Archive for Author: Phillip Robinson

According to the Data Breach QuickView Report – published in January 2017 – the total number of breaches reported during 2016 was a whopping 4,149! However, for all we know, this may just be the tip of the iceberg. In October, 2016, Uber experienced a pretty serious data breach in the US. Not only did Uber know about it, they actually paid $100,000 to the culprits to delete the data … Read more

What we know so far about “Bad Rabbit” Bad Rabbit is a new strain of ransomware, disguised as an Adobe Flash installer, which is downloaded by unsuspecting victims from compromised websites. Experts claim that it is likely to be linked to the “ExPetr” attack, as much of the same code was used. Both strains also used the same list of domains for the attack and both used the Windows Management … Read more

The UK government has recently announced the new Data Protection Bill, which is designed to replace the current, out-dated, Data Protection Act (DPA). The new bill was published on 14 September 2017, although it has not been specified when it will officially come into effect. What is the reason for the new Data Protection Bill? As of 25 May 2018, the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will come into … Read more

In the run-up to Halloween this year, we thought we would share with you some of the scariest data breaches from around the world that have occurred so far in 2017. So, lock the doors, turn off the lights and grab a pillow to hide behind…it’s time to explore the spookiest true data breach stories of 2017 so far. E-Sports Entertainment Association Fan of Counter-Strike, Half Life or Warcraft III? … Read more

To any of you following our blog this year (you can subscribe using the form to the left of you right now!), you know that we have reached this conclusion already. But now it has been confirmed by none other than the National Audit Office themselves; the “WannaCry” ransomware attack that crippled much of the NHS in the UK could have been avoided by following simple IT security best practices. … Read more

It may shock you to learn that over 75% of employees require privileged access rights to complete their current job requirements, but 49% of organizations do not have policies for assigning this access. In 2017! It’s time that organizations got serious about privileged account security, as the number of data leak incidents that occur through insider threats increases every year. The sad reality is that, according to the 2017 Insider … Read more

According to a recent Cyber Security Breaches Survey, carried by out Ipsos MORI, only 43% of businesses reported their most disruptive breach outside their organisation. Even then, they would commonly report the breach to an outsourced cyber security provider, in the hope that they can offer a resolution. Of the 26% of breaches that were reported eternally, the majority of those breaches (28%) were reported to banks, building societies, and … Read more

Introduction 2017 has been a year full of high profile data breaches and this week, global accounting firm Deloitte has joined the list of those affected (reports the Guardian). If you don’t know who Deloitte are, all you need to really know is that they reportedly turned over a record $37bn in revenue last year. They also provide auditing, tax consulting and high-end cybersecurity advice to some of the world’s … Read more

With the advent of the new European Data Protection Regulation, all companies globally are required to adhere to the law if they are storing or processing personal information of any European Union citizens. This means that US companies doing business with European countries in theory must adhere to the law. If they do not the potential penalties are €20M, or 4% of the previous year’s gross global turnover, whichever is … Read more

Back in May, the “WannaCry” virus started hitting computer systems across the globe. Spread via a simple E-mail phishing scam, the virus exploited a Microsoft vulnerability to hijack victims’ computers, locking and encrypting data so that it became impossible to access with a key. The cyber attack crippled massively sensitive servers worldwide, bringing amongst others, the UK’s NHS, FedEx and Germany’s rail systems to a grinding halt. All in all, … Read more

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