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UK police sell £300,000 of crypto seized from TalkTalk hacker

UK police have raised a pretty penny through the auction of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency seized from a crypto trader and hacker.

On September 26, Irish firm Wilsons Auctions sold 62 lots of crypto from a stash that included Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple and Bitcoin Satoshi Vision.

It is the first time that UK police have auctioned off criminally-seized cryptocurrency. 


Airbus suppliers hit by four cyber attacks in 12 months

Airbus was struck by four cyber attacks on its suppliers in the last 12 months, according to reports.

According to AFP, which broke the news this morning, the European aerospace giant was hit by a series of attacks by hackers targeting its suppliers for commercial secrets. AFP cited security sources who linked the attacks to a Chinese hacking group APT10.


Magecart: Why evil wizards are your number 1 ecommerce problem

Ecommerce is booming, it’s fast-moving and exciting. However, someone is trying to steal from you – but they aren’t taking your products. They are pickpocketing your customer’s data, directly from their machines and in the process damaging your reputation, sometimes irreparably.

Data breaches are not a new phenomenon; the frequency and size of attacks have increased dramatically since Magecart first appeared in 2015. Even worse, you now have to publicly report them to the ICO. Damage limitation has never been so important.


Google wins legal fight to keep ‘right to be forgotten’ EU-only

Europe’s top court has told Google it does not have to make the “right to be forgotten” available worldwide.

The measure already allows citizens in EU countries to demand any results about them considered “inadequate, irrelevant or… excessive” to be removed, if the search is carried out in an EU country – even though the web page would still exist, delisting from a search engine makes it harder for people to find.


Google gives users more control over Assistant voice recordings

Google has said it will reduce the amount of voice data it stores, following a scandal linked to AI assistants and how audio data from users was being listened to by human reviewers.

The technology giant said that while its own Voice and Audio Activity (VAA) programme has always been opt-in, it will now ask every user to re-affirm their choice before it recommences.


UK universities face rising threat from nation state hackers

The National Cyber Security Centre has warned UK universities that they face increasing cyber threats from criminals and nation states.

While the most immediate disruptive threat emanates from criminals seeking financial gain, the longer-term threat comes from nation-states intent on stealing research for strategic gain, the NCSC assessed in a report jointly-produced with the CPNI.


Irish gov’t admits cyber security department struck by ransomware attack

The Irish communications minister has revealed that his department, which is responsible for protecting the state from cyber attacks, fended off a ransomware attack last year.

Richard Bruton admitted to the 2018 breach on the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment’s IT systems in response to a parliamentary question from Fianna Fail defence spokesperson Jack Chambers, who questioned why the government’s National Cyber Security Centre was headed by Bruton’s department despite it lacking any security, defence or intelligence credential


Estonia curbs state use of Huawei 5G technology

Estonia is set to restrict the use of equipment and technology from Chinese telecom giant Huawei in its government sector.

Officials in the country, which is one of Europe’s most wired and technologically advanced nations, cited security concerns and recommendations by the US, a key Nato ally.


Gov.uk data collection probed by UK privacy regulator

The UK’s data and privacy watchdog is looking into how personal data on the Government’s main website is collected after it was reported the portal is being used to target users in preparation for Brexit.

A memo obtained by BuzzFeed allegedly tells departments to share data collected from its gov.uk, marked as “top priority” by the Prime Minister’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings.


Defence Secretary says Huawei behaviour will determine 5G decision

A decision on whether or not to allow the use of Huawei telecoms equipment in parts of Britain’s new 5G networks is not just technical – but also about behaviour, the Defence Secretary has said.

Ben Wallace was speaking at the defence and security arms fair DSEI, when he revealed the Government would publish a decision soon, but stopped short of providing a date.


Intel to use facial recognition and 3D athlete-tracking at Olympics

Facial recognition technology and 3D athlete-tracking to enhance the viewing experience of the Olympic Games will be used during Tokyo 2020, Intel has said.

The computer chip-maker, which is a leading partner of the major international multi-sport event, will be able to identify more than 300,000 people at the Games in Japan, including athletes, volunteers, media and other staff.


More than half of UK businesses not GDPR compliant

Despite it being over a year since GDPR was introduced, more than half of UK businesses are failing to comply with the legislation, a new report suggests.

The survey of 250 UK GDPR decision makers, conducted on behalf of data security firm Egress, found that 52 percent of businesses are not fully compliant with the regulation, which came into force in May 2018.



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