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December 2017: Cyber security update

The Festive season doesn’t mean cyber criminals slowed down! Here are some of the top stories from around the world relating to cyber security this December:

Uber senior managers resign following data breach

Three of Uber’s senior managers have resigned following a data breach and accusations that trade secrets from rival companies were obtained.

Uber Riders were given reassurance after worries about how much of their data may have been accessed, however the external firm contracted by Uber found that no card, bank account or social security information had been compromised.

PayPal announce that around 1.6 million users’ data may have been compromised

TIO Networks recently suffered a security breach that may have included bank account, Social Security, and login information belonging to around 1.6 million consumers. TIO Networks, a company acquired by PayPal earlier in 2017 is a digital bill payment service.

Nearly 500 HP notebooks shipped with hidden secret keylogger installed

HP has revealed that almost 500 of its notebooks were shipped with a secret keylogger already installed that could be a huge security vulnerability. The hidden software can supposedly record every character typed on the keyboards of the notebook. Since discovering the software, HP has released patch updates that can remove the keylogger from the computers.

The National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) new report highlights work done since its establishment

The National Cyber Security Centre has published a new report that highlights all the work they have carried out since their establishment in October 2016. Included in the report is their role in leading the UK’s response to the WannaCry ransomware incident, which affected more than a third of NHS trusts in England.

NHS launches SMS alert system for cyber security incidents

Following recent cyber security issues affecting the NHS, a new SMS alert system has been launched to provide efficient cyber security updates across the NHS during major cyber incidents. This will provide reassurance about the safety of confidential data and the measures taken to help protect it.

Intel set to release fixes for Meltdown and Spectre bugs within the next week

Intel’s chief executive Brian Krzanich has announced that the newly discovered bugs found in microchips known as Meltdown and Spectre will be addressed with software fixes set which are soon to be released. Since details of the flaws emerged last week, Intel have faced huge criticism.

Meltdown and Spectre are both issues with the central processing unit (CPU) which is a fundamental component of modern computers. The bugs allow attackers to potentially gain access to data held in the microchip’s memory that would otherwise be inaccessible.

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