Privacy Shield invalidated by European Courts

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled Privacy Shield as invalid meaning organisations can no longer rely upon Privacy Shield as a means of transferring personal data to the US. Organisations must immediately implement an appropriate safeguard. Green CDL has extensive experience in implementing appropriate safeguards.

Russian spies target Coronavirus vaccine research

According to the National Cyber Security centre Russian hackers, almost certainly backed by Russian intelligence services, have been targeting a number of pharmaceutical and research centres in the UK, US and Canada. These claims have been denied by Dmitry Peskov, President Putin’s Press Secretary.

High profile Twitter accounts hacked in Bitcoin scam

Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Bill gates were just some of the big names targeted by hackers who were able to send out tweets from their accounts promising to double the money of anyone sending them bitcoins. The tweets stated that they were giving back to the community and anyone sending $1,000 will be sent back $2,000, the tweets also said it was only open for 30 minutes. John Green, cyber security lawyer from Green CDL says a sense of urgency is a classic technique used by scammers and is almost always a red flag.   

Twitter confirmed that they were successfully targeted by a co-ordinated social engineering attack allowing the hackers access to Twitter’s internal systems and tools. It is not clear how much the hackers made from this.

Gadget makers face ban on easy to guess passwords

As part of plans for a new UK cyber security internet connected devices will be required to come pre-installed with a unique password or require the user to set one before use. Quite often devices come with pre-set passwords such as 000000 and are then not changed by users.

Huawei 5G to be removed from UK by 2027

Mobile providers in the UK are being banned from buying new Huawei 5G equipment after 31st December and must remove all of Huawei’s components from the networks by 2027.

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