• EU announces cross-territory contact-tracing app gateway

    While other countries, most notably the UK, struggle to launch contact-tracing apps to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, nations in the European Union (EU) have moved up a gear as they begin initial testing of the previously announced interoperability gateway service linking national apps across the EU.

    Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, member states, backed by the European Commission (EC), have been assessing the effectiveness, security, privacy and data protection aspects of digital solutions to address the crisis.

    In April, and as part of a common coordinated approach to support the gradual lifting of confinement

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  • Zoom adds two-factor authentication for all users

    Unified communications and collaboration platform Zoom has rolled out another round of cyber security enhancements, adding two-factor authentication (2FA) across its platform, requiring users to present two or more credentials to join a meeting.

    This is the latest in a now long-running series of enhancements Zoom has made in response to a series of concerns around the security of its service, use of which soared during lockdown and has remained popular as millions of people continue to work remotely during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

    Zoom said adding 2FA to its platform offered users a secure way to validate their

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  • Travel industry websites are laughably insecure, claims Which?

    Despite falling victim to serious data breaches and being issued multimillion pound fines, British Airways and Marriott International have apparently failed to learn any cyber security lessons, and their websites are littered with hundreds of easily exploitable vulnerabilities, according to an extensive investigation into the security of the travel industry conducted by consumer advocacy group Which?.

    Which? probed the systems of 98 travel firms, including the likes of easyJet and Lastminute.com, and claims to have found thousands of data security vulnerabilities that could make it laughably easy for cyber criminals to access traveller data such as payment card details,

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