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cyber security In an increasingly data-centric world, where vast amounts of personal and sensitive information are being stored digitally, the protection of this data is crucial. Digital assets, activities and records all require secure environments, yet people want easy access to their information, just as the systems storing and controlling them become ever-more complex. From the needs of international businesses to national governments and covering all aspects of information technology, communication networks and cloud services, E&T follows the latest developments in this field.

 

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‘Serious security vulnerabilities’ found in Apple’s iOS

‘Serious security vulnerabilities’ found in Apple’s iOS

A number of security vulnerabilities have been found in iOS, the operating system (OS) used in iPhone and iPad, which could enable a variety of attacks on Apple’s devices.

Sabotage-proof chip checks against Trojan infection

Sabotage-proof chip checks against Trojan infection

A chip that constantly verifies whether its calculations are being hampered by a Trojan or other malware is being developed by American researchers. 

Android apps shown to secretly track users' whereabouts

Android apps shown to secretly track users' whereabouts

Android apps may be automatically transmitting sensitive information, such as the routes you travel, through the phone's built-in sensors.

Australia’s first online census crashes amid cyber-attack

Australia’s first online census crashes amid cyber-attack

The website for Australia's first online national census has crashed after a possible cyber-attack, raising concerns over the country's cyber security and bringing criticism of its slow internet services to the fore.

‘State-supported’ malware ‘ProjectSauron’ found after five years

‘State-supported’ malware ‘ProjectSauron’ found after five years

An software security group has found an advanced malware platform that was likely developed with the support of a government involved in cyber espionage. 

900 million Android devices vulnerable to hackers

900 million Android devices vulnerable to hackers

900 million smartphones and tablets running Google’s Android software are vulnerable to attack from malicious apps according to cyber security firm Check Point.

Cyber-hackers win $2m for designing auto-hacking program

Cyber-hackers win $2m for designing auto-hacking program

A $2m prize has been awarded to the developers of a program dubbed ‘Mayhem’, which won the final round of a three-year contest to teach computers to launch and defend against cyber-attacks.

Software security rating system debuts at Black Hat, Las Vegas

Software security rating system debuts at Black Hat, Las Vegas

A consumer-style rating system assessing the level of cyber-security protection included in various software products will be unveiled at this year’s Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. 

O2 customer data sold on 'dark web' by cyber-criminals

O2 customer data sold on 'dark web' by cyber-criminals

O2 customer data is being sold on the 'dark web' after it was leaked through the gaming website XSplit in 2013, according to a BBC report.

Online restaurant menus targeted by cyber hackers

Online restaurant menus targeted by cyber hackers

Cyber criminals have infected online menus in popular restaurants in a bid to obtain valuable information about large corporations, a US security expert said.

Chip and pin compromised by hackers 'within a year'

Chip and pin compromised by hackers 'within a year'

A former White House chief and US cyber security expert has expressed concerns that chip and pin payment technology could be compromised by hackers within a year.

Pokémon Go could be used to locate military bases, Chinese fear

Pokémon Go could be used to locate military bases, Chinese fear

Chinese conspiracy theorists have expressed concern at the possibility that the wildly-popular Pokémon Go app could be part of an American-Japanese plot to discover the location of secret Chinese military bases.

New secure communication system plugs Tor’s vulnerabilities

New secure communication system plugs Tor’s vulnerabilities

A new system for anonymous exchange of digital information promises to address the shortcomings of popular anonymity software Tor while speeding up secure transfer of data files.

Android HummingBad virus infects 100,000 phones and tablets

Android HummingBad virus infects 100,000 phones and tablets

Nearly 100,000 Android devices in the UK have been infected with a computer virus called HummingBad which can gain access to phones and tablets and control them, a cyber security firm has claimed.

Chinese cyber-attacks on US fall by 90 per cent

Chinese cyber-attacks on US fall by 90 per cent

The Chinese government appears to be abiding by its September pledge to stop supporting the hacking of American trade secrets.

Brexit no threat to UK, say cyber-security professionals

Brexit no threat to UK, say cyber-security professionals

The UK’s ability to protect itself against cyber-attacks won’t change if the country opts to leave the European Union, a survey of cyber-security professionals suggests.

Over 30 million Twitter passwords stolen through user targeting malware

Over 30 million Twitter passwords stolen through user targeting malware

Almost 33 million Twitter passwords, usernames and email addresses have been leaked online, probably collected through a malware attack targeting users rather than the microblogging website itself.

Singapore’s government employees offline due to cyber-attacks

Singapore’s government employees offline due to cyber-attacks

Singapore is taking what seems to be a step backwards as it decides to shut down Internet access for government employees despite pledging to become a high-tech nation.

Cloud sharing puts companies' sensitive data at risk, survey says

Cloud sharing puts companies' sensitive data at risk, survey says

A new survey has revealed that employees regularly share sensitive company data via cloud-based applications such as Dropbox, Gmail or Facebook, offering hackers easy access to information which could be negatively exploited.

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg’s social media accounts hacked

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg’s social media accounts hacked

Several social media accounts belonging to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were hacked over the weekend, after Saudi Arabian attackers reportedly found his credentials in the recent LinkedIn data dump.

Smart energy meters vulnerable to hackers, claims Labour MP

Smart energy meters vulnerable to hackers, claims Labour MP

Insecure smart energy meters are allowing hackers "through the back door", according to a Labour minister.

NCA cannot oblige hacker to reveal passwords, court rules

NCA cannot oblige hacker to reveal passwords, court rules

Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) has lost its legal fight to force an alleged cyber hacker to hand over the passwords to his encrypted computers, in a landmark case.

Browsers protect better than antivirus, research suggests

Browsers protect better than antivirus, research suggests

Keeping Internet browsers up to date may provide better security than installing some commonly used malware protection software, which might actually increase vulnerability according to new research.

Data privacy threats: Google acquires NHS info; FBI data requests up

Data privacy threats: Google acquires NHS info; FBI data requests up

A Google artificial intelligence (AI) programme has been given access to an estimated 1.6 million NHS patient files, New Scientist claims.

Smart home security systems still 'highly vulnerable'

Smart home security systems still 'highly vulnerable'

Smart home security systems have been shown to be highly vulnerable to outside attack, after cybersecurity researchers easily extracted a front door’s PIN code.

Rise in Facebook data snooping; FBI granted hacking powers

Rise in Facebook data snooping; FBI granted hacking powers

Facebook has alleged that government requests for account data increased by 13 per cent in the second half of 2015, with the United States and India making the most requests.

Computers in German nuclear plant infected with virus

Computers in German nuclear plant infected with virus

Computer systems at a German nuclear power plant have been found to be infected with viruses, although no harm has been done as the systems were isolated from the internet.

Bangladesh Bank hackers steal $81m with SWIFT malware

Bangladesh Bank hackers steal $81m with SWIFT malware

The software behind the SWIFT network, which provides the backbone for global financial transactions, was most likely hacked by cyber-attackers who stole $81m (£56m) from the Bangladesh Central Bank.

Apple refused Chinese request to hand over source code

Apple refused Chinese request to hand over source code

Apple has admitted that Chinese authorities have asked the company to hand over its source code for its operating systems in the last two years, but it refused the request.

Bill Gates calls for email search limits by US government

Bill Gates calls for email search limits by US government

Microsoft-founder Bill Gates has admitted that although the US government will need covert access to user emails occasionally, these should only be in ‘extraordinary’ circumstances.

Industrial networks in ‘mess’, says Kaspersky

Industrial networks in ‘mess’, says Kaspersky

Cyber protection of industrial networks is in a poor state despite the growing sophistication and number of attacks, said leading cyber security expert Eugene Kaspersky.

Microsoft suing US government over user email snooping

Microsoft suing US government over user email snooping

Microsoft is suing the US government for the right to inform its users when a federal agency is snooping on their emails.

Security services have no right to password, argues UK hacker

Security services have no right to password, argues UK hacker

British security services have been accused of dealing a blow to privacy by attempting to force an alleged cyber hacker through legal means to hand over the password to his encrypted computer files.

FBI says iPhone hack only works on pre-5s models

FBI says iPhone hack only works on pre-5s models

The hack used by the FBI to gain access to the iPhone 5c owned by one of the San Bernadino shooters does not work on more recent models, according to the Bureau’s director, James Comey.

FBI unlocks shooter’s iPhone with mystery method, court case dropped

FBI unlocks shooter’s iPhone with mystery method, court case dropped

The FBI has dropped its legal case against Apple after admitting it managed to bypass the security of the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters without Apple’s help.

Apple suspects server tampering during shipping

Apple suspects server tampering during shipping

Apple is concerned that third parties are intercepting the hardware it uses for its servers during shipping and adding additional chips and firmware in order to spy on the data they store, according to a report from The Information.

Improper disposal of electronic devices puts data at risk

Improper disposal of electronic devices puts data at risk

Confidential data from customers and employees is being put at risk by companies who fail to discard electronic devices properly, a study has found.

Expired domains used by hackers to spread malware via popular sites

Expired domains used by hackers to spread malware via popular sites

Hackers have found a new way of spreading malware into the computers of unsuspecting users by buying expired domains of advertising companies to insert fake malware-carrying ads into popular news and entertainment websites.

Snooper’s charter passes second reading but dissenters remain

Snooper’s charter passes second reading but dissenters remain

The Investigatory Powers Bill, dubbed the ‘snooper's charter’ by critics, has been approved by MPs at second reading by 281 votes to 15, majority 266.

Selfies may replace passwords in securing Amazon’s payment systems

Selfies may replace passwords in securing Amazon’s payment systems

Online retail giant Amazon is proposing replacing passwords with selfies to improve security of web payment applications.

Even a vibrator could be hacked

Even a vibrator could be hacked

Once the Internet of Things fully takes off, no object will be safe from resourceful hackers and that includes sex toys, as demonstrated by a US software firm during the CeBIT show in Germany.

Obama wants government access to ‘secure key’ for encrypted devices

Obama wants government access to ‘secure key’ for encrypted devices

US President Barack Obama has said mobile devices should be built in a way that allows government investigators to access them in the event of a terrorist attack or to enforce tax laws.

US military calls for hackers to break into the Pentagon

US military calls for hackers to break into the Pentagon

The Pentagon has invited vetted outside hackers to test the cybersecurity of some public US Defence Department websites as part of a pilot project next month.

Embedded systems group aims to tighten up security

Embedded systems group aims to tighten up security

Two years after the point-of-sale (POS) terminals at US retailers Home Depot and Target were hacked, the same malware-based type of attack has hit a number of hotel chains including those owned by Hilton and Trump, focusing attention on the weak security inside embedded systems that are connected to networks.

Apple v FBI may speed up government-proof safeguards

Apple v FBI may speed up government-proof safeguards

The battle between the FBI and Apple over encryption will likely convince tech companies to bolster their efforts to engineer safeguards against government intrusion, according to tech industry executives.

Hospital pays ransom to hackers to regain control of computer system

Hospital pays ransom to hackers to regain control of computer system

A Los Angeles hospital has paid a ransom of $17,000 in bitcoins to an unknown hacking group to regain control of its computer systems after a cyber-attack.

British teen arrested in CIA hack investigation

British teen arrested in CIA hack investigation

Police have arrested a 16-year-old British teenager on suspicion of involvement in the hacking of an email account used by CIA director John Brennan.

Privacy victory, as Google removes 'right to be forgotten' content across EU

Privacy victory, as Google removes 'right to be forgotten' content across EU

Google has confirmed that it will hide content removed using the "right to be forgotten" ruling from more versions of its search engine, thus removing challenged content in more countries.

MPs attack Snoopers' Charter

MPs attack Snoopers' Charter

A group of MPs have criticised the UK government for the unclear and confusing terminology used in its Investigatory Powers Bill.

South Korea accuses North Korea of cyber-attacks

South Korea accuses North Korea of cyber-attacks

South Korea has said it believes North Korea recently attempted to hack into its government computer systems following a nuclear test earlier in the month.

Solution found for GPS hacking

Solution found for GPS hacking

Researchers at the Horst Görtz Institute in Germany have developed a system to prevent hackers from manipulating GPS signals.

Simplistic passwords blamed for rise in cyber attacks

Simplistic passwords blamed for rise in cyber attacks

Computer users are compromising their own cyber-security with simplistic passwords that are easy to guess according to password management firm SplashData.

Facebook Android app now allows private browsing

Facebook Android app now allows private browsing

Facebook has added anonymity service Tor to their Android app, allowing users to browse the network without leaving any traces. 

US customs control installs facial recognition at JFK airport

US customs control installs facial recognition at JFK airport

New York’s JFK Airport has introduced facial-recognition technology to verify passenger identities against their passport photo.

Cyber-attack on Kiev airport prompts security review

Cyber-attack on Kiev airport prompts security review

The Ukrainian government is looking into the security of its computer systems after the country’s main airport in Kiev suffered a cyber-attack launched from a server in Russia.

Replacement EU/US data protection treaty in the works

Replacement EU/US data protection treaty in the works

European Union privacy regulators will try to reach a new agreement about data transfers between Europe and the US following the end of the Safe Harbour treaty.

Microsoft ends support for most Internet Explorer versions

Microsoft ends support for most Internet Explorer versions

Microsoft is ending support for all versions of its Internet Explorer (IE) web browser with the exception of the latest version 11. The end of support comes with security risks for users that fail to upgrade. 

Malware used in cyber-attack on Ukraine’s power grid

Malware used in cyber-attack on Ukraine’s power grid

A six-hour power outage that hit Ukraine on 23 December was caused by a complex cyber-attack involving an injection of detection-preventing malware, a US cyber-security firm has revealed. 

Tech giants pen 2,000-word letter against snooper’s charter

Tech giants pen 2,000-word letter against snooper’s charter

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo have written a joint letter to the UK government, attacking elements of the draft Investigatory Powers Bill.

Ukraine power station cyber malware found in other utilities

Ukraine power station cyber malware found in other utilities

A cyber attack on a Ukrainian power plant that resulted in an electricity blackout last month was more widespread than previously thought, according to security software firm ESET.

Anti-IS group admits attack on BBC online services

Anti-IS group admits attack on BBC online services

An anti-Islamic-State hacking group has claimed responsibility for a cyber-attack on the BBC that brought down many of its services on New Year’s Eve.

Turkey under 'most intense' cyber-attack in its history

Turkey under 'most intense' cyber-attack in its history

Turkish Internet has been under a series of sustained cyber-attacks since Monday that may be the most intense in the country’s history, according to Turkey’s internet management body. 

Secret back doors found in government network equipment

Secret back doors found in government network equipment

The US government has warned that secret code embedded into equipment made by networking provider Juniper Networks could leave back doors for attackers to infiltrate into corporate and government bodies.

New York dam control systems breached by hackers

New York dam control systems breached by hackers

Iranian hackers breached control systems of a dam near New York City in 2013, the Wall Street Journal has revealed. 

21 year old man arrested over Vtech hack

21 year old man arrested over Vtech hack

A 21 year old man from Berkshire has been arrested in connection with the investigation surrounding the theft of data from toy manufacturer Vtech.

Stricter data privacy law to be approved by EU

Stricter data privacy law to be approved by EU

The EU is expected to approve a new personal data protection law replacing a set of 28 different laws of individual member states. 

Europe-wide cyber-security law agreed

Europe-wide cyber-security law agreed

European legislators have agreed on a new cyber-security law that will require critical infrastructure operators, as well as internet service providers, to report breaches. 

Average age of cyber-criminals drops to 17

Average age of cyber-criminals drops to 17

The average age of suspected cyber attackers is now just 17 according to the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Hackers steal data on 650,000 Wetherspoons customers

Hackers steal data on 650,000 Wetherspoons customers

UK pub company JD Wetherspoon has admitted that the personal details of 650,000 people may have been stolen in a data hack on its website.

Google accused of storing data on children by EFF

Google accused of storing data on children by EFF

Google has been accused of collecting the personal data of schoolchildren by The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

Hackers breach Australia’s defence network through weather computers

Hackers breach Australia’s defence network through weather computers

Cyber-attackers reportedly from China may have accessed networks of Australia’s defence ministry by hacking a powerful weather computer. 

Kids' photos taken on Vtech toys stolen by hackers

Kids' photos taken on Vtech toys stolen by hackers

The US is investigating the theft of data from toy manufacturer Vtech which saw hackers gaining access to customer details and pictures of children who used its internet-connected devices.

Blackberry pulls out of Pakistan over spying allegations

Blackberry pulls out of Pakistan over spying allegations

Blackberry has announced it is ceasing operations in Pakistan because the government wanted to spy on the communications of its users.

Cash-register malware is the ‘most complex ever seen’

Cash-register malware is the ‘most complex ever seen’

The most complex ever point-of-sale malware capable of stealing credit card details through infected payment terminals has been discovered by American cyber-security researchers. 

Almost half of UK consumers have experienced cybercrime

Almost half of UK consumers have experienced cybercrime

44 per cent of UK consumers have been hit with cybercrime at some point, with half of those (22 per cent) experiencing it in the last year.

Amateur cyber defenders thwart mock terrorist attack

Amateur cyber defenders thwart mock terrorist attack

A group of young cyber defenders has come together to stop a mock terrorist attack threatening to spread a lethal virus over the air in central London.

Government wants UK businesses to undergo 'cyber health check'

Government wants UK businesses to undergo 'cyber health check'

The government is trying to convince the UK’s largest firms to get a ‘virtual health check’ in the light of recent data breaches from company’s such as TalkTalk.

Anonymous shutting down IS Twitter accounts

Anonymous shutting down IS Twitter accounts

The Internet hacking group Anonymous said it has identified the social media accounts of Islamic State (IS) sympathisers which has resulted in many of them being shut down.

Osborne doubles cyber-security funding

Osborne doubles cyber-security funding

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, is expected to announce that he will double spending on UK cyber-security following reports that Islamic State (ISIL) militants are trying to develop the capability to launch ‘deadly cyber attacks’.

Self-updating router to increase Internet security

Self-updating router to increase Internet security

A router automatically installing security updates, described by its creators as more secure than anything in the market, has met its crowd-funding goal in less than 24 hours.

New system alerts users to data-leaking apps

New system alerts users to data-leaking apps

Researchers have developed a cloud-based system that prevents apps from leaking personal data.

TalkTalk takes £35m hit from cyber attack

TalkTalk takes £35m hit from cyber attack

TalkTalk has estimated that last month’s cyber-attack will cost the company £35m and has announced that customers can apply for a free upgrade to their service.

Apple boss critical of new UK cyber security bill

Apple boss critical of new UK cyber security bill

Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple, has said that any attempts to weaken data security to provide a digital ‘back door’ for spies would also benefit criminals.

EU sets three-month timeframe for new US data deal

EU sets three-month timeframe for new US data deal

Europe and the US need to develop a data transfer deal to replace the now defunct Safe Harbour agreement within three months, the European Commission has said.

Smartphone spying allowed under new Government law

Smartphone spying allowed under new Government law

Communication companies will be legally obliged to allow the government to spy on the smartphones of criminal suspects under new digital laws being unveiled today.

New spying powers need public support, says Cameron

New spying powers need public support, says Cameron

David Cameron has called for public support for new laws that bolster the online powers of police and intelligence agencies.

TalkTalk reveals extent of data hack, second teen arrested

TalkTalk reveals extent of data hack, second teen arrested

TalkTalk has revealed that 1.2 million customer details were stolen in an attack on its computer systems last week.

British Gas blames data leak on external source

British Gas blames data leak on external source

The email address and passwords of 2,200 British Gas customers have leaked online, although the company claims that the data came from an external source.

MI6 recruiting spies from Mumsnet and launches cyber-security apprenticeship

MI6 recruiting spies from Mumsnet and launches cyber-security apprenticeship

The British Intelligence service has launched a recruitment drive for intelligence officers on Mumsnet and is also looking for computer specialists to join its new higher apprenticeship.

Explicit filenames providing hacker signposts to sensitive data

Explicit filenames providing hacker signposts to sensitive data

Enterprise staff are unwittingly helping hackers find documents containing valuable data by using giveaway keywords in file names.

Boy arrested over TalkTalk data hack

Boy arrested over TalkTalk data hack

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested over the TalkTalk cyber hack that compromised the data of four million customers.

TalkTalk hires BAE to investigate data breach

TalkTalk hires BAE to investigate data breach

BAE Systems has been hired to investigate the cyber-attack on TalkTalk’s computer systems that may have led to the theft of data on four million customers.

TalkTalk suffers third data hack this year

TalkTalk suffers third data hack this year

The chief executive of TalkTalk, Dido Harding, has admitted that the ISP has undergone a "significant and sustained cyber-attack" that may have resulted in millions of customer details being accessed by hackers.

German-speaking nations dominate in European Cyber Security Challenge

German-speaking nations dominate in European Cyber Security Challenge

Austria has won the first European Cyber Security Challenge, followed by Germany and Switzerland. 

‘No industrial hack’ deal signed by UK and China

‘No industrial hack’ deal signed by UK and China

China and the UK have agreed not to conduct industrial cyber-espionage against each other. 

Chinese cyber-attacks on US continue, despite agreement

Chinese cyber-attacks on US continue, despite agreement

Hackers associated with the Chinese government have continued their attacks on US companies, despite the recent agreement between Washington and Beijing not to spy on each other for commercial reasons, according to a prominent security firm.

Cybercrime represents mounting problem for UK police

Cybercrime represents mounting problem for UK police

A senior police officer has admitted that cybercrime is presenting a growing challenge to UK law enforcement agencies.

Airline anti-terrorism system suffers glitch

Airline anti-terrorism system suffers glitch

A computer system of the US Department of Homeland Security that checks airline passengers against terrorism watch lists suffered a glitch on Wednesday, leading to delays at major airports.

Security vulnerabilities plague IoT devices, survey finds

Security vulnerabilities plague IoT devices, survey finds

A lack of security standards in the Internet of Things (IoT) leaves many devices open to vulnerabilities, according a new survey of more than 7,000 IT professionals from global cybersecurity association ISACA.

Call for US agencies to investigate Experian data breach

Call for US agencies to investigate Experian data breach

US consumer groups are calling for a government investigation into a breach at credit data agency Experian.

Uber accuses rival of stealing data on its drivers

Uber accuses rival of stealing data on its drivers

App-based taxi firm Uber has accused rival company Lyft of hacking into its systems to steal the names and license numbers of 50,000 of its drivers.

NHS doctors sharing confidential data via unsecure devices

NHS doctors sharing confidential data via unsecure devices

UK doctors are putting patient confidentiality at risk by using their smartphones to share medical details with others in the profession, a study has found.

GCHQ 'smurfs' can remotely control people’s phones

GCHQ 'smurfs' can remotely control people’s phones

National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden has claimed the UK spying agency can eavesdrop on people by controlling the microphones of their phones and even remotely switch the handsets off and on. 

Facebook defends itself after ruling on US data sharing

Facebook defends itself after ruling on US data sharing

An agreement designed to allow US companies access to the personal data of European citizens has been deemed invalid by a Luxembourg Court.

Nuclear facilities vulnerable to cyber-attack, warns report

Nuclear facilities vulnerable to cyber-attack, warns report

Nuclear facilities around the world are at risk of cyber-attack according to a new report from the think tank Chatham House.

Hackers acquire personal data of 15 million T-Mobile customers

Hackers acquire personal data of 15 million T-Mobile customers

A hacker has stolen the personal details of 15 million T-Mobile customers in the US.

Automotive cyber-security concerns 'could shape future car design'

Automotive cyber-security concerns 'could shape future car design'

Makers of connected cars must radically rethink vehicle design and build if they are to counteract emerging automotive cyber-security threats, an industry expert has warned.

UN says majority of women suffer from online abuse

UN says majority of women suffer from online abuse

Almost three quarters of women online have been exposed to some form of cyber violence, according to a UN report.

Apps removed from NHS library after leaking personal data

Apps removed from NHS library after leaking personal data

The NHS has removed health apps from its accredited library after researchers showed they were leaking people's medical details over the Internet.

5.6 million fingerprints stolen in US government data hack

5.6 million fingerprints stolen in US government data hack

The US government has admitted that a security data breach earlier in the year at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Defense resulted in hackers obtaining a total of 5.6 million employee fingerprints.

EU court says countries can block US data spies

EU court says countries can block US data spies

EU countries should be able to block US spies from accessing their citizens' data, the ECJ has said, in what is being billed as a landmark ruling.

France presses 'right to be forgotten' case against Google

France presses 'right to be forgotten' case against Google

France's data protection watchdog has rejected Google's request to drop a case relating to the search engine's refusal to delist French citizens' data on its non-EU sites.

App Store hosting iOS apps infected by XcodeGhost

App Store hosting iOS apps infected by XcodeGhost

At least 39 iPhone and iPad apps available in Apple’s official App Store have been infected by malicious code introduced by Chinese hackers.

Automakers asked to explain cyber-security protections

Automakers asked to explain cyber-security protections

The world's biggest carmakers have been asked by two US senators to explain the steps they have taken to protect cars from being hacked.

China asks US tech firms to provide 'back door key'

China asks US tech firms to provide 'back door key'

China is asking US technology firms to pledge to uphold policies that could see them turn user data and intellectual property over to the government, according to a report.

ATM malware for stealing payment cards discovered

ATM malware for stealing payment cards discovered

A new piece of malware designed to infect cash machines to steal payment cards and card-holders' information has been discovered by American cyber-security researchers. 

Spyware snooping software found on Cisco web routers

Spyware snooping software found on Cisco web routers

Cyber-spies have managed to plant snooping software in Cisco routers, located on three continents, which direct traffic around the Internet.

China and US hold 'frank' discussions on cyber-security

China and US hold 'frank' discussions on cyber-security

Cyber-security was one of the key topics at four days of meetings between senior Chinese and US officials that concluded on Saturday.

Intel launches cyber security group for connected cars

Intel launches cyber security group for connected cars

Chip manufacturer Intel has launched an industry board aiming to identify significant security threats related to the spread of connected cars. 

Top US spy urges beefed up cyber-security

Top US spy urges beefed up cyber-security

The USA needs to beef up its cyber-security to raise the costs for Chinese hackers launching attacks, America's top intelligence official says.

Smartwatch motion sensors provide path for hackers

Smartwatch motion sensors provide path for hackers

Cyber-security researchers have shown it is possible to spy on smartwatch users through a disguised app accessing data from the device’s motion sensors. 

Microsoft seeks to block US warrant for Irish data server

Microsoft seeks to block US warrant for Irish data server

Microsoft has asked a US court to block the country's government from forcing it to hand over customer emails stored on an Irish server.

EU and USA agree protection for shared data

EU and USA agree protection for shared data

The European Union and the USA have reached an agreement on how to protect data that is shared for law enforcement purposes.

Trader involved in $100m hacking scheme pleads not guilty

Trader involved in $100m hacking scheme pleads not guilty

One of the traders allegedly involved in a more than $100m (£65m) insider trading scheme that hacked sensitive corporate news releases has pleaded not guilty.

NHS health records available online next year

NHS health records available online next year

Patients will be able to access their GP records from their smartphone or tablet within the next 12 months, says health minister Jeremy Hunt.

US government data breach victims still in the dark

US government data breach victims still in the dark

None of the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors whose security clearance data was hacked more than three months ago have been informed, officials admit.

US considers sanctions for China and Russia over cyber-theft

US considers sanctions for China and Russia over cyber-theft

The USA may issue sanctions against firms and individuals from China and Russia believed to be behind cyber-attacks against US commercial targets, officials said.

Ashley Madison offers reward for info on hackers

Ashley Madison offers reward for info on hackers

Adultery website Ashley Madison is offering a 500,000 Canadian dollar reward for information on hackers who published its customers' details.

Second data dump in AshleyMadison hack

Second data dump in AshleyMadison hack

Founder of infidelity website AshleyMadison had his private emails leaked as part of the second data dump in the high-profile hacking case.

Thermal imaging iPhone accessory helps crack keypad codes

Thermal imaging iPhone accessory helps crack keypad codes

Criminals can use a readily available iPhone accessory that costs less than £200 to steal codes for push button security devices.

Phishing emails averaging at 20 a month, research reveals

Phishing emails averaging at 20 a month, research reveals

People receive up to 20 phishing emails a month, research shows, with many involving sophisticated mimics of government departments, banks and major companies.

IoT security risks ignored by enterprise systems

IoT security risks ignored by enterprise systems

More than two-thirds of IT professionals feel they are forced to adopt smart devices in spite of the security risks, a survey has found.

Security flaw in car immobiliser supressed for two years

Security flaw in car immobiliser supressed for two years

News of a major security flaw in a widely used car immobiliser system was suppressed for two years by Volkswagen (VW).

AshleyMadison personal user data exposed online

AshleyMadison personal user data exposed online

The personal data of more than a million users of the adultery website AshleyMadison.com have been leaked online by morality conscious hackers.

Cyber-security rules revived to control IT in Chinese banks

Cyber-security rules revived to control IT in Chinese banks

Cyber-security rules designed to prevent western IT technology being purchased by Chinese banks have been revived after being side-lined earlier this year.

Bank of England to query insurers cyber-protection

Bank of England to query insurers cyber-protection

The Bank of England is sending questionnaires to the UK's largest insurers to make sure they are properly protected against cyber-attacks.

Hacker admits compromising thousands of Facebook accounts

Hacker admits compromising thousands of Facebook accounts

One of the hackers behind online cyber-criminal forum Darkode has pleaded guilty to breaking into at least 77,000 computers, prosecutors said.

AT&T accused of helping NSA with Internet spying

AT&T accused of helping NSA with Internet spying

Telecoms provider AT&T has been helping the US National Security Agency conduct surveillance on Internet traffic, according to the New York Times.

Details of hacker insider trading scheme revealed

Details of hacker insider trading scheme revealed

Prosecutors have revealed the details of a scheme that saw stock traders and hackers team up to make as much as $100m in illegal profits over five years.

Insider trading hacker ring to be indicted today

Insider trading hacker ring to be indicted today

US prosecutors will announce charges later today against an insider trading ring that hacked disseminators of news releases, a source said.

Carphone Warehouse suffers major data breach

Carphone Warehouse suffers major data breach

Hackers may have stolen the personal details of as many as 2.4 million Carphone Warehouse customers.

Zigbee's wireless security flaws threatens IoT devices

Zigbee's wireless security flaws threatens IoT devices

The ZigBee wireless communications specification used by many Internet of Things (IoT) devices contains critical security flaws, IT firm Cognosec has claimed.

Russia prime suspect in cyber-attack on US military

Russia prime suspect in cyber-attack on US military

Russia has been named the prime suspect behind a cyber-attack on an unclassified email network of US military’s Joint Staff that forced the Pentagon last month to restrict access to portions of the network.

Google and Samsung agree regular Android security fixes

Google and Samsung agree regular Android security fixes

Google and Samsung will release monthly security fixes for Android phones, following the unveiling of the Stagefright bug in the mobile operating system.

China to place security teams in major Internet firms

China to place security teams in major Internet firms

China will set up "network security offices" at major Internet companies and websites as it tightens its grip over the domestic Internet.

Standard computer hacked to transmit data via sound

Standard computer hacked to transmit data via sound

Standard computer hardware has been hacked by a team of security researchers to send information out of an office through sound waves.

Cyber-security bill likely to be passed by US Senate

Cyber-security bill likely to be passed by US Senate

US senators will consider a bill this week that will make it easier for firms to share Americans' personal information with each other or the government.

Infected mobile phones could hack air-gapped computers

Infected mobile phones could hack air-gapped computers

Computers isolated from public networks could be hacked through GSM frequencies via infected mobile phones, Israeli researchers have found. 

Russians hackers used Twitter, photos to reach US computers

Russians hackers used Twitter, photos to reach US computers

Russian-backed hackers used Twitter posts combined with data hidden in photos to control US government and defence industry computers.

Stagefright Android bug 'worse than Heartbleed'

Stagefright Android bug 'worse than Heartbleed'

Hackers could access millions of Android-powered phones via a multimedia message due to a newly discovered vulnerability in the heart of Google’s operating system.

French council approves controversial surveillance bill

French council approves controversial surveillance bill

France’s Constitutional Council has ruled that a highly controversial bill that was introduced to allow government surveillance of terrorism suspects does not violate the country’s constitution.

Contactless payment cards easy to hack, says Which?

Contactless payment cards easy to hack, says Which?

Hackers could steal basic data from contactless payment cards enabling them to carry out online transactions up to £3,000 of value, says consumer association Which?.

Car on highway ‘hacked’ by cyber-researchers

Car on highway ‘hacked’ by cyber-researchers

A duo of cyber-security researchers has remotely turned off an engine of a car travelling on an American highway in a demonstration that raises concerns about safety of increasingly Internet-connected cars.

MPs win snooping powers legal challenge

MPs win snooping powers legal challenge

Two Members of Parliament have won a High Court battle over the UK government’s emergency extension of surveillance powers.

Ex-employees probed in attack on Italian surveillance firm

Ex-employees probed in attack on Italian surveillance firm

Milan prosecutors are investigating six former employees of cybersecurity firm Hacking Team in connection with a massive hack of its systems that saw huge chucks of its code stolen.

Darkode hacking forum seized by authorities

Darkode hacking forum seized by authorities

The Darkode online forum used by cybercriminals around the world has been shut down by US authorities after an investigation carried out in 20 countries.

Victims of US government hack still not informed

Victims of US government hack still not informed

None of the 21.5 million Americans whose personal details were compromised in a hack of government databanks have been informed yet, say officials.

Security services have ‘a lot to fear over encryption’, report says

Security services have ‘a lot to fear over encryption’, report says

UK security services fear they could be locked out from the communications of potentially dangerous suspects due to sophisticated encryption tools, a report has warned.

Italian surveillance firm claims hack was by state actors

Italian surveillance firm claims hack was by state actors

A cyber-surveillance company believes a government may have been behind a massive hack of its systems that saw huge chunks of its code stolen.

21.5 million people hit in US data breach

21.5 million people hit in US data breach

Hackers stole social security identification numbers and other highly sensitive information from at least 21.5 million people, officials said on Thursday.

Chinese government readies internet censorship law

Chinese government readies internet censorship law

China’s parliament is preparing a cyber-security law that will elevate the government’s powers to access records and block the dissemination of private information.

Italian surveillance firm left exposed after hack-attack

Italian surveillance firm left exposed after hack-attack

Italy’s Hacking Team, which sells surveillance software, found itself the victim of hacking after it was hit by a data breach on Monday.

Middle-manager inaction the weak link in enterprise cyber-security

Middle-manager inaction the weak link in enterprise cyber-security

Lethargic, narrow-minded middle-managers are among the biggest remaining obstacles to consolidating enterprise cyber-security, an industry expert has warned.

Virtual Private Networks leak users’ data, study finds

Virtual Private Networks leak users’ data, study finds

Virtual Private Networks used to encrypt users’ information against surveillance and hacking could actually leak private data due to a newly discovered vulnerability.

Campaign calls for greater online protection for children

Campaign calls for greater online protection for children

Children are a click away from accessing pornography, violent videos and being exposed to cyber-bullying, an online child safety group has warned.

Online aptitude test to spot UK’s next cyber-warriors

Online aptitude test to spot UK’s next cyber-warriors

An information security company has launched an online aptitude assessment to test cyber potential in candidates that could lead to scholarships worth £30,000.

Canadian government web sites hacked in cyber attack

Canadian government web sites hacked in cyber attack

Several Canadian government websites and servers have been brought back online after they were taken down for several hours in a cyber-attack on Wednesday.

Thousands of apps leave data exposed to hackers

Thousands of apps leave data exposed to hackers

Thousands of smartphone applications including the most popular ones store users’ data online in a way that makes them easily accessible to hackers, say German cyber security researchers.

UK under pressure to respond to claims China and Russia cracked Snowden files

UK under pressure to respond to claims China and Russia cracked Snowden files

The government is under pressure to respond to claims that the UK has pulled out agents from live operations after Russia and China hacked information leaked by Edward Snowden.  

New law needed for spying powers, says terror watchdog

New law needed for spying powers, says terror watchdog

A comprehensive law is needed for the interception powers of communication and data by the state, the UK’s terror watchdog said in a major review published today.

Chinese hackers suspected of stealing US government data

Chinese hackers suspected of stealing US government data

Chinese hackers are suspected of breaking in to US government computers and stealing data from at least four million federal workers, officials have said.

IT security 'should be pitched like other business enablers'

IT security 'should be pitched like other business enablers'

Enterprise information security chiefs could boost their chances of getting the funding they need by emulating sales and marketing budgeting practices, a security industry expert believes.

Obama passes Freedom Act to cut back bulk data collection

Obama passes Freedom Act to cut back bulk data collection

The US  National Security Agency lost its authority to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after a reformed bill was signed into law last night by Barack Obama.

'Brainprint' signals proposed as unique human ID

'Brainprint' signals proposed as unique human ID

The unique way the brain of every person responds to certain words could be used for identification purposes instead of passwords, researchers have proposed.

'Cloud amnesty' would let IT provide secure alternatives

'Cloud amnesty' would let IT provide secure alternatives

Employers should offer an 'amnesty' to staff who secretly use cloud-based services for enterprise data, so that they can make known use of unsuitable and risky Web-based providers without fear of censure, according to an IT security expert.

Criminals ‘more likely to recruit online’ warns UK police director

Criminals ‘more likely to recruit online’ warns UK police director

Illegal downloading of music and film could lead to cyber-crime, a senior police officer has warned on Wednesday.

UK intelligence officers ‘don’t abuse their powers’

UK intelligence officers ‘don’t abuse their powers’

British spies do not carry out “random mass intrusion” into lawful citizens’ lives, a senior intelligence official said on Tuesday.

Online security attacks cost big business at least £1.46m

Online security attacks cost big business at least £1.46m

The average cost of the most severe online security breaches for big business started at £1.46m this year, according to government research published on Tuesday.

End to US data collection powers as Senate deal falls

End to US data collection powers as Senate deal falls

The legal authority for US intelligence agencies’ to bulk collect Americans’ phone records has expired, after the Senate failed to pass legislation to extend the deal.

Encryption mobile app ‘can’t be broken by the NSA’

Encryption mobile app ‘can’t be broken by the NSA’

A smartphone app going live this month claims to be the 'dark Internet tunnel' that thwarts snooping on calls and texts.

China to bring out five-year cybersecurity plan

China to bring out five-year cybersecurity plan

China is believed to be preparing a five-year cybersecurity plan to protect state secrets and data, according to a report from China Daily on Thursday.

Snoopers’ charter is here to stay after Queen’s Speech

Snoopers’ charter is here to stay after Queen’s Speech

The snoopers’ charter returns after it was included in the Queen’s speech today, giving the police and intelligence agencies greater powers to monitor internet and phone use.

Cyber-security to be part of GCSEs

Cyber-security to be part of GCSEs

Students taking GCSEs in computer science will have to prove their understanding of cyber-security issues, the OCR examination board said, to demonstrate their understanding of major problems related to 21st century technology.

Airplane hacked through entertainment system

Airplane hacked through entertainment system

A US cyber-security researcher said he repeatedly managed to hack aircraft computer systems of planes he was travelling on, in one case causing the vehicle to move sideways.

United Airlines to reward code debuggers with air miles

United Airlines to reward code debuggers with air miles

US flight operator United Airlines has launched a reward programme for security experts who reveal vulnerabilities in the software used on its web sites.

US House votes to end NSA bulk collection of phone data

US House votes to end NSA bulk collection of phone data

The US House of Representatives has voted to end the NSA’s bulk collection of American’s telephone data on Wednesday.

NSA ‘asked’ Germany’s BND to snoop on Siemens

NSA ‘asked’ Germany’s BND to snoop on Siemens

The US National Security Agency (NSA) wanted to spy on Siemens with the help of German intelligence, a German newspaper reported, in what could be a shaming episode for Chancellor Angela Merkel.

French parliament approves surveillance rules in counterterror move

French parliament approves surveillance rules in counterterror move

French lawmakers have approved a controversial law to let intelligence services use spying devices more easily, with the aim of preventing Islamist attacks.

New railway signalling system vulnerable to hackers, says expert

New railway signalling system vulnerable to hackers, says expert

The European Rail Traffic Management System that is being rolled out in the UK might be an easy target for cyber criminals, an expert has warned.

WikiLeaks republishes hacked Sony Pictures documents

WikiLeaks republishes hacked Sony Pictures documents

Whistleblower site WikiLeaks has released a searchable database online of tens of thousands of emails and documents stolen by hackers in a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment last year.

Planes could be hacked through in-flight entertainment system

Planes could be hacked through in-flight entertainment system

Airliners could be hacked mid-flight through passengers using the plane’s wireless entertainment system to access its flight controls, a US agency says.

Successful hacks and cyber attacks commonly result of human error

Successful hacks and cyber attacks commonly result of human error

A pair of reports released this week reveal that the vast majority of hacking attacks that threaten businesses are down to human error.

‘Sustained’ Chinese cyber-espionage campaign targeted Southeast Asia

‘Sustained’ Chinese cyber-espionage campaign targeted Southeast Asia

A decade-long cyber-espionage campaign against governments and businesses in Southeast Asia is likely of Chinese origin, says internet security firm FireEye.

Destructive hacking more common than previously thought

Destructive hacking more common than previously thought

Hacking attacks aimed at destroying data or manipulating industrial equipment are far more common than previously thought, according to a new survey.

Intelligence agencies at loggerheads with cyber criminals

Intelligence agencies at loggerheads with cyber criminals

UK intelligence agencies are engaged in a “technology arms race” with cyber criminals and other “malicious actors”, according to MI6 chief Alex Younger.

Encryption works in favour of terror suspects, says Europol chief

Encryption works in favour of terror suspects, says Europol chief

Tough encryption software used on mobile phones and in apps is the biggest challenge for security agencies tackling terrorism, according to Europol chief Rob Wainwright.

UK to get more cyber security students

UK to get more cyber security students

Students will get funding support through university if they choose a cyber-security related course as part of a new scheme, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said on Tuesday in the Commons.

UK intelligence agencies cleared of breaking surveillance laws

UK intelligence agencies cleared of breaking surveillance laws

UK’s security and intelligence agencies do not seek to bypass existing surveillance laws, but a tighter legislative framework is needed to protect privacy, a cross-party committee said in a landmark report.

Amateur cyber defenders could be recruited after mock cyber-attack

Amateur cyber defenders could be recruited after mock cyber-attack

A group of amateur cyber defenders have to investigate and fend off a simulated cyber terrorist plot and could lead to them gaining permanent jobs in the industry.

CIA’s decade-long quest to break iPhone security

CIA’s decade-long quest to break iPhone security

CIA was developing software to spy on iPhone and iPad users through apps distributed by Apple’s App store.

Hackers can spy on Londoners as public WiFi poorly protected

Hackers can spy on Londoners as public WiFi poorly protected

Millions of users connecting every day to public WiFi networks in the UK’s capital are putting their sensitive data at risks as more than a half of those wireless hotspots use weak protection hackable by ‘every IT college student,’ world’s leading cyber security firm said.

Europol prevents hackers from controlling millions of PCs

Europol prevents hackers from controlling millions of PCs

A group of hackers that infiltrated 3.2 million compromised computers all around the world to steal banking information has been stopped by European police and technology companies, officials said.

Tokenisation to allow Europe to join mobile payment revolution

Tokenisation to allow Europe to join mobile payment revolution

Visa Europe is to launch what it calls a tokenisation service providing better protection for mobile payment solutions.

Spies can track people by looking at phone’s power use

Spies can track people by looking at phone’s power use

Location and movement can be tracked on Android phones by studying their power consumption, a study has found, without using GPS or Wi-Fi.

Lenovo in row over adware that compromises user security

Lenovo in row over adware that compromises user security

The world’s biggest computer manufacturer has been forced to remove virus-like software from its laptops after customer backlash over potential security vulnerabilities.

US and UK blamed for hacking SIM card firm to access phones

US and UK blamed for hacking SIM card firm to access phones

US and UK intelligence agencies have allegedly hacked into a major maker of SIM cards, allowing them to eavesdrop on billions of mobile users around the world, a US news website claims.

Sophisticated snooping software exposed by Russian researchers

Sophisticated snooping software exposed by Russian researchers

Spying software that could eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers undetected has been identified by cyber researchers buried deep within hard drives made by top manufacturers.

Banks ‘lose $1bn’ in cyber-robberies, report says

Banks ‘lose $1bn’ in cyber-robberies, report says

A hacking network has stolen up to $1bn from more than 100 banks and financial institutions around the world in what would be an “unprecedented cyber-robbery”, claims a cyber-security firm.

Obama to discuss cybersecurity with tech giants

Obama to discuss cybersecurity with tech giants

President Barack Obama is holding a summit on cybersecurity and consumer protection on Friday with top industry figures, including Apple’s Tom Cook, to encourage companies to share more information about cybersecurity threats with the government.

Brits fail to read terms and conditions putting personal data at risk

Brits fail to read terms and conditions putting personal data at risk

Nearly two-thirds of UK adults do not read terms and conditions on the mobile apps they download putting personal and private data at risk, new research suggests.

GCHQ mass internet surveillance ‘was unlawful’, court rules

GCHQ mass internet surveillance ‘was unlawful’, court rules

Mass surveillance of the Internet by UK’s intelligence agency GCHQ up until December last year has not been in conformity with the law, a court has ruled.

Millions of records stolen from US health insurer Anthem after cyber-attack

Millions of records stolen from US health insurer Anthem after cyber-attack

Hackers have stolen troves of data including names, birthdays and social security numbers from up to 80 million people in a cyber-security breach against Anthem, the US’ second-largest health insurer, it was announced.

Tackling emissions and cyber threat priorities of Obama’s budget

Tackling emissions and cyber threat priorities of Obama’s budget

The $3.99 trillion 2016 budget proposal of the US President Barack Obama, announced on Monday, includes $14bn for cyber-security as well as a new $4bn fund to facilitate the US transition to cleaner energy.

Linux makers update software to stop ‘Ghost’ cyber threat

Linux makers update software to stop ‘Ghost’ cyber threat

A number of manufacturers of the Linux operating system, including Red Hat, updated their software to prevent a major online breach that could allow hackers to take over their systems.

Singapore gets its first cyber security agency

Singapore gets its first cyber security agency

Singapore is planning to clamp down on cyber-crime with the launch of a central agency for cyber-security, the government announced on Tuesday.

Malaysia Airlines website “compromised” by Lizard Squad

Malaysia Airlines website “compromised” by Lizard Squad

The official website of Malaysia Airlines has been attacked by hackers claiming to be from the Lizard Squad, a group known for previous denial-of-service incidents.

Cyber-security at the forefront of the World Economic Forum

Cyber-security at the forefront of the World Economic Forum

Failing to increase cyber-security measures in companies across the world could cost the global economy up to $3tr, a World Economic Forum report warned, and is urging firms to sign up to a new “framework” to prevent cyber-attacks.

New biometric solution analyses touchscreen habits

New biometric solution analyses touchscreen habits

A start-up company has developed an innovative biometric approach for detecting identity theft, with specific application for mobile devices.

US infiltrated North Korean networks pre-Sony attack, officials say

US infiltrated North Korean networks pre-Sony attack, officials say

The US National Security Agency (NSA) started to interfere with North Korean computer networks more than five years ago, the New York Times reported.

China denies accusations it stole plans for new fighter

China denies accusations it stole plans for new fighter

China rejected allegations it stole F-35 stealth fighter plans as “groundless”, after a new stack of documents leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden was published by a German magazine.

Cyber-attack drills to be performed by UK and US

Cyber-attack drills to be performed by UK and US

The UK and the US are to set up 'cyber cells' and conduct mock attacks on each other as part of a joint effort to increase defence against online threats.

UK man held over Sony and Xbox hack

UK man held over Sony and Xbox hack

An 18-year-old has been arrested as part of a joint UK and FBI investigation into cyber-attacks on Sony PlayStation and Xbox systems last December.

Obama proposes enhanced cyber-security laws to fight hackers

Obama proposes enhanced cyber-security laws to fight hackers

US President Barack Obama sent a bill to Congress on Tuesday aimed at strengthening cyber-security laws after the recent hacking attacks against Sony Pictures, Home Depot, Target and the federal government.

UK bitcoin storage firm secures KPMG accreditation

UK bitcoin storage firm secures KPMG accreditation

UK firm Elliptic, which stores bitcoins for its financial services clients, has received accreditation from accountants KPMG. Elliptic says that this indicates it operates to the same standards as a custodian bank.

David Cameron seeks to strengthen security links with Barak Obama

David Cameron seeks to strengthen security links with Barak Obama

Prime Minister David Cameron will push for greater collaboration between the UK and US against Internet-based cyber-attacks during his two-day visit to the United States.

Concerns over data collection by smart gadgets

Concerns over data collection by smart gadgets

The information gathered by futuristic smart gadgets could reveal a “deeply personal” picture of every consumer, the chair of the US Federal Trade Commission has warned.

Bitcoin exchange suspends service amid security breach

Bitcoin exchange suspends service amid security breach

One of the largest trading exchanges for the digital bitcoin currency has suspended its service after a security breach that resulted in money losses, it was announced.

Moonpig app security flaw could have exposed personal data

Moonpig app security flaw could have exposed personal data

The mobile app for greetings card website Moonpig has been disabled following a claim that a security bug exposed personal details of millions of customers.

2014 engineering and technology highlights and what about 2015?

2014 engineering and technology highlights and what about 2015?

Smartphones becoming 'remote controls' of our lives, the dawn of driverless cars, the Heartbleed software vulnerability and smart thermostats pave the way for engaged consumers – we asked IET experts what were the most significant engineering and technology trends of 2014 and what to expect from the upcoming year.

Cyber drills at South Korea nuclear plant amid threats

Cyber drills at South Korea nuclear plant amid threats

South Korea’s nuclear power operator is conducting drills against possible hack-attacks after online threats and data leaks.

New warnings for password security

New warnings for password security

Password-based authentication websites including online giants Amazon and LinkedIn could have security loopholes, according to a new study.

North Korea behind Sony hack-attack, FBI announced

North Korea behind Sony hack-attack, FBI announced

UPDATE – The US has officially blamed the North Korean government for the massive cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

People question mobile payment security, survey reveals

People question mobile payment security, survey reveals

Only 1 per cent of consumers think mobile payment is safe to use in stores, a new survey has revealed.

Alleged GCHQ hacking of Belgian telecoms firm was widespread, reports reveal

Alleged GCHQ hacking of Belgian telecoms firm was widespread, reports reveal

Extracting data from Belgian telecoms firm, alleged to have been performed by British intelligence service GCHQ, was more widespread than initially thought without being detected for more than two years, according to reports.   

Entangled photons to fight cyber fraud

Entangled photons to fight cyber fraud

Dutch researchers have described a new method to fight cyber-crime using quantum physics principles.

New encryption app for students and teachers

New encryption app for students and teachers

A new app that enables students and teachers to create their own encoded messages was launched to popularise encryption techniques, GCHQ announced.

Nokia opens security centre in Berlin

Nokia opens security centre in Berlin

Nokia has opened a new mobile security complex in Berlin aimed at creating robust telecommunications security for operators of mobile networks.

Sony’s PlayStation store online disrupted by hack attack

Sony’s PlayStation store online disrupted by hack attack

Sony has confirmed that its online PlayStation store went down following a cyber-attack, with a hacker group called Lizard Squad immediately claiming responsibility.

GCHQ oversight ‘now lawful’ but may not have been previously

GCHQ oversight ‘now lawful’ but may not have been previously

Oversight of GCHQ’s mass surveillance programmes is now lawful, a body that investigates complaints against intelligence agencies has found.

Thousands of Sony passwords saved in ‘Password’ folder

Thousands of Sony passwords saved in ‘Password’ folder

Sony Pictures Entertainment saved thousands of company passwords in a file directory labelled ‘Password’, it has emerged, after hackers leaked another chunk of data following the attack.

Australia launches operation to crack down on bitcoin crime

Australia launches operation to crack down on bitcoin crime

Law enforcers in Australia are investigating the role of virtual currency bitcoin in organised crime, a senior official has said.

Sony still struggling to recover after GOP cyber-attack

Sony still struggling to recover after GOP cyber-attack

Sony Pictures Entertainment is still struggling to recover from an extensive cyber-attack with security experts dismissing the theory that North Korea is the culprit.

FBI sends out alert following devastating Sony hack

FBI sends out alert following devastating Sony hack

The FBI has sent out an alert about a major destructive cyber-attack on a US business, in an apparent reference to last week’s Sony Pictures Entertainment hack.

Cyber-attacks on airlines, energy and defence by Iranian hackers, says report

Cyber-attacks on airlines, energy and defence by Iranian hackers, says report

Coordinated attacks by Iran-based hackers have been directed at major airlines, energy firms and defence companies worldwide according to a report released by a US cyber-security firm.

Sony hires Mandiant to clean up massive cyber-attack

Sony hires Mandiant to clean up massive cyber-attack

Sony Pictures Entertainment has hired FireEye's Mandiant cyber-forensics unit to clean up a massive hack that knocked out its computer nearly a week ago.

Cyber ring steals firms’ secrets to game stock market

Cyber ring steals firms’ secrets to game stock market

One American cyber-security firm has reportedly found an organised espionage ring focusing on stealing corporate secrets to game the stock market.

Proposed UN resolution condemns electronic mass surveillance

Proposed UN resolution condemns electronic mass surveillance

A proposed United Nations resolution has expressed concern at digital spying calling arbitrary mass surveillance and data collection “highly intrusive acts”.

Bitcoin vulnerability reveals IP addresses

Bitcoin vulnerability reveals IP addresses

Hackers can break anonymity of the Bitcoin virtual currency disclosing users’ IP addresses with a €1,500 monthly investment, researchers have found.

Complex cyber-spying malware uncovered by researchers

Complex cyber-spying malware uncovered by researchers

Highly complex cyber-espionage malware that may have been created by state-sponsored hackers has infected private and public entities across the globe.

Snooper's charter ‘dead and buried’ but police to get new Internet powers

Snooper's charter ‘dead and buried’ but police to get new Internet powers

Police will get new powers to force Internet firms to hand over details that could help identify suspects, but a ‘Snooper’s Charter’ is “dead and buried” say Lib Dems.

Hacking major threat to driverless vehicle adoption

Hacking major threat to driverless vehicle adoption

Attacks by hackers are one of the biggest threats to the widespread adoption of driverless or semi-autonomous vehicles, the IET’s cyber-security lead says.

China could shutdown critical US infrastructure, says NSA chief

China could shutdown critical US infrastructure, says NSA chief

China may have the capability to remotely shutdown the computer systems of US power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, the head of the NSA has told politicians.

Password warning as hackers access thousands of webcams

Password warning as hackers access thousands of webcams

A Russian-based website has been found showing footage from hacked webcams, CCTV cameras and even baby monitors, allowing criminals to spy on people from across the world.

App protects against government snooping

App protects against government snooping

People concerned about governments’ cyber-surveillance practices can use a new web tool to spot if their devices have been infected with eavesdropping malware.

Snapchat launches payment service

Snapchat launches payment service

Picture messaging service Snapchat has launched a payment service enabling users to send money to contacts via the firm’s mobile app.

US collecting mobile data using flying snooping devices

US collecting mobile data using flying snooping devices

The US is gathering data from thousands of mobile phones using fake communications towers on aeroplanes, according to the Wall Street Journal.

iOS bug exposes most iPhones and iPads to hackers

iOS bug exposes most iPhones and iPads to hackers

A bug in Apple’s iOS operating system is exposing most iPhones and iPads to hackers, according to a cyber-security firm.

Website sells stolen credit card details for £8

Website sells stolen credit card details for £8

Cocos Keeling Islands registered website sells credit card details stolen by hackers for as little as £8.

Cyber-security guidelines for safer buildings

Cyber-security guidelines for safer buildings

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has warned about risks related to modern Internet-connected buildings and launched new guidelines to help owners protect their assets against hackers.

Europe runs largest cyber-security exercise to date

Europe runs largest cyber-security exercise to date

More than 200 cyber-security agencies, energy and telecoms companies, financial institution and Internet service providers have taken part in Cyber Europe 2014, the largest cyber-security exercise to have been run in Europe to date.

Pirate Bay co-founder jailed for hacking in Denmark

Pirate Bay co-founder jailed for hacking in Denmark

Hacker and co-founder of the Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison in Denmark.

China says cyber talks ‘unhindered’ despite US hacking

China says cyber talks ‘unhindered’ despite US hacking

China claims 80 per cent of its government websites have been attacked by hackers, with most assaults launched from the US.

Medical devices under review over cyber-security flaws

Medical devices under review over cyber-security flaws

The US Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices, according to a senior official.

Chinese iCloud hacked by government, says web monitor

Chinese iCloud hacked by government, says web monitor

Apple’s iCloud storage and backup service in China has been attacked by hackers believed to be working for the country’s Government.

China says no plans to restart cyber-security talks with US

China says no plans to restart cyber-security talks with US

Resuming cyber-security cooperation between China and the USA would be difficult because of "mistaken US practices", China's top diplomat told US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Phone encryption hampers crime investigation, says FBI

Phone encryption hampers crime investigation, says FBI

Encrypting phone calls makes life difficult for crime investigators, possibly allowing offenders to escape justice, the FBI chief has warned.

South Korea tries to ease cyber-surveillance fears

South Korea tries to ease cyber-surveillance fears

South Korea is trying to ease worries about online privacy after a domestic chat app lost customers to a foreign rival because of fears prosecutors can get access to online conversations.

Poodle web encryption bug discovered by Google

Poodle web encryption bug discovered by Google

Google researchers have discovered a major vulnerability in the SSL encryption technology that could allow hackers to take control of users’ email accounts, online banking and other services.

Dropbox credentials leaked but service blames third party

Dropbox credentials leaked but service blames third party

Hundreds of Dropbox credentials have been leaked by hackers who claim to have seven million logins, but the cloud storage service says its system was not breached.

Windows flaw used by hackers to spy on Nato

Windows flaw used by hackers to spy on Nato

Russian hackers have spied on Nato, the EU, Ukraine and several energy and telecommunications companies through a security flaw in Microsoft Windows.

Court grapples with US surveillance gagging orders

Court grapples with US surveillance gagging orders

A US appeals court is grappling with a lawsuit challenging government gagging orders preventing telecoms firms from revealing demands for customer records.

Police struggling with cyber-crime says top policeman

Police struggling with cyber-crime says top policeman

Police have still not "got to grips" with online fraud despite a huge rise in the crime, the UK's most senior officer has admitted.

China’s armed forces announce cyber-security push

China’s armed forces announce cyber-security push

China's armed forces will ramp up cyber-security and speed domestic software development, the country’s state media said today.

Dynamic phone call encryption to throw hackers off track

Dynamic phone call encryption to throw hackers off track

A dynamic encryption system that changes with every call to confuse possible eavesdroppers has been developed by Danish researchers.

Spanish smart meters easy to hack

Spanish smart meters easy to hack

Millions of network connected electricity smart meters installed all over Spain could be easily attacked by hackers as they lack sufficient cyber protection.

JPMorgan suffers massive data breach despite cyber-security investment

JPMorgan suffers massive data breach despite cyber-security investment

Private information about over 80 million clients of American multinational bank JP Morgan has been stolen by hackers in a massive cyber-attack this summer despite the bank’s increasing cyber-security spending.

Research to scrutinise cyber-risks to infrastructure

Research to scrutinise cyber-risks to infrastructure

A new £2.5m research project will assess the risk posed by hackers and various cyber criminals to the UK’s vital infrastructure.

Hacking ring charged after stealing $100m of software

Hacking ring charged after stealing $100m of software

An alleged international computer hacking ring has been charged with stealing $100m of software including Apache helicopter pilot training programs.

Londoners would give up children to connect to Wi-Fi

Londoners would give up children to connect to Wi-Fi

Six Londoners, subject to an Internet behaviour experiment, have agreed to absurd terms and conditions to connect to a free Wi-Fi hotspot in the capital, a study has revealed.

Don't ignore Shellshock bug, says data protection watchdog

Don't ignore Shellshock bug, says data protection watchdog

Businesses are being warned they could fall foul of data protection laws if they fail to respond to the ‘Shellshock’ bug as hackers begin to exploit the flaw.

New software bug could be bigger than Heartbleed

New software bug could be bigger than Heartbleed

A security bug in a widely used piece of software dubbed ‘Shellshock’ could pose a bigger threat to computer users than the infamous ‘Heartbleed’ bug.

New York financial regulator fears systemic cyber-attack

New York financial regulator fears systemic cyber-attack

A major cyber-attack on the financial system is one thing that keeps New York's financial regulator awake at night, an audience in Manhattan heard.

Chinese hackers steal data from US defence contractors

Chinese hackers steal data from US defence contractors

Computer systems of several US airlines as well as multiple technology companies associated with US military have been breached by Chinese state-sponsored hackers.

New Zealand denies cable surveillance programme

New Zealand denies cable surveillance programme

New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key denied allegations the country had planned mass surveillance operations as revealed in documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

USA threatened Yahoo with massive fine to acquire user data

USA threatened Yahoo with massive fine to acquire user data

The US government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to turn over customer data to intelligence agencies.

Canon printer hacked to play classic game Doom

Canon printer hacked to play classic game Doom

Cyber-security researchers have managed to run the classic 90s computer game Doom on an Internet-enabled Canon printer after hacking its web interface.

Card fraud up despite increased banking security

Card fraud up despite increased banking security

Card fraud hit a record £174.5m in the first half of this year, new figures show, but criminals are relying on social engineering in the face of better security.

Internet of Things needs ‘security first’ architecture

Internet of Things needs ‘security first’ architecture

The Internet of Things needs to be built from the bottom up with a ‘security first’ architecture, according to new research.

Apple pushes two-factor security following photo hack

Apple pushes two-factor security following photo hack

Apple plans additional security features to keep hackers out of user accounts in the face of the recent celebrity photo scandal.

Free cyber-security MOOC course launched

Free cyber-security MOOC course launched

A free online course designed to inspire the next generation of cyber-security professionals supported by the Government has launched.

Hacking behind third of London’s car theft

Hacking behind third of London’s car theft

Car theft has entered the cyber age with more than one in three vehicles currently stolen in London being taken through sophisticated hacking methods, the Home Office has revealed.

Apple says system not breached in celebrity photo hack

Apple says system not breached in celebrity photo hack

Apple says the theft of intimate photos of celebrities including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence was due to a targeted attack on individual iCloud accounts.

International cyber-crime taskforce to be piloted

International cyber-crime taskforce to be piloted

A new international cyber-crime taskforce will be piloted in an attempt to better coordinate the global response to online threats.

Apple service vulnerability responsible for celebrity hack

Apple service vulnerability responsible for celebrity hack

A piece of computer code capable of repeatedly guessing a password has been determined as a likely tool used in the high profile cyber-attack that exposed intimate photographs of tens of celebrities.

Poor coding puts business applications at risk of hacking

Poor coding puts business applications at risk of hacking

Poor code quality is exposing more than two-thirds of retail and financial services applications to cyber-attacks similar to the Heartbleed bug, according to new research.

PlayStation Network back up after denial-of-service attack

PlayStation Network back up after denial-of-service attack

Sony’s PlayStation Network is back online following a cyber-attack that took it down over the weekend.

New game to find next generation of cyber experts

New game to find next generation of cyber experts

A new game that will see players attempt to protect a fictitious aerospace company from hackers is part of a search to find the next generation of cyber-security experts.

FBI issues cyber-attack warning to healthcare providers

FBI issues cyber-attack warning to healthcare providers

US healthcare companies have been subjected to a series of cyber-attacks targeting patient data and intellectual property information, the FBI has said.

First large-scale ‘Heartbleed’ cyber-breach reported

First large-scale ‘Heartbleed’ cyber-breach reported

A cyber-attack that saw hackers steal data on 4.5 million hospital patients is the first known large-scale breach exploiting the ‘Heartbleed’ bug.

Apple starts storing user data on mainland China

Apple starts storing user data on mainland China

Apple has started storing users’ personal data on mainland China for the first time, using servers provided by China Telecom.

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Analysis: Ukraine grid hack is wake-up call for network operators

Analysis: Ukraine grid hack is wake-up call for network operators

A cyber attack on Ukraine’s power grid that caused a six-hour blackout before Christmas raises concerns about the cyber-preparedness of infrastructure operators around the world.

Cyber-security: organisations vulnerable to new swathe of attacks

Cyber-security: organisations vulnerable to new swathe of attacks

2014 saw Apple, Target, Ebay and Sony become victims of cyber theft, and while experts warn 2015 is set for further disasters, organisations are betting on not being targets rather than addressing the core problems.

Analysis: Public Posturing on Cyber-security Fools No One

Analysis: Public Posturing on Cyber-security Fools No One

Just what kind of political game was China playing in October? On 30 October, senior Chinese officials said that talks with the US were "unhindered" even though they had their differences. The statement was made less than two weeks after others in the Chinese government said that it had stopped talking to the US about cyber-security, following what it called "mistaken US practices".

How many security researchers does it take to hack a light bulb?

How many security researchers does it take to hack a light bulb?

How many cyber-security researchers does it take to hack a light bulb? About six, according to one firm, which has demonstrated that the manufacturers of the growing number of connected devices in our homes appear to have a security blind spot.

Analysis: do router security problems foreshadow IoT hacks?

Analysis: do router security problems foreshadow IoT hacks?

Nothing is safe on the Internet, including your home router. That may already have been hacked – but if the world becomes as connected as companies are hoping, that could be the least of your worries.

Analysis: What lessons can be learned from the Heartbleed fiasco?

Analysis: What lessons can be learned from the Heartbleed fiasco?

The continuing furore over the Heartbleed bug holds important lessons for the IT industry, both about the way it responds to major incidents and also the way software is produced.

The Web at 25 – is it showing its age?

The Web at 25 – is it showing its age?

From humble beginnings the World Wide Web has become the backbone of modern civilisation, but the inability of its creators to foresee its meteoric rise has resulted in shaky foundations.

Embedded world faces up to growing security challenge

Embedded world faces up to growing security challenge

Security has become an even more major concern for the makers of processors and software for embedded systems in the rush to connect them to wireless network – and even the wider Internet. It is driving a rethink in the way devices are designed to prevent network-based attacks and attempts to reverse-engineer the firmware inside.

Healthcare identity assurance - warding off fraud

Healthcare identity assurance - warding off fraud

The healthcare industry is under attack, with imposters, fraudsters and cyber-criminals pretending to be people they are not to acquire personal patient data. But the ID theft clampdown has begun.

The State vs The People

The State vs The People

As the world becomes ever more digitised, the uneasy relationship between personal privacy and national security grows increasingly complex.

Smart grid home security

Smart grid home security

Just who are you inviting into your home with that latest 'smart' technology purchase?

Identity - how safe are you online?

Identity - how safe are you online?

With more and more people living out large parts of their lives online, cybercriminals are finding endless new ways of stealing identities.

How to disarm an infrastructure hacker

How to disarm an infrastructure hacker

The media has been full of reports of cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure, but the fear is that there is far worse to come.

Hacking the Internet - bringing down infrastructure

Hacking the Internet - bringing down infrastructure

Why should hackers try to disable computers when they might be able to set their sights higher? Routers can be just as vulnerable as servers, so why not bring down the entire Internet?

News analysis: Calculating the true cost of cyber-crime

News analysis: Calculating the true cost of cyber-crime

While governments state that cyber security is now one of their top national challenges, the overall cost-impact cyber security is incurring – both in terms of necessary investment and damaging outcomes following an attack – is far from clear.

Firewall vendors revisit core technologies to win market

Firewall vendors revisit core technologies to win market

Firewalls should still be an integral part of any enterprise's cyber security strategy, and vendors of the hardware variety are redoubling their R&D to win more market share.

Cyber security - small firms now in the firing line

Cyber security - small firms now in the firing line

Small businesses need to upgrade their awareness of - and abilities in - cyber security if they are to avoid becoming the 'soft underbelly' of the UK's fights against hackers and cyber threats.

Point-of-sale cyber security: hacking the check-out

Point-of-sale cyber security: hacking the check-out

As point-of-sale systems embrace mainstream software, they will have to deal with the security threats that come with it. After all, what cybercriminal wouldn't go after Windows-based devices handling credit and debit cards?

Safety and security convergence - a new era?

Safety and security convergence - a new era?

We are moving toward a world where every connected system is becoming safety critical - so ICT professionals should step up to the principles of ultra-rigorous system design and build.

Infrastructure cyber attack threat grows

Infrastructure cyber attack threat grows

Despite high-profile attacks, there is still a lack of IT security in key public infrastructure. We ask if it will take a major meltdown to prompt governments to take action.

Cyber-criminals target quake-hit network

Cyber-criminals target quake-hit network

Japan's Internet infrastructure withstood quake and tsunami, but was also left working for cyber-criminals to exploit the anguish of survivors desperate for information

Cyber terrorism: the reality

Cyber terrorism: the reality

The future threat that the Stuxnet worm poses is a blueprint for attacks on real-world infrastructure, but what is being done to protect industrial control systems and who cares, asks E&T.

Cyber-terrorism concerns growing

Cyber-terrorism concerns growing

How worried should we be about the likelihood of cyber-terrorist attacks launched through the Internet?

Analysis: US Bill puts 'cyber-war' on legislative agenda

Analysis: US Bill puts 'cyber-war' on legislative agenda

Critics say a controversial bill going through Congress would let the US President 'turn off the Internet' if vital services were threatened.

Analysis: a unified framework for IT security

The IT security sector must take a more unified approach to establishing industry-wide standards for all aspects of secure systems build and maintenance, argues E&T.

You've been hacked

You've been hacked

Cybercrime is a real and growing problem. As the internet grows, so do the numbers of people ready to able and exploit its vulnerabilities.

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