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Targeted spear phishing campaign targets governments, law enforcement

Targeted spear phishing campaign targets governments, law enforcement

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Kaspersky Lab claims to have identified a highly targeted spear phishing campaign that picks on high profile victims - including government, military, law enforcement agencies and embassies.

UK Ministry of Defence launches £2 million cyber defence competition

UK Ministry of Defence launches £2 million cyber defence competition

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The British government has kicked-off a £2 million contest to find new ways to protect the Ministry of Defence (MoD) computer systems from cyber-attacks using automated threat response.

The 5 most read articles this week: August 8 to 14

The 5 most read articles this week: August 8 to 14

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Here are the five most popular articles, as read by you the reader, in the week for August 8 to 14.

Security naivety forces NCA to debut online awareness campaign

Security naivety forces NCA to debut online awareness campaign

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The UK's National Crime Agency has formed a new partnership with the government's Cyber Streetwise campaign after new figures from the Office of National Statistics revealed that there were 10,731 adult victims of cyber-crime last year.

European Commission backs Microsoft in privacy fight with US

European Commission backs Microsoft in privacy fight with US

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Microsoft has won the European Commission's support as it battles in court to prevent the US Government getting hold of one of its customer's emails, stored at its Dublin data centre.

FBI informant 'Sabu' leads cyber attacks against Turkish government

FBI informant 'Sabu' leads cyber attacks against Turkish government

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The US government is being questioned over its involvement in several cyber-attacks against the Turkish government, which were reportedly carried out by hacker turned FBI informant Hector Xavier Monsegur.

WordPress and Drupal flaw hits 23% of world's websites

WordPress and Drupal flaw hits 23% of world's websites

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Up to 230 million websites, including the US White House and the UK's main government data site, are at risk from a denial of service flaw in their WordPress and Drupal content management systems. The two suppliers have rushed out a fix.

What the Cyber Essentials Scheme means for UK business

What the Cyber Essentials Scheme means for UK business

The government's initiative to set a baseline certification scheme for cyber security, Cyber Essentials, is now underway and John Godwin encourages companies to get certified as soon as possible.

The 5 most read articles this week: August 1-7

The 5 most read articles this week: August 1-7

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Here are the five most popular articles, as read by you, the reader, in the week for August 1 to 7.

UK government proposes public sector data sharing

UK government proposes public sector data sharing

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A leaked document reveals that the British government plans to revise data collection laws so that it can share personal details on earnings, tax and criminal records, benefits payments and more with all agencies in the public sector.

UK Lords slams EU ruling on "right to be forgotten"

UK Lords slams EU ruling on "right to be forgotten"

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A committee sitting in the UK's House of Lords has said that the EU's ruling on the 'right to be forgotten', which requires companies to delete data on request where appropriate, is 'unworkable'.

Securing the energy industry: is success a dead CERT?

Securing the energy industry: is success a dead CERT?

Industry needs a brighter collaborative approach to help bring it out of the dark ages says Alan Carter

Could MH17 sanctions push Russia to cyber warfare?

Could MH17 sanctions push Russia to cyber warfare?

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A leading cyber security academic has warned the US and European governments that tougher sanctions on Russia relating to the MH17 airplane crash could result in the start of cyber warfare.

The 5 most read articles this week: July 11-17

The 5 most read articles this week: July 11-17

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Here are the five most popular SC articles, as seen by you the reader, in the week for July 11 to 17.

Criminals get hold of 'Russian state malware'

Criminals get hold of 'Russian state malware'

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One of the first cases of government-grade malware falling into the hands of common cyber criminals has been uncovered by US security firm Sentinel Labs.

ICYMI: Google's Project Zero, ICO breach & sharing intel on critical infrastructure

ICYMI: Google's Project Zero, ICO breach & sharing intel on critical infrastructure

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This week's In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) column takes a look at Google's Project Zero, accusations of double-standards at the ICO and the need to share intelligence on critical infrastructure.

Controversial DRIP bill set to become UK law

Controversial DRIP bill set to become UK law

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The controversial DRIP (Data Retention and Investigatory Powers) bill completed its Lords committee stage without amendment yesterday, after effectively being rubber-stamped into the legislative books overnight.

NIST to NSA: get your hands off our encryption (please)

NIST to NSA: get your hands off our encryption (please)

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NIST cryptographers want to be able to reject NSA guidance.

Pitty Tiger APT exploits older version Office flaws

Pitty Tiger APT exploits older version Office flaws

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The Pitty Tiger APT has been targeting telcos, defence companies and at least one government in a cyber-espionage campaign that relies on spear phishing and malware prying on vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office.

ICO wants more power as privacy complaints hit record levels

ICO wants more power as privacy complaints hit record levels

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The UK's data privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), has called on the government to give it more power, better funding and the ability to imprison people as it battles against a record number of data protection complaints.

British PM promises £800 million cyber defence fund

British PM promises £800 million cyber defence fund

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British Prime Minister David Cameron today announced a £800 million investment in improving the country's cyber intelligence, reconnaissance and defence capabilities.

China accused of global zero-day attack on shipping firms

China accused of global zero-day attack on shipping firms

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A suspected Chinese government cyber-attack called 'Zombie Zero' has been targeting shipping, logistics and manufacturing companies worldwide, according to US security research firm TrapX.

UK government criticised for opposing 'right to be forgotten'

UK government criticised for opposing 'right to be forgotten'

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The British government has been criticised by the president of a leading UK data protection professional body for trying to water down the 'right to be forgotten' privacy protection now being instigated by Google.

UK government to increase surveillance

UK government to increase surveillance

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The British government looks set to pass the Data Retention and Investigations Powers Bill - a law which will allow police and security services to access people's phone and internet records from telcos and ISPs.

Deep Panda - three years of attacks to defend China's oil interests

Deep Panda - three years of attacks to defend China's oil interests

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Attack vectors demonstrate the sophistication of malware available to cyber-criminals globally, says CheckPoint MD Keith Bird.

Barclays receives Cyber Essentials certification for digital banking

Barclays receives Cyber Essentials certification for digital banking

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Barclays bank has announced that it has received the UK government's Cyber Essentials certification for its digital banking services, including MyBarclays, BMB and Pingit.

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