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Australian Government contemplates making ransom payments illegal

It has been reported that it could soon be illegal for companies that fall victim to data breaches to pay ransoms to the hackers. The home affairs minister for the Australian Government, Clare O’Neil, confirmed that the organisation was examining whether new laws were needed to stop ransom payments in the wake of the Medibank and Optus […]


Potential cyber threats to FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Digital Shadows Photon Research Team set up a detailed alert system to collect examples of the critical threats to the Qatar 2022 World Cup organising bodies and their key partners and sponsors, over the course of 90 days. These potential incidents fall under four categories: brand protection, cyberthreat, physical protection and data leakage. Most incidents […]


Festive shoppers urged to be cyber-aware as figures reveal average online losses of £1,000

Cybersecurity and law enforcement partners have joined together to issue a warning ahead of Black Friday and Christmas sales. Bargain hunters are being urged to bolster their cybersecurity in the approach to the festive season after new figures revealed victims of online shopping scams lost on average £1,000 per person in the same period last […]


Department for Education warned after gambling companies benefit from learning records database

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a reprimand to the Department for Education (DfE) following the prolonged misuse of the personal information of up to 28 million children. An ICO investigation found that the DfE’s poor due diligence meant a database of pupils’ learning records was ultimately used by Trust Systems Software UK Ltd (trading as […]


UK Information Commissioner issues warning as construction company fined £4.4 million

The UK Information Commissioner has warned that companies are leaving themselves open to cyberattack by ignoring crucial measures like updating software and training staff. The warning comes as the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued a fine of £4,400,000 to Interserve Group Ltd, a Berkshire based construction company, for failing to keep personal information of its staff […]


Medibank, Australia’s biggest health insurer, suffers data breach

Following the news that Medibank, Australia’s biggest health insurer, became victim of a data breach, the organisation has provided an update. In a recent statement, it confirmed that it has successfully taken offline its ahm and international policy systems and its data, and it is now in the process of methodically restarting its systems. The […]


NCSC issues fresh guidance following recent rise in supply chain cyberattacks

Cybersecurity experts have issued a fresh warning over the threat of supply chain attacks following a rise in the number of incidents. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ – has published new guidance to help organisations effectively assess and gain confidence in the cybersecurity of their supply chains. It follows a […]


Optus notifies customers of cyberattack compromising customer information

Following a cyberattack, Optus, one of the largest telecommunications companies in Australia, is investigating the possible unauthorised access of current and former customers’ information. Upon discovering this, Optus immediately shut down the attack. Optus is working with the Australian Cyber Security Centre to mitigate any risks to customers. Optus has also notified the Australian Federal […]


Uber investigates huge data breach

Uber, one of the world’s leading automotive companies, has announced it has suffered a data breach. In a statement released by the company, it said: ‘An Uber EXT contractor had their account compromised by an attacker. It is likely that the attacker purchased the contractor’s Uber corporate password on the Dark Web, after the contractor’s […]


Cybereason warns global critical infrastructure operators after attacks from ransomware gang

Cybereason has issued a global Threat Analysis Report investigating the Ragnar Locker ransomware gang and its attacks on networks of global critical infrastructure operators. Ragnar Locker first emerged in 2019 and since its debut hundreds of companies have been victimised. Cybereason assesses the threat level of Ragnar Locker ransomware attacks against critical infrastructure operators as […]


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