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AimBrain releases free biometrics platform for small businesses

A biometrics-based security firm has released a free platform to help smaller businesses move towards identity-based authentication. AimBrain’s product is designed to replace more traditional methods of security, such as passwords and PINS, with biometric-based security. It sells to customers that run services like online banking apps. It has always used open-source software development kits… Read More


Car salesman asks customer to tick reCAPTCHA box… on paper

A Florida resident was left bemused when a car salesman asked her to tick a reCAPTCHA box… on a piece of paper. Writer Marci Robin was buying a used 2016 Fiat 500X in West Palm Beach, Florida and was going through the usual paperwork process when the salesman handed her a page with the offending tickbox on… Read More


Microsoft to extend GDPR rights internationally

Microsoft has announced that it will be extending the rights contained in the European General Data Protection Regulations to all of its customers around the world. Microsoft has said that it will extend GDPR principles, which apply in the European Union, to all of its customers around the world. In a blog post, Julie Brill,… Read More


A week before GDPR, Greenwich University fined for data breach

The University of Greenwich has been handed a £120,000 fine by the ICO for a data breach involving nearly 20,000 people, which included medical information. Contact details, including names addresses and phone numbers, of 19,500 students, staff and alumni were leaked. As well as contact details, information about learning difficulties and staff sickness records were accessed… Read More


Kaspersky moves to Switzerland following corruption claims

Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs is moving a significant part of its production and storage to Switzerland after it came under fire for supposed connections to the Russian government. U.S. Homeland Security last year banned all federal agencies from using Kaspersky software after sensitive data was stolen from an NSA employee’s computer. There were accusations… Read More


IoT botnet Hide and Seek evolves to survive device reboot

Security researchers have discovered the re-emergence of the Hide and Seek IoT botnet, which is the first of its type to be able to survive a device reboot. Initially discovered in January this year by Bitdefender, the botnet has managed to infect around 90,000 devices worldwide. Researchers believe that the current intention of its designers… Read More


Data breaches, security and GDPR – getting a consistent, continuous approach in place

Darron Gibbard of Qualys explores how GDPR is placing a spotlight on the importance of effective data breach reporting.  GDPR is nearly here. For all companies that have customers in Europe, putting new data privacy and security rules in place has been on the agenda for the last year. However, there are still some areas where… Read More


380,000 Hong Kong Broadband customer details leaked

Customers of Hong Kong Broadband Network were warned earlier this week that their personal details had been compromised by hackers. The details of 380,000 customers, including credit card information for more than 40,000 of those people, were taken from a database on Monday, the company said. Announcing that it had been breached on Wednesday, Hong… Read More


GDPR may hinder cybersecurity, say experts

GDPR, which will be enforced in just over a month’s time, may seriously hinder cybersecurity capabilities, according to some cybersecurity experts. Well-known cybersecurity investigative journalist Brian Krebs has predicted a rise in ‘spam, phishing and just about every form of cybercrime’ due to GDPR’s impact on the WHOIS tool, which he described as the ‘single… Read More


34 firms sign Cybersecurity Tech Accord, big names missing

Facebook, Microsoft and 32 other major technology companies have signed a Cybersecurity Tech Accord to protect people from cybercrime. The agreement makes a number of promises that the signatories hope will protect consumers and businesses from an ever-growing wave of cybercrime. This includes refusing to collaborate with governments on cyberattacks. Cynics reading may note some… Read More


How to have your cloud and eat it

Paul Ducklin, senior technologist at Sophos, discusses how to ‘have your cloud and eat it.’ You might be wondering: why is a company like Sophos, which some people still think of as “the big UK anti-virus company”, interested in a cloud expo? After all, isn’t anti-virus (even though it has been about a whole lot… Read More


Blockchain: a poisoned chalice for the police?

The widespread use of the internet that developed in the late 1990s and early 2000s gave criminals many new ways of earning money. Now, cryptocurrencies and the relative anonymity that they provide are giving police a whole new set of worries. Fred Ellis, financial intelligence analyst with the City of London Police, is on the… Read More



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