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January 2018 - The month that stole from the Olympics

Read all about the cyber security and GDPR news from January in our very first Cyber Snippets Summary, taking news from our own Cyber Snippets feed and across the web.

Government warns energy health and water to prepare for attack - Jan 28

In another warning, this time from the Government itself, firms providing “critical services” were told that they could risk fines of up to £17 million if they do not have effective cyber security measures in place.

This includes companies working in electricity, oil and gas, healthcare, telecoms and digital space.

Read more about which critical services were warned in this article by The Drum.

UK found to be ahead of Europe in terms of GDPR compliance - Jan 22

London

On January 22 it was reported that only 29% of British organisations don’t know about or are unprepared for GDRP, compared to 52% of their German counterparts.

Overall the study, conducted by W8 Data, found that four-fifths of people in the EU are unaware of GDPR.

Find out more about the study in this article by Decision Marketing.

OnePlus online payment system hacked - Jan 22

One-Plus-Hack

In mid-January it was reported that hackers, over a prolonged period of time, were able to steal customer credit card information from the OnePlus website.

Using malicious code, over 40,000 credit card details were taken from the company’s online payment system.

Read about the surprising reaction from OnePlus customers in our earlier article.

Carphone Warehouse fined over 2015 breach - Jan 10

Telecom-Towers

After a hack dating back to 2015, the Carphone Warehouse was fined £400,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which discovered serious security flaws throughout the company’s operation.

The retailer is fortunate that the hack happened when it did so that it avoided hefty GDPR fines.

Find out the eye-watering figure that it could have been fined by the ICO.

Winter Olympics targeted by hackers - Jan 8

Winter-Olympics-2018

On January 8 it was reported by McAfee that hackers had attempted to steal sensitive data from organisations involved in the Winter Olympics.

Emails sent to groups instructed them to open text documents which utilised a hacking tactic known as steganography.

Read more about the hacking and what it means for South Korea and the Olympics in our very first Cyber Snippets article.