Richard Bach (l) receiving the Editor's Choice Award for Cyber Essentials
Richard Bach (l) receiving the Editor's Choice Award for Cyber Essentials

UK crypto firm relocates over 'Snooper's Charter' fears

Industrial cryptography company Eris Industries became the second UK firm to announce plans to relocate from the country over fears of the surveillance imposed by the incoming Draft Data Communications Bill, otherwise known as the 'Snooper's Charter'.

The company, which builds Blockchain infrastructure, promised back in January to move out of the country should the Draft Data Communications Bill come to law, and now looks set to make good on that promise. The surveillance law is expected to force internet service providers (ISPs) into holding huge amounts of data on customers, and sharing this - if requested - by government and intelligence agencies.

“Eris Industries' position is that this proposed bill would impinge vital and legitimate business interests of our company. As such we will be relocating staff out of the United Kingdom until further clarity on the provisions of the bill is achieved,” said the company's COO Preston Byrne, although the firm's decision to move to another Five Eyes country (the US) led some to question if this is a marketing exercise.

Earlier this week, GCHQ and law enforcement agencies were pressed on the topics of surveillance, and the desire to bypass encryption.

Recognising achievement: SC Awards Europe 2015 winners announced

Congratulations to all the winners at the SC Awards Europe 2015 announced on Tuesday 2nd June –a full list of winners is published here.

Hundreds of industry guests gathered in the ballroom of the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane to recognise and celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the information security industry.

SC Magazine UK Editor-in-Chief Tony Morbin welcomed guests, with a reminder about how a year of major high profile breaches and subsequent industry growth has now put information security firmly on the boardroom agenda. He then introduced Ian Glover, president of CREST who emphasised the professionalisation of the industry, and the further steps needed to ensure it is a viable and attractive career option for today's school students. Then after dinner, compere Ed Byrne entertained guests and presented the Award winners with their trophies.

Yemen 'Cyber Army' hacks Saudi government

Pro-Yemeni hacktivists calling themselves the Yemen Cyber Army (YCA) took classified computer files from several Saudi Arabian government agencies including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Interior Ministry and Defence Ministry.

The data breach was confirmed by the authorities, accoding to Security Affairs which cited Osama bin Ahmad al-Sanousi, a senior official at the Kingdom's Foreign Ministry. Nearly a million (990,584) records were revealled, comprising personal details of what were claimed to be Foreign Ministry staff and diplomats, spies and Saudi intelligence operatives.

“We have gained access to the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) network and have full control over more than 3,000 computers and servers, and thousands of users. We also have access to the emails, personal and secret information of hundreds of thousands of their diplomats in different missions around the world,” say the hackers.

ICYMI: Adult Friend Finder breach, Android woes & leaky Bluetooth

Last week's ICYMI looked at an embarrassing data breach at Adult Friend Finder, new problems with Android, and how you can track devices using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).

US tried and failed to attack North Korea with Stuxnet worm

The US tried to launch a cyber-attack against North Korea's nuclear weapons programme but in the end failed, according to online reports.

An anonymous source told Reuters that the US tried to deploy the malware in a bid to stifle the country's nuclear ambitions but the attack, allegedly led by the NSA, was prevented by the hermit nation's secrecy and isolation.

“Just owning a computer requires police permission, and the open Internet is unknown except to a tiny elite. The country has one main conduit for Internet connections to the outside world, through China,” Reuters reported.