07 Jun 2021

There’s been another spike in attacks on schools and universities

In the UK and US, ransomware attacks targeting schools, colleges, universities, and other academic institutions are on the rise again. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) recently released an advisory that comes amid the aftermath of significant ransomware attacks across the world last month, including those targeting the US’s

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26 May 2021

UK Police Suffered Thousands of Data Breaches in 2020

There were over 2300 data breach incidents reported by just 22 of the UK’s law enforcement organizations in 2020 alone, according to an inquiry launched by VPNoverview. VPNoverview allegedly requested information from 45 of the UK’s police forces and received responses from 31. The results of the investigation revealed that

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23 Apr 2021

China could ‘control the global operating system’ of tech, warns UK spy chief

According to the director of the UK’s intelligence and cyber agency, GCHQ, warned that China could control the global operating system of tech even as the UK reaches the point of becoming a global cyber power. The director, Jeremy Fleming, warned that Western allies must continue to invest in and

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22 Apr 2021

TikTok Sued Over Use of Minors’ Data

TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, is currently being sued for billions of dollars over allegedly mishandling and using data pertaining to minors. Internal company data from July 2020 found that 18 million of TikTok’s total 800 million worldwide users are aged 14 years or younger. The

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20 Apr 2021

UK Government Unveils Plans to Speed Up Rollout of 5G Technology

The UK government announced that it plans to speed up its rollout of 5G technology, which could have major effects on cybersecurity as the technology will likely expand the attack surface for cybercriminals and be harder to protect from an IT standpoint. The UK stated that mobile companies will be

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23 Mar 2021

U.S. and Its Allies Sanction China Over Treatment of Uyghurs in a Collective Action

The US, Canada, and their European allies have levied sanctions against Chinese officials in collective action in response to China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims and significant human rights violations. The coordinated blacklisting is part of the Biden administration’s efforts to forge coalitions against Beijing for several different conflicts. The European

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12 Feb 2021

U.K. Economy Suffers Biggest Slump in 300 Years Amid Covid-19 Lockdowns

Official estimates confirm that the UK economy records its biggest contraction in more than three centuries in 2020 due to lockdown measures halting the operations of non-essential businesses and preventing people from shopping. The country has also suffered one of the world’s deadliest outbreaks. The country is currently grappling with

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05 Feb 2021

Financial Regulator Hit by 240,000 Malicious Emails in Q4 2020

The UK’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), was hit by nearly 240,000 malicious emails in the first quarter of 2020 alone, the FOI found. This highlights the pressure weighing on high profile organizations to protect their assets and maintain high levels of cybersecurity and awareness. A litigation firm

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27 Jan 2021

National Crime Agency warns novice and veteran traders alike of rise in clone company scams

UK watchdog organization the National Crime Agency warned the public about “clone company” attacks increasing in popularity, tricking both novice investors and veteran traders. The threat actors seemingly target those seeking investment opportunities to recoup some finances lost by the economic complications of the Covid-19 pandemic. The FCA reported that

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26 Jan 2021

U.K. Coronavirus Variant Probed for Increased Risk to Younger People

In the UK, doctors have noticed a significant change in the demographics of people receiving medical treatment for Covid-19. In critical care units, more young people and women with serious cases of Covid-19 began to come in. The virus so far has proved to hit older patients and men the

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