Non-U.S.

UK hacker-for-hire jailed for role in SIM-swapping attacks, data theft

Charlie Osborne reports: A British teenager has been sentenced to 20 months in prison after offering hacker-for-hire services to cash in on trends including SIM-swapping attacks. The UK’s Norfolk police force said that 19-year-old Elliot Gunton, of Norwich, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on Friday after pleading guilty to hacking offenses. money laundering,...

Cyberattacks targeting post-secondary students on the rise, but most not taking sufficient steps to protect their data

Nicole Bogart reports: Cyberattacks targeting post-secondary students are becoming increasingly common, but new research shows only 15 per cent of Canadian students have taken extra steps to protect their online data. According to research from cybersecurity firm McAfee, publically disclosed cyberattacks targeting the education sector increased 50 per cent year-over-year in the first quarter...

Companies Puzzled After Report Says Their Biometric Data Leaked

Bloomberg has an interesting follow-up on a headline-grabbing report from this week: Millions of pieces of personal data, including fingerprints, may have been leaked from a cloud-based service that stores biometric data for companies and organizations worldwide, security researchers said. Computer scientists working with software firm VpnMentor said they discovered a vulnerability in South...

European Central Bank Says One of Its Websites Was Hacked, Data Possibly Captured

Carolynn Look and Nicholas Comfort report: The European Central Bank said one of its websites was hacked by unauthorized people who may have stolen private information including contact data. According to an emailed statement, hackers installed malware onto an external server that hosts the Banks’ Integrated Reporting Dictionary, or BIRD, to aid phishing activities....