Uber comes clean after taking users for a ride over data breach

App-based cab firm Uber has admitted paying $10,000 (£75,500) to cover up a data breach that impacted 2.7 million of its UK users. The company’s database was hacked in 2016, with cybercriminals obtaining access to 57 million names, email addresses and mobile numbers from account holders around the world. Uber was then served a ransom … Read moreUber comes clean after taking users for a ride over data breach

Hacker accesses prison data to (almost) break someone out

One enterprising scammer has used phishing techniques not to try and get rich quick, but secure a prisoner’s early release. Konrad Voits from Michigan, USA, masterminded an elaborate scheme to try and get a prisoner at Washtenaw County out of jail long before they were due for release. He began by creating a duplicate county … Read moreHacker accesses prison data to (almost) break someone out

Android unlock patterns vulnerable to shoulder surfing

Android users could be putting their data at risk by using unlock patterns – which can be guessed by as many as 60% of onlookers. Researchers at the US Naval Academy and the University of Maryland Baltimore County looked into the phenomenon of ‘shoulder surfing’, where crooks watch smartphone users unlock their devices from a … Read moreAndroid unlock patterns vulnerable to shoulder surfing

Phishing scam targets WhatsApp users with bogus subscription messages

Emails claiming to be from mobile messaging service WhatsApp should be treated with caution, users have been warned, following the discovery of a new phishing scam. Cyber criminals were found to be sending emails, complete with the WhatsApp branding, telling recipients that they need to pay a subscription fee in order to keep their messaging … Read morePhishing scam targets WhatsApp users with bogus subscription messages

More WhatsApp encryption comes to light – months after being secretly launched

In its relatively short life, the popular messaging service WhatsApp has not just become a widespread communication tool but also emerged as a bastion of cybersecurity good practice. Now, that reputation has been bolstered further still, through the encryption of backups stored in Apple’s iCloud. By making message backups more difficult for hackers and spies … Read moreMore WhatsApp encryption comes to light – months after being secretly launched

DIY Ransomware for criminal wannabes

Criminals no longer need to risk having their collar felt while climbing out of someone’s window – they can simply get hold of some ready-made ransomware designed to help them commit fraud. Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) is a growing industry, as an army of hackers and coders operating on the dark web offer an array of tools. … Read moreDIY Ransomware for criminal wannabes

5 new malware threats every second

Do you need to renew your antivirus software licence for 2017? You bet your bottom dollar you do. AV-test has reported that computer users are threatened with five new malware programs every second. Cybercrime is likely to remain one of the top IT stories of the New Year, and it’s easy to see why. The … Read more5 new malware threats every second

Office 365 still the most secure option for small businesses

Office 365

In January 2017, UK businesses saw a price increase on Office 365, with Microsoft citing Brexit and the fall in the value of sterling as the major contributory factors. However, this cloud-based solution remains the obvious choice for SMEs. More than half of businesses today say that their IT is either partly or wholly cloud-based … Read moreOffice 365 still the most secure option for small businesses

Insider security warning from Sage data breach

Companies should be careful of security risks from employees and ex-employees, following a data breach at global tech company Sage. Sage Group said an internal login had been used to gain unauthorised access to the data of some of its British customers. The personal details of the employees of about 280 British companies were potentially … Read moreInsider security warning from Sage data breach

More than 60 million Dropbox accounts ‘stolen’

Online cloud storage company Dropbox has revealed that the details of more than 60 million accounts were stolen in a previously announced breach. The company confirmed it forced password changes for a number of accounts following the breach. The announcement highlights the ongoing risk to cloud-based services and the need for constant vigilance. The sheer size of the recent … Read moreMore than 60 million Dropbox accounts ‘stolen’