17 Sep 2021

Aukus: US and UK face international backlash over Australia defence deal

The new security pact the Us and UK signed with Australia is facing growing international criticism. Aukus, the alliance, was announced on Wednesday and it does not mention China, however it is seen as an effort to counter Beijing’s influence in the South China Sea. France was angered by the

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16 Sep 2021

Biden and UK to help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines in new pushback on China

On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden announced a new effort with the UK and Australia that aims to help the latter nation acquire nuclear-powered submarines. The operation looks to counter China and build international backing for the US in its approach to Beijing. The announcement was released as part of

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16 Sep 2021

Household Names Hit with £500K Fine for Spamming Consumers

In the UK, three popular companies have been fined nearly half a million USD collectively by the UK privacy regulator after delivering hundreds of millions of marketing messages to consumers and violating certain marketing laws. We Buy Any Car was allegedly fined £200,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office after sending

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24 Aug 2021

G-7 Allies to Press U.S. to Extend Afghanistan Presence

US allies are expected to pressure President Joe Biden on Tuesday to prolong US evacuation operations in Afghanistan past the August 31 deadline. The pressure will come despite warnings from the Taliban that they will not tolerate the continued presence of international forces after the final day of the month.

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28 Jul 2021

Get patching: US, UK, and Australia issue joint advisory on top 30 exploited vulnerabilities

The US’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Australia’s Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and the US FBI recently released an advisory detailing the top 30 most exploited vulnerabilities dating back to 2017. After seven months of 2021, the agencies found that CVE-2017-11882,

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20 Jul 2021

Hundreds of touchscreen ticket machines are offline after a ransomware attack

A ransomware attack has caused hundreds of self-service ticketing machines across the UK to go offline. The machines are located in the northern region of the country. Travellers have been encouraged to use mobile ticketing services while the machines are down. The attack comes just two months after roughly 600

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19 Jul 2021

UK blames China for Microsoft Exchange Server hack

On Monday, the UK government came forth to publicly accuse the Chinese government of perpetrating a damaging Microsoft Exchange Server hack that targeted organizations across Europe and North America. The UK joined several other entities, including the US and Microsoft itself, in claiming that China, specifically a state-sponsored hacking group

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30 Jun 2021

Reported HMRC-Branded Phishing Scams Grew by 87% During COVID-19

Official figures obtained by accountancy group Lanop Outsourcing reveal that HMRC-branded phishing scams grew by 87% during the Covid-19 pandemic. The company gained access to the information after filing a Freedom of Information request. The data revealed that reports of phishing scams impersonating the UK’s tax, payments, and customs authority

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24 Jun 2021

UK plays down Crimean naval confrontation while Russia says ‘London has lost its manners’

On Thursday, a UK government minister announced that Britain was prepared to sail naval vessels through disputed waters near Crimea again. The statement comes just a day after a confrontation between a British warship and Russian forces in the Black Sea, sparking conflicting stories from both parties. Environment Secretary George

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23 Jun 2021

Councils Reported Over 700 Data Breaches in 2020

In 2020, hundreds of councils across the UK suffered from data breaches, according to new Freedom of Information research produced by Redscan. Redscan utilized official FOI responses from 60% of the country’s 398 local authorities to compile the new report, Disjointed and Under-Resourced: Cybersecurity across UK Councils. The managed security

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