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Google reaches £333m settlement with 40 US states over location tracking

Google has agreed to a 391.5 million US dollar (£333 million) settlement with 40 states in connection with an investigation into how the company tracked users’ locations, state attorneys general announced. They called it the largest multi-state privacy settlement in US history. The investigation by the states, which officials said was spurred by a 2018 […]

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Complacency is biggest cyber risk, not hackers, Information Commissioner says

The biggest cyber risk businesses face is from complacency, not hackers, the UK Information Commissioner has said as he urged firms to better protect themselves from cyber threats. John Edwards issued the warning as the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) handed down a fine of £4.4 million to Interserve Group, a Berkshire-based construction company for […]

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One more thing to worry about: Heat from fingertips can be used to crack passwords, researchers find

Heat-detecting cameras can help crack passwords up to a minute after typing them, researchers have found, as they warn similar systems could be developed by criminals to break into computers and smartphones. Heat from people’s fingertips can be detected on recently-used keyboards and, when thermal images were combined with the help of artificial intelligence, informed […]

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Pandemic cyber crime trends now business as usual among offenders, officer warns

Cyber crime trends that gained pace during the pandemic while people spent more time online are now “business as usual” among offenders, a senior investigative officer has warned. Matt Horne, deputy director of investigations at the UK National Crime Agency (NCA), said the Covid-19 outbreak saw a rise in the exploitation of crypto-assets to launder […]

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