The 5 most read articles this week: July 18-24
The 5 most read articles this week: July 18-24

EU's new cybercrime taskforce set to launch

On Monday, SC revealed how the European Cybercrime Centre is preparing to establish the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce  - or J-CAT – as a pilot project from September for a period of six months.

The centre is to be headed up by NCA's own Andy Archibald and is significant because it will see cyber-crime investigators from EU member states permanently reside at the centre, in order to start building their own criminal cases.

Apple accused of hiding backdoors in all 600 million iOS devices

Security researcher Jonathan  Zdziarski  caused something of a stir this week when his slides at Hackers on Planet Earth suggested that Apple had backdoors in all its iOS products, used by some 600 million around the world.

These backdoors, it was argued, could be used by government agencies to spy on iPhone and iPad users to access a user's address book, photos and voice mail.

It must be said that this has been contested not only by Apple (which says that the diagnostic data cannot be accessed by government) but also by other security researchers.

Snowden calls on businesses to encrypt data, shun Dropbox

In his latest disclosures to The Intercept newswire, NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden has called on professionals – such as doctors, lawyers and journalists – to encrypt their data and said that open cloud storage services like Dropbox are ‘hostile to privacy'.

Air-gapped PCs can be compromised with mobile malware

Researchers in Israel say that it is possible to use a mobile phone loaded with malware to pilfer data stored on air-gapped computers.

eBay counts the cost after ‘challenging' data breach     

Speaking during the firm's second-quarter earnings call on Wednesday, eBay's chief executive John Donahoe admitted that May's data breach had had a negative impact on revenues and user activity.