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Office 365
Industry News

Time to Upgrade your Email Client for Office 365

As previously communicated (MC124102 in Oct 2017, MC126199 in Dec 2017 and MC128929 in Feb 2018), we are moving all of our online services to Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2+ to provide best-in-class encryption, and to ensure our service is more secure by default. [How does this affect me?] As of October 31, 2018, Office 365 will no longer support…

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Google+
Cyber Security

Google+ shutting down after users’ data is exposed

Google is shutting down much of its social network, Google+, after user data was left exposed. It said a bug in its software meant information that people believed was private had been accessible by third parties. Google said up to 500,000 users had been affected. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the company knew about the issue…

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conservative
Cyber Security

Conservative Party conference app reveals MPs’ numbers

Conservative MPs including Boris Johnson have had their phone numbers and other personal details revealed by the party’s conference app. A Guardian columnist highlighted the security breach on Twitter and the BBC was also able to access private details of people attending the event. The Conservative Party apologised for “any concern caused” and said “the technical issue has been resolved”.…

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Cyber Security

Mega-bites of code: Python snakes into 1st place for cyber-attacks

Python, either the world’s most popular programming language or a closerunner up, turns out to be the most widely used language for hacking tools. Security biz Imperva came to this conclusion after looking at GitHub and finding that more than 20 per cent of GitHub repositories for attack tools and proof-of-concept exploits are written in Python. “In virtually every security-related topic in GitHub, the…

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Twitter
Cyber Security

Twitter warns direct messages were exposed

Twitter has told an undisclosed number of users their private messages may have been leaked to third-parties for more than a year. The software “bug”, which has since been fixed, involved direct messages between users and businesses that offer customer services via Twitter. Affected users are being notified via a message that appeared when opening the app or logging on to…

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Vote Leave
Cyber Security

Vote Leave data firm hit with first ever GDPR notice

A Canadian analytics firm that worked for Vote Leave has received the UK’s first formal notice under a key data law, the UK’s data protection watchdog has confirmed. AggregateIQ (AIQ) was accused of processing people’s data “for purposes which they would not have expected”. The firm has appealed against the notice, which was issued by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office. Law…

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Equifax
Cyber Security

Equifax fined by ICO over data breach that hit Britons

Credit rating agency Equifax is to be fined £500,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after it failed to protect the personal data of 15 million Britons. A 2017 cyber-attack exposed information belonging to 146 million people around the world, mostly in the US. The compromised systems were also US-based. But the ICO ruled Equifax’s UK branch had “failed to take appropriate…

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Cyber Attack
Cyber Security

Cyber attack led to Bristol Airport blank screens

Bristol Airport has blamed a cyber attack for causing flight display screens to fail for two days. An airport spokesman said the information screens were taken offline early on Friday to contain an attack similar to so-called “ransomware”. They are now working again at “key locations” including in departures and arrivals, and work is continuing to get the whole site…

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Not Secure
Industry News

Why Does Google Chrome Say Websites Are “Not Secure”?

Starting with Chrome 68, Google Chrome labels all non-HTTPS websites as “Not Secure.” Nothing else has changed—HTTP websites are just as secure as they’ve always been—but Google is giving the entire web a shove towards secure, encrypted connections. In the future, Google even plans to remove the word “Secure” from the address bar. All websites should be secure by default, after all.…

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