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Queen's secrets found in Heathrow data breach

Queen's secrets found in Heathrow data breach

Technology
Heathrow officials are investigating after a USB stick containing confidential data – including the exact route the Queen takes to the airport – was reportedly found in the street.A total of 76 folders were on the stick, including maps, videos and documents, the Sunday Mirror reported.None were encrypted or password protected.The newspaper said it contained details of the security measures in place to protect the Queen and the types of identification needed by those, including undercover police officers, wanting to access restricted areas.The files revealed routes and other safety measures for cabinet ministers and foreign dignitaries, as well as timetables of patrols used to guard against suicide bombers and terror attacks.Maps of the exact locations of CCTV cameras, tunnels and escape sh
Israeli spies 'watched Russian agents breach Kaspersky software'

Israeli spies 'watched Russian agents breach Kaspersky software'

Technology
Israeli spies looked on as Russian hackers breached Kaspersky cyber-security software two years ago, US media report.The Russians were allegedly attempting to gather data on US intelligence programs, according to the New York Times and Washington Post.Israeli agents made the discovery after breaching the software themselves.Kaspersky has said it was neither involved in nor aware of the situation and denies collusion with authorities.Last month, the US government decided to stop using the Russian firm's software on its computers.The Israelis are said to have notified the US, which led to the ban on Kaspersky programs.The New York Times said that the situation had been described by "multiple people who have been briefed on the matter".Integrity 'fundamental'Classified documents are reported ...
Equifax breach: 6 things Congress can do to help

Equifax breach: 6 things Congress can do to help

Finance
Elizabeth Warren to Equifax: You're making millions off this screwupAfter members of Congress grilled former Equifax CEO Richard Smith at four hearings this week, one thing is clear: There is outrage on both sides of the aisle over the massive data breach. But what will they do about it? The three major credit rating agencies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, aren't going away. They are an integral part of the U.S. credit system, and it would be difficult for consumers to get a mortgage, a loan, or even a credit card without them. Some Democrats are calling for a total overhaul of the industry because credit rating agencies don't currently have an economic incentive to help protect consumers' data. "Equifax won't be losing any business as a result of its failures... And that's because...
Yahoo: All 3bn accounts hit by 2013 data breach

Yahoo: All 3bn accounts hit by 2013 data breach

Technology
Yahoo has confirmed that a 2013 data breach affected all 3 billion of its accounts - three times the number previously reported.The disclosure came from Oath, a subsidiary of US telecomms company Verizon, which acquired Yahoo's online assets in June for $ 4.48bn.The purchase price had been cut after revelations of the 2013 data breach and another in 2014 which affected 500 million accounts and resulted in charges for Russian intelligence operatives and a pair of hackers.Regarding the 2013 breach, Oath and Verizon said the additional user accounts affected were being notified.The hack was disclosed by Yahoo in December last year, when it said that approximately one billion of its three billion users were affected.After Yahoo was acquired by Verizon, however, the company "obtained new intell...
Lawmakers grill former Equifax chairman over data breach

Lawmakers grill former Equifax chairman over data breach

Technology
House Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday grilled Equifax's former chief executive over the massive data hack of the personal information of 145 million Americans, calling the company's response inadequate as consumers struggle to deal with the breach. Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith apologized for the compromise of such information as names, addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers. Smith was the lone witness at the first of several Capitol Hill hearings this week. No current Equifax official testified. "The criminal hack happened on my watch, and as CEO, I am ultimately responsible, and I take full responsibility," Smith said. "I am here today to say to each and every person affected by this breach, I am truly and deeply sorry for what happened." Democrats favor legislation ...