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Uber turns to US law enforcement ‘after hacker breaches network’

Uber said it has contacted US law enforcement after a hacker apparently breached its network. A security engineer said the intruder provided evidence of obtaining access to crucial systems at the ride-hailing service. There was no indication that Uber’s fleet of vehicles or its operation was in any way affected. “It seems like they’ve compromised […]

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Irish data protection watchdog defends handling of social media investigations

Ireland’s data protection watchdog has defended its stance and the pace of its investigations into breaches by social media giants. Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon said the long-running criticisms are “becoming old news”. Ireland’s regulator of big tech companies has long faced criticism from civil liberties groups in Ireland and across Europe, accusing it of […]

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EU wants to toughen cybersecurity rules for smart devices

The European Union’s executive arm has proposed new legislation that would force manufacturers to ensure devices connected to the internet meet cybersecurity standards, making the 27-nation bloc less vulnerable to attacks. The EU said a ransomware attack takes place every 11 seconds, and the global annual cost of cybercrime is estimated at 5.5 trillion euros […]

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Avast’s £6bn merger with cybersecurity rival cleared by UK regulator

The investigation into the £6 billion merger of British cybersecurity company Avast and its US rival NortonLifeLock has been closed by the UK competition regulator. The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said its investigation found that the two businesses face significant competition, primarily from main rival McAfee as well as other smaller suppliers in […]

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Owners urged to update Apple devices quickly but ‘stay calm’ over security flaw

Millions of Britons are being urged to update their iPhones and other Apple devices after the technology giant confirmed the discovery of a major security flaw. The technology giant has issued software updates for the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac computers to fix a newly uncovered software issue, telling users the update “provides important […]

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Apple warns of security flaw for iPhones, iPads and Macs

Apple has disclosed serious security vulnerabilities for iPhones, iPads and Macs. The software flaws could potentially allow attackers to take complete control of these devices, Apple said in two security reports. The company said it is “aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited”. Security experts have advised users to update […]

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Avast’s £6bn cybersecurity merger given provisional approval

The £6 billion merger between British cybersecurity company Avast and US rival NortonLifeLock has been provisionally given the green light by the UK competition watchdog. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it does not believe the tie-up raises competition concerns in the UK following an in-depth merger launched in March. The CMA said while […]

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