• Isle of Wight trial shows positive effect of contact-tracing app, but data privacy body slams UK

    The UK government’s Covid-19 contact-tracing app programme has to date been a catalogue of missed schedules, delays, technology setbacks and has generated much, mostly deserved, criticism, but details have emerged of how the official trial of the yet-to-be-launched product on the Isle of Wight has generated positive results in the fight against the Covid-19 coronavirus.

    However, this rare good news associated with the project came just as citizens’ rights and legal bodies concerned with data protection and privacy amplified their concerns regarding the fundamental nature of the programme and who is running it.

    The contact-tracing app’s whole development has been

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  • Virgin Media customers targeted in Twitter phish

    Virgin Media customers reaching out to contact the firm’s official Twitter account about tech support and broadband issues are being victimised by a relatively unsophisticated fraudster posing as the internet service provider (ISP) and phishing for account and credit card details.

    The @virgneimedia account joined Twitter in March 2020 and has amassed only 36 followers. It has duplicated the official @virginmedia header and biography and appears only to retweet official Virgin Media content.

    However, for at least a fortnight, the fake account has been contacting Virgin Media customers through their Twitter direct messages (DMs)

    Multiple screenshots of the scam posted

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  • Cyber attack combined with Covid-19 puts Travelex into administration

    More than 1,300 UK jobs at foreign exchange company Travelex will be cut as a major cyber security attack in 2019 combined with this year’s Covid-19 slowdown take their toll.

    PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has been appointed administrator and through what it described as a “complex restructuring deal”, which has seen some of its assets sold, has raised £84m and saved 1,800 UK jobs. 

    Travelex was held to ransom by hackers in January after a cyber attack forced it to turn off its systems. It took a £25m hit after its systems were encrypted by Sodinokibi ransomware on 31 December 2019.

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