ICYMI: Visa applications exposed, government backdoors & the Ashley Madison hack

This week's ICYMI column looks at the most-read stories on SC this week, including our investigation on VFS Global, the UK government's attitude towards encryption and the continuing fall-out from the Ashley Madison hack.

ICYMI: Visa applications exposed, government backdoors & the Ashley Madison hack
ICYMI: Visa applications exposed, government backdoors & the Ashley Madison hack

Exclusive: Visa application portal closed following SC Magazine investigation

VFS Global closed its visa application portal following a SC Magazine investigation earlier this week. Editable Schengen visa application forms were accessed four days after operating company VFS Global said a vulnerability had been fixed.

Experienced infosec journalist Davey Winder was able to access the editable Schengen visa application forms of three totally random people, some four days after operating company VFS Global said a vulnerability had been fixed and the system was now secure.

UK minister: Cyber-security a 'priority' for government, but no ban on encryption

UK minister Ed Vaizey dismissed media reports that the Conservative government plans to ban encryption, whilst also promising that cyber-security remains a 'priority' in Whitehall.

Vaizey, minister of state at the department for culture, media and sport (DCM) and the department for business, innovation and skills (BIS), was the keynote speaker at an event hosted by think-tank Reform in London last week, where he announced several new government initiatives while also talking up its digitalisation efforts and local cyber-security companies.

Adultery-dating website Ashley Madison hacked

Online 'adultery dating' website Ashley Madison was hacked last week by a group calling itself 'The Impact Team', with 37 million customers' details potentially exposed.

Users could sue Ashley Madison for failure to control data

….And just days later, we asked how damaging the attack is for the company, and if its users could take the company to court.

Russia and Israel cooperate to fight cyber-terrorism

Russia and Israel have signed an agreement to fight cyber-terrorism together. The agreement involves a range of measures, several of which are focused particularly on the fight against the growing threat of Daesh (ISIS).

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak told SCMagazineUK.com how cyber-terrorists are currently using the most sophisticated and advanced hacking tools and techniques, which enable them to carry out attacks on both business and state structures. He added that very often the level of technical capability of cyber-terrorists is now significantly more advanced than that of many IT security companies and state bodies.

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