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Russian cyber security firm moves away from Moscow

Russian cyber security firm moves away from Moscow

Technology
Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab is moving key parts of its business out of Moscow in a bid to address the risks arising from its exposure to the Russian intelligence services. Last year, the US Department for Homeland Security (DHS) and the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) issued warnings regarding the use of Kaspersky software on critical government systems, citing legal powers in Russia, allowing the state to exert control over private companies.The warnings left Kaspersky Lab needing to reassure customers that their data was handled properly in what it has called a global transparency initiative.Crucial parts of its customer data processing and software production are being relocated to an automated data centre in a secured facility in the privac...
MoD hit by dozens of cyber security breaches

MoD hit by dozens of cyber security breaches

Technology
Ministry of Defence secrets were exposed in dozens of breaches of military cyber security policy last year, as hostile nations and spy agencies continue to probe the UK's defence sector. Heavily redacted reports obtained by Sky News have revealed that the MoD and its partners failed to protect military and defence data in 37 incidents in 2017.At the time, warnings issued by the MoD and National Cyber Security Centre mentioned a Chinese espionage group known as APT10 hacking IT suppliers to target military and intelligence information.Although espionage is considered an "acceptable" state behaviour and not a reasonable pretext for a forceful response, the theft of military secrets remains a serious threat to national security.The reports of breaches of British military infor...
Facebook security breach: Up to 50m accounts attacked

Facebook security breach: Up to 50m accounts attacked

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Facebook says almost 50 million of its users were left exposed by a security flaw. The company said attackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in a feature known as “View As” to gain control of people's accounts. The breach was discovered on Tuesday, Facebook said, and it has informed police. Users that had potentially been affected were prompted to re-log-in on Friday. Tech Tent: Facebook's family feud Facebook hate speech glitch investigated by firm The flaw has been fixed, wrote the firm’s vice-president of product management, Guy Rosen, adding all affected accounts had been reset, as well as another 40 million "as a precautionary step".Facebook - which saw its share price drop more than 3% on Friday - has more than two billion a...
Facebook: 50 million accounts hit by security breach

Facebook: 50 million accounts hit by security breach

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Facebook has said 50 million users were affected by a security breach which potentially enabled hackers to take over people's accounts. The social media giant has not yet determined whether the accounts were misused or what information was accessed.Nor does it know who is behind the breach or where they are based.Facebook said the breach was discovered on Tuesday afternoon, and stemmed from a change it made to its video uploading feature in July 2017.Something called "View As", which allows users to see what their profile looks like to someone else, subsequently became vulnerable.Guy Rosen, from the California-based company, said hackers were able to "steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people's accounts".In a statement on the company's webs...