security
Nearly a Quarter of NHS Trusts Have No Qualified Cybersecurity Staff

Freedom of Information requests filed with the UK's network of NHS trusts appears to show that many are woefully unprepared for a future in which they rely on computers more than fax machines, with 24 of the 108 NHS trusts asked for staff data saying they have literally no one on the payroll vaguely qualified in technical cybersecurity matters. Read More >>

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A Few Things Facebook Forgot to Include in Its Year in Review

It’s been quite a year for Mark Zuckerberg and his friends at Facebook. You might even say that 2018 has been the single worst year in the company’s history. But you wouldn’t know it by reading “Facebook’s 2018 Year in Review.” The annual blog post leaves one with the impression that Facebook’s involvement in global events was nothing short of heart-warming. In truth, it was not. Read More >>

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Telescope Hobbyist Gets 2 Years in Prison for DDoS Attack on Astronomy Website

It’s disorienting enough to have you seeing stars. David Chesley Goodyear, a 44-year-old man from the US state of California, has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for a cyberattack against the world’s largest astronomy forum, Cloudy Nights. Goodyear was apparently angry about getting banned from the website. Read More >>

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The Hack of 100 Million Quora Users Could Be Even Bigger Than It Sounds

We’ve seen a lot of data breaches lately, but this is one worth giving your undivided attention. On Monday, the question and answer site Quora announced that a third-party was able to gain access to virtually every data point the company keeps on 100 million users. Even if you don’t recall having a Quora account, you might want to make sure. Read More >>

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Hackers Find Stolen US Government Exploit Useful Again, Compromise Tens of Thousands of Routers

A Microsoft exploit made public last year after being pinched from the US National Security Agency has now been used by hackers to compromise more than 45,000 internet routers, according to researchers. Read More >>

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Marriott Is Already Getting Sued Over Huge Data Breach

On Friday morning, the Marriott hotel chain disclosed that its Starwood reservation system had experienced one of the largest data breaches of all time. By Friday afternoon, a class action lawsuit was already filed in a U.S. District Court. Read More >>

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Marriott Claims Up to 500 Million Guests Had Their Records Hacked

Marriott, one of the world’s largest hotel chains, announced on Friday that it has experienced a jaw-dropping data breach that may have exposed the personal data of up to 500 million guests going all the way back to 2014. Read More >>

artificial intelligence
The Malware of the Future Will Have AI Superpowers

In the past two years, we’ve learned that machine learning algorithms can manipulate public opinion, cause fatal car crashes, create fake porn, and manifest extremely sexist and racist behaviour. Read More >>

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Major Vulnerability Discovered In Sennheiser Software Left Data Open to Interception

Security researchers have issued a warning that two pieces of support software for Sennheiser headphones contain a severe vulnerability that leaves systems open to man-in-the-middle attacks. But Sennheiser has a fix. Read More >>

privacy
Be Warned: Customer Service Agents Can See What You’re Typing in Real Time

Next time you’re chatting with a customer service agent online, be warned that the person on the other side of your conversation might see what you’re typing in real time. A reader sent us the following transcript from a conversation he had with a mattress company after the agent responded to a message he hadn’t sent yet. Read More >>

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Uber Fined £385,000 by UK Watchdog for Letting Itself Get Hacked

The Information Commissioner's Office is about to rake in and distribute a nice £385,000 from loss-making ride-hailing business Uber, as punishment for the data protection failings that led to its UK driver and customer data being hacked in 2016. Read More >>

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Hackers Hit Adult Furry Website, Exposing Hundreds of Thousands of Users

The website for an adult furry game was hacked, with 411,000 unique email addresses and other personal information leaked, according to Have I Been Pwned’s Troy Hunt. The website hosted High Tail Hall, an interactive puzzle game “where you can have erotic encounters with the surrounding characters.” Read More >>

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Firefox Will Now Alert You When You Visit Hacked Sites

It can be hard to know if and when you might have been impacted by a data breach. That is, unless you’re a Firefox Quantum user. Yesterday, Mozilla announced it’ll alert desktop users when they stumble upon a site that’s recently reported a breach. Read More >>

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Mozilla’s Guide To Smart Tech Lets You Filter By Creepiness

It's mid-November, and the Christmas gift guides are everywhere. Mozilla's is a little different, though: the makers of Firefox have done an online guide to smart tech that gives it a creepiness rating in terms of how likely it is to spy on you. Read More >>

crime
Banks Are Trying to Hack Themselves Today in Cyber-Attack War Game

Around 40 of the UK's largest banks and financial institutions are having a bit of a fun afternoon of hacking today, with the Bank of England leading a simulated cyber-attack on the financial industry to see what happens. Or what might happen. Read More >>