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UK in Frenchy cyber love-in to ward off 'information bomb'

The UK's defence secretary Michael Fallon has announced a cyber love-in with the French to offset the threat of the "information bomb" – whatever that is. Fallon was discussing the complexity of the cyber-threat, and the means "to urgently identify ways to safeguard against the threats" at France’s first Cyber Defence …
Kat Hall, 24 Sep 2015
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The Man demands yet more account information from Twitter

Twitter's transparency report reveals it has received 52 per cent more requests for account information than ever before, affecting 78 per cent more account holders, during the last six months. The transparency report, which covers the period between January and June 2015, now includes information regarding alleged copyright …

US Senators hope to crack down on the trade of private information

Four US senators are introducing legislation aimed at turning the screws on businesses that gather up and sell citizens' personal information. Senators Edward Markey (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Al Franken (D-MN) have teamed up to introduce the Data-broker Accountability and Transparency Act ( …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Mar 2015

Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

Former HP CEO and current presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina says Apple and Google should just hand user information over to government investigators. Speaking Thursday at the Republican party's presidential debates, Fiorina said companies should be more willing to cooperate with requests from federal investigators to produce …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Aug 2015

Confidential information exposed over 300 times in ICANN security snafu

Two months after claiming there was "no indication" that confidential information was exposed in a security cock-up, domain name overseer ICANN has admitted it happened on at least 330 occasions. Following an audit of its main customer portal, the organization confirmed what we reported at the start of March: that misconfigured …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Apr 2015
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DataGravity puts a little weight behind protecting your information

Paula Long-led startup DataGravity has updated its Discovery array with a second generation Discovery Series V2 software. DataGravity said its arrays integrate the separate functions of data security, search and discovery, and protection into one platform and provide visibility into data as it's created. The added software …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2015
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Information Technology Supplier Advocate job abolished

Australia has abolished its Information Technology Supplier Advocate, a Canberra-based role designed to help small biz jump through the hoops of government contracting. The incumbent, Don Easter, finishes work next Monday. The position of Information Technology Supplier Advocate was created in 2010 when, as Labor Senator Kate …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2014
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How British spies really spy: Information that didn't come from Snowden

Feature David Anderson QC’s review of Britain’s anti-terrorism laws, published earlier this month, has mostly been examined for its potential impact on the government’s plans for a new act of Parliament on surveillance, known as the Snooper’s Charter to opponents. He made extensive recommendations as to what should be in the …
SA Mathieson, 23 Jul 2015

French firms: You want us to compile DATABASES... of our SECRET information?

Businesses in France are being asked to compile a database of commercially sensitive information that will potentially attract increased interest from cyber criminals. Changes to employment laws in the country will require businesses with more than 50 employees to create a database for worker representatives to be able to access …
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 Apr 2014
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The Information Age: A day out for grown-up children?

Exhibition Review The Science Museum's new Information Age gallery opened in October to great fanfare. Most of that fanfare, however, was concerned with an elderly lady having sent a tweet, rather than the substance of the exhibition itself. Youtube Video So, with the Christmas holidays upon us, and a pressing need to find things to fill up the …
Nigel Whitfield, 06 Dec 2014
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Interview: Michael Cordover, voteware freedom-of-information crusader

A barrister has offered pro bono assistance to Michael Cordover, the Hobart Solicitor seeking the source code to the EasyCount software used by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to count votes in the nation's senate elections. Cordover first sought the source code last year because, as he told The Register, “I have …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jul 2014

AVG to flog your web browsing, search history from mid-October

Changes in the privacy policy of AVG's free antivirus doodad will allow it to collect your web browsing and search history – and sell it to advertisers to bankroll its freemium security software products. The changes will come into play on 15 October, according to the Czech-based biz in a blog post. The revised privacy policy …
John Leyden, 21 Sep 2015

David Jones follows Kmart into 'we've been attacked' hell

Australian high-falutin retailer David Jones has become the second in two days to admit to a data breach of its retail systems. DJ's statement is remarkably similar in its substance to Kmart's: like the down-market chain, DJs says “The information obtained was restricted to customer name, email address, order details and …
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Verizon now owns AOL, so AOL now owns your web browsing habits, other personal info

US telco giant Verizon has given notice it will be providing information on its subscribers to AOL for targeted advertising. A notice in Verizon's privacy policy warns users that beginning next month, information such as device information, addresses and whereabouts, and browsing habits, will be given to AOL so it can sling …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Oct 2015

Websites aimed at kids are slurping too much info, finds report

A large proportion of websites aimed at children are slurping a concerning amount of personal info, research from cross-border privacy authorities has revealed. The Global Privacy Enforcement Network Privacy Sweep, comprising 29 data protection regulators around the world, looked at 1,494 websites and apps for children. Of …
Kat Hall, 03 Sep 2015

Pentagon on manual mission to build nation-wide security database

US Defence bureaucrats are bashing numbers into a database in a bid to develop what the agency hopes will become an automated security scorecard, assessing vulnerability exposure across the country's networks and weapons systems. The scorecard is at present a manual effort to help identify vulnerabilities and propose the means …
Darren Pauli, 21 Sep 2015

EU data protection chief: Snaffling all air traveller data goes too far

Europe’s data protection tsar has warned law-makers that collecting and storing information on all airline travellers risks breaching EU privacy laws. The so-called PNR (passenger name record) scheme is back on the table after being rejected by MEPs in 2013. The plan is to force airline operators to store every scrap of …
Jennifer Baker, 28 Sep 2015

Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

Professor Stephen Hawking thinks he has solved the 40-year-old information paradox – a conundrum of what happens to matter in black holes. Matter that gets sucked into a black hole was thought to be destroyed by the immense forces involved, as per the theory of general relativity. However, that's a problem from a quantum …
Iain Thomson, 25 Aug 2015
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Right, opt out everybody! Hated paused again

The UK government's gaffe-prone scheme has been paused once again, this time to review the opt-out process of the much-hated and delayed program. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has asked data guardian Fiona Caldicott to provide advice on the wording for patient consent and ‘opt-outs’. The scheme was launched in 2013 …
Kat Hall, 08 Sep 2015

Junk patent ditched in EAST TEXAS

A US judge has tossed out a patent he considers “obvious”, and with it more than 150 lawsuits launched by a company called eDekka. eDekka had launched action against too-many-defendants-to-list here because they were based on “unpatentable subject matter”. That subject matter is US Patent 6,266,674 which describes something …

NSA SOURCE CODE LEAK: Information slurp tools to appear online

The NSA has decided to let the public have a peek at what it's been up to, for a change, by promising to release some of its data analysis tools under an open-source license. On Tuesday, intelligence-gobbling agency said it hopes to make the code to NiFi – a project previously known internally as Niagarafiles – available as an …
Neil McAllister, 25 Nov 2014

NSW Information Commissioner sends email to wrong list

The Information Commissioner in the Australian state of New South Wales, an officer whose job it is to offer and enforce best information management practice for the State, has apologised after sending an email to the wrong list. The email in question advised of a conference at which the Commissioner, Deirdre O’Donnell, is due …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2012

Insider trading ring hired 'Ukrainian hackers to scoop stock market'

The FBI says it has cracked open an insider-trading ring which employed Ukrainian hackers to pinch corporate announcements from news wires and then traded stocks based on the unreleased information. Nine men have been named in a pair of indictments filed in New York and New Jersey. Five of the nine were arrested in a series of …

Leaked Syrian log files reveal attempts to starve rebels of information

Syria's Bashar al Assad-led regime blocked scores of legitimate services and entire network regions in its bid to scrub out access to sites such as Reddit, Google and Skype, the first analysis of the nation's web filtering reveals. Research by three Sydney researchers from National ICT Australia (NICTA), together with three …
Darren Pauli, 28 Nov 2014

Techie finds 1.5 MEELLION US medical records exposed on Amazon's AWS

The private health records and contact information for as many as 1.5 million Americans have been found out in the open on Amazon's cloud services. It has been claimed that the names, addresses, and phone numbers, along with biological health information including existing illnesses and current medications, were posted in the …
Darren Pauli, 21 Sep 2015
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Excellus healthcare hack puts 10m Americans at risk of identity theft

Health insurance company Excellus said hackers broke into its servers and may have made off with the personal details of 10.5 million people. The insurance firm said the information belongs to customers who lived in or sought treatment in the upstate New York area. The breach exposed the personal information of 7 million …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Sep 2015

UK gets the Ashley Madison fear: Data privacy moans on the up

Consumer complaints about the way personal data is handled increased by 30 per cent from 2013 to 2014, according to figures from Pinsent Masons, acquired via several Freedom of Information requests to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). Complaints about the security of personal information rose from 886 in 2013 to 1, …
John Leyden, 05 Oct 2015
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Painfully insecure GDS spaffs £21,000 on online narcissism tool

The Government Digital Service is spending £21,000 per year on a brand monitoring tool designed to track what is being said about it online. Brandwatch monitors conversations happening online "in order to provide brands with information and the means to track specific segments to analyse their online presence". The Brighton …
Kat Hall, 04 Aug 2015
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Uber slapped with $7.3m fine for keeping quiet about driver accidents

A Californian judge has ruled that Uber, by refusing to disclose particular business practices to state regulators, is in breach of the conditions under which it is allowed to operate in the state. The international controversy-courting ride-hailing service received a hard spanking on its home turf when an administrative law …

Oh no Wikiwon't: Russians plan own version of 'distorted' Wikiland

Following the country's short-lived ban on Wikipedia, Russian politicians have come up with another wheeze to divert traffic from the encyclopedia site. Moscow’s head of communication and culture, Yevgeny Gerasimov, set out plans (selfishly in Russian) on Tuesday (25 August) for a Russian version of the site. He told Russia's …
Jennifer Baker, 26 Aug 2015
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Hillary Clinton kept top-secret SIGINT emails on her home email server

Hillary Clinton's personal email server and one of her thumb drives held emails containing classified and top-secret information. That's according to a note by the US Intelligence Community Inspector General. While US Secretary of State, Clinton had access to American intelligence. It appears some of Uncle Sam's sensitive …
Iain Thomson, 12 Aug 2015
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Obama cybersecurity order mandates better information sharing

RSA 2013 President Obama's executive order on cybersecurity means security officers at critical infrastructure companies will get greater clearances from the government to access its information, says a Department of Homeland Security honcho. The "unprecedented" executive order, which Obama revealed during his State of the Union address …
Jack Clark, 25 Feb 2013
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NHS England backs down over another data extraction scheme

NHS England has backed down from yet another data extraction scheme, after details emerged of backdoor plans to gather patient appointment information. The episode has echoes of the on-going debacle, a scheme that has been heavily criticised for its lack of public consultation in sharing patient information with …
Kat Hall, 22 Jul 2015

Raytheon: Ho hum, another day, another $1bn cyber-security contract with Uncle Sam

Defense contractor Raytheon said it will be providing IT security for more than 100 US government agencies in a deal valued at upwards of $1bn. Raytheon said the billion-dollar contract, reportedly set to run for five to seven years, will include development and support of cybersecurity protections for the Department of …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Sep 2015

'eBay' of targeted attacks infiltrated by ex- Shin Bet intel men

Former members of Israel's Shin Bet intelligence agency have infiltrated a since-scuppered hacking forum that served as a specialist marketplace of targeted attacks. Intelligence bods from Diskin Advanced Technologies gained access to the Enigma forum, which required users to actively trade in illicit services to continue …
Darren Pauli, 25 Sep 2015
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A third of workers admit they'd leak sensitive biz data for peanuts

A third of employees would sell information on company patents, financial records and customer credit card details if the price was right. A poll of 4,000 employees in the UK, Germany, USA and Australia found that for £5,000, a quarter would flog off sensitive data, potentially risking both their job and criminal convictions …
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2015

Architect of UK’s hated scheme quits NHS, flees from Britain

The architect of Blighty's hated scheme, Tim Kelsey, has today announced he will quit as the NHS's National Information Director. Kelsey will leave the British health service in December and take the new role of director at Australia’s telecoms biz Telstra Health next July. Curiously, the NHS did not list …
Kat Hall, 17 Sep 2015

Japan begins mega-rollout of 100 million+ national IDs

The Japanese government has launched the nation's first national identification system for social security and taxation purposes, despite widespread grumbling from its ageing population. Residents of Japan, including foreigners, are being assigned unique 12-digit numbers as of Monday under the new My Number identification …

Catch 'em while you can! Presenting Druva's virtual open door detector

Think checking doors and windows every night so as to stop burglars scrambling through to rob you. Well, now your personal data can be handled in the same way, with Druva's end-point protection services identifying risky exposure to sensitive information loss by scanning backed-up data and alerting compliance teams. Its inSync …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2015
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Get that OFF dot-com, hysterical France screeches at Google

The French privacy watchdog has dug its heels in over Google’s refusal to apply the so-called Right To Be Forgotten* to all of its domain names, including In June, CNIL ordered Google to de-link outdated and irrelevent information from its domains within two weeks, or face a fine. The search monster …
Jennifer Baker, 21 Sep 2015

Spotify now officially even worse than the NSA

New terms and conditions popping up on Spotify users screens give the music-streaming company sweeping new rights. The “What we collect” section of the new terms seems scary enough: By using or interacting with the Service, you are consenting to: the collection, use, sharing, and processing of information about your location …
Simon Rockman, 21 Aug 2015

Spotify climbs down on new terms and conditions

Spotify will clarify its position on its wide-reaching terms and conditions. In a post entitled “SORRY”, company founder Daniel Ek said: “We have heard your concerns loud and clear. We are also going to update the new Privacy Policy in the coming weeks.” In the post, Ek paints it as a misunderstanding of what Spotify was …
Simon Rockman, 21 Aug 2015

Cisco ISE carries HTML authentication bug

Cisco's identified a bug in its Identity Services Engine: its admin portal doesn't properly authorise HTML requests, and that can let an attacker see custom pages an admin has created. The reason it matters is that sys admins' custom pages can contain sensitive security information about the network that ISE is managing. “The …
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Are you an infosec bod? You must be STINKING RICH, says study

Jobs in the lucrative cyber-security sector can command salaries of $200,000 or more, according to a new salary survey. Lead software security engineer pull in an average of $233,333 while Chief Security Officer ($225,000) and Global Information Security Director ($200,000) also receive serious salaries. A new study of 2015 …
John Leyden, 12 May 2015
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US Air Force: 'Loose tweets destroy fleets'

Pic The US Air Force has warned its personnel to keep quiet of their activities on Twitter – or as they put it: "Loose tweets destroy fleets." The notice reminds everyone that terrorist organizations and sympathizers will exploit any military information posted on social networks and other websites. The warning extends not only …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2015
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Hackers invade systems holding medical files on 4.5 million Cali patients

UCLA Health hospitals say hackers may have accessed personal information and medical records on 4.5 million patients. The California medical group admitted today that miscreants infiltrated its computer systems as long ago as September. It is possible the intruders accessed databases holding patient names, addresses, dates of …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jul 2015
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Australian government mulls secret terror court proposals

The Australian government is taste-testing new anti-terrorism proposals to give police access to information gathered by its spook agencies. Dropped to the Murdoch press over the weekend, the idea is to create secret courts to look at information from the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and other security …
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Forget Big Data hype, says Gartner as it cans its hype cycle

Analyst outfit Gartner has decided that Big Data hype is so last year and canned its hype cycle for Big Data. In new research titled “The Demise of Big Data, Its Lessons and the State of Things to Come” the firm says “we did it to move the big data discussion past hype and into practice” and also because “Hype Cycles consider …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2015
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NATO gets a front-door to look for Microsoft backdoors

Microsoft has renewed its 12-year-old agreement with NATO which, among other things, lets the organisation check for bugs, vulnerabilities, and backdoors in Redmond's products. The company announced the agreement here. The essence of the release is that NATO's Communications and Information Agency, NCI, has signed with …

SEC takes $30m pound of flesh in newswire-hacking scandal

A Ukranian investment company and its CEO are going to pay the US government $30m for trading on info swiped from press releases before they were made public. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said Jaspen Capital Partners Ltd and CEO Andriy Supranonok illegally profited from investments made based on stolen press …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Sep 2015