A UK view on Cyber, Information & IT Security by Security Expert Dave Whitelegg. Providing advice and explaining security for everyone, and also contemplating advanced themes and future trends in security. With a focus on all the latest developments & issues within the UK Information Security space such as Hacking, DDoS, Botnets, Malware, Identity Theft, Data Protection (DPA) and regulatory compliance like PCI DSS & ISO27001:2013, all will be explained in an easy to understand way.
Cyber Security Roundup for July 2016
The EU approved “EU-US Privacy Shield” as a replacement for ‘Safe Harbor’, however there is speculation this is merely a temporary fix, as the EU data protection committee, Working Party 29, raised concerns with the Privacy Shield agreement, which they intend to address in 2017.
BT’s broadband outages in July has led to concern about the resilience of the UK’s national digital infrastructure to cyber attacks.
In the games industry Pokemon Go dominated the gaming industry and cyber security headlines, with many gamers running into personal cyber security issues in their attempts to play Pokemon Go ahead of its official UK launch in mid July. Gamers were duped into downloading malicious versions of the game, and there were reports of gamers having account credential compromises as a result of signing up with dubious game downloading websites. A hacking group also claimed to had taken down the Pokemon Go servers for several hours with a DDoS attack. In other games industry news Clash of Kings and Warframe account credentials were reported to have been compromised on mass via a support forum.
There was plenty of speculation and evidence of a ‘cold war’ Cyberwarfare escalation, with reports of hacks against democratic (Clinton) groups in the US presidential race, and reports of large scale and ‘professional’ cyber attacks hitting Russian government agencies.
Author – Dave Whitelegg
Website – http://blog.itsecurityexpert.co.uk/2016/08/cyber-security-roundup-for-july-2016.html