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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11 Jun 2019

Huawei Denies Being Bound by Chinese Spy Laws

In a testimony to the UK parliament, Huawei’s head of cyber security on Monday stated that the firm’s attorneys have assured it that the Chinese government cannot legally force it to conduct foreign intelligence work. The US has designated Huawei a threat to national security, arguing that national security laws in

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31 May 2019

Tech giants sign letter condemning UK agency’s plan to spy on encrypted messages

Four tech giants have slammed a proposal by the UK government to allow government spies secret access to private chats that are supposed to be encrypted. In a joint letter to the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Microsoft, Google, WhatsApp (owned by Facebook) and Apple said that the “ghost protocol”

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24 May 2019

NATO Warns Russia of ‘Full Range’ of Responses to Cyberattack

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday warned adversaries that the alliance “can and will use the full range of capabilities at our disposal” to respond to cyberattacks. This week, elections for the European Parliament are held in all EU member states, which has European governments worried about Russian hacking and

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23 May 2019

TalkTalk Overlooked Nearly 5000 Customers in Breach Notification

An investigation by the BBC consumer rights show Watchdog Live has revealed that UK telco Talk Talk botched the breach notification that followed a 2015 cybersecurity incident by failing to inform 4545 impacted customers. The company acknowledged the mistake, describing it as “a genuine error.” The firm says it has

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21 May 2019

Battle breaks out for WikiLeaks founder Assange’s computers

A week after Sweden complicated US efforts to get the UK to extradite Julian Assange by reopening an investigation into a rape allegation against the WikiLeaks founder, Ecuador has enabled the US government to expand its extradition case. It did so by seizing all personal belongings and electronic devices left

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09 May 2019

Pompeo Attacks China and Warns Britain Over Huawei Security Risks

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday warned the UK that as a result of China’s economic and political activity and aims, the country now represents “a new kind of challenge, an authoritarian regime that’s integrated economically into the West.” He also accused China of stealing “intellectual property for military

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02 May 2019

Julian Assange refuses to surrender to U.S. extradition request as legal battle begins

“I do not wish to surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that has won many, many awards and protected many people,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Thursday in his official refusal to comply with a US extradition request for allegations that he conspired to break into a Pentagon

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02 May 2019

Consumers increasingly deploying biometrics as PINs and passwords continue to fail

Today is World Password Day. For this occasion, Nuance released new research showing that resistance against biometric authentication methods such as fingerprint scanners and facial recognition solutions is declining, while frustration over password use remains. Almost two out of three (64%) UK residents feel comfortable using this technology and over

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