1. Uber concealed massive data breach of 57m users
Uber concealed a massive hack affecting 57 million data of customers and drivers. The company has confirmed that this 2016 breach was kept secret by the firm which paid hackers $100,000 (£75,000) to remove it. The hackers found 57 million names, email addresses and mobile numbers. As a result, the names and license details of 6,00,000 drivers were exposed. A resource page for those affected has been set up.
2. Queen’s University launches cyber-security hub
Queen’s University inaugurates £5m research institute to improvise on hardware security. The project is expected to manage cyber threats with smart technology. The focus is going to be on how to keep the hackers out of reach. Everything connected to Wi-Fi is potential targets for hackers. The increase in usage of smart devices invites new attacks and data exploitation.
3. ADT acquires DATASHIELD to launch ADT Security
ADT announces the acquisition of the cyber security company DATASHIELD. Now operating under the brand ADT cyber security, the service is positioned to provide enterprise and mid-market businesses with managed detection and response (MDR) services to combat advanced cyber threats in real-time. DATASHIELD CEO Michael Malone will join the ADT team as senior vice president, ADT cyber security, reporting directly to Timothy J. Whall, CEO, ADT.
4. ‘Advanced’ Cyber Attack targets Saudi Arabia
The authorities of Saudi Arabia announced that they have found an advanced cyber-attack targeting the country distraught government systems and data. The government’s National Cyber Security Centre explained that the attack was conducted using “Powershell”, though there was no official confirmation of the source of the attack. The NCSC has detected a new Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) that is targeting Saudi Arabia using phishing.