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UK organisations join secure quantum communications pilot

A new pilot project that aims to build the most secure communications infrastructure in Europe has been unveiled, bringing together 38 partners from industry and academia including four UK organisations.

Toshiba Research Europe (TREL), BT, the National Physical Laboratory and the University of Cambridge said they will join the OPENQKD initiative that aims to boost the security of critical applications in telecoms, healthcare, electrical supply and government services.


Privacy concerns after ZAO face-swap app goes viral in China

China is reckoning with its own consumer privacy scandal after a Deepfake-style app that lets users swap faces with celebrities and sports stars went viral over the weekend. 

After ZAO was released on the Chinese iOS app store on Friday it quickly went viral, clocking up millions of downloads and immediately drawing backlash over data privacy concerns, much like FaceApp, a similar app that went viral in July.


Tech-literate millennials are the biggest victims of bank scams

Millennials are falling victim to scams involving handing money to fraudsters more than any other age group, according to Lloyds Bank.

New data shows that victims aged 18 to 34 are losing £2,630 on average to the fraud, which typically involve scammers impersonating banking staff, the police or HM Revenues and Customs.


Ex-AWS employee behind Capital One hack also infiltrated its cloud servers to mine crypto

The former AWS employee who allegedly hacked Capital One bank in July has been accused of breaching the bank’s cloud servers to mine cryptocurrency.

Paige Thompson – who went by the online moniker “erratic” – was indicted yesterday for stealing data from Capital One and 30 other entities, and has been charged with wire fraud, and computer fraud and abuse, according to Seattle court documents.


UK to decide on Huawei 5G involvement by end of autumn

The fate of Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s 5G network could be decided by the end of the year, Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan has said.

5G equipment made by the Chinese firm is currently subject to security concerns amid accusations of links to the Chinese government, which the company has denied.


VMware snaps up Pivotal and Carbon Black for $4.8 billion

VMware has announced it has bought software companies Pivotal and Carbon Black in two deals valued at $4.8 billion as it seeks to broaden its enterprise services portfolio.

After the announcement, Pivotal shares rose 9 percent in extended trading, while those of Carbon Black were up nearly 6 percent. VMware shares fell 7 percent and Dell shares shed 3 percent.


Google Cloud, IBM, Intel, Microsoft join consortium to protect in-use server data

Several of the world’s largest tech companies have joined a new effort aimed at helping organisations utilise encrypted server data in-memory while isolating it from other software and applications, enabling them to more securely run applications on-premise, in remote edge sites or in the cloud.


Cyber-spooked UK business leaders are hesitant to adopt new tech

67 percent of UK business leaders say cyber security concerns are preventing them from adopting new technology and blocking their digital transformation strategies, according to a new cyber security report. 

The report, conducted by EY, surveyed 175 C-suite executives at UK-based businesses to assess the state of the British cyber security landscape at the board level.


Facebook expands data abuse bug bounty programme to Instagram

Instagram users can now report app developers they believe are misusing their data as part of an expansion to the social network’s security tools.

The data abuse bounty programme is used to identify violations of policy around data use and rewards those who find and report abuses, the firm said.


Researchers uncover major Bluetooth security flaw

A joint paper by researchers at Oxford University, Singapore University of Technology and Design and the Helmholtz Centre for Information Security (CISPA) called the issue “a serious threat to the security and privacy of all Bluetooth users”.

Named the Key Negotiation of Bluetooth attack, the weakness fools the pair into creating a relatively shorter encryption key, making it easier for hackers to crack.


Biometrics platform used by UK police stored millions of unhashed fingerprints on unsecured database

An unencrypted Elasticsearch database containing millions of fingerprints, facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and personal information on employees has been discovered by researchers. The database belongs to Biostar 2, a biometric security platform recently integrated into AEOS, an access control system used by the UK Metropolitan Police.


Only 11% of UK businesses have cyber insurance policy

Uptake of cyber security insurance in the UK is worringly low and placing millions of small businesses at risk, according to new research.



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