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FBI hasn't cracked Texas shooter's mobile phone

The FBI hasn't yet broken the phone belonging to a gunman who went on a shooting rampage in a Texas church, killing 26 and wounding 24.

Russia bans non-compliant VPNs - a blow to privacy and free speech?

Russia's ban on virtual private network (VPN) services that do not comply with the country's new set of anti-privacy laws took effect a month after Facebook told to store Russian citizens' data on Russian servers or get blocked.

News Feature: LDSC seeks help tackling SME cyber-crime vulnerability

Initially focused on London's SMEs but with advice & support tools for SMEs around the country, the LDSC is seeking partners to improve the ability of small businesses to operate safely online, vital for them and your supply chain.

How your business can survive the cyber-security skills crisis

More than two thirds of companies struggle to recruit the staff necessary to defend themselves; the Center for Cyber Safety and Education suggests a workforce gap of 1.8 million by 2022. What can be done asks Jay Coley.

38% of small business spend 0 on security; only 5% think they're attacked

91 percent of small businesses report that they have not been attacked, and only five percent admit they have; 38 percent spent nothing whatsoever to protect themselves from cyber-security threats this financial year.

Industrial tech security association set up, NCSC calls for cooperation

Last Thursday saw the official launch of the International Operation Technology Security Association (Iotsa) where John Noble, director of network management at the UK's NCSC called for industry cooperation and incident reporting.

US calls for GDPR-style legislation in wake of vast Yahoo breach

The vast Yahoo breach underscores importance of heeding risk factors, renews interest in GDPR-style legislation

Amber Rudd knows nothing about encryption, says Amber Rudd

Nobody expects Rudd to have a PhD in cryptography but she does need to understand how backdooring encryption would disadvantage perfectly legitimate businesses and potentially cost them dearly.

Kaspersky Labs denies report its software was used to hack NSA

Russian hackers used a Kaspersky Labs antivirus product to steal hacking tools from the National Security Agency (NSA), The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, subsequently denied by Eugene Kaspersky.

Stopping a 3rd party IT supplier data breach taking down a government

Government organisations responsible for highly sensitive information must ensure that if they are trusting a third-party IT supplier, they have a comprehensive privileged access management strategy in place says Csaba Krasznay

Evidence of Russian Twitter accounts subverting US election criticised

Twitter's revelation that it had identified about 200 accounts that may have broken its terms of service and were possibly linked to nefarious activity geared toward influencing the 2016 US election criticised in Senate.

Public consultation on Investigatory Powers Tribunal launched

On Friday security minister Ben Wallace launched consultation on the draft revised rules for a six week period during which views are sought on the changes to the rules which govern the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

PM May calls for European cyber-cooperation; Norway joins Nato CCD COE

At the Tallinn Digital Summit, UK Prime Minster Theresa May calls for greater global cooperation to tackle the growing threat of hostile cyber-activity; Norway announces it is joining Nato CCD COE

Cracking the GDPR compliance conundrum in local government

Before you start looking at GDPR you need to understand what PII data you have, where it is, who has access, who it is shared with, and ultimately, how you can best manage it according to GDPR requirements says Julian Cook.

Kaspersky US government ban - what are the reasons behind the decision?

What is the basis for the ban on Kaspersky products being used by US government authorities? Is it retaliation for Russia's foreign software ban, fear of potential government pressure, intelligence on actual threats - or prejudice?

Election systems in 21 US states hit by Russian hackers says government

21 states were told by the US Department of Homeland Security Friday that their election systems had been the targets of hackers representing the Russian government.

Government acts to restrict anonymous communications - legally

Commercial multi-user gateways may only be licensed where the supplier can demonstrate that callers can be identified following Security Minister direction to Ofcom to ensure government access to information.

Saudi Arabia strives to improve its cyber-readiness: Potomac assessment

In the face of external and domestic cyber-security threats, Saudi Arabia is taking significant steps to achieve cyber-readiness, but is being restrained by shortages of appropriately skilled Saudi-labour says Potomac Institute.

FireEye ties APT33 to Iran and attacks on US, Saudi Arabian interests

FireEye has laid out evidence that it believes connects the hacking of several US, Saudi Arabian and South Korean aerospace and petrochemical facilities to an Iranian cyber-group it has labeled APT33.

State surveillance tool uses ISP to deliver malware to privacy seekers

Unnamed major internet providers are reported to be the distribution route for the spread of a new variant of government spyware FinFisher (also known as FinSpy) in two countries, targeting people seeking privacy.

WhatsApp rebuffs government request for backdoor

WhatsApp apparently refused the UK government's entreaties to build what would essentially be a backdoor into its app earlier this year.

US Kasperky ban draws Kremlin rebuke, raises concerns among users

The US government's decision to ban Kaspersky Lab security software raised concerns from users over their own Kaspersky purchases and drew a sharp rebuke from the Kremlin about anti-competitive practices

Shipping organisations get code of practice for tackling cyber threats

Department for Transport launches new Cyber Security code of practice for ships as "Cyber-security ... threatens the reliability and performance of a shipping sector that carries 95 percent of our trade [so] has to be taken seriously."

US bans use of Kaspersky Labs software on government systems

Acting on concerns that Russian company Kaspersky Lab has connections to cyber-espionage activities, the US government has banned the use of Kaspersky Lab security software.

New UK data protection bill to be published tomorrow

Tomorrow the UK's new Data Protection Bill is to be published as part of a multi-billion pound National Cyber Security Strategy

US Senator pushes for US government wide ban on Kaspersky software

US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) is pushing for a US federal government-wide ban of security software developed by Kaspersky Lab.

The metropolis and security: Should the UK look to Israel's experience?

In addition to intrusion detection and surveillance hardware, technology decision-makers within major cities must consider additional technologies to ensure the hardware and tools themselves are protected says Maya Canetti.

Ukrainian malware author accuses Russia in US DNC hack investigation

A Ukrainian who authored malware that US intelligence officials say was used by an Russian APT group to hack the Democratic National Committee has become a witness for the FBI.

If you visited anti-Trump site, the US Justice wants your details

The US Justice Department has pressed DreamHost to hand over what amounts to more than 1.3 million IP addresses associated with visitors to disruptj20.org, the group that organised protests against Donald Trump on Inauguration Day 2017.