• Sodinokibi data auctions highlight changing criminal tactics

    The cyber criminal gang behind the Sodinokibi or ReVIL ransomware is making good on its threat to auction off the data it has stolen in various recent attacks – including legal documents stolen from a New York celebrity law firm – on the dark web, piling extra pressure on its victims.

    The Sodinokibi group used its dark web site, The Happy Blog, to begin the auctions earlier this week, taking online bids from interested parties.

    At the time of writing, the group was understood to be auctioning confidential data from two different victims, one a food distributor and the

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  • Government departments could cut payment costs through API deal

    Government departments could save millions of pounds a year following the addition of a payments application programming interface (API) on its official procurement list.

    Through its Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Payment Acceptance Framework, the government has approved a payment initiation service (PIS) from open banking software company TrueLayer.

    Government departments can now use the technology to receive payments online without having to use the payment systems owned by banks, therefore reducing costs and simplifying processes. If this technology were used across government, it would same millions of pounds a year.

    When people are making payments to organisations, such as the

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  • Employees must be consulted on technologies monitoring the return to work

    Employees should be involved in the “design, construction, testing and implementation” of any technologies used to control or monitor their return to work as the Covid-19 lockdown eases, according to experts.

    Employers must do more to foster trust with staff when using data-intensive systems to track their movements or behaviour, attendees at a panel debate entitled Back to work: tracking social distancing were told.

    “We know that the use of technology can be really helpful,” said Andrew Pakes, director of communications and research at Prospect, a specialist professional science and research union. “ It can make people feel secure, it

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  • Government launches IoT security funding round

    The government has launched a new funding round to support security-by-design in connected internet of things (IoT) products, with a total pot of £400,000 on offer to support industry-led assurance schemes and proposals.

    Launched today by digital minister Matt Warman, the funding scheme will seek to further schemes that demonstrate IoT devices have undergone independent testing – such as is currently available through the BSI – or robust and accredited self-assessment. It said such schemes would be vital in enabling consumers to make security-conscious buying decisions when it came to connected products.

    “We are committed to making the UK the

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  • IT contractors hit by delays in Covid-19 furlough scheme payments from umbrella companies

    The government stands accused of adding to the financial hardship facing IT contractors who have lost work during the Covid-19 pandemic by failing to adequately clarify how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) works for those employed through umbrella companies.

    Under the terms of the CJRS, employees are eligible to receive 80% of their usual monthly salary, up to £2,500, provided they are furloughed by their employers.

    In situations where a contractor provides their services through an umbrella company, the two entities are considered to have an employee and employer relationship, leading to the assumption that contractors should be eligible

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  • BCS calls for computer coding in scientific research to be more professional

    The BCS has deplored a lack of professionalism in software development in medical science. This, says the society in a new policy paper, has led to a politicisation of modelling in the current Covid-19 health crisis.

    Bill Mitchell, director of policy at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, said in a statement that accompanied the paper, Professionalising software development in scientific research: “The politicisation of the role of computer coding in epidemiology has made it obvious that our understanding and use of science relies as much on the underlying code as on the underlying research.”

    In a statement to

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