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A Russian hacker took over the BBC server and tried to sell the server and its contents to other hackers during the festive season.

The BBC's security team believes it managed to secure the site on Saturday 28 December. It had been broken into via a server usually used for uploading large files.

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Snapchat said it will release an updated version of its app after hackers downloaded usernames and phone numbers for 4.6 million accounts.

It said the update will allow users to opt out of appearing in its feature, Find Friends, after they have verified their phone number.

Find Friends allows users to upload their address book contacts to find others who are also using the service.

The hack came after a security firm warned of vulnerabilities in the app.

The security firm, Gibson Security, highlighted the flaw, which it said could be used to reveal the phone numbers of users, in its report published on 25 December.

 

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The Irish loyalty programme firm, Loyaltybuild have been hit by a hack attack which saw the loss of 376,000 customer full credit card details.

According to investigatory results by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC), credit card and contrary to all payment storage rules CVV details were held unencrypted on Loyaltybuild's systems in the run-up to attacks in the middle of October.

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The computer software company Adobe has been hacked, potentially compromising the data of 2.9 million customers, the company revealed on 3rd October.

Adobe said "sophisticated attacks" had been carried out "very recently".

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Personal details of more than two million customers of Vodafone Germany have been stolen by a hacker. Vodafone said the attacker got access to customer names, addresses, bank account numbers and birth dates.

The trove of information was stolen from a database sitting on the company's internal network. The operator said customers had been told about the breach and warned to watch out for "phishing" messages that try to extract more personal data.

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Cyber criminals have compromised thousands of Foxtons estate agent customers' accounts, following a successful cyber-attack on its networks.

The attackers infiltrated the company's networks and posted username and password details of a staggering 9,816 Foxtons customers online. It is currently unclear how the attackers got into Foxtons' networks to steal the information and at the time of publishing the estate agent had not responded to V3's request for comment on the attack.

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NHS Surrey has been fined £200,000 by data regulators over the loss of sensitive information about more than 3,000 patients. Thousands of children's patient records were found on a second-hand NHS computer that was auctioned on eBay, the BBC understands.

Regulators said NHS Surrey failed to check that a data destruction company had properly disposed of the records. Three further computers that had been sold on eBay contained sensitive data.

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Don't Let The Lights Go Out On Your Business

Fears that the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony might have come under cyber-attack have been detailed by officials for the first time.
The concern was that the lights could have been turned off during the ceremony.

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Cyber risks are the losses and liabilities that a company may face as a result of using such things as the internet, computer systems and email

 

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According to the BBC news website there is a hunt on for 900,000 people owed money from unclaimed Premium Bond wins.. More information can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22773531

 

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An explosion in cyber-crime is costing small companies almost £800m a year, a business group has warned. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said issues such as hacking, data security breaches and computer viruses were a "barrier to growth" that could no longer be ignored.

An FSB report found that cyber-crime is costing its 200,000 members a combined £785m a year – or £3,750 for every small business.

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Whilst maintaining adequate IT security is a must, things happen that can be beyond your control or simply go wrong. Criminals are also becoming far more sophisticated and evolving ways around advancements in IT security. How confident are you that you and your staff will always follow procedures regarding passwords and security, not open that email containing a virus or leave a laptop or phone containing information on a train, plane or a bus?

There will always be unintentional human error and unfortunately also the risk of intentional damage. Tight contractual requirements with providers are also a must, but how easy will it be to obtain damages or what if that company goes bust?. And it's not just big businesses being targeted by hackers, but lots of small ones too. Whilst the large-scale hack attacks on the news often involve big companies, small companies are also at risk and often don't have the financial resources to get back on track after a hacking attack or other kinds of data loss. In fact, over a third of global targeted attacks were aimed at businesses with less than 250 employees. Cyber-attacks are quickly becoming one of the greatest risks faced by smaller companies.

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In my some of my blogs have I mentioned the ever growing threat to small business from cybercrime. With this is mind I am blogging the link to a very relevant and well written article written by Roland Gribben from the Telegraph on Tuesday 23rd April.

 

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In these modern times businesses seemingly rely more and more on email, internet, e-commerce and other on-line activities leaving them exposed to the ever increasing problems of hacking, viruses and theft of data. For many companies their computer systems are of significant importance and vital to their day to day business activities and with cyber criminals seemingly having no discrimination between either SME or Blue Chip Businesses all are at risk.

 

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Within my previous blogs I have provided various reasons & scenarios as why businesses today should seriously consider buying Cyber Liability Insurance. I am now able courtesy of CFC Underwriting to provide ten reasons to buy Cyber Liability Insurance. CFC Underwriting are one of the UK's major providers of Cyber Liability Insurance and are therefore extremely well placed to provide this information.

 

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One of a business's greatest concerns with data storage and backup is security, IE: how can you make sure your data is safe both internally and externally if using cloud solutions.

 

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It has recently been reported  that Britain we will be unable to properly defend itself from the threat of cyber-attacks  for at least another twenty years due to the lack of IT experts in Britain. With this in mind lessons in cyber security will now be stepped up in schools and colleges with the hope that they will produce a new generation of IT experts who are able to combat hackers and online criminals, this will ultimately lead to the government  introducing a GCSE in computer science to the syllabus in the near future.

 

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Cybercrime is fast becoming the number one threat to business with a total cost to businesses in 2011 worldwide of circa £241bn and UK business £21bn. Much effort is being made to understand the size and the patterns of cyber-attacks, indeed in 2011 the UK government set aside £650m over four years to tackle the continuing problem. The report found that intellectual property theft accounted for virtually half of all cybercrime although this didn't include such acts as downloading illegal music and video down loads.

 

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A recent article published by a technology services provider in the states suggested that 60% of companies suffering a major loss of data will shut down within six months of the event occurring. Whilst this may seem extreme consider how rapidly the situation could escalate -:

 

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In the early 2000s, just around the time of the Dot Com Boom, some insurers stood up, took notice and began to develop a product designed to address the financial loss that might arise out of data breaches. This was at a time where most companies were just beginning to realise the economic potential of the Internet. At this time insurers were looking to target the big dotcom companies such as Amazon, Yahoo, eBay and Google.

 

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