Government law enforcement threatens online security

06 April 2016

Main features in this issue:

Keeping us safe online?

The tension between government surveillance and personal privacy is well established. Increasingly, however, some businesses say government law enforcement and intelligence demands also threaten real online security. The dispute between the world’s biggest technology company and its best-known law enforcement agency rages on. Armed with a court order, the FBI is trying to force Apple to circumvent security on one of its iPhone devices – that belonging to one of the killers involved in December’s San Bernardino attack.

Ransomware attack on Hollywood hospital

A Hollywood hospital has become the latest victim of a high profile ransomware attack. Most, however, continue to go unreported. The hospital was locked out of its IT systems by the malware, without access to email, digital patient records and some internet-connected medical devices for nearly two weeks, before paying a Bitcoin ransom worth USD 17,000.

Ukranian power hacking confirmed

US authorities have confirmed hackers were responsible for the power outage that affected Ukraine before Christmas, and the UK could be next.

Cyber terrorism’s random victims

The UK’s battle with the ISIS continues to claim surprising casualties. After anti-ISIS cyber warriors accidentally took down BBC websites over the New Year, the Caliphate Cyber Army (CCA) have hit a small solar energy company in Sussex.

The inexorable rise of cyber crime

One in four companies has been attacked by cyber criminals in the last two years, according to PwC’s new Global Economic Crime Survey. The survey shows cyber is the fastest growing economic crime and now accounts for almost half (44%) of incidents reported by companies. Half (51%) also say they expect to be a victim of cybercrime in the next two years. Increasing take-up of cloud-based storage and the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) are among the reasons given for the increase. 

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