Russian intelligence likely gained access to a Scottish nationalist politician's private email inbox via a phishing attack. Stewart McDonald, a well-known supporter of Ukraine, said his messages may become part of a disinformation campaign. His official inbox was not breached.
As the massive ESXiArgs ransomware campaign continues to target unpatched VMware ESXi hypervisors, cybersecurity experts have released a script that can decrypt at least some affected virtual machines. Ransomware trackers count at least 2,803 victims, primarily in France, the U.S. and Germany.
The LockBit group has gone from denying it had any involvement in the ransomware attack on Britain's Royal Mail to trying to bargain for a ransom. The ransomware group's site now lists Royal Mail as a victim and demands it pay a ransom or see stolen data get dumped.
A Scottish school system decided not to use facial recognition in its secondary school cafeterias after international outcry. The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office said Tuesday that the North Ayrshire Council failed to obtain freely given consent for the system.
Christmastime was bleak for a number of organizations in Britain that got hit with ransomware, including car dealership giant Arnold Clark, which originally reported that no customer data had been stolen. But the business subsequently revised its assessment, after attackers dumped stolen data.
JD Sports, a sports fashion retailer with global operations, says personal details pertaining to about 10 million online customers of JD Sports and its Size?, Millets, Blacks, Scotts and MilletSport brands from 2018 to 2020 have been stolen by attackers and warns customers to beware of scammers.
A periodic stress test assessment of U.K. insurers by the Bank of England found underwriters mostly withstood extreme cyber events. Still, underwriters may not be operating from the same set of assumptions when it comes to the likelihood of having to manage an actual extreme cyber event.
Russian and Iranian state-sponsored hackers are using advanced social engineering tactics to target journalists, defense organizations and academic and civil society organizations in the U.K. for cyberespionage campaigns, the British National Cyber Security Center warns.
Microsoft blamed an internal network configuration change for outages that disrupted access to Microsoft 365 services, including Microsoft Teams and Outlook, for users around the world. The change has been rolled back and additional infrastructure added to speed restoration, it says.
The former head of the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre warns that destructive ransomware targeting large enterprises is likely to surge in 2023, adding that recent attacks on Royal Mail and The Guardian newspaper are examples of these early-stage attacks.
The Irish Data Protection Commission has imposed a fine of 390 million euros against Meta Ireland for violating the General Data Protection Regulation related to user data processing. Meta confirmed it will contest the penalty, which targets ad personalization by Facebook and Instagram.
The French data protection authority fined Microsoft Ireland 60 million euros for privacy and security practices relating to a Bing search engine advertising cookie. The company has three months to get the consent of the French users before further deployment of the cookie.
In a surprise move, Britain's Information Commissioner's Office recently named names - lots of names - on the data breach front. The ICO has published detailed information about breaches of personal data, complaints and the civil investigations. Attorney Edward Machin explains the implications.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses why it is always a bad idea for organizations to pay hackers for data deletion, practical steps organizations can and should take to avoid being at the heart of a data subject complaint, and the latest efforts to tackle the ransomware threat.
A ransomware attack on the Irish healthcare system in 2021 has cost the government 80 million euros in damages and counting. The Irish Health Service continues to notify victims of the incident that their personal information was illegally accessed and copied.