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Your monthly snapshot of cyber security alerts and news from our parent company Protection Group International
Cyber Alert – Malicious Whats App messages doing the rounds peddling ‘free tickets to Alton Towers’
WhatsApp users have been targeted by a homoglyph attack peddling free tickets to Alton Towers. If you receive this message, do not click on the link. The clue is in the URL, can you spot it?
Alton Towers. If you receive this message, do not click on the link. The clue is in the URL, can you spot it ?
Uganda Imposes WhatsApp and Facebook Tax ‘To Stop Gossip’
“Uganda’s parliament has passed a law to impose a controversial tax on people using social media platforms.
It imposes a 200 shilling [$0.05, £0.04] daily levy on people using internet messaging platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Twitter. President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for the changes, arguing that social media encouraged gossip.
The law should come into effect on 1 July but there remain doubts about how it will be implemented.”
Whilst this is an interesting way for a government to seek to boost revenue, the logistics of exactly how they will administer the law remain sparse and many countries (and tech companies) will undoubtedly be watching this Ugandan move with close interest.
Enough of the GDPR Warnings!
News pages have been awash with fresh warnings of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which (finally) came into force the other week. You are unlikely to have missed the recent widespread media warnings about GDPR, but another directive which may have slipped under the radar is the Security of Network Information Systems Directive (NISD), which quietly rolled out mid-May.
The implementation of GDPR is particularly timely given the recent stream of reporting about data breaches and the amount of personal data which appears to have been leaked into the public domain. Whilst some companies will perceive GDPR as burdensome, the new regulation actually presents an opportunity for companies to cleanse and consolidate the data they hold.
So How Do I Prepare?
One of the simplest and most cost-effective measures in helping prevent attacks is to ensure your staff have improved cyber security awareness. Whilst an informed workforce adopting positive cyber hygiene is critical to protection, ensuring corporate technical infrastructure is secure is also crucial particularly in the event of a breach under GDPR, as any potential fines will be assessed against whether adequate cyber security provisions were used.
Check your Password Security
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You can use this checker to see how length and characters such as !&@ all help to make your password more secure from malicious hackers. Remember, don’t enter your actual password, but use one of a similar length and structure.
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