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European Commission: Still Work To Do On GDPR

The GDPR has successfully met its main objectives but work still needs to be done to improve cross-border investigations, increase regulator resources and address fragmented approaches across the EU, according to the European Commission. The review of the data protection legislation two years on highlights several areas for improvement. One of the most pressing is the …

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One Million Phishing Messages Reported In Two Months

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has announced that in just two months of its Suspicious Email Reporting Service being launched, it has received one million reports. According to a statement, the service, which was launched in April as part of the Government’s Cyber Aware campaign, receives a daily average of 16,500 emails. NCSC chief executive officer Ciaran Martin called the number …

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COVID-Themed Ransomware Attack On Android Users Revealed

Details of a new COVID-themed ransomware attack on Android users in Canada, known as CryCryptor, have been revealed by ESET researchers. In the attack, people were lured into downloading a ransomware app disguised as an official COVID-19 tracing tool through two COVID-themed websites. This came shortly after the Canadian government announced its support for the creation of …

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Online Learning Platform Exposes Data On One Million Students

Over one million North American students have had their data exposed after a popular online learning platform left it in a publicly accessible cloud database, according to vpnMentor. Researchers from the firm claimed that the Elasticsearch database belonging to provider OneClass was left completely unsecured. The trove contained over 27GB of data, amounting to 8.9 …

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Researchers Find New Calendar-Based Phishing Campaign

Researchers have once again spotted crooks using calendar invitations to mount phishing attacks. The Cofense Phishing Defense Center found the attack in enterprise email environments protected by Proofpoint and Microsoft, it announced last week. The phishing scam uses iCalendar, which is a media type that lets users store and exchange calendaring and scheduling information, including events and tasks. iCalendar …

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More than a third of businesses do not have a ransomware emergency plan in place, or are not aware if one exists within their company.

More than a third of businesses do not have a ransomware emergency plan in place, or are not aware if one exists within their company. According to research from Ontrack of 484 organizations, 39% either did not have or were not unaware of a ransomware strategy, while 26% admitted they couldn’t access any working backups after an attack. …

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Criminals Exploit Pandemic With Brute-Force RDP Attacks

ESET is the latest security company to notice a sharp spike in RDP-based hacks over the last few months. The anti-malware company spotted a rise in the number of brute-force attacks using the remote access protocol, and said that cyber-criminals have been using it to distribute ransomware. The Remote Desktop Protocol is a proprietary Microsoft protocol that allows …

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HMRC Phishing Scams Persist, Begin Targeting Passport Details

Fraudsters are continuing to exploit self-employed people with advancements in already-established COVID-related HMRC phishing scams. Uncovered by Griffin Law, the latest variation of this attack is now targeting the passport details of self-employed people, along with other information including personal and bank details. According to Griffin Law, the scam begins with a text message purporting to be from …

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How To Protect Your Data From Ransomware

Have you heard of malware? That’s scary enough – but have you also heard of ransomware? This is where criminals lock you out of your data, and you have pay to get access to it again. Our new video has three ways you can protect your business from ransomware.