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2020 was an unprecedented year in many ways, but the spike in cyberattacks that we saw during the pandemic has changed the security landscape forever, says Gaurav Banga of Balbix. What does 2021 have in store?

Electronic health records provider caught out in data breach Special

NTreatment, a technology company that manages electronic health and patient records for doctors and psychiatrists, left thousands of sensitive health records exposed to the Internet because one of its cloud servers wasn’t protected with a password.

British MPs bombarded by with three million monthly email attacks Special

It has been revealed that UK MPs have been targeted by around 2.8 million email attacks per month so far in 2020, according to new data compiled by a government watchdog. These are mostly phishing emails.

Ransomware attack hits Baltimore County schools Special

The education sector is under increased threat from cyberattacks, especially as more learning platforms mover online and educational resources are provided from afar. The latest attack has struck schools in Baltimore County.

Cleaning up sloppy security will be among 2021's key actions Special

The challenges brought about by this year’s uncertainty are expected to shape some expectations for how Information Technology will organize through the course of 2021 and in terms of the strategies that IT leaders need to take.

Predictions: COVID-19, cloud, and consolidation Special

As the end of 2020 approaches, industry leaders are beginning to make predictions for what the new year will bring. This includes Franz Aman of MariaDB, who places a particular focus on cloud computing.

Hacker leaks credentials for 50,000 vulnerable Fortinet VPNs Special

A hacker has now leaked the credentials for almost 50,000 vulnerable Fortinet VPNs. The records taken related to several banks and other financial institutions. There are concerns that risks remain.

Top tips ahead of National Computer Security Day

Ahead of National Security Day in the U.S., a new poll finds that most citizens would agree that the growing amount of data, apps and devices makes it high time to create a new, more secure and controlled Internet.

UK's sole hydrogen car maker bets on green revolution

Hydrogen-powered car manufacturer Riversimple is hoping to steal a march on competitors ahead of Britain's promised "green revolution" that would see petrol-powered cars banned within 10 years.

TikTok improves accessibility with new photosensitivity feature Special

Popular video sharing app TikTok has introduced a new function to avoid seizures being triggered by those who can be affected by flashing images. This is the 'Skip All option'.

Businesses beware: The social engineering fraud case Special

A recent report by Forrester and Pindrop examines COVID-19’s impact on the call center fraud. Social engineering – the tactic fraudsters used to gain access to GoDaddy domains –shows how fraudsters gain access to sensitive data and financial data.

REvil: Looking behind the new ransomware threat Special

Managed web hosting provider Managed.com has taken their servers and web hosting systems offline as they struggle to recover from a weekend REvil ransomware attack. We take a look at the form of the attack.

Cyberattacks launched towards LSU Medical Centers Special

As part of the cyber-war directed to the U.S. health institutions, a new event has come to light. This is in the form of several cyberattacks directed towards Louisiana State University medical centers.

Are firms putting too much faith in managed service providers? Special

Companies attempt to use managed service providers to help to off-set some of the risks associated with IT security. Such providers can also help with addressing post-activity risks. While this model has worked well, more needs to be done going into 2021.

India bans 43 more Chinese apps in latest salvo at Beijing

India banned 43 more Chinese apps on Tuesday including some from e-commerce giant Alibaba, saying they threatened its "sovereignty and integrity" as tensions remain high between the nuclear-armed neighbours following a deadly border clash.

Has Apple put money back into the pockets of publishers? Special

Following a public disagreement between Apple and Epic, a resolution has been reached and subsequently Fortnite is coming back to iOS devices. How has the settlement come about and what does it mean?

No such thing as a false positive when it comes to cybersecurity Special

What was supposed to be the exciting start of a new decade quickly became one of the most unpredictable years of this century, as the coronavirus pandemic sent ripples through the cybersecurity sector. What can we expect next year?

China launches Moon probe to bring back lunar rocks

China on Tuesday launched an unmanned spacecraft to bring back lunar rocks -- the first attempt by any nation to retrieve samples from the Moon in four decades.

Op-Ed: Fake faces by AI — A fraudulent fad and not smart

AI-generated fake faces look very real. There are any number of possible faces, of all ethnicities. They can be used for fraud. They’re on the market for a few bucks. They’re also typical techno-hype in many ways. Pretty dumb, really.

Looking behind the Vertafore data breach Special

Vertafore, a provider of insurance software, has recently disclosed details of a data breach, admitting that a third-party accessed the details of 27.7 million Texas drivers.

Changing digital transformation landscape for 2021 Special

Next year is likely to hearld a changing digital transformation landscape, plus an the expanding augmented reality-trained workforce, together with the need for increased computer integration. This is according to Keith Higgins of Rockwell Automation.

Op-Ed: Light-based chip brings AI to everything? Looking good

If you’ve been watching light based chip tech since it started, you’ve been watching for at least 20 years like I have. It’s been a very long haul. Now, in a sort of jackpot moment, light-based AI is doing everything, and doing it well.

Gaming sensation Roblox to go public: filing

Popular gaming platform Roblox, a pandemic sensation among children, is aiming to raise $1 billion in an initial public offering, according to documents published Thursday.

The North Face forced to reset passwords following cyberattack Special

Outdoor retail giant The North Face has reset the passwords of an undisclosed number of customers following a successful credential stuffing attack that took place last month, on October 9th, 2020.

Liquid: Cryptocurrency firm experiences cybersecurity breach Special

Liquid, which is one of the top 20 cryptocurrency exchange portals, has disclosed a security breach this week. This appears to have led to considerable amounts of personally identifiable information being exposed and stolen by hackers.

Apple changes course on app store, cuts fees for small developers

Apple said Wednesday it would cut in half its App Store fees for small developers, moving in the face of lawsuits over its 30 percent commission and increased antitrust scrutiny of the online marketplace.

Video gaming pioneers adopt blockchain platform

In a new application into the advanatges of blockchain, Forte is seeking to address the current economic misalignment between developers and players by building “community economics” into the gaming platform itself.

Will small rockets finally lift off?

The boom in demand for placing small satellites into orbit has boosted interest in small rockets, but industry players do not think the niche will become a business segment of its own.

Is lockdown pushing us towards technology overload?

The greater reliance upon technology during the time of coronavirus has enabled many businesses to continue trading. However, there are signs that workers are becoming overwhelmed by the variety of tech solutions available.

X-Cart suffers from ransomware attack Special

Ecommerce software vendor X-Cart has suffered a ransomware attack which brought down customer stores hosted on the company's hosting platform. A cybersecurity expert takes stock of the situation.

Prediction: How best to manage disinformation in 2021? Special

The major security threat to businesses in 2021 is likely to be disinformation - false or misleading information that is spread deliberately to deceive. Jamil Jaffer from IronNet looks into the key threats.

Q&A: Advice for consumers to reduce cybercrime threats Special

Cybersecurity risks are ever-present but we can take steps to lower these risks if we stand back and consider where the risks derive from and take a hard look at our own activities, says security expert Myke Lyons.

Prediction: What does 2021 hold for cybersecurity in the U.S.? Special

What does 2021 hold for cybersecurity? We spoke with IronNet cybersecurity’s top experts on topics such as disinformation, remote work, healthcare industry regulations, ransomware attacks and more.

Millions of RedDoorz user records found for sale online Special

Following a hacking incident in September 2020, some 5.8 million RedDoorz user records are now reportedly on sale on hacking forum. This includes information that relates directly to clients.

New PlayStation hits market as console battle with Xbox begins

Sony's PlayStation 5 hit the shelves on Thursday, just two days after rival Microsoft released its newest Xbox, with the next-generation consoles vying for holiday season dominance as the pandemic boosts gaming demand.

What can industries learn from recent healthcare cyberattacks? Special

The latter part of 2020 has seen an increase in cyberattacks, with many of the more sophisticated measures being targeted at healthcare institutions. The rest of the businesses world should take note.

New PlayStation hits market ready for battle with latest Xbox

Sony's PlayStation 5 went on sale Thursday, just two days after rival Microsoft released its newest Xbox, with the next-generation consoles vying for holiday season dominance as the pandemic boosts gaming demand.

Drones are now able to peer into the mouth of volcanoes

Drone technology continues to advance and this includes drones designed to deployed into dangerous situations, such as conducting geological surveys along rough terrain or close to volcanoes. Three new developments are presented.

New Xbox hits stores, launching holiday season console war

Microsoft's new Xbox console hit stores worldwide Tuesday, kicking off a holiday season battle with Sony's latest PlayStation model, as the coronavirus pandemic creates unprecedented gaming demand around the world.

New Xbox hits stores, launching holiday season console war

Microsoft's new Xbox console hit stores worldwide Tuesday, kicking off a holiday season battle with Sony's latest PlayStation model, as the coronavirus pandemic creates unprecedented gaming demand around the world.

Game maker Albion suffers from cyberattack Special

Game maker Albion has suffered from a cybersecurity incident. The developers has said an intruder gained access to its forum database by exploiting a vulnerability.
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