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Cyber_Bytes - Issue 19

31 July 2020. Published by Richard Breavington, Partner and Christopher Ashton, Associate and Rachel Ford, Associate

Welcome to Cyber_Bytes, a round up of key developments in cyber, tech and evolving risks over the last two weeks.

This week, we are introducing the first of our virtual round up videos, which we hope to issue each quarter. 

 

Twitter hack highlights weakness in security

A hack which targeted 130 high-profile Twitter accounts for the purpose of tweeting solicited cryptocurrency scams has highlighted the weakest link in Twitter's security. The hack was achieved by successfully targeting some of the Twitter employees with access to internal tools that allowed them to change account settings and effectively hand over control of accounts to others. The concern for some is that personal data is not truly protected until companies implement end-to-end encryption securing data from being accessed by unauthorised third parties. 

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Information Commissioner's Annual Report and Financial Statements 2019-2020

The ICO have released their annual report for the year 2019-2020. The report is split into three section as follows; Performance Report, Accountability Report and Financial Statements. The report covers the ICO key achievements and operational performance with in-depth examination of some of the most impactful work from 2019-2020. 

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Ransomware Recovery starts for American GPS and fitness company Garmin

GPS and fitness-tracker company Garmin suffered a ransomware attack, with the perpetrators demanding a 10 million USD ransom. The attack left Garmin smart watch owners without service for a number of days. It is currently unclear whether or not the ransom has been paid, with Garmin's statement avoiding details of the ransom demands. The firm expects for normal operations to resume within a few days of the attack.

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