Sadiq Is Right: Why London Needs A Chief Digital Officer

Dale Lovell, Chief Digital Officer and UK Managing Director (MD) at ADYOULIKE said of London Mayor Sadiq Khan recruiting for London’s first ever Chief Digital Officer: “Ten years ago the job of Chief Digital Officer simply didn’t exist. Even as late as 2013, there were only 500 CDOs across the globe. The ‘digital’ aspect of organisations was also something that was split across multiple people.” “However, with the world increasingly…

May 4, 2017
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Hackers Are Using ‘Bots’ To Steal Unused Gift Card Balances From Under Your Nose

Cybercriminals operating on the dark web have reportedly developed a fresh way of conducting gift card fraud by using automated bots to scour the web and locate legitimately-issued cards that remain unused, security researchers have found. The sale of gift cards has long existed on dark web marketplaces, often used to by hackers to “cash out” after stealing financial information. “Carded” gift cards – those purchased with stolen financial details…

May 4, 2017
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Emotet Banking Trojan Debuts In U.S.

A banking trojan that was first reported in June 2014 targeting banks in Germany and Austria and later in Switzerland has made its way to these shores, according to a blog post from the Center for Internet Security (CIS). The trojan arrives in phishing emails embedded in a malicious PDF targeting federal, state, local, tribal and territorial (FSLTT) government employees. The emails appear to be documents and invoices from well-known…

May 4, 2017
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ATM Security Devs Rush Out Patch After Boffins Deliver Knockout Blow

A firm that supplies security software for cash machines has updated its technology after researchers uncovered a number of serious shortcomings. Flaws in GMV’s Checker ATM Security technology created a means for hackers to remotely run malicious code on a targeted ATM. The CVE-2017-6968 vulnerability opened the door to all manner of mischief – including but not limited to the possibility of stealing money from a compromised device, according to…

May 4, 2017
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WhatsApp Working Again After 2 Hours, Cyber Attack Suspected

The popular messaging app, WhatsApp, went down late Wednesday as users tried in vain to send messages. Users on Twitter suspected that there could be a cyber attack targeting the service. Later on in the day, the service started working again. The app went down as of 00:20 GMT+3, which indicates that it has been down for nearly two hours. Users took to Twitter upon the service’s failure to send…

May 4, 2017
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(ISC)2 and Learning Tree to Embed Cybersecurity Certifications within Global Public/Private Sector Training Programmes

(ISC)2, an international non-profit membership association, and Learning Tree International (OTCQX:LTRE) today announced a global agreement to enhance development of the professional cybersecurity practice around the world. (ISC)2 certifications will now be recognised within Learning Tree’s proprietary course library and provided within the commercial training frameworks it maintains for major organisations, including the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency). The collaboration broadens access to the best cybersecurity practices, knowledge,…

May 4, 2017
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The start of 2017 witnessed a 5,000-fold decrease in the world’s largest spam botnet mailings

According to Kaspersky Lab’s “Spam and phishing in Q1 2017” report, the world’s largest spam botnet, Necurs, demonstrated a relative decline in its fraudulent mailshot traffic. In December 2016, Kaspersky Lab’s spam traps detected over 35 million fraudulent mailshots but in March 2017 that number fell to almost 7,000. The Kaspersky Lab spam report also identified the following trends in the first quarter of 2017: Global share of spam amounted…

May 4, 2017
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Data security and privacy remain the biggest concerns about retail apps

Concerns about security breaches have been revealed as the biggest fear among consumers when it comes to deciding whether to download a retail app, according to research. Three quarters (74%) of shoppers said they were most concerned about the security of their information. As well as being worried about the security of their data, consumers also wanted to know how their information would be used once they had provided it…

May 4, 2017
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Why businesses should not underestimate IoT

With connected devices from kettles and refrigerators to heating and cooling and fitness tracking devices, IoT has certainly taken the consumer world by storm. But what does all of this hype mean for businesses? It is predicted that the average business expects to be dealing with 7,000 IoT devices over the next 18 months with smaller businesses expected to have more, which has increased the number of opportunities and entry…

May 3, 2017
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NSA Continued Spying On Americans, Collecting Over 151 Million Phone Records Despite Law Change

The National Security Agency (NSA) collected over 151 million phone records of Americans in 2016, despite a new system created by the US Congress to limit the spy agency’s ability to gather bulk data, a report released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) revealed on 2 May. The government report detailed that the NSA amassed vast amounts of data under a new system, despite having been…

May 3, 2017
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