Security News

British data watchdog brings cookies to G7 meeting – pop-up consent requests, not the delicious baked treats
2021-09-07 12:20

Cookies are on the menu today for the G7 as the UK's Information Commissioner's Office proposes to the group of leading global economies that consent pop-ups should be reduced. The ICO said it would call on fellow G7 data protection and privacy authorities - three of which used to be its fellow EU member states - to work together to overhaul cookie consent pop-ups to make people's privacy "More meaningfully protected" and help businesses offer "a better web browsing experience."

Buyout of British defence supplier Ultra Electronics paused by UK.gov over competition concerns
2021-08-19 13:54

The British government has intervened in the US buyout of defence supplier Ultra Electronics, temporarily halting the acquisition and prohibiting any tech transfer overseas. The business is a major supplier of high-end electronics to the Royal Navy and the other British armed forces.

British defence supplier Ultra Electronics to be sold for £2.6bn to US-controlled firm
2021-08-17 12:25

British defence tech specialist Ultra Electronics has been bought for £2.6bn by a US private equity firm, through a wholly owned UK subsidiary that was itself once a proud standalone business. Ultra's acquisition by Cobham Group plc, owned by US fund Advent International, sees the defence firm's shareholders receive £35 per share - as well as ownership of the critical Royal Navy supplier passing to a foreign entity, albeit one headquartered in an allied country.

Iranian Hackers Impersonate British Scholars in Recent Campaign
2021-07-13 12:37

In a recent attack campaign, the Iran-linked threat actor tracked as TA453 has been posing as UK scholars with the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies to engage targets of interest and steal their credentials, security researchers with Proofpoint reveal. Believed to be supporting the information collection efforts of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, TA453 engaged in benign conversations with their targets, up to the point when they served a 'registration link' leading to a legitimate, albeit compromised website of University of London's SOAS radio.

Oi! Our British Airways data breach compo sueball is still going, shouts rival law firm
2021-07-07 17:10

The British Airways data breach not-quite-a-class-action hasn't ended after all, a rival to yesterday's law firm has told The Register. Following PGMBM's announcement that it has settled its case with the airline over the theft of nearly 400,000 people's personal data - including some credit card details - rival outfit Your Lawyers says its own case against BA is still ongoing.

British Airways Settles Class Action Over 2018 Data Breach
2021-07-06 15:46

British Airways has settled a class action brought by individuals impacted by the data breach suffered by the company in 2018, but terms of the settlement have been kept private. Stolen information in the case of British Airways included names, payment card data, addresses, and email addresses.

British Airways data breach lawsuit settled: Airline coughs up potentially millions to make sueball bounce away
2021-07-06 12:58

British Airways has settled the not-quite-a-class-action* lawsuit against it, potentially paying millions of pounds to make the data breach case in the High Court of England and Wales go away. "The resolution includes provision for compensation for qualifying claimants who were part of the litigation. The resolution does not include any admission of liability by British Airways Plc," said PGMBM. The lawsuit was based on the 2018 BA data breach, where the credit card details of 380,000 people were stolen thanks to a Magecart infection on its payment processing pages.

British Airways data breach lawsuit settled: Airline coughs up around £30m to make sueball bounce away
2021-07-06 12:58

British Airways has settled the not-quite-a-class-action* lawsuit against it, potentially paying millions of pounds to make the data breach case in the High Court of England and Wales go away. "The resolution includes provision for compensation for qualifying claimants who were part of the litigation. The resolution does not include any admission of liability by British Airways Plc," said PGMBM. The lawsuit was based on the 2018 BA data breach, where the credit card details of 380,000 people were stolen thanks to a Magecart infection on its payment processing pages.

British tourists charged £1000s for pier visits in billing blunder
2021-06-25 11:52

British seaside resorts are famous for their piers, walkways that stretch out over the sea so that visitors can get the feeling of being "At sea" without actually boarding a boat and risking sea-sickness, and without even having to set foot on the shingles/gravel/mudflats/sand of the beach at all. Fortunately for the operators of the Palace Pier in Brighton, England, a relaxation in English lockdown rules from early April 2021 meant that visitors could return.

Spy agency GCHQ told me Gmail's more secure than Microsoft 365, insists British MP as facepalming security bods tell him to zip it
2021-04-14 09:16

Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat has publicly claimed GCHQ sources told him Gmail was more secure than Parliament's own Microsoft Office 365 deployment - but both Parliament and a GCHQ offshoot have told him to stop being silly. "I was told by friends at GCHQ that I was better off sticking to Gmail rather than using the parliamentary system because it was more secure," Tugendhat told the BBC's Today Programme.