ICYMI: £4bn for NHS, Avast ye flaw, phishing in the Amazon, Word up, IP theft

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In this week's In Case You Missed It, we recap the most popular stories of the week including NHS digital transformation cash, serious flaw found in Avast secure browser, fake survey is hooking Amazon users, more WordPress malware and businesses suffering theft of intellectual property.

£4bn investment for NHS digital transformation

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced his intentions to bring the NHS into the 21st century with more than £4 billion of investment as part of the ‘digital transformation' plan. £1 billion of that will go towards information-security, pegged as a looming problem for the NHS, which handles the medical data of most of the UK population. £1.8 billion will be used to advance the NHS long awaited transformation to a  paperless system. [Read more]

Google researcher finds serious flaw in Avast secure browser

A security researcher has found a serious bug in Avast's secure web browser, Avastium, that could allow a hacker to “read any file on the filesystem by clicking a link”. According to a posting on Google's Security Research website by Tavis Ormandy, the vulnerability uses a specially-crafted JavaScript web page that could bypass built-in checks and potentially allow a criminal to read cookies, email and even interact with online banking. [Read more]

Fake survey offer lures Amazon users in email phishing scam

A new phishing email posing as Amazon has been targeting users of the online retailer by luring them to complete a survey for the chance to win some cash. According to Net Security, a link that users receive in their email sends them to a compromised web page that was made to appear as Amazon's login page. [Read more]

Clean house to keep WordPress infection from coming back again and again

A security researcher has discovered a malvertising campaign that injects malware code into WordPress websites. Denis Sinegubko, a senior malware researcher at Sucuri Security, said in a blog post that he had noticed a spike in WordPress infections where hackers injected encrypted code at the end of all legitimate javascript files. [Read more]

IP theft is 'most damaging' cyber-crime for UK businesses

Due to a failure to protect valuable data, businesses are leaving themselves exposed to unnecessary levels of risk including theft of intellectual property. A new whitepaper from British cyber-security specialist Becrypt explores common errors that are leaving businesses exposed and suggests some best practices that all businesses should follow to protect against Intellectual Property (IP) theft. [Read more]

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