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The Cyber Essentials scheme has formally been published by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and the Cabinet Office, with the final item, the Cyber Essentials Summary, Requirements and Assurance Framework delivered yesterday.

The scheme was unveiled nearly two months ago and is a set of guidelines that seeks to provide clarity to businesses on how to best protect themselves from hackers and cybercriminals as well as common forms of cyber attacks.

Malicious advertisements on domains belonging to Disney, Facebook, The Guardian newspaper and others are leading people to malware that encrypts a computer’s files until a ransom is paid, Cisco Systems has found.

The finding comes shortly after technology companies and U.S. law enforcement banded together in a large operation to shut down a botnet that distributed online banking malware and so-called “ransomware,” a highly profitable scam that has surged over the last year.

With catastrophic data losses from major companies appearing almost cyclically in the tech headlines, the issues around data protection are becoming increasingly prevalent.

However, it's easy to forget that these issues affect the everyday user just as much as they do they major corporations, with priceless, personal information on our mobiles and computers being at risk.

Many WordPress websites could be at risk of compromise if their administrators don’t upgrade a popular search engine optimization (SEO) plug-in to a newly released version that fixes serious vulnerabilities.

Researchers from Web security firm Sucuri found two flaws in a plug-in called “All in One SEO Pack” that potentially allow attackers with access to non-administrative WordPress accounts to elevate their privileges and inject malicious code into the administration panel.

TrueCrypt, the popular open-source encryption program, on Wednesday unexpectedly recommended that users drop its product and shift to Microsoft’s Bitlocker.

TrueCrypt’s Web page redirected itself to a SourceForge repository, which carried the following warning...

OpenSSL is getting funded for two full-time developers and a security audit in an attempt to prevent another devastating bug like Heartbleed.

The money is coming from the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), a group of tech companies that came together last month in response to Heartbleed.

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    Why they do not shut down the company that provides the faulty patchwork systems that make such malware first possible? No, not because of a faulty ...

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    The people at any router between You and facebook can read Your communication if: 1. You're using an http: connection 2. A fake facebook certificate ...

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  • theoctagon
    You could always just use what's already baked in: Android Device Manager. https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager

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    AFAIR the patch was available one day after the discovery of heartbleed. That normal with Free Software. Only mislead users of commercial scrap have ...

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