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Cyber security break-ins a ‘daily hazard while firms skimp on protection’

3/07/2014 by

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Consumers will continue to be the victims of cybersecurity crises unless businesses take more steps to protect the personal information of users, Christopher Graham, the information commissioner, has warned.

Graham said he was worried that the UK was not sufficiently alert to the security concerns of the 21st century.

“This sort of thing is going to go on and on and on until businesses wake up and realise that personal information is not their plaything; it’s our information and it needs to be protected,” he said.

High-profile attacks, vulnerabilities and malicious software have created a string of troubling headlines in recent weeks, from the heartbleed flaw which undermined the security of hundreds of thousands of web internet servers, to what has been described as the biggest ever hack against eBay, which forced 145 million users to change their passwords.

Last FridayOn 30 May, a joint operation led by the FBI, Interpol, and the UK’s National Crime Agency, led to the closure of a criminal network that was using the cryptolocker malware, a “virus” that infects computers, encrypts files and demands a ransom (usually of about £400) to decrypt files. People have been tricked into paying after ransom messages accusing them of illegal activity.

“Cybercrime is real, hacking is real. Watch out there’s a data thief about,” Graham told the BBC. “As individuals we need to be very careful.”

This article has been extracted from http://www.theguardian.com, please click on this link to read the article in full http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/03/cyber-security-break-in-firms-protection-cryptolocker

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