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The 15 biggest data breaches of the 21st century

“Highlights need for infosec upgrades”

Data breaches are, unfortunately, daily occurrences that end up exposing millions to undue risk. CSO have compiled a list of the 15 biggest breaches of this century, with criteria that includes damage to companies, insurers, and customer account holders. In many cases, passwords and other information were protected via encryption so a password reset eliminated.

New Malware Threatens to Send Users’ Pictures, Internet History and Messages to Friends

“LeakerLocker threatens privacy”

A new type of malware that can access and distribute pictures, browsing history and messages in a users device. The program, LeakerLocker, can be downloaded inadvertently through applications on Google Play, and will lock your phones screen and then claims your sensitive information has been stored.

Hospitals to receive £21m to increase cybersecurity at major trauma centres

“Huge beefing up of infosec”

Hospitals that treat patients for major incidents will receive over £21m for cybersecurity upgrades in the wake of the WannaCry ransomware attacks on NHS IT systems. Helath Secretary Jeremy Hunt pledged the funds in an attempt to shield the healthcare sector from the disruptions of malware events in the future.

Cyber security industry believes GDPR is stifling innovation

“Looked skeptically upon by the community”

A recent poll of Infosecurity Europe 2017 attendees showed that almost half think that the EU General Data Protection Regulation is stifling innovation by making companies nervous about cloud services. There are several concerns respondents named as issues with the regulations, including the perceived inability to find and/or report a data breach within 72 hours.

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“Patched” WannaCry Ransomware Has No Kill-Switch

“New variant proves tough to stop”

The recent WannaCry ransomware outbreak was stopped by registering domains that act as kill-switches, ending a particularly malicious software that attacked government organizations, hospitals, ISP’s, carmakers, and more in a matter of days. A new variant that is not affected by the previous kill-switch is now available, however, making researchers concerned over a new potentially serious outbreak of the same malware. Organizations in Europe are the most critically affected thus far, prompting Europel to organize a task force specifically to assist in the investigation.

‘WannaCry’ Malware Attack Could Just Be Getting Started: Experts

“200,000 computers estimated to be affected”

Computers worldwide have been affected by a massive ransomware attack last week. Researchers believe this attack could just be the beggining of a storm of new malware, with two fresh variants detected since the end of last week.

The 22-year-old who saved the world from a malware virus has been named

“WaanaCry was no match for this young researcher”

Marcus Hutchins has been credited with the stop of the notorious WannaCry ransomware attack last week. From a small bedroom in his parents home on the Devon coast, cyber security researcher Hutchins was able to impede the spread of the malware from causing any further damage.

Microsoft Warns Governments Against Exploit Stockpiling

“Should serve as a ‘wake up call'”

Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith has reiterated a call for a ‘Digital Geneva Convention’ after news of the WannaCry outbreak broke last week. Smith claimed that the recent scare should remind all governments that the internet security realm is still vulnerable, and coordination internationally is a worthy and necessary cause.

NHS Hack Could Be About to Become Far Worse As People Switch on Computers After Weekend

“Experts believe a re-infection possible”

NHS specialists are concerned that equipment and comouters may be re-infected after they were shut off over the weekend to stop the spread of last weeks malware attack. Over 200,000 devices in 150 countries were infected, originating in the UK Friday before making it to all parts of the globe in mere hours.