UK Foreign Secretary William Hague publicly reassured Britons that law-abiding people should never fear intelligence agencies and their work because all that secret activity is only directed at spies, terrorists and criminals. The same message was conveyed by US President Barack Obama when he said the Prism project was not targeting honest American people.
Bank card and pin code theft has tripled in the UK over the past year, according to Financial Fraud Action. The British organization said there were 7,525 attempts to steal people's banking information and cards at cash machines in the first four months of the year, compared with 2,553 in the same period last year.
Half of smartphone users in the UK are ready to replace cash and cards with their mobiles to pay for goods and services if trusted banks and supermarkets adopt a proprietary mobile payment application, a recent VocaLink survey reveals.
BBC Twitter accounts were hacked by pro-Syrian activists, who posted several messages about weird weather conditions in the Middle East, according to the broadcaster. The tweets began appearing on Thursday afternoon and included the BBC weather, Arabic and Radio Ulster feeds.
The UK Nursing and Midwifery Council were fined £150,000 after losing three DVDs packed with confidential information, according to the Information Commissioner's Office. The regulator handed out the massive penalty for breaching the Data Protection Act, and urged more care with personal data.
A study by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) uncovered that e-crime cost British retail more money than any of the other type of crime, including burglary, employee & customer theft, robberies, criminal damage or fraud.
Sony has been fined £250,000 over the PlayStation cyber-attack that UK authorities say “could have been prevented" in April 2011, according to the Information Commissioner's Office press release.
UK investors are scammed of £1.2 billion a year, according to Action Fraud. A survey of the national fraud and internet crime reporting center shows almost half of British men over 36 years of age and considered most likely to have made investments have given out personal details before checking the credentials of the person who contacted them.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation advises Brits and users worldwide to encrypt Wikipedia before the UK “Snoopers’ Charter” law passes Parliament. The Data retention bill would require British ISPs to record key information about every email sent and Web site visited, and mobile phone companies to log all calls for 12 months.
Two men have been jailed in UK after stealing more than £1.5 million from students in a sophisticated phishing scam, according to Metropolitan Police.
Fraudsters stole 1.5 million pounds by tricking Brits into sending them their PIN codes on the phone and their bank cards through a courier. Authorities said losses continue to mount.
The UK’s communications regulator is investigating Sky News after it admitted to hacking into email accounts of suspected criminals to break exclusive stories.
With most companies using document management or some form of program where information is kept in the cloud or online, Cintas Corporation said businesses need to take measures to make sure there are no internet security breaches on this information.
Protecting bank accounts' internet security should be easy, but there are now more threats than ever online and on mobile devices. Security experts are saying that online bank account users should look out for the SpyEye Trojan, which can steal money without the bank account owner ever knowing.