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Rogue staff selling company data, warns shock survey

Have you thought about a threat to your data from inside your organisation? According to new research, 45% of office employees would be willing to sell corporate information to people outside their organisation. That is a staggering figure, isn’t it? The What is the Price of Loyalty? report, from Deep Secure, says 15% of office workers reported that for £1,000, they would pass on confidential market information about their company or customers’ businesses, details of their firm’s sales pipeline, sensitive information relating to their colleagues, and customer information. One in 10 would also sell intellectual property, such as product specifications,
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Latest HMRC scam – do not click for a fake “tax refund”

Here is the latest scam alert from HMRC – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47988270. This kind of scam is prevalent at this time as we have just had the end of the tax year. You should necer click on a text or email claiming that  HMRC owe you a refund. If you are lucky enough to be owed tax back, you will receive a formal letter. These emails and texts can look very official – please be on your guard!
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Netflix scam alert

Netflix subscribers need to be alert to the latest email scam. Users of the TV subscription service could be sent an email designed to scam their personal details. The email says that your Netflix account has been temporarily suspended due to issues in the automatic verification process. You will then be asked to click on a link to update your details. The email has a legitimate looking Netflix logo and looks genuine but contains spelling and grammatical errors. Be vigilant and don’t click on the link.
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Companies set to spend more to guard against data breaches

  More than half of companies will increase IT security spending in 2019 due to fear of data breaches and the penalties that could follow. A survey of security engineers and tech company leaders was carried-out by data security website eSecurity Planet. The threat of fines under GDPR was among the subjects highlighted. Among top spending priorities were web gateways, network access control (NAC) solutions and data loss prevention (DLP) tools. “The 2019 State of IT Security survey gives me hope, as organisations are responding to the challenges and are not idly sitting by waiting for the next breach,” said
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Cyber-attack on pottery giant highlights the need for all companies to ensure strong data security measures

With cyber-attacks now occurring at a rate of around 100 a month the need for companies to increase anti-virus protection is more important than ever. We recently heard that one of the largest employers in our home city of Stoke-on-Trent have been targeted by cyber criminals in an attack aimed at extorting money from the business. Steelite International, based in Orme Street, Middleport, discovered hackers had encrypted its servers to cause “maximum disruption” to its payroll systems. During the attack, a hacker from a remote computer outside of the UK infiltrated a weakness in the company’s system and began encrypting
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Act now to avoid potential security risk as Microsoft phase out Windows 7 in 2020

Is your business still running on old Microsoft software? If so, you may have a problem, as several of the company’s best-known applications are being phased out in 2020. It is estimated that one in three companies globally need to make changes because commonly used software is nearing the end of life. It is an issue that is causing concern across the IT industry and the best advice is to act now to ensure your business is protected. Millions of computers all over the world run on Windows 7. It is being phased out along with several software programmes including
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China Bans Bitcoin: Value Falls

The value of Bitcoin has taken a tumble on worldwide currency markets after China ordered exchanges to cease trading in the cryptocurrency. What Is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a digital web-based currency that operates without the need for central banks and uses highly secure encryption (a crypto-currency) to regulate the currency units and to verify transfers of funds. Bitcoin uses the ‘Blockchain’ technology. Blockchain is an open and programmable technology that can be used to record transactions for virtually anything of value that can be converted to code and is often referred to as a kind of ‘incorruptible ledger’. There are
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Embarrassing iPhone Face Recognition Blunder Explained

Apple’s on-stage demo of the new iPhone X in front of the world’s media last Tuesday suffered an unexpected glitch as its new face recognition feature didn’t work, and now Apple is offering an explanation of what went wrong. Not Recognised The nearly two-hour on-stage demo of the new phone, by Craig Mr Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering at the company’s Cupertino, California headquarters, failed to hit the right note as it was overshadowed by the failure of the new handset to recognise his face as a means of authentication. Others Moving The Handset Statements by Apple
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Government Could Share Data To Reduce Immigration

In order for the government to cut net migration numbers to the UK post-Brexit, it has been reported that three government departments will be sharing data on citizens so that immigration status checks can be made more easily. Departments It has been reported that the Home Office, HM Revenue & Customs and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will all share data about citizens, thereby enabling checks on immigration status to be made more easily e.g. by employers and public service agencies. The proposals, which are part of a Home Office paper entitled “the Border, Immigration and Citizenship System
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Parking Chatbot Could Help You Sue Equifax

In the wake of the recent, massive Equifax hack, a well-known chatbot developed to overturn parking fines has been modified to help victims file legal claims against Equifax. What Happened? A vulnerability in the Equifax website was reportedly exploited by unknown hackers, leading to the theft of 143 million customer details stolen, 44 million of which may have come from UK customers. What many found most shocking about the hack is that not only was Equifax reported to have known about the attack some 40 days before informing the public that it had happened, but that three senior executives at
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