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PM vows not to jeopardise UK security over Huawei 5G involvement

Boris Johnson said he would not risk Britain’s security when upgrading the nation’s 5G communications network – but said critics of Chinese technology firm Huawei must come up with an “alternative” provider. In an interview with the BBC on Tuesday, the Prime Minister said he did not want to “prejudice” the country’s ability to share intelligence with allies in the so-called Five Eyes arrangement – a collaboration between the UK, Australia, US, Canada and New Zealand – as a result of the improvements he had promised voters in his election manifesto.


Iranian hackers could target US electrical utilities

A hacking group with links to Iran has been attempting to compromise thousands of accounts belonging to US electric utilities and oil and gas firms amid rising fears the Iranian Republic is planning a cyber retaliation in the wake of the assassination of major general Qasem Soleimani.

On Thursday, industrial control system security firm Dragos detailed new hacking activity which the company attributed to a group of state-sponsored hackers it calls Magnallium which has been previously linked to the Iranian regime. The same group is also known as APT33, Refined Kitten or Elfin.


Conservative Party on top for Facebook advertising spend 

The party used the platform to target older voters with simple messaging about Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn. The Conservative Party spent more than any other party on Facebook and Instagram adverts in the run-up to last week’s General Election, analysis by the PA news agency has found.


Trade body techUK serves up tech-focused manifesto

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you will have noticed that the UK election race is heating up.

With the Conservative Party unveiling its (relatively anaemic) manifesto over the weekend, all three of the UK’s major political parties have released their policy pledges and priorities should they be victorious on December 12.


Labour vows to review the UK’s cyber security defences 

The Labour Party has vowed to overhaul the country’s cybersecurity with the creation of a co-ordinating minister and a review of the National Cyber Security Centre’s role. The party’s manifesto also commits to introducing a Charter of Digital Rights to protect children online. In its 2019 manifesto, the party warned that services such as the NHS, nuclear facilities, transport systems and communications networks are vulnerable to cyberattacks as we become more dependent on digital technology.


What caused the Labour Party cyber attack?

The Labour Party has said it experienced a “sophisticated and large-scale cyber attack” on its digital platforms, which was later revealed to be a DDoS attack.

A Labour source confirmed that the attack was DDoS in nature, meaning that the perpetrator attempted to cause its digital platforms to crash by flooding them with so much traffic from various sources that services struggle to load properly.


Election campaigns being monitored warns data regulator

The Information Commissioner’s Office has written to 13 main parties to remind that their campaign activity is being monitored. Political parties have been warned that the data regulator will be watching over their General Election campaigning activity to ensure it stays within the law.


UK and US accuse Russian hackers of disguising themselves as Iranian spies to attack 35 countries

Russian hackers disguised themselves as Iranian hackers to launch a cyber attack targeting government and industry organisations in 35 countries, British and US officials announced in a joint statement.

As part of the campaign, the Russian hacking group known as “Turla” used Iranian tools and infrastructure and employed the same techniques used by hacking groups associated with the Islamic Republic.

The group extracted sensitive documents and assets from a range of sectors and organisations, including a ‘large cluster’ based in the Middle East, officials said.


US officials reveal secret cyber strike against Iran

The US executed a cyber attack against Iran following the September 14 attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, according to a report.

Speaking anonymously to Reuters, two US officials speaking under anonymity confirmed the secret operation took place in late September and was aimed at stymying Tehran’s propaganda efforts in the wake of the attack.

Iran is known to use a host of websites to spread pro-state messaging in a global propaganda operation that cyber security experts and social media giants are beginning to uncover.


MPs want more clarity over penalties for improper use of drones and their proposed risk

The Government is being urged to set out plans to integrate drones into society and allay concerns over public safety and privacy. More must be done to understand the risks posed by drones to public safety and privacy, with clearer penalties, the Government has been told by a group of MPs.


Rulers in China unhappy with Apple over app that monitors police movements

Apple became the latest company targeted for Chinese pressure over protests in Hong Kong after the ruling Communist Party’s main newspaper criticised the tech giant for a smartphone app that allows activists to report police movements.


TikTok bans paid political adverts

TikTok has decided not to allow paid political adverts on its platform, as the 2020 US election fast approaches.

The video-driven social media app has made the move amid increased scrutiny over political advertising on other social networks, particularly Facebook.

TikTok attracts millions of people across the world, mostly younger users, making it a potential target to reach first-time voters.



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