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Dean is Features Editor at IT Security Guru. Aside from cyber security and all things tech, Dean's interests include wine tasting, roller blading and playing the oboe in his Christian rock band, Noughts & Crosses.

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Smartphone phishing campaign via WhatsApp offers sport shoes as “prize”

Since early 2018, some of your WhatsApp contacts may have sent you a very interesting offer for sport shoes: “Adidas is offering 2,500 pairs of shoes to celebrate its 69th anniversary” The message is followed by a link from which to obtain the promised item. Looking closer at the link in the message, there’s no dot above the short vertical ... Read More »

Alert Logic Adds C-suite Executives to Meet Growing Customer Demand for Security Solutions and Proactive Analyst Services

Alert Logic, the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions, announced new executives have joined the company’s leadership team to accelerate adoption of the company’s security platform and analyst services that protect organisations at a lower cost with less effort and faster time to value. Sydna Kelley joins as Senior Vice President of Customer Success & Technology Operations, Matt Selheimer as Chief ... Read More »

World Cup Cyberattack Likely, Experts Say

Nearly three-quarters of security professionals think some type of cyberattack on the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup is a sure thing, a new study shows. View Full Story ORIGINAL SOURCE: Dark Reading Read More »

Intel chip flaw: Math unit may spill crypto secrets to apps – modern Linux, Windows, BSDs immune

A security flaw within Intel Core and Xeon processors can be potentially exploited to swipe sensitive data from the chips’ math processing units. Malware or malicious logged-in users can attempt to leverage this design blunder to steal the inputs and results of computations performed in private by other software. View Full Story ORIGINAL SOURCE: The Register Read More »

Smart lock can be hacked ‘in seconds’

A hi-tech padlock secured with a fingerprint can be opened by anyone with a smartphone, security researchers have found. On its website, Tapplock is described as the “world’s first smart fingerprint padlock”. But researchers said it took just 45 minutes to find a way to unlock any Tapplock. In response, the firm acknowledged the flaw and said it was issuing “an important security ... Read More »

Apple to close iPhone security loophole used by police

Apple says it is to change the default settings of its iPhone to stop hackers and others unlocking devices without proper legal authorisation. The move will also make it more difficult for police to unlock handsets without authorisation. View Full Story ORIGINAL SOURCE: BBC Read More »

Only 26% of researched security vulnerabilities are resolved

New analysis from NCC Group has revealed that only 26% of vulnerabilities discovered over the last nine years by its research team are likely to have been fixed.   For the first time, the global cyber security and risk mitigation expert analysed nine years of vulnerabilities discovered by its researchers. Of these, just 289 were classed as “closed”, meaning they ... Read More »

One in three London startups suffer from shortage in tech talent

A new survey among more than 100 founders of London tech startups, conducted by Studio Graphene in partnership with City RoadCommunications, has revealed the main staffing challenges and concerns that are holding back London tech companies. It found: 33% of the founders believe there is a shortage of skilled tech workers in London Worryingly, 30% also say their growth has been hampered as a ... Read More »

Dixons Carphone breach – Views from the cybersecurity industry

Dixons Carphone is investigating a breach involving millions of customer payment cards and personal data records. The firm has revealed details of an attempt by hackers to gain access to one of the processing systems  in July 2017. The processing system in question contained details of 5.9m payment cards. Dixons Carphone said there was no evidence of fraud as a result ... Read More »

Android users targeted by popularity-faking tricks on Google Play

It seems that tricksters on Google Play have found another way to make their deceptive apps appear more trustworthy to users. The trick takes advantage of the fact that apart from the app icon and name, there is one more element the user sees when browsing apps – the developer name, displayed just below the app name. So, some app ... Read More »