EU data protection law, TalkTalk grilling and VTech arrest: The week in security

It’s been another busy week in security as Christmas approaches. There was no time off for TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding, who this week faced a grilling in parliament over the data breach in October.

A number of firms were affected by cyber crime, including website development tool Moonfruit and MacKeeper.

In other news, the next stage of the EU data protection reform was agreed, bringing it one step closer to the final text that threatens to shake up the security industry.

Kids must be sold on benefits of cyber security careers


Selling cyber security as a lucrative, exciting profession and staying away from tired ‘hacker’ stereotypes is key to solving the cyber skills gap, according to Ian Glover, president of accreditation and security testing firm Crest.

Ed Vaizey insists UK government has no problem with encryption

Ed Vaizey minister of state for culture and digital economy

Ed Vaizey, minister of state for culture and the digital economy, played down reports that the UK government wants to ban or weaken encryption in the wake of the publication of the draft Investigatory Powers Bill.

EU agrees tough data protection reforms

EU-US data transfer rules declared invalid

The European Union agreed on the much anticipated data protection regulation reforms designed to bolster the rights of internet users and impose steep fines on firms breaking the rules.

TalkTalk CEO admits firm has ‘lessons to learn’ following breach


TalkTalk chief executive Dido Harding admitted that the firm has “lessons to learn” after the breach on its systems in October. “I’m not going to pretend that I think TalkTalk got everything right,” Harding told the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, which has launched an inquiry into the incident.

Moonfruit still facing problems after forced service outage

MoonFruit Logo

Website development service Moonfruit admitted that it is still having problems after taking thousands of websites offline in response to DoS threats.

VTech hack: 21-year-old man arrested in UK

Hacker against circuit board

A 21-year-old man was arrested this week in relation to the cyber attack on children’s toy manufacturer VTech.

MacKeeper exposes 13 million customer records in Shodan blunder

Apple MacBook computer

MacKeeper, a suite of software that claims to offer protection for Apple products, exposed up to 13 million customer records including names, addresses, IP addresses and user credentials.

Twitter users warned of state-sponsored snooping


Twitter warned that a number of profiles may have been the target of state-sponsored hacking. Over 20 users of the popular social network received a letter from Twitter saying that the accounts were part of a “small amount” of profiles singled out by an unnamed state actor.

UK hosts ‘Silver Shadow’ cyber attack demo with FBI and Europol

NCA cyber simulation

Cyber experts from organisations including the FBI, NCA and Europol came together in the UK for a simulation to test how they would operate in the event of a critical cyber attack

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