker that was recently seized in Gibraltar by UK Marines. A day earlier, the Iranian government had summoned the British ambassador over the incident. Gibraltar said the vessel had been seized because it

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24 Jun 2019

UK Police suspend work with major forensics firm after cyber-attack

A recent ransomware attack on forensics firm Eurofins has impacted operations of the UK police department, which is now dealing with an increasing backlog of pending forensic investigations. Eurofins provides various types of forensic services, including DNA analysis, toxicology, ballistics and computer forensics work. It is believed that the UK

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21 Jun 2019

Insured losses from a cyber catastrophe could reach billions

New figures[pdf] released by Kovrr show that a “cyber catastrophe” involving a disruptive cyberattack on a UK email service provider could result in around $3.25 billion in losses to be covered by insurance companies. Kovrr believes that insurance and reinsurance companies aren’t prepared for this scenario even though it is

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13 Jun 2019

UK signs extradition request for Julian Assange

The UK government on Wednesday signed the US extradition request for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, whose extradition trial will start on Friday. The US Department of Justice wants to prosecute Assange for 18 charges related to the illegal collection and distribution of classified information. Various journalists and analysts view the

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