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Government publishes fresh cyber security standard for self-driving vehicles

The British Standards Institute has released a new cyber security standard for self-driving vehicles in the UK which, it said, would provide guidance to help protect self-driving cars from hacking attempts and other cyber threats in the future. With the market for self-driving vehicles in the UK expected to be worth up to £52 billion […]

Tech became ‘darker and more muddy’ in 2018 says EU commissioner

Data abuse has “darkened” technology’s potential, the EU’s Competition Commissioner has warned. In an interview for the BBC’s Today programme, Margrethe Vestager criticised the tech giants for misusing data and failing to respect citizens’ rights. New EU rules governing what could be done with data provided some protection, she said. But she added that the […]

Huawei: ‘Deep concerns’ over Chinese firm’s role in UK 5G upgrade

The Defence Secretary has reportedly said he has “very deep concerns” about Chinese firm Huawei being involved in upgrading the UK’s mobile network. Gavin Williamson’s comments – reported by the Times – came after some nations restricted use of the firm’s products in 5G networks over security concerns. MI6’s head recently said Britain faced decisions on Chinese […]

Massive Marriott hack hits half a billion customers

The records of 500 million customers of the hotel group Marriott International have been involved in a data breach. The hotel chain said the guest reservation database of its Starwood division had been compromised by an unauthorised party. It said an internal investigation found an attacker had been able to access the Starwood network since […]

Uber fined £385,000 for losing UK customer data

Uber has been fined £385,000 for letting hackers steal data on 2.7 million UK customers. The full names, addresses and phone numbers of users went astray in the 2016 attack. The data had been stolen thanks to “avoidable data security flaws”, said the Information Commissioner’s Office. Uber has also been fined 600,000 euros (£532,000) by […]

MPs fury over Facebook chief Zuckerberg ‘no show’

Politicians from nine countries reacted angrily to the absence of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at a hearing today. The event is part of an unprecedented international inquiry into disinformation and fake news. Richard Allan, Facebook’s vice-president of policy solutions, appeared in Mr Zuckerberg’s place.He said he took responsibility for deciding who appeared at which committee. […]

Facebook documents seized by MPs investigating Cambridge Analytica data breach

A cache of Facebook documents has been seized by MPs investigating the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Rarely-used Parliamentary powers were used to demand that the boss of a US software firm hand over the details. The Observer, which first reported the story, said the documents included data about Facebook’s privacy controls. Damian Collins, MP, later said […]

Four in ten 18-24 year olds have shared their online banking passwords

Santander research reveals that over four in ten (42 per cent) 18-24 year olds (Generation Z’ers) have shared their online banking passwords while 85 per cent have shared potentially sensitive personal information on social media1 ‘Invisible cinema’2 commissioned by Santander to educate under 25s (U25) about the importance of keeping personal details and passwords secret […]

GCHQ warns on Black Friday cyber-threats to consumers

Black Friday sales could be targeted as “prime pickings” for cyber-crime, the UK’s cyber-security defence agency has warned shoppers. The National Cyber Security Centre, part of the GCHQ intelligence service, is issuing advice to shoppers of the risk of “malicious” online threats. It is the first such official cyber-warning in the run-up to the Christmas […]

Four in ten 18-24 year olds have shared their online banking passwords

As part of its ongoing drive to give people the information they need to protect themselves against scams, Santander has today launched a new campaign specifically for the Under 25s – a generation who often inadvertently share the sort of information that makes them easy prey for fraudsters. To engage with this tech-driven age group, […]