Android Security Flaw: More than 1BN phones could be hacked with single text message
A major security flaw with Android mobile operating system has left over a billion Samsung, Huawei, LG and Sony smartphones vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Researchers at cyber security firm Check Point identified the bug in Android-based phones, revealing that it only takes a single SMS text message to gain full access to a person’s emails.
Around 2.5 billion devices around the world use the Google owned Android, which is the world’s most popular operating system. Any security issues therefore can have widespread consequences for users.Read more
Over Half of UK Firms Still Not GDPR Compliant
Over half of UK businesses aren’t compliant with the GDPR more than 15 months after its introduction, despite many reporting data security incidents to the ICO, according to new research from Egress.
The security vendor polled 250 “GDPR decision-makers” from companies of all sizes and sectors to compile its new report, GDPR compliance: where are we now?
Some 52% said they were not fully compliant with the EU-wide data protection regulation, with over a third (35%) claiming compliance had dropped down the priority list over the past year. That’s concerning given that GDPR compliance cannot be achieved via a one-off tick box exercise but requires continual attention.Read more
Wikipedia Gets $2.5m Donation to Boost Cybersecurity
The Wikimedia Foundation has received a $2.5m donation to boost its cybersecurity efforts following a major DDoS attack that left Wikipedia unavailable across much of the world last weekend.
The non-profit relies on charitable donations and volunteers to keep the online encyclopedia and other “free knowledge” projects running.
So it was relieved at the major cash injection, which came from Craigslist founder-turned-philanthropist Craig Newmark.
“Wikipedia’s continued success as a top-10 website that has hundreds of millions of users makes it a target for vandalism, hacking, and other cybersecurity threats that harm the free knowledge movement and community,” said John Bennett, director of security at the Wikimedia Foundation.Read more