WhatsApp: personal privacy vs national security

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WhatsApp has made its unrivalled personal privacy and security its main selling points in recent times; these are especially welcome traits in a communications tool when one considers how many times WhatsApp’s sister app and social platform, Facebook, has featured in the news due to its security flaws. In fact, SALT’s very own Technical Director, …

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Data encryption, the anti-fad of 2017

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We’re only half way through 2017 and we’ve witnessed a number of trends and fads, from fidget spinners, the dab, and the increasing rise of household voice activated devices such as Google Home, Echo, and the in-development Vega. This has led to a lot of marketing agencies jumping onto the bandwagon that is artificial intelligence, …

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Why industrial control systems need cyber security

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You might not know it but due to a lack of technical security testing, some industrial systems are at risk of severe cyber attacks. Industrial Control Systems, commonly known as ICS, can cover everything from transport and water to nuclear reactors. It’s no surprise then, that potential vulnerabilities are cause for serious concern. According to …

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Why employees make businesses vulnerable to hackers

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Cyberattacks have been on the rise both in number and sophistication and this has prompted companies to implement tough cybersecurity measures to protect their resources. Despite this, hackers still find their way into secure networks to steal sensitive data that is put up for sale on the darknet markets or used to commit more cybercrimes such as holding …

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What businesses need to know about brute-force attacks

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Over the weekend hackers, supposedly from Russia and North Korea, launched a sustained cyber attack on hundreds of accounts belonging to MPs, Lords, aides, and other staff at the Houses of Parliament. Up to 90 accounts had been breached, representing around one per cent of the total. According to The Sunday Times the attack was …

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How concert lists on Facebook can get you hacked

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Cyber security experts are warning people not to partake in the “top ten concert” statuses that are appearing on Facebook. In them, users list ten concerts that they have attended while including one that they have not been to — leaving friends to guess which one happens to be the lie. Although the activity seems like …

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Hackers want your photos for your fingerprints, not just your smile

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Security and privacy have always been hot topics on social media, with much discussion taking place over issues such as image ownership, privacy settings, and how to not invite 1.2 million partygoers to your 15-year-old daughter’s birthday party. As a result of this ongoing discussion in the news, most of us know better than to …

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