UK News, Articles and Updates

Why is UK business the most breached across Europe?

According to the latest Thales Data Threat Report published today, the UK holds the dubious honour of being the most breached country in Europe across the last 12 months. So why is that?

Cyber and International Law in the 21st Century

This morning the Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP set out the UK's position on applying international law to cyber-space.

Hackers replacing volumetric DDoS attacks with "low and slow" attacks

By the middle of last year, organisations across the UK had woken up to the threat of DDoS attacks that had, by November, increased in frequency by a massive 91 percent over Q1 2017 and 35 percent over Q2 figures.

SC roundtable: the true value of actionable intelligence

*SPONSORED CONTENT* Discussing 'the true value of actionable intelligence', SC Media UK's latest roundtable saw a gathering of senior cyber-security practitioners to discuss actionable threat intelligence.

Ongoing Third-party & insider threats plague organisations' cyber-security

This week, the UK and US governments issued warnings about malicious cyber-activity carried out by the Russian government, but the biggest dangers are closer to home with insider threats a leading risk says new research.

UK commits to a safer Commonwealth in cyber-space

The Prime Minister has announced that the UK will give up to £15 million to the Commonwealth countries to help them strengthen their cyber-security capabilities and help tackle cyber-criminal groups as well as hostile state actors.

Is opting out of social media viable to cut security vulnerabilities?

UK pub major JD Wetherspoon has decided its bars are social enough without needing online social media, shutting its social media accounts, stating that they do not work, plus usage of social media entailed misuse of personal data.

UK and US point fingers at ongoing Russia network attacks

Russian state-sponsored hackers are attacking network infrastructure wholesale, according to US and UK governments.

Charities across UK are vulnerable to CEO fraud, warns Charity Commission

The Charity Commission recently shot out alerts to charities across the UK, warning them that cyber-criminals posing as CEOs or senior executives at charities could launch phishing attacks on employees.

UK police mobile device extraction tech raises eyebrows, study

UK police are secretly deploying technology which allows them to download all of the content and data from someone's phone on a questionably legal basis due to a lack of clarity in the law, according to a recent report.

Fancy Bear suspected in United Kingdom's Anti-Doping Agency cyber-attack

Fancy Bear hackers are suspected of launching a foiled cyber-attack on the UK's Anti-Doping Agency.

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 reFUD.me, 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?