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UK firms hit by attacks every 50 seconds

The business ISP analyzed traffic for its customers during the period and found them to be on the receiving end of 146,491 attempted attacks each, on average. That’s 179% higher than the same period in 2018, when firms faced down 52,596 attacks on average.

IoT devices and file sharing services were most frequently targeted, hit by 17,737 and 10,192 attacks respectively during the quarter.

This chimes somewhat with a FireEye report from last month which revealed a dramatic increase in attacks exploiting file-sharing services to deliver malware via email. From hardly being used in any attacks in Q4 2018, OneDrive was seen in over 60% by Q1, it claimed.

Read entire post UK firms hit by attacks every 50 seconds | Phil Muncaster | InfoSecurity

Belgium monks forced to sell prized beer online to beat resellers

St Sixtus Abbey in Westvleteren, Flanders, is one of the world’s 14 official Trappist beer producers. Buyers can purchase a crate of its Westvleteren beer for around €45 (£40), around €1.80 per bottle.

A glass of Belgian Trappist beer Westvleteren is seen at St Sixtus Abbey in Westvleteren, Belgium
A glass of Belgian Trappist beer Westvleteren is seen at St Sixtus Abbey in Westvleteren, Belgium

Trappist monks do not profit from the sales of their beer

As a rule, the monks ask customers not to sell their product to third parties. The abbey’s sales have traditionally been limited to private customers who order by phone before collecting a maximum of two crates in person.

But profiteers have been ignoring their “ethical values” for selling the brew, forcing them to go online to dampen demand on the black market.

Read entire post Belgium monks forced to sell prized beer online to beat resellers | BBC

Germany seeks access to encrypted messages on WhatsApp and Telegram

Germany’s federal interior minister, Horst Seehofer, wants companies such as WhatsApp and Telegram to give security authorities access to end-to-end encrypted messages or calls. Not complying with this could end with companies being banned by the Federal Network Agency.

The latest issue of Der Spiegel reports that Seehofer wants the order to be implemented quickly, especially with the move to 5G potentially causing “complications” for security authorities. This comes after WhatsApp had to fix its app due to a remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability, which may have been exploited by a national-state.

As Infosecurity reported at the time, the Facebook-owned mobile communication giant, with 1.5 billion users, rolled out a fix on the vulnerability that allowed users to be infected with spyware by being phoned by the attacker.

Read entire post Germany seeks access to encrypted messages on WhatsApp and Telegram | Phee Waterfield | InfoSecurity

Three steps to managing bonded inventory through Brexit disruptions

The prospect of future disruptions in the supply chain brings diverse risks to the operation of businesses, especially to inventory management. The approaching Brexit deadline raises the imminent question how businesses can effectively continue to finance and distribute their inventory within the European continent.

While the renegotiation of the U.K.-EU relationship will most likely take several years, European distributors have to assess their current inventory management to mitigate future disruptions.

European distributors have to assess their current inventory management to mitigate future disruptions

There is no doubt that the political landscape will continue to change, and this goes hand-in-hand with a growing trade volume due to the growing e-commerce market. In order to serve the European Market effectively, managing the availability and allocation of inventory becomes vital to reduce overall costs, improve cash flows, and bring more agility to supply chain operations.

Read entire post Three steps to managing bonded inventory through Brexit disruptions | Kjell Bornkamp | SupplyChainBrain

Six myths people still believe about GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May 2018, and by the letter of the law, virtually every business in the UK needs to comply with it. However, there are still some misconceptions surrounding the law and what it means to organisations. This can lead to difficult situations where mistakes can be made.

Myth 1: The large fines are just a threat
The GDPR made headlines for a long time back in early 2018 before the regulations came into force. During this time, much was made of the extremely heavy fines that could be placed in businesses that failed to comply with the regulations. These were reported to be up to €20 million or 4 percent of global turnover, whichever figure was greater.

For example, in 2016 WhatsApp was issued with a penalty of €10,000 for each day that they failed to comply with Dutch data laws. This was before the GDPR came into force, but since the instigation of laws, there has been an extremely heavily penalty issued against Google for the company’s failure to comply with the rules.

Myth 2: The GDPR won’t apply to the UK after Brexit
There is a common misapprehension which might be something of wishful thinking on the part of business owners who don’t want the hassle of achieving compliance with GDPR regulations. This is that UK businesses will not need to comply with the GDPR after Brexit because it is an EU law and that this standard will not apply to Britain.

Read entire post Six myths people still believe about GDPR | TripWire

Brexit: What ‘no deal’ would mean for Rotterdam

FSAI using new DNA technology to identify food ingredients

This month, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) disclosed that it now has a new scanning tool that can identify the entire DNA content of a food.

It is now possible to scan the entire DNA content of a food without any prior knowledge or suspicion of what may or may not be present in that food

A statement released by FSAI says that The analytical scanner tool can “proactively identify all the ingredients and their biological sources in a food.” Now, Irish food regulators believe they can thwart instances of food fraud and easily identify foods that have been improperly labeled.

The way the tool works is that it compares actual ingredients in a food–ingredients identified by their DNA profile–versus the ingredients that are displayed on the label. The relatively new DNA sequencing technology is known as next-generation sequencing.

Read entire post FSAI using new DNA technology to identify food ingredients | Food Safety Magasine

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Here are four innovative urban projects underway in Paris

Anne Hildalgo worked for 13 years as Deputy Mayor before becoming Mayor of Paris in 2014. One might be forgiven for thinking that her ideas would have been blunted by the time she arrived in office. Instead, she is showing that the French capital can be a thriving centre for civic and social innovation.

The city has also been shaken by fears of homegrown terrorism, and by the refugee crisis: in the year to March 2018, 60,000 refugees arrived at the Paris 18e Registration Centre. Despite this increasing need, the city’s charitable sector is eroding. The number of new associations created in the city has been declining for several years in a row.

Innovation policies designed to tackle these social problems are often hit-and-miss – but Paris offers up some interesting examples. Under Hildalgo’s leadership, the city has encouraged liveliness and nurtured enterprise in the city’s overlooked spaces. New spaces for innovation have been enabled and funded, as at Station F. Existing projects have been supported, as at Les Grands Voisins; and there has been effort to stimulate new ideas (Réinventer Paris, Budget Participatif).

Read entire post Here are four innovative urban projects underway in Paris | Nicolas Bosetti | 100 Resilient Cities


The New (And Misunderstood) Role of the GDPR Data Protection Officer

The GDPR data protection officer’s role is basically that of a compliance-focused data coordinator, ensuring that the organization’s processing of personal information is not going to infringe on the rights and freedoms of the data subjects.

There is definitely a lot of confusion over this new position. First of all, who is required to have one? All EU public bodies and authorities must have one along with any company processing data involving medical matters or criminal offences, but beyond that things become less clear.

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Private companies are only required to appoint a Data Protection Officer if they engage in “core activities” that require “large scale” and “systematic” monitoring of data subjects. The size of an organization doesn’t matter as much as the volume of personal data it is handling.

Read entire article The New (And Misunderstood) Role of the GDPR Data Protection Officer  | Scott Ikeda | CPO Magazine