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Cyber-attacks against Russia may follow attempted nerve agent killing in UK

Offensive cyber-attacks against Russia are reported to be among options under consideration by the UK if it is dissatisfied with Russia's explanation by midnight today of the use in this country of Russian nerve agent Novichok.

Report: Age verification tool for porn sites raises privacy concerns in UK

The UK-based digital watchdog organisation Open Rights Group is expressing concern that an age verification tool for pornography sites could potentially expose users' sensitive data, according to a report from the BBC.

Despite poor IT visibility, HR apps are the most highly used cloud services

Despite a lack of appropriate visibility and control measures in place, cloud-based HR applications are now the most highly used cloud applications across organisations, with 139 such apps being used by organisations on average.

Councils failing on cyber-security, say campaigners

UK councils are suffering from a lack of training in the face of a vast number of cyber attacks, averaging 37 attacks per minute, according to a new report.

UK government publicly blames Russia for NotPetya attacks

The UK government publicly accused Russia of carrying out the June 2017 NotPetya ransomware attacks in June 2017 as part of a deliberate attack on the Ukraine state.

Every NHS trust failing on patching, officials admit

In an astonishing admission, Department of Health (DoH) officials have admitted that every single NHS trust in the UK has failed to meet cyber-security standards.

UK's Snoopers' Charter 'inconsistent with EU law' says Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal has found the UK's Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014, known as the Snoopers' Charter, unlawful as far as the prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of serious crimes are concerned.

A high-impact cyber-attack on UK likely in the next 2 years

It is a matter of "When, not if" a major cyber-attack on the UK will happen says Ciaran Martin, head of the NCSC. This statement raises the prospect of huge disruptions to the British government and critical infrastructure.

UK businesses far more confident re GDPR than their European counterparts

More than 70 percent of British businesses are confident about their understanding of GDPR and their preparations for the upcoming data security legislation.

British hacker jailed for cyber-attacks against Pokemon, Google, and Skype

A British computer hacker was arrested on charges stemming from launching thousands of cyber-attacks against firms, including Pokemon, Google and Skype.

KillaMuvz pleads guilty to being a sophisticated malware operator

The UK creator of malware resources Cryptex and, used by thousands in the cyber-crime world, has this week pleaded guilty to charges under the Computer Misuse Act and Proceeds of Crime Act.

One third of Britons would apply to be a money mule

One third (32 percent) of Britons would apply for a job as a money mule - knowingly helping criminals launder money, according to the results of a fake job advert set up by Santander.

Third of UK cyber-security execs expect to be hacked: report

Ransomware, phishing attacks and data loss are the three biggest issues that concern UK cyber-security executives.

Hackers target private schools in UK

Hackers are taking advantage of poorly secured systems at schools in the UK, nicking identifying data, typically through phishing attacks, that they could use to target parents with fake invoices and other means of cyber-crime.

IT valuation of PII data shows huge variations

US security professionals value their personally identifiable information more than twice as much as their UK counterparts, according to a new report.

Researchers expose Russian cyber bank robbers who stole over $10M

A Russian cyber-criminal group has stolen at least US$ 10 million (£8.5 million) from financial institutions and other organisations in the US, U.K., and Russia, by targeting card processing systems and interbank transfer systems.

'UK is the most affected country' from hacking per capita in the world

Thousands of British businesses have paid ransoms to Russian hackers who are launching attacks every day and demanding £100,000 to release files.

Action Fraud launches 24/7 helpline to combat cyber attacks

Action Fraud, the UK's national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre, has launched a 24/7 live cyber-attack helpline. During its pilot since October 2016, Action Fraud's 24/7 cyber-helpline received 377 reports.

Covert warfare: How likely are attacks on the UK's critical infrastructure?

Attacks on critical national infrastructure are growing in number and sophistication. So how big is the UK's risk?

Suicide risk leads appeal grounds in Lauri Love extradition case

A legal precedent will be set over the extradition of Lauri Love, a man with Asperger's accused in the US of hacking government computer systems, when a decision is made following presentations being made in the UK high court.

Most UK Uber users and drivers caught up in data breach

More than half of all Uber riders and drivers in the UK were impacted by the ride-sharing company's data breach that was revealed last week.

Indian cyber-security event opened by PM, supported by UK

A demonstration of how seriously India is taking cyber-security is that the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered the keynote speech at the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) 2017 in New Delhi, India.

UK to open second investigation into Equifax breach

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has opened an investigation into the massive Equifax data breach that exposed the personal information of almost 700,000 British citizens and 145.5 million worldwide.

Hacking the UK general election might be possible but 'highly unlikely'

Any tampering of the UK General Election would likely be by insiders rather than foreign governments, with localised impact unlikely to affect national outcomes, experts agree.

Israel-UK cyber-security lessons - shared concerns, shared responses

Israel is under constant threat and conscription gives its army access to its brightest students - what can the UK learn from its approach to and understanding of cyber-terrorism?

UK 'too attractive' to DDoS attackers

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are on the up according to new research; and the UK is firmly in the crosshairs.

Leaked report reveals Russian battlefield cyber-weapons

A report leaked from the UK armed forces to the media has shown a shocking new cyber dimension of tactical warfare and come to some worrying conclusions about how the UK army would fare in a shooting war against Russia.

Brexit will 'prove challenging' to UK universities and tech sector

Following the announcement on Friday that the country had voted in favour of leaving the EU, commentators have been assessing the impact on UK tech.

RSA 2016: AG Lynch talks Apple case, info sharing framework with UK

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch told an RSA audience Apple should comply with government requests for help in unlocking iPhones and confirmed rumours that the US and the UK were in negotiations to share information in criminal investigations.