IT Security and Compliance Blog Archive

Read the news, developments and opinion pieces from years gone by about IT security and compliance from industry experts New Net Technologies.

Despite the accepted wisdom of the often-used quotation from Alphonse Karr ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same’, Alphonse obviously didn’t know much about cybersecurity.

Timehop has shared additional details regarding the recent data breach that impacts nearly 21 million users, claiming that additional personally identifiable information (PII) was compromised during the attack.

Facebook has been fined £500,000 by the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) over the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, the first fine of many that the social media giant will be faced with in the near future.

Timehop has disclosed a major security breach involving the compromised personal data belonging to 21 million users, nearly its entire user base.

Security researchers have discovered a new piece of malware that infects victims systems with either a cryptocurrency miner or ransomware, depending on which scheme is more profitable for the attackers.

Typeform, the popular Spanish-based online data collection company that specializes in online forms and surveys, announced on Friday that the company has suffered a data breach that resulted in the exposure of some of its user’s data.

The UK government has launched a new cybersecurity standard designed to set a baseline of mandatory security outcomes for all departments with regards to protecting their information, technology, and digital services.

Equifax announced yesterday it has agreed to a set of data security rules imposed by a new consent order with eight state financial regulators, the latest response following the data breach that impacted over 147 million consumers.

House lawmakers approved a new bill on Monday that’s aimed at securing technology used to power U.S. critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks.

As today’s cyber threats continue to evolve in scale and sophistication, and more security tools and mandates continue to hit the market at a record rate, it can seem overwhelming trying to figure out where to start when trying to keep IT systems safe.

As demand for IoT devices increases, the issue of network security has become increasingly important, with more businesses and regular households moving everyday tasks and processes to the network and into the cloud.

Chilean officials are making cybersecurity a top priority, as they just learned that hackers stole over $10 million from the country’s second-largest bank, Banco de Chile.

Details belonging to users of the Israeli genealogy and DNA testing service MyHeritage were found on an internet file containing the email addresses and hashed passwords of more than 92 million of its users.

A recent report found that cybercriminals have been utilizing the infamous Mirai malware as a framework on which to build enhanced IoT malware with more advanced capabilities since it first appeared in late 2016.

The US- CERT has issued a technical alert warning of two pieces of malware that are said to be used by the North Korean government.

The UK Government has released a draft code of practice designed to help manufacturers and end users better safeguard their Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

While the principle of doctor-patient confidentiality has always been regarded as sacred, the digital age has inevitably led to greater ease of access to all information, including confidential patient health records.

The U.S. Justice Department seized an internet domain that directed a botnet of 500,000 infected home and office network routers, controlled by the Russian hacking group that hit the Democratic National Committee in 2016.

 Protecting information is not limited to any particular industry, however, some sectors deal with more sensitive types of information, like the government. For this reason, the U.S Department of Defense (DoD) has issued new guidance that demonstrates both its insistence on strong cybersecurity practices from its third party providers and its intent to cut ties with those who do not.  

The UK Information Commissions Office (ICO) has reported a 17% increase in data security incidents between the last three months of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018.

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