Verifone confirms corporate network was hacked

US stores hit. Global payments processor Verifone has confirmed its corporate network was hacked by unknown attackers targeting the company's merchants. Verifone spokesperson Andy Payment told iTnews the "cyber incident" took place around two months ago, and affected two dozen American service station convenience stores. The attack was revealed by infosec journalist Brian Krebs, whose ...

WikiLeaks to help shield tech firms from CIA’s hacking tools

WikiLeaks will work with technology companies to help defend them against the CIA's hacking tools, founder Julian Assange said Thursday. The move sets up a potential conflict between Silicon Valley firms eager to protect their products and an intelligence agency stung by the radical transparency group's disclosures. In an online news conference, Assange acknowledged that ...

Despite its complexities, insurers and companies can get to grips with cyber risk, Swiss Re sigma says

Cyber threats are evolving rapidly due to the growing digital transformation of society, the widespread use of internet-enabled devices and processes, and the changing profile of hackers. Recent high-profile cyber attacks demonstrate that the extent of associated possible losses is also broadening, increasingly comprising both physical and financial damage relating to data privacy breaches and ...

New UN supply chain system to slash delays, save lives in large-scale health crises

In collaboration with partners and as a part of a global supply chain network, the United Nations emergency food relief agency has set about developing the first-ever information platform to better manage supply chains and efficiently match deliveries with demand in responding to large-scale health emergencies such as pandemic outbreaks. “The creation of this new ...

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How bad is air pollution in the UK?

The government must devise a new plan to clean the air after losing two court cases. As part of the So I Can Breathe series, we examine air pollution in the UK. Who is most to blame and what should be done? How bad is UK air pollution? Air pollution is a major contributor to ...

HP pledges 25% emissions reduction by 2025

HP has set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its global operations by 25 percent by 2025, compared to 2015. The IT giant says it will reduce its climate impacts through a three-phase approach: first, optimizing energy efficiency in its operations and buildings. The other two phases focus on shifting toward less GHG-intensive ...

Is there a way to tackle air pollution?

The search for solutions to the threat of polluted air is generating ideas that range from the modest to the radical to the bizarre. A London primary school may issue face-masks to its pupils. The council in Cornwall may take the extreme step of moving people out of houses beside the busiest roads. Four major ...

Is London really prepared for climate change, cyber attacks and terrorism?

ICE London’s new knowledge programme will seek to answer whether the capital is prepared for human and environmental threats. London is a growing city, predicted to contain 11 million people by 2050. The demand for housing, offices and retail areas continues to grow as the city becomes ever larger. But how prepared is this booming ...

Wikileaks: The CIA is using popular TVs, smartphones and cars to spy on their owners

WikiLeaks has released thousands of documents that it claims show how the Central Intelligence Agency can break into smartphones, computers and other connected devices, including smart TVs. The trove, which WikiLeaks is dubbing “Vault 7”, purports to be a massive archive of CIA material consisting of several hundred million lines of computer code that has ...

Businesses urged to buy security according to their actual needs

Organisations must resist the temptation to buy a whole raft of security technologies without first assessing their real and specific security needs, says industry expert Michael Dieroff. To make sound cyber security investments, organisations need to understand the value of their data, where it is stored and where it has been sent, according to an ...

How Google secures Gmail against spam and ransomware

Though there was at least one successful high-profile phishing attack against a Gmail user in 2016, Google is aggressively defending its millions of Gmail users. SAN FRANCISCO—Google's Gmail web email service is used by millions of companies and consumers around the world, making it an attractive target for attackers. In a session at the RSA ...

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