Underground trade in stolen identities revealed

With unemployment rising rapidly during the Covid-19 pandemic, and many more people likely to lose their jobs soon as the government’s furlough scheme nears its end, stolen identities are becoming increasingly valuable and are being openly sold on the dark web with the aim of conducting Universal Credit benefit fraud.

That is according to researchers at cyber intelligence firm IntSights, who have identified multiple cyber criminals offering scamming lessons and tutorials on how to commit benefit fraud in several countries, including the UK.

The UK’s Universal Credit system – which was designed to be a predominantly digital service

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Machine learning wards off threats at TV studio Bunim Murray

When the world locked down in the spring of 2020 and millions of people all over the world suddenly had pivot to a culture of semi-permanent remote working, security teams and IT professionals were forced to contend with an equally sudden pivot among cyber criminals to exploiting the pandemic, and the gaping holes many businesses left open in the rush to maintain a semblance of normalcy.

But for California-based television studio Bunim Murray, fears that stressed remote workers would become unwitting victims to cyber threats were allayed thanks to a multi-year partnership with British cyber security wunderkind

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New Zealand activates security services as DDoS outage enters fourth day

The New Zealand government has called in its national cyber security services to investigate as the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX) remains offline for a fourth day of trading following an unprecedented volumetric distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that has targeted the organisation through its network service provider.

The Auckland-based exchange had briefly resumed trading on the morning of Friday 28 August, but was again forced to cease trading due to network connectivity issues, and – at the time of writing – the exchange’s website remained inaccessible from a UK IP address.

In reported remarks made at a press

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Office for National Statistics defines better cross-government data linkage

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published a review of data-linking practices across government, and elsewhere, in order to make data more useful for government decision-making.

The guidance, Joined up data in government: the future of data linking methods, is part of a series, known as Data and Analysis Method Reviews, under the oversight of Ian Diamond as head of the analysis function at the ONS.

Diamond is the UK’s national statistician as chief executive of the UK Statistics Authority and head of the UK Government Statistical Service, and has become a familiar face on our TV screens

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University of Staffordshire recruits robots to get more out of its people

The University of Staffordshire is using software robots to automate processes across the organisation as part of its digital transformation.

After horizon scanning and fact finding, the university is a few months into the roll-out of a project which is using Blue Prism Cloud to access robotic process automation (RPA) software.

Andrew Proctor, chief digital officer (CDO) at Staffordshire University, who graduated in software engineering at the university 20 years ago, said the first set of automated processes were in the finance department. Proctor’s team now plan to take automation much further. “We have a long roadmap of how

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NHS gets £50m in AI funding for digital pathology

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced £50m funding for three digital pathology and imaging artificial intelligence (AI) centres in Coventry, Leeds and London.

The centres were set up in 2018 with funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Two other centres are located in Oxford and Glasgow.

The three centres to share the latest tranche of funding will deliver digital upgrades to pathology and imaging services across an additional 38 NHS trusts, said the department.

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock said: “I am determined we do all we can to save lives

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