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Dan Raywood is the editor in chief of the IT Security Guru. A journalist with more than 13 years experience, Dan has been at the forefront of the information security industry.

As the news editor of SC Magazine he covered breaking stories such as Stuxnet, Flame and Conficker and the online hacktivist campaigns of Anonymous and LulzSec, and broke the news on the EU’s mandatory data breach disclosure law and a vulnerability which affected more than 200 sites.

Contact Dan on, by phone on 0207 1832 839

600,000 Alaska voters sensitive data exposed due to configuration error

The personal information of nearly 600,000 voters in Alaska has been exposed online do to an unsecured CouchDB database. Security researchers at the Kromtech Security Research Center discovered the database of about 593,000 voters was accidentally configured for public access without password protection, potentially allowing anyone with a web browser to access and view the sensitive information. The exposed records ... Read More »

71% of UK Consumers Agree Fake News is a Growing Problem

Talend (NASDAQ: TLND), a leader in cloud and big data integration software, commissioned a new international consumer and IT business survey. This survey conducted by Researchscape reveals that 71% of UK consumers agree that ’fake news’ is a growing problem that makes them ‘distrust the news and data that is available publicly’. According to the survey, US and German citizens are less concerned about fake ... Read More »

52% of All JavaScript npm Packages Could Have Been Hacked via Weak Credentials

Tens of thousands of developers using weak credentials to secure their npm accounts inadvertently put more than half of the npm packages (JavaScript libraries and tools) at risk of getting hijacked and used to deploy malicious code to legitimate applications that use them in their build process. View Full Story ORIGINAL SOURCE: Bleeping Computer Read More »

FICO Survey: UK Firms May Be Overconfident About Cybersecurity Protection

56 percent of UK firms surveyed said they are better prepared for data breaches than their competitors. Telecommunications respondents were least realistic, with 84 percent rating their firms above average, and 42 percent thinking they are top performers. Ovum conducted telephone surveys for FICO of security executives at 350 companies in the UK and other countries. Senior executives at UK ... Read More »

Palo Alto Networks Announces New Cloud-Based Security Service

Palo Alto Networks has announced GlobalProtect™ cloud service, a new offering that provides the Palo Alto Networks next-generation security infrastructure as a cloud-based service for remote offices and mobile users. The new Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect cloud service will enable customers to utilize the preventive capabilities of the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform, including application visibility and control, Threat ... Read More »

Hackers Steal 6 Million User Accounts for Cash-for-Surveys Site

In one of the more bizarre data breaches to surface recently, hackers made off with 6 million accounts for CashCrate, a site where users can be paid to complete online surveys, according to a database obtained by Motherboard. In short, CashCrate connects users to companies that need people to test new products and services, or take part in daily surveys ... Read More »

Discredit a journo? Easy, that’ll be $55k. Fix an election? Oh, I can do that for just $400k

Nine out of 10 consumers and banking professionals want biometric authentication put in place, but a skills gap stands in the way. Both banks and their customers favour the use of biometrics in consumer financial services, but adoption remains sluggish due in part to the lack of technical know-how within financial institutions, according to a new study. Research carried out ... Read More »

Bruce Schneier on dangers of IoT: ‘We’re building a world-sized robot that’s getting more powerful’

The queue to see Bruce Schneier snakes round the conference hall at Infosecurity Europe 2017, with many attendees clutching copies of his book “Data and Goliath” in their hands, hoping to get a mark of ink from the so-called “security guru”. Here, he needs no introduction. His gospel comes at breakneck pace, warning about the inevitable dangers of the Internet ... Read More »

Clearing the ‘AIR’ – Understanding the Impact of App-Blended Lifestyles on Personal and Corporate Security

Mike Hemes,
Regional Director Western Europe at A10 Networks

“There’s an app for that.” It’s an utterance that today is probably met with a resounding “Duh!” Why? Because there’s an app for everything. Odds are if you can think it up, there is, indeed, an app for it. For many, apps have become a basic human necessity. Apps are an essential component of our digital lives. They’re powerful business ... Read More »

Cybersecurity Best Practices to Win the Game of Chasing Tails

Duncan Hughes,
Systems Engineering Director, EMEA, A10 Networks

When it comes to our cyber activity, it seems that we are playing a never-ending game of chasing tails with cyber criminals. The more our technologies advance and adapt, so criminals are finding new and sneakier ways to break into systems and take personal and sensitive data hostage. Unsuspecting industries such as healthcare and hospitality are unwittingly becoming the biggest ... Read More »