cyber security

    • Vera Jourova to discuss EU elections, 5G security in Prague

      Vera Jourova to discuss EU elections, 5G security in Prague

      Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourova, today will be in Prague, Czechia, to speak at a conference on European elections in the context of hybrid threats. She will explain what the EU does to secure free and fair elections, including fighting against disinformation, building resilience in the cybersecurity sector and stepping up the EU's counterintelligence operational capacity.

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    • Marcus Hutchins: from hero to criminal

      Marcus Hutchins: from hero to criminal

      In 2017, Marcus Hutchins went from being a relatively unknown 23-year-old, to being a worldwide hero, to facing criminal charges all in a span of a few months. After 'MalwareTech' shut down the rapidly spreading WannaCry malwareby finding a killswitch domain in the software, UK tabloids exposed his real name. Then in August of that year, just as he was about to leave Las Vegas after the Defcon event there, US authorities arrested Hutchins, claiming he'd played a part in creating a different type of malware, Kronos, years earlier.

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    • 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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