cyber security

    • Say goodbye to your passwords

      Say goodbye to your passwords

      Web Authentication (aka WebAuthn) has been a de facto standard for no-password web sign-ins for almost a year after the most famous browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Safari) began implementing it. It is also supported by many websites, including Airbnb, Alibaba, Apple, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, PayPal and SoftBank. But now the World Wide Web Consortium and the FIDO Alliance have officially declared it as an official standard for logging into accounts.

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    • About 60,000 EU data breaches filed under GDPR

      About 60,000 EU data breaches filed under GDPR

      The EU’s GDPR regulation and its attached fines appears to be encouraging data breach reports, fundamentally changing the risk profile for organisations suffering a cyber attack, a new study shows. According to the research from DLA Piper over 59,000 data breach notifications have been reported to regulators throughout the EU since GDPR went into effect on 25th May 2018 - far more than figures previously released by the European Commission show. And even though data breaches are showing no signs of slowing, the number of fines imposed lag far behind.

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    • Cybersecurity's weakest link: people

      Cybersecurity's weakest link: people

      Six months, 945 data breaches, 4.5 billion records exposed - that is how the beginning of 2018 looked like. Compared to the same period in 2017, these numbers represent a staggering increase of 133%, data from Gemalto's Breach Level Index shows. Things didn't go well in the second half of the year or in the beginning of 2019 either, with breaches and cyberattacks continuing to escalate, reaching an all-time high in database leaks.

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    • WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger to become one platform

      WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger to become one platform

      Facebook's founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is currently considering a change in the online messaging game by combining WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger into one unified platform. Until now, the three biggest messaging networks have been run as separate and competing products and after their integration the services will still continue to function as stand-alone apps. There is however one big “but” in the whole situation - at a much deeper level, their technical infrastructure will be one.

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    • Commission kicks off Women4Cyber initiative

      Commission kicks off Women4Cyber initiative

      Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, is kicking-off today the Women4Cyber initiative in Brussels, which was launched by the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) in November last year. With the help of the 28 Founding Members, i.e. 28 female leaders coming from the public sector, the private sector and academia, the project aims to increase the involvement of women in the development and promotion of European cybersecurity.

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    • Largest public data breach in history is a fact

      Largest public data breach in history is a fact

      Data breaches these days started to become more and more massive and thanks to Internet security researcher Troy Hunt the world has now officially witnessed the biggest one. The newly discovered “Collection #1" undoubtedly represents the largest public data breach by volume, with 772,904,991 unique emails and 21,222,975 unique passwords exposed. Furthermore, it is reportedly made up of individual data breaches from more than 2,000 databases, instead of representing a single, easily identifiable service.

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    • Thousands of EU diplomatic cables compromised

      Thousands of EU diplomatic cables compromised

      Hackers spent years infiltrating the EU’s diplomatic communications network and downloading thousands of cables that reveal concerns about an unpredictable Trump administration and anxiety regarding Russia China and Iran. The operation was disrupted only after California-based Area 1 Security firm discovered hundreds of intercepted documents on the internet.

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    • Mariya Gabriel: There is serious fake news risk for the EP election

      Mariya Gabriel: There is serious fake news risk for the EP election

      We must act with urgency and efficiency. This means enhanced coordination between Member States, clear fulfilment of commitments made in the Code of Practice against Disinformation signed by the online platforms, concrete initiatives for improving media literacy and stepping up efforts to create an independent network of fact-checkers, says Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.

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    • EU agrees on measures to prevent cyberthreats

      EU agrees on measures to prevent cyberthreats

      Representatives from the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the Commission have reached on 10 December a joint political agreement, which establishes a framework for cybersecurity in the bloc. It is aimed at strengthening EU's efforts in countering large-scale malware attacks such as Wannacry and NotPetya more effectively, the Commission reported.

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    • Dangerous new Android malware discovered

      Dangerous new Android malware discovered

      Until now the Google Play Store was considered generally fairly safe, but obviously it was possible for application developers to sneak malware into it. An Android security researcher announced last week he had found that as many as 13 games available to download in the Play Store were actually Android malware and affected more that half a million users, who downloaded them.

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