Campbell helps businesses defend against cybercrime

Former England international footballer Sol Campbell has hosted a defensive masterclass for small businesses to help them protect themselves against cybercrime. Research by Barclays has found, on average, London businesses have lost over £50,000 each as a result of cybercrime. It also found more than half of London businesses have been targeted by a scam or fraudulent activity, and 24% have had to make staff redundant in order to recoup the money lost.

Could video sharing be the solution to Windows 10’s security woes?

By Trevor Dolan, Segment Director at Kollective

It’s a great time to work in IT. In 2018, the role of IT is  now seen as a key business function rather than a cost cutting one. IT is helping businesses progress in the current digital climate, managing processes so employees can be more productive, and helping innovation thrive. While IT may be at the forefront of all of these processes, one area where it is still falling behind is in the speed at which IT teams can download, test and install software upgrades.

Bank of England and Cyber Security Challenge UK Partner to Find the Next Generation of Cyber Security Experts

There is an urgent need to find the people that will protect and safeguard businesses, people and their data. In response, a number of banks and financial institutions are investing in their cyber security, particularly personnel. Today, Cyber Security Challenge UK, a non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring and enabling people to seek careers in the cyber security industry has partnered with the prestigious Bank of England for the launch of its first Face-to-Face cyber security competition of 2018. The competition will test 30 of the brightest untapped talents in the UK to identify the next-generation of cyber security experts.

Dark Matter

As I am attending the Cyber Security Event ( running in Sao Paulo Brazil in July 2018 with a presentation entitled ‘Dark Matter’, given the number of recent insecurity debacles which have occurred in the Financial Sector, from Experian to Equifax, from RBS to TSB, and of course not forgetting the high-impact outages which implicated the Bank of England’s (BoE) Chaps Infrastructure in 2017, halting the transactional processing of part of the £277bn which passes through the wired tentacles of the system each day, when it went down for around 10 hours during peak trading hours:

TippingPoint Threat Intelligence and Zero-Day Coverage – Week of April 30, 2018

When I was little, I discovered the joy of jumping on the bed. While it was fun to jump on the bed, I wanted to make it more challenging so I started to imitate the ski jumpers I had seen during the 1976 Winter Olympics and jump from my parents’ dresser to the bed. I quickly found out there’s a reason why many TV shows and events will start out with the message “don’t try this at home.” I ended up in the emergency room with a fractured left arm.

Weekly Update 85

It’s a (new) weekly update! Lights are in, things are much brighter and… I think it was a bit too bright and the camera was pointed too high. This is all experimentation, folks, and I appreciate everyone’s input as I tune things to try and get a consistent, quality result. Still, as someone said whilst I was mucking around with all this, the audio quality is great and that’s what people are ultimately listening to so that’s a fantastic start. You’ll notice I’ve also changed the video thumbnail and removed the text in the opening frames, I hope that’s an improvement. (Oh yeah – and there’s a 4 min blank spot at the end due to a rogue element in the Premiere project I didn’t clean up – sorry!)

Phone Maker BLU Settles With FTC Over Unauthorized User Data Extraction

lod123 shares a report from Threatpost: Android phone-maker BLU Products agreed to a proposed settlement on Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission, over allegations it allowed the third-party firm Adups Technology to collect detailed consumer data from users without their consent. In an administrative complaint filed earlier this week against BLU and the company’s co-owner and president Samuel Ohev-Zion, the FTC accused the firm of sharing with China-based Adups the full contents of their users’ text messages, real-time cell tower location data, call and text-message logs, contact lists, and applications used and installed on devices.

Ultimately, the FTC is alleging Ohev-Zion and BLU violated the FTC Act’s section pertaining to “deceptive representation regarding disclosure of personal information.” The proposed settlement will be made final after a 30-day public comment period. In its proposed complaint, the FTC said Florida-based BLU contracted with Adups to issue security and operating system updates to millions of phones sold by the firm through Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart. In addition to allegedly failing to protect consumer privacy, the FTC asserts that BLU failed “to adequately assess the privacy and security risks of third-party software installed on BLU devices” resulting in “common security vulnerabilities that could enable attackers to gain full access to the devices.”

Twitter to All Users: Change Your Password Now!

Twitter just asked all 300+ million users to reset their passwords, citing the exposure of user passwords via a bug that stored passwords in plain text — without protecting them with any sort of encryption technology that would mask a Twitter user’s true password. The social media giant says it has fixed the bug and that so far its investigation hasn’t turned up any signs of a breach or that anyone misused the information. But if you have a Twitter account, please change your account password now.

Social Engineering – Why hack it, when people are just giving away their information!

In today’s technologically driven society, more and more criminals have turned to cyber crime as a means to steal information and intrude on other people’s privacy.  These cyber criminals are often thought of as being computer masterminds who know all kinds of backdoors and secret channels to steal information and to get into secure systems.  While this may be true for some, others have turned to social engineering techniques to accomplish the same goal.

Every Business Needs a Vulnerability Disclosure Policy. Every. Single. Business.

An anonymous report claims that a ton of your company’s customer data has been exposed. A sense of calm is in the air as you enact your vulnerability disclosure policy. You save the day, get a promotion and rainbows and unicorns fill the sky. Then you wake up!! You don’t have a vulnerability disclosure policy. Panic quickly washes away the sounds of harps.

You should change your Twitter password right now

Yes, it’s that time again — password changing time. On Thursday, Twitter revealed that a bug caused the platform to store user passwords in unmasked form. Normally, sensitive personal data like passwords would be stored in hashed form using a mix of letters and numbers to protect the content of the password itself. In this instance, it sounds like Twitter stored plain text passwords openly without any hashing on an internal log.