Week Ending: November 23rd - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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This week’s roundup in I.T. and tech news looks at warnings from MPs regarding the UK’s critical national infrastructure, the dreaded news of an Amazon data breach in the week of Black Friday and findings from a recent SophosLabs Report.

MPs warn that ministers are not prepared for ‘devastating’ cyberattacks

There is a looming threat to the UK’s critical infrastructure which MPs believe ministers are not prepared for. The ever-growing threat of cyberattacks was discussed again this week with a parliamentary committee warning that some states, ”especially Russia”, are starting to explore ways of disrupting CNI (Critical National Infrastructure).

"In addition, some organised crime groups are becoming as capable as states, thereby increasing the number and range of potential attackers," the report added.

The head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), Ciaran Martin, has warned that a major attack is a matter of “when, not if”.

The committee also identified a lack of structure to the cyber security systems, in the form of identifiable political leadership. It wrote: "there is little evidence to suggest a ‘controlling mind’ at the centre of government, driving change consistently across the many departments and CNI sectors involved."

The committee has urged Teresa May to employ a cyber security minister in the Cabinet Office to take charge of the efforts to build national resilience. The government has not yet responded to the committee’s proposition.

Read more via ITV.

Amazon hit with data breach just days before Black Friday

It’s the news that no one wanted to hear this week - Amazon has been hit by a ‘major’ data breach just days before Black Friday.

The news broke on Wednesday that customers’ names and email addresses were posted on a website however, Amazon has not commented on how many people were affected.

Customers who were affected received an email from Amazon this week notifying them, which read:

“Our website inadvertently disclosed your email address or name and email address due to a technical error. The issue has been fixed. This is not a result of anything you have done, and there is no need for you to change your password or take any other action. The impacted customers have been contacted.”

It then added: “Amazon takes all security-related matters very seriously and your account security is our top priority. We have policies and security measures in place to ensure that your personal information remains secure.”

It couldn’t have come at a worse time, happening in the week leading up to Black Friday with the day itself looming. Undoubtedly Amazon’s biggest week of the year for deals, we still doubt that punters will be that put off upon seeing a bargain, what do you think?

Read more via The Guardian.

Targeted Ransomware attacks surge in 2018 - SophosLabs Report

Throughout 2018, the world has seen a huge advancement of hand-delivered, targeted ransomware attacks that are earning cyber criminals millions of dollars.

The Sophos 2019 Threat Report, produced by SophosLabs, found that capitalist cybercriminals are turning to targeted ransomware attacks that are premeditated, earning them millions of dollars in ransom.

The report explores changes in the threat landscape over the past 12 months, uncovering trends and how they are expected to impact cybersecurity in 2019.

The general direction the scene is moving towards is that of fewer cyber criminals, since the small-time criminals are being forced out of business due to improvements in technology. This means that the ones to remain, whilst fewer in number, will have stepped up their game, making them stronger and smarter adversaries.

Read more on the report via Gadgets Now.

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