National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

SMBs urged to update software ahead of Black Friday
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e commerce

SMBs urged to update software ahead of Black Friday

NCSC identified 4,151 online shops compromised using vulnerability within e-commerce platform Magento
25 Nov 2021
UK gov introduces cyber bill designed to clamp down on unsecure devices
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IT regulation

UK gov introduces cyber bill designed to clamp down on unsecure devices

Law could prevent sale of smartphones, TVs, speakers, toys, and other digital devices that fail to meet minimum security requirements
24 Nov 2021
Fifth of UK security pros discriminated against in 2021
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Careers & training

Fifth of UK security pros discriminated against in 2021

The NCSC’s and KPMG’s Diversity and inclusion in cyber security report studied the obstacles faced by cyber security professionals
23 Nov 2021
US, UK agencies warn Iran-backed hackers are targeting critical sectors
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ransomware

US, UK agencies warn Iran-backed hackers are targeting critical sectors

The state-sponsored APT groups exploited Fortinet and Microsoft Exchange flaws to gain access to systems
18 Nov 2021
NCSC: COVID-19 vaccines were prime target for hackers in 2021
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National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

NCSC: COVID-19 vaccines were prime target for hackers in 2021

The GCHQ's cyber arm says 20% of cyber attacks this year targeted the health sector and key organisations involved in the vaccine rollout
17 Nov 2021
NCSC CEO warns ransomware presents "most immediate danger" to the UK
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ransomware

NCSC CEO warns ransomware presents "most immediate danger" to the UK

Lindy Cameron named Russia as the main culprit behind the UK’s ransomware woes
12 Oct 2021
Visa card holders using Apple Pay warned of payment exploit that bypasses user authentication
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vulnerability

Visa card holders using Apple Pay warned of payment exploit that bypasses user authentication

Commuters are being urged to disable Apple Pay express transit mode for Visa cards
30 Sep 2021
UK’s next National Cyber Strategy to reflect need for security industrial base
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cyber security

UK’s next National Cyber Strategy to reflect need for security industrial base

The country’s upcoming National Cyber Security Strategy will 'hopefully' be released later this year
28 Sep 2021
NCSC simplifies Outlook scam-reporting tool
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scams

NCSC simplifies Outlook scam-reporting tool

Users are now able to report phishing emails with just one click
12 Aug 2021
Top 30 most exploited vulnerabilities since 2020 revealed
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exploits

Top 30 most exploited vulnerabilities since 2020 revealed

UK, US, and Australian security agencies reveal the systems businesses need to patch now to prevent continued exploitation
29 Jul 2021
US, UK security agencies warn against Russian ‘global brute force campaign’
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cyber warfare

US, UK security agencies warn against Russian ‘global brute force campaign’

APT28 is accused of targeting hundreds of government and private sector targets worldwide
2 Jul 2021
NCSC: Ransomware is the biggest cyber threat facing the UK
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ransomware

NCSC: Ransomware is the biggest cyber threat facing the UK

Lindy Cameron warns of the evolving ecosystem of ransomware, facilitated by the rise of ransomware as a service
14 Jun 2021
Russian spy chief rebuffs “pathetic” SolarWinds hack accusations
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cyber attacks

Russian spy chief rebuffs “pathetic” SolarWinds hack accusations

Sergei Naryshkin said the tactics of the attack were similar to those used by US and British intelligence agencies.
18 May 2021
COVID-related phishing fuels a 15-fold increase in NCSC takedowns
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phishing

COVID-related phishing fuels a 15-fold increase in NCSC takedowns

The NCSC recorded a significant jump in the number of attacks using NHS branding to lure victims
10 May 2021
NCSC warns councils over ‘foreign influence’ in smart city projects
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smart city

NCSC warns councils over ‘foreign influence’ in smart city projects

16-page report details cyber security and privacy risks of signing agreements with foreign state-backed companies
7 May 2021
NCSC warns 15% of Brits use their pet's name as a password
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hacking

NCSC warns 15% of Brits use their pet's name as a password

Independent survey reveals UK public still relies on memorable phrases to protect accounts
9 Apr 2021
Harris Federation disables students' emails following ransomware attack
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ransomware

Harris Federation disables students' emails following ransomware attack

The "temporary" move has left 37,000 students unable to access their correspondence and coursework
30 Mar 2021
University of Northampton hit by cyber attack
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cyber attacks

University of Northampton hit by cyber attack

The university has rolled out a number of “temporary solutions” after the attack disrupted its IT and telephone systems
24 Mar 2021
Microsoft releases one-click patch for Exchange vulnerability
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cyber attacks

Microsoft releases one-click patch for Exchange vulnerability

The quick fix is aimed at small organisations that do not have dedicated IT teams
16 Mar 2021
15 schools in Nottinghamshire crippled by cyber attack
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cyber attacks

15 schools in Nottinghamshire crippled by cyber attack

The Nova Education Trust is unable to access its IT systems to conduct remote lessons
4 Mar 2021
Scottish pupils make a strong showing at this year's CyberFirst Girls competition
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Careers & training

Scottish pupils make a strong showing at this year's CyberFirst Girls competition

Over 37,000 girls have taken part in the challenge since 2017
12 Feb 2021
DCMS launches UK Cyber Security Council
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Careers & training

DCMS launches UK Cyber Security Council

Industry figures react positively to a body that will accredit existing courses and encourage industry-wide upskilling
9 Feb 2021
UK military used malware to disrupt extremist networks
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malware

UK military used malware to disrupt extremist networks

Experts cite WannaCry with warnings that hacking tools have the potential for severe collateral damage
8 Feb 2021