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Microsoft Beats out Amazon for Pentagon’s £7.8 Billion Cloud Computing Contract

The Pentagon’s £7.8 billion deal to provide cloud computing services to the U.S. Department of Defense officially went to Microsoft on Friday. The news came as an upset to Amazon, whose competing bid appeared to be the frontrunner for most of the contract’s deliberations. Throughout the year-long process, President Donald Trump has repeatedly rebuked Amazon’s prospects, which seems in part an extenuation of his outspoken vendetta against the company and its CEO, Jeff Bezos. Read More >>

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The Marriott Hotel Has Been Fined Almost £100m Over Its Huge Data Breach

After getting sued last year over a years-old data breach, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is fining the US hotel chain £99.2m, which has been bolstered by the newly introduced General Data Protection Regulation rules (GDPR). Read More >>

Iran is Being Blamed for a Cyber Attack on Parliament

Back in June Parliament suffered a cyberattack, focussing on MP's email accounts. While many might have assumed the attack came from Russia, or possibly even China, it turns out Iran might have been responsible. Read More >>

Good Hackers Can Do Bad Things, Too

Famed white hat hacker Marcus Hutchins—better known as “MalwareTech”—was arrested by the FBI yesterday while trying to fly home to the United Kingdom from Las Vegas. The 22-year-old security researcher gained mainstream fame earlier this year as the guy who stopped the destructive WannaCry ransomware from spreading, and had been partying with friends near the Black Hat and Defcon hacker conferences before his arrest. Now, he faces serious federal charges for allegedly creating the Kronos banking trojan. But he’s supposed to be the good guy! Read More >>

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That HBO Game of Thrones Hack Was Worse Than We Thought

Well, this isn’t terribly surprising. According to the latest dispatch from Variety, the hackers who broke into HBO’s servers and stole 1.5 terabytes of data, including at least one Game of Thrones script, also stole employee data. More specifically, the hackers made off with “thousands of Home Box Office (HBO) internal company documents.” That’s bad. Read More >>

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Someone Hacked Into HBO and is Now Releasing Game of Thrones Info

It’s cyber deja vu time in Hollywood. HBO just confirmed that hackers broke into their servers and stole an unknown quantity of data. Now, unreleased episodes of Ballers and Room 104 have appeared online as well a script that looks an awful lot like next week’s Game of Thrones episode. This is not a drill. Read More >>

The Era of Chaos-Inducing Ransomware Is Here and It’s Scary as Hell

The ‘90s cyberpunk thriller Hackers is used too often to illustrate the fearful future of cyber security, but it’s popular for a reason. The film’s seemingly fictional scenarios keep coming true. Take this week’s global ransomware attack, for instance. It’s a plot twist that would make Matthew Lillard leer at the camera and cackle. Read More >>

What Can We Do About Donald Trump’s Unsecured Smartphone?

As recently as yesterday, President Trump sent a tweet using his old, unsecured Android phone. This happened just three days after Congressman Ted Lieu and 14 other House Democrats sent a letter to the Oversight Committee demanding an investigation into this blatantly bad security practice. Everybody agrees that it’s really, really stupid. Read More >>

Russia Arrests Top Kaspersky Hacking Investigator for Treason

Under mysterious circumstances, Russia has arrested Ruslan Stoyanov, head of computer incidents investigations unit at the huge cybersecurity firm at Kaspersky. He’s been charged with treason. Read More >>

Security Company Uses Tasteless Hurricane Matthew Pitch to Sell Software

FireEye is a huge security company with high profile clients like Sony Pictures. But the company’s success hasn’t stopped it from doing silly things to grab attention. For instance, sending out a sales pitch that likens the deadly Hurricane Matthew with a cyber attack is a dumb thing to do. Read More >>

The White House’s New Cyber Chief Has Great Taste in Art 

The White House has named Gregory Touhill to a new role designed to lead the charge against cyber-threats. Touhill will be the first-ever Chief Information Security Officer, the Obama Administration announced, and will lead a team “who have been at the forefront of driving policy and implementation of leading cyber practices across federal agencies”. Read More >>

The Personal Information of 55 Million Filipino Voters Might Have Been Compromised in Cyberattack

At the end of March, hackers broke into the database for the Philippine Commission on Elections in what InfoSecurity Magazine is calling “what could rank as the worst ever government data breach anywhere”. Read More >>

Forget Fingerprints, Brain Scans Could Be the New Passwords

A new system will set aside fingerprints and facial recognition, and start doing brain scans as positive identification. Using brain imaging and a series of words and images, it will scan your mind to figure out if you’re really you. Read More >>

This Map Shows Power Outages Caused by Cyber-Terrorist Squirrels  

There’s a dark and mysterious force out there that’s intent on attacking countries' power lines, and this map shows exactly where the culprits strike. The culprits are, of course... squirrels. Read More >>