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- Russian cyber criminals were able to hack the DNC despite its security defenses and very high level of intelligence. Small and medium sized businesses are at a much greater risk of experiencing an email-related attack. Is your company prepared?

Guardian Digital Outlines Top 4 Benefits of Choosing Cloud - Cloud technology and Linux-based cloud services are becoming increasingly popular due to the various benefits they offer in regard to security, efficiency, flexibility and convenience.

  Reddit Breached After SMS 2FA Fail (Aug 2)

Reddit has become the latest big-name tech firm to admit to a major data breach, after hackers compromised staff accounts by intercepting SMS-based two-factor authentication codes.

  (Jul 30)

UK Card Not Present (CNP) fraud losses have fallen for the first time since 2011, despite rising levels in many European countries, according to new stats from FICO.

  (Jul 31)

Spectre is back, and this time in a variant that adds something truly new: remote access to cached data. The good news is that access comes at a snail's pace.

  Russian Hacking Campaign Targeted US Utilities (Jul 29)

By penetrating the networks of downline vendors, Russian hackers gained access to a reportedly secure, isolated network, allowing them to eventually reach the control rooms of US utilities, according to the Wall Street Journal.

  Yale University discloses old school data breach (Aug 1)

Yale University has disclosed a security breach which occurred a decade ago.

  (Aug 1)

The SamSam ransomware, which throttled the city government of Atlanta earlier this year, netted its creators more than $5.9 million in ransom payments, according to a comprehensive report by UK cybersecurity firm Sophos. The report, which details SamSam's activity since its launch in 2015, also reveals that a lone black hat hacker could've raked in the entire haul by themselves.

  DHS Launches Cyber-Risk Management Center (Aug 2)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the creation of a new cyber-risk management center intended to protect the nation's banks, energy companies and other industries from potentially crippling cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure, according to agency officials who spoke at the 31 July cybersecurity summit hosted by DHS.

  Clarksons says single user account to blame for data breach (Jul 31)

Clarkson PLC has revealed that a single user account was at the crux of a data breach resulting in the theft of confidential information.

  Idaho Inmates Hack Tablets for Extra Credits (Jul 30)

Hundreds of tech-savvy inmates at several Idaho correctional facilities have been caught exploiting a software vulnerability on their state-funded tablets to artificially increase account balances.

  (Aug 1)

Sending spam email remains the most popular means for cyber-crooks to spread malware and links to maliciouis websites.

  (Jul 30)

The explosive disclosure of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities were like a detonator on the already incendiary field of kernel vulnerabilities this year. Security researchers had previously been ramping up their exploration of kernel bugs, but this year the discoveries have mushroomed considerably.

  GDPR: What's really changed so far? (Aug 3)

The European Commission's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) officially came into force across the European Union on 25 May, with the aim of bringing laws and obligations around personal data, privacy and consent up to date for the internet age.