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Joe Hancock comments on the Virgin Data Breach on LBC

Virgin Media has apologised after the details of 900,000 customers were left unsecured and accessible for around 10 months as a result of a data breach. Joe Hancock, Partner and Head of MDR Cyber discussed the data breach on LBC with Andrew Castle. He said: “Data breaches don’t always have to be an active attack by a third party. The Virgin Media incident [...]

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Cyber, Data - 5 months ago

Joe Hancock comments on Huawei 5G decision

The National Security Council has given its verdict allowing Chinese telecommunications company Huawei to help build the UK’s 5G network with restrictions.   Joe Hancock, Partner and Head of MDR Cyber commented: “The decision today is unsurprising. Allowing Huawei into the UK 5G rollout in a managed manner is the pragmatic option. The UK government was really left [...]

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Cyber - 6 months ago

Mobile phone hacking is more prevalent than ever

Jeff Bezos, commonly thought of as one of the most powerful men in tech, has had his phone hacked. A smart phone is inherently a personal device that we carry in our pockets and bags. Attacking a smart phone allows you to listen to calls, read messages and e-mails as well as tracking the user’s [...]

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Cyber - 7 months ago

The relentless rise of financial cybercrime

Cyber attacks on companies are soaring. Executives must upgrade their tech skills to understand the threat. In recent years, political cybercrime has repeatedly made headlines. Yet amid a series of sensational stories stemming from alleged Russian hacking during the 2016 US presidential election, the media has largely overlooked a simultaneous surge in a potentially far [...]

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Cyber - 1 year ago

Island of AI: Singapore emerges at the new tech frontier

In a recent ranking of the most cited artificial intelligence research papers, which was studded with the likes of MIT and Google, a perhaps surprising name stood out: Nanyang Technological University. In fact, the Singapore university ranked second in the top ten only to Microsoft. [...]

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Cyber, Data, Technology - 2 years ago

Google+: the importance of notifying users of a data breach

It has been announced that Google is to shut down Google+ after it did not disclose a user data breach. Commenting on this, Mishcon de Reya Cyber Security Lead Joe Hancock said: “Any accusation of covering up a personal data breach is a particularly sensitive issue, particularly in this post GDPR climate in which personal data is [...]

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Cyber - 2 years ago

Getting caught in the crosshairs – the latest alleged Russian spying attempts

Although the chances of getting caught up in a state sponsored cyber-attack are relatively low, the consequences can be damaging. The coordinated disclosures around Russian cyber spying attempts highlight that the sports industry is now among the targets of these attackers, emphasising the need for businesses to consider multiple aspects of cyber security. Cyber security [...]

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Cyber - 2 years ago

Privacy Laws & Business Journal: Cyber attack puts charity trustees’ duties under the spotlight

Cyber Intelligence Director Mark Tibbs, Associate Molly Hunter and Data Protection Advisor Jon Baines recently wrote an article for Privacy Laws & Business journal. The article discusses the importance for charities to conduct risk analyses to understand the appropriate level of security required by taking adequate steps to protect the charities’ computer networks. This was in [...]

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Cyber - 2 years ago

Big Data Moves the Goalposts: Football’s New Cyber Threat

Football is a business driven by data. Data analytics facilitate player and game analysis, social media provides a platform for modern marketing and profile-building, ticket sales are made online, and technology underpins key stadium infrastructure. Football is very much in the digital space: a big data business that faces some big data problems. At the [...]

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Cyber - 2 years ago

Proposals for a Centralised Fraud Court

On 9 October 2017, the City of London Corporation announced plans for a new court to be built in the Square Mile focussing on fraud, economic crime and cyber crime. The proposed new combined court is intended to be a state of the art multi-purpose court to replace all of the City of London courts [...]

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Cyber, Fraud - 3 years ago

Data Protection Bill – A new framework for data protection in the UK

Coming in at a massive 194 sections, with 18 schedules, the Data Protection Bill was introduced in the House of Lords last week. It will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and aims to set new standards for protecting personal data, within the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and help prepare [...]

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Cyber, Data - 3 years ago

Can I get my Bitcoins back?

Recent cyber-attacks have followed an all too familiar pattern: targeting unpatched operating systems of large businesses or government institutions, then demanding ransoms paid in Bitcoin. Those who weren’t already aware of Bitcoin certainly are now. Whilst the abuse of Bitcoin by anonymous criminals may sully its reputation amongst the population at large, its rapid growth [...]

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Blockchain, Cyber - 3 years ago