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Cybersecurity has become the fastest growing start-up sector in UK

Cybersecurity team Pradeo has alerted Google to urgently remove six applications on the Google Play store after it was discovered that they contain the sinister Joker malware which has spyware capabilities and can sign individuals up to costly subscriptions without them knowing. In Pradeo's research blog, Roxane Suau stated: "Joker is a malicious bot (categorized as Fleeceware) which main activity is to simulate clicks and intercept SMS to subscribe to unwanted paid premium services unbeknownst...

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Clar Rosso appointed CEO (ISC)²

Clar Rosso has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of (ISC)² and will take up the new role from 1 October when she leaves the AICPA & CIMA, where she is executive vice president of engagement and learning innovation,   “Cybersecurity professionals play a critical role in our global society, and I look forward to joining the dedicated team at (ISC)2 to strengthen our value to members and associates through our certification programs, enriching learning experiences and much...

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How can the Government avoid yet more tech disasters?

After spending several months and millions of pounds on technology that experts had repeatedly warned would not work, the UK Government was forced to abandon its centralised Covid-19 contact tracing app. A stream of IT failures in recent years has earned the Government a chequered reputation when it comes overpromising and underdelivering where digital transformation is concerned. The story of the tracing app follows a familiar narrative: an ambitious project marked with delays, overspending, and...

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7 key advantages of using a VPN when working from home

VPN software has been prevalent in the digital market for decades now, however for most SMEs, the use of a virtual private network gained immense popularity more recently. Based on a recent report, hackers are using the coronavirus pandemic to spread malware on a colossal scale. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, people are now often working from home, and it has become the new norm for many organisations. This has highlighted the advantages of using a...

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Tony Morbin IT Security Guru Editor

Today Tony Morbin joined IT Security Guru as editor in chief, signalling a drive to further develop this vital news and information source for the cyber security industry. Last week Tony left SC Media UK, the world’s longest established cyber security title, where he oversaw the transition from print to digital, as well as more recently engaging in the move from live to digital events during the coronavirus pandemic. Tony has also been publisher at Ten...

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Homes in Malvern targeted by phishing phone scam

New research has revealed mobile phishing has increased by 37% in Q1 2020 compared to Q4 2019 with much of this rise a result of cybercriminals targeting the millions of those working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic that has plagued the world. The Mobile Phishing Spotlight Report also detailed the costly nature of mobile phishing attacks as an organisation with 10,000 mobile devices could suffer up to $35m for a single mobile phishing...

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ISACA London Chapter Launches Membership Assistance Programme

Saying that we live in unprecedented times might be an understatement if there ever was one. People across the globe – those lucky enough to still have their job that is – have been forced to learn how to work from home, with the noise of children demanding attention, pets barking in the background and no chance to go out for a Friday night pint to wind down. But, if there is an industry that...

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More than two dozen SQL databases stolen from online shops in various countries are being offered for sale on a public website. In total, the seller provides over 1.5 million rows of records but the amount of stolen data is much larger. The attacker is hacking into insecure servers that are reachable over the public web, copies the databases, and leaves a note asking for a ransom in return of the stolen data. Victims have...

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By now I’m sure that you have heard about the easyJet data breach. More than 9 million customers suffered breached personally identifiable information (PII), and some 2,000 customers had their card details “viewed”. Hugo van den Toorn, manager of offensive security at Outpost 24 warned that "often after such a breach, information will be sold on to underground marketplaces, this kind of data is then often used in various attacks: Credit card details for making...

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Verizon published today its yearly Data Breach Investigation Report, based on real-world data from 41,686 security incidents and 2,013 data breaches provided by 73 data sources, both public and private entities, spanning 86 countries worldwide. The report provides a most useful snapshot of the current state of the fight against cybercrime, and highlights not only the weaknesses in organisations' approach to security, but also the areas where cybercriminals seem to be focussing their efforts. IT...

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