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Four in ten Brits never heard of GDPR FEB 2ND 2017

Have you heard of the EU GDPR? If you have, you’re among the lucky 33 per cent of British adults who have. The rest (62.9 per cent, to be exact), have never heard of the regulation. This is according to a new report by cloud security firm Netskope.

The company surveyed 2,000 British adults and concludes that there is a great opportunity for employers to do more in 2017 and get their staff on board.

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Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump JAN 27th 2017

Closest setting to doom since the heady days of 1953

The Doomsday Clock, maintained for the past 70 years by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, has been moved to two and a half minutes from midnight following the election of Donald Trump.

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"Charger" ransomware removed from Google Play JAN 27th 2017

Researchers at Check Point detected and quarantined a zero-day mobile ransomware on the Android device of a customer, according to a company blog post.

The suspect malware, dubbed "Charger," was found embedded in an app called EnergyRescue downloaded from Google Play. The polluted app is capable of siphoning out contacts and SMS messages from the user's device and requests admin permissions, that, if awarded, will trigger the ransomware to lock the device and display a threatening message demanding payment.

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National Audit Office: UK's military is buying more than it can afford JAN 27th 2017

Military kit costs are going to skyrocket, according to the National Audit Office, which claims the Ministry of Defence now needs to slash an extra £5.8bn from its budget over the next 10 years.

“The affordability of the Equipment Plan is at greater risk than at any time since its inception,” intoned Sir Amyas Morse, the head of the NAO.

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PayPal scam uses account fraud scare tactics to phish personal data JAN 27th 2017

A phishing email scam that warns PayPal users of possible fraudulent account activity in hopes of scaring personally identifiable information out of them is currently making the rounds.

According to a blog post from ESET, the phishing emails falsely inform recipients that PayPal has detected “unusual activity” on their accounts and has “temporary limited what you can do” until the possible security issue can be resolved. Clicking the log-in button on these emails redirects victims to what appears to be a legitimate log-in screen – it even displays an SSL certificate to sell its supposed authenticity - but is actually a fake PayPal web page hosted on a malicious domain.

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Symantec carpeted over dodgy certificates, again JAN 23rd 2017

You had one job ... and it wasn't letting test certs escape into the wild and then revoking them

Symantec has confirmed that it's revoked another bunch of wrongly-issued certificates.

Andrew Ayer of certificate vendor and wrangler SSLMate went public with his discovery last week. The mis-issued certs were issued for example.com, and a bunch of variations of test.com (test1.com, test2.com and so on).

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Giuliani will form Trump cybersecurity team JAN 20th 2017

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will form a cybersecurity team for President-elect Donald Trump, the Trump transition team said Thursday.

Although the roles of the former prosecutor and the new team were not clearly defined, Giuliani “will be sharing his expertise and insight as a trusted friend concerning private sector cybersecurity problems and emerging solutions developing in the private sector,” according to a statement from the Trump camp.

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Busting up cybergangs JAN 20th 2017

If cyber is the modern day Wild West then black hat hackers are the new outlaws finding solace in the safe havens of Russia and other countries that don't have extradition treaties with the U.S.

And while some robbers may have traded in their weapons for exploit kits and given up bank robbery for ransomware attacks, the long arm of the law is still using traditional tactics for busting up these cyber gangs while collaborating with the private sector to implement modern methods to takedown criminal enterprises.

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London Ambulance IT system hit by three outages in last year JAN 16th 2017

The IT system responsible for dispatching ambulances across London has been hit by three outages in the last year, it has emerged.

CommandPoint is responsible for ensuring ambulances reach their destination within eight minutes of a call for high-priority emergencies such as cardiac arrests.

But that system went down for five hours on New Year's day, forcing the service's control room to log all emergency calls by pen and paper.

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