HSBC

Thoughts on HSBC voice recognition…

Jun 1st, 2017 Confidentiality, Data Breach James Gillies

Because they cannot be 100% accurate the real issue here with biometric systems is something called Type 1 and Type 2 Errors and the so-called Crossover Error Rate. Voice recognition systems themselves are not necessarily “weak” – so the distinction must be made as to how the particular system that HSBC went live with was compromised. Biometrics systems will ultimately fall foul of either not…

Why is the Wonga breach such a big deal?

Apr 20th, 2017 Data Breach, Data Protection James Gillies

Wonga, the pay-day loan company has become the latest high-profile company to become the victim of a data breach, affecting over 250,000 of their customers. Whilst the specifics of the hack are still unknown Wonga have said that personal data accessed “may have included one or more of the following: name, e-mail address, home address, phone number, the last four digits of your card number…

How does the Yahoo breach affect me? I don’t use Yahoo?

Sep 28th, 2016 Data Breach James Gillies

The Yahoo breach is a great example of three or four different Cyber Security issues all linking together to demonstrate the destructive power of today’s cyber-criminals. Rarely now the stereotypical spotty/angry teenager looking for notoriety; cyber criminals are industrially funded, technologically gifted and in some cases even state-sponsored – cybercrime is big business! This particular incident is significant because it is the largest known breach…

Insecure Passwords

Why should I use strong passwords and does it really matter?

Anyone who has some form of online presence will have logins and passwords for various systems that they connect to. Almost all systems that you log into now are on the internet and a great deal of them store a lot of personal information about you, such as your date of birth, home address, credit card details and so on. It has also become routine…

Panama City

How can we prevent a Panama Papers hack?

Apr 27th, 2016 Data Breach James Gillies

Recent and ongoing bad press for the island means that we can no longer have a blinkered approach to IT or data security. Events in Panama April 2016, when corporate services provider Mossack Fonseca suffered an email hack (known thereafter as the Panama Papers hack) and subsequent data leak of 11.5 million confidential documents, highlight potential cyber security threats to Jersey businesses that have any…

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