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Npower, an energy provider owned by E.ON, one of the UK's biggest energy providers, removed its app after it experienced a cyberattack in which users' login data was stolen and used to access customer accounts. Although the energy provider has not yet revealed how many customers were affected by the breach, it has been speculated that users' contact information and some financial details may have been accessed, while MoneySavingExpert.com has said that full account numbers...

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Vaccine

An Oxford University lab that has been researching the Covid-19 pandemic has been hacked. Forbes reported that Oxford University confirmed that an incident has been detected at the Division of Structural Biology. Since the attack was confirmed the university has contacted the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) who will now investigate the attack. A representative from the university said, "we have identified and contained the problem and are now investigating further.” They went on to...

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Edgescan, a full-stack vulnerability management service, has just released their Vulnerability Stat Report for 2021, and it’s confirmed that 2020 really was as bad as we all thought it was. The stats report reveals a number of alarming statistics and trends from 2020, taking a deep-dive into vulnerability metrics from known vulnerabilities (CVE), Malware, Ransomware and visibility standpoint (exposed services). The data used in the report has been compiled by Edgescan from the thousands of...

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Stacks of data

Palantir is a US data firm that has had long-term involvement in the analysis of large amounts of NHS public health data. Open Democracy, an independent global media platform, has taken legal action against the NHS over its contract and involvement with Palantir, also stating that the firm lobbied a top NHS official. Palantir has a history of being targetted by privacy campaigners. The firm has access to vast amounts of private data as it...

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Federal reserve bank

Last night the US Federal Reserve suffered a major IT systems outage which stopped all ACH transactions, wire transfers, as well as a number of other services from operating. The system outage affected the majority of electronic service provided by the Federal Reserve Bank. The outage prevented services such as Check 21, Central Bank, Account Services, FedLine Command, National Settlement, FedACH, FedCash, Fedwire Funds, FedLine Advantage, FedLine Direct, FedLine Web, and Fedwire Securities from functioning....

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Covid 19 test being prepared

Following the report last month, that multiple Indian government websites were leaking COVID-19 test reports, Sourajeet Majumder has discovered another website exposing millions more. The security researcher shared his findings last week: "I have found an issue in an Indian Government site which is resulting in the leakage of test reports of EVERYONE who took a COVID-19 test in a particular state. These reports have sensitive information about the citizens in them like name, age,...

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Data has a better idea

GCHQ has announced that it has embraced artificial intelligence to uncover patterns in global data to counter misinformation and catch child abusers. Jeremy Fleming, the director of GCHQ stated: “AI, like so many technologies, offers great promise for society, prosperity and security. Its impact on GCHQ is equally profound.” AI allows modern computers to learn to analyse data and find spies or information that the human brain is likely to miss. In a report released...

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FedEx Van

Researchers have discovered that around 10,000 employee mailboxes at DHL Express and FedEx have been hit by two phishing attacks that sought to extract recipients work email account. A blog post shared by Armorblox this week detailed the attacks. The post explained how there were two different attacks, one which pretended to share shipping details from DHL Express, and another which impersonated a FedEx online document share. The attackers were able to infiltrate the systems...

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How Security Culture Invokes Secure Behaviour

It has always been suspected that security culture and secure behaviour were closely linked, although proof was hard to produce. Today, KnowBe4 released research that shows not only have researchers been able to validate that link, but they also give data that provides conclusive evidence related to the importance of focusing on the human side of security. By examining the behaviour and security culture of 97,661 employees across 1,115 organisations, KnowBe4 has observed that the...

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Two aeroplane silhouettes seen flying across mountains

The Canadian airplane manufacturer has today revealed that it suffered a security breach. In a press release, Bombardier disclosed that some of its data has been published on the dark web portal operated by the Clop ransomware gang: "An initial investigation revealed that an unauthorized party accessed and extracted data by exploiting a vulnerability affecting a third-party file-transfer application, which was running on purpose-built servers isolated from the main Bombardier IT network." In December 2020...

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