South Africa’s surveillance act RICA unconstitutional, inconsistent finds Court

The South Gauteng High Court has found that parts of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information (RICA) Act are unconstitutional. In April 2017, media group amaBhungane filed an application in the High Court challenging the constitutionality of the act. This, after it emerged that journalist Sam Sole’s communications were intercepted …

State of the Web Report Finds 98 Percent of U.S. Alexa 1000 Websites Are Inadequately Secured Against Magecart and Other Advanced Attacks

Tala Security, the provider of security solutions protecting enterprise websites and web applications against advanced client-side attacks like Magecart, today announced the Tala 2019 State of the Web Report. The report, which tested U.S. websites within the Alexa 1000 ranking, educates enterprises about the critical and under-recognized security threats related to their web assets and …

De-prioritised compliance: 50% of UK businesses not fully GDPR-compliant

As the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation nears its 18 month anniversary, research by security software supplier Egress has suggested that 52% of UK businesses are not fully compliant with the rules, opening the door to severe penalties if they fall victim to a data breach. Egress – which polled 250 decision …

Expert warns cyber threats to worsen with tech advances

Technological advances like Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Automatic Cards and others will throw up new challenges for cyber security and all countries must unite to foresee and combat them, a leading Israeli cyber security expert said. “The Internet was not designed for security, hence it is inherently insecure since everything is hackable. It is …

‘Norman’ cryptojacking malware hides and exploits the processing power of infected PCs

A newly-discovered form of cryptocurrency-mining malware is capable of remaining so well-hidden that researchers investigating it found that it had spread to almost every computer at a company that had become infected. Dubbed ‘Norman’ due to references in the backend of the malware, the cryptojacker has been detailed by cybersecurity researchers at Varonis. The Monero-cryptomining …

EU’s Galileo GPS satellites mysterious outage blamed on a technical incident

Galileo, the EU’s global navigation satellite system, has been down for four days, since July 11, following a mysterious outage. All Galileo satellites are still non-operational, at the time of writing. According to a service status page, 24 of the 26 Galileo satellites are listed as “not usable,” while the other two are listing a …

Study: How Social Media Shed Light on Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis

Over the past two years conflict has escalated in North West and South West Cameroon. Cameroon is a bilingual country (English and French) and these two regions are the country’s English-speaking areas. The conflict started when lawyers and teachers held strikes over the increasing use of French in English courts and schools. Since then, what …

Again? China Telecom accused of rerouting a large chunk of European mobile traffic

For more than two hours on Thursday, June 6, a large chunk of European mobile traffic was rerouted through the infrastructure of China Telecom, China’s third-largest telco and internet service provider (ISP). The incident occurred because of a BGP route leak at Swiss data center colocation company Safe Host, which accidentally leaked over 70,000 routes …

Rapid7’s report reveals that FTSE 250 firms exposed to possible cyber-attacks

The average FTSE 250 company exposes 35 different avenues of attack for would-be hackers, according to a report, despite the vast majority having “serious issues” with keeping business-critical systems up to date. According to the cybersecurity company Rapid7’s report, created by scanning for systems and devices used by FTSE 250 corporations that are visible on …