Space suits from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey on display at the Stanley Kubrick exhibition in LA. Matthew J. Cotter, Uningdomited K, CC BY-NC-SA Of all the fictional virtual assistants we know from pop culture, few stand up to the original and perhaps most famous: the HAL 9000 from the […]

Tech companies have an economic imperative to avoid grappling too seriously with the ethical issues surrounding data usage. Shutterstock Our relationship with tech companies has changed significantly over the past 18 months. Ongoing data breaches, and the revelations surrounding the Cambridge Analytica scandal, have raised concerns about who owns our data, and how […]

Cybersecurity professionals work in software development, network testing, incident response and policy development. Shutterstock Cyber crime is a threat to every organisation that operates internet-connected devices. It’s highly profitable, highly disruptive, and hard to police due to the transnational nature of cyberspace. Incidences of cyber crime might include fraud, identity theft or […]

Apple has removed several security tools from the Mac app store after they were found to be collecting unnecessary personal data. Shutterstock It’s been a busy few weeks for cybersecurity researchers and reporters. There was the Facebook hack, the Google plus data breach, and allegations that the Chinese government implanted spying chips in hardware components. […]

There are several flow-on effects from the recent Facebook hack. ShutterstShock Facebook announced on Friday that its engineering team had discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts. Due to a flaw in Facebook’s code, hackers were able to take over an account and use it in the same way you […]

Normal IT security practices might not protect you from malicious attacks that enter your system through everyday devices, such as USB keys. Shutterstock If you run a business, you’re probably concerned about IT security. Maybe you invest in antivirus software, firewalls and regular system updates. Unfortunately, these measures might not […]

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are up 16% in the last year. Shutterstock Imagine if a hacker shut down the baggage handling system of one of the world’s busiest airports. Or took control of a fleet of autonomous delivery trucks and re-routed them to disrupt rush hour traffic in […]

We need a simple system for categorising data privacy settings, similar to the way Creative Commons specifies how work can be legally shared. Shutterstock Data privacy awareness has recently gained momentum, thanks in part to the Cambridge Analytica data breach and the introduction of the European Union’s General Data Protection […]

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on May 25. Shutterstock Major personal data breaches, such as those that occurred recently at the Commonwealth Bank, Cambridge Analytica and Yahoo, have taught us how vulnerable our privacy is. Like the cigarette and alcohol markets, it took a long time to prove that poorly […]