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Workers’ union angry after employee phishing test

By MyCena | Posted on : 20 May 2021

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The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) union has hit out at West Midlands Trains after an employee phishing test took place. Around 2,500 employees were sent an email which thanked them for their work during the pandemic and promised a bonus, however, those employees who clicked a link within the email were then told that they had failed a company security test. The message said, “This was a test designed by our IT team to entice you to click the link and used both the promise of thanks and financial reward.” Phishing is a huge risk to companies everywhere and employee awareness tests are common practice, however, the TSSA called the exercise “cynical and shocking.”

Up to 7.9 million in UK use pet’s name as password

By MyCena | Posted on : 20 May 2021

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Around 15% of all UK adults use their pet’s name in their password, a survey from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has revealed. The report has come at a time when remote working has become commonplace, putting extra importance on password security. The results of the survey showed that pets’ names were the most common form of password at 15%, followed by family members’ names (14%), important dates (13%), and favourite sports teams (6%). Along with these results, the report included examples of the most commonly used, and most predictable, passwords.

Avoiding Pompeii: removing points of failure

By MyCena | Posted on : 22 April 2021

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This month, MyCena Security Solutions CEO Julia O’Toole lent her thoughts to Ciso Mag on the single points of failure in any digital infrastructure. Julia warns that just one vulnerability can lead to large-scale chaos, citing the SolarWinds hack and how one lost password led to a massive espionage operation. Julia advises “going back to the drawing board” and removing these single points of failure to prevent long-term cyber damage.

Internal email reveals Facebook plans to ‘normalise’ leaks

By MyCena | Posted on : 22 April 2021

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Following the leaked account details of more than 533 million users, Facebook has come under fire once again. An email sent by internal teams was ironically at the centre of another privacy misplay – this time, the email was accidentally sent to Data News in Belgium. The email suggested that the social network “expected” incidents like this and that it would issue limited statements. Facebook told the BBC they understood people’s concerns and are doing everything to strengthen systems.

LinkedIn suffers data-scraping attack

By MyCena | Posted on : 22 April 2021

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Following in Facebook’s footsteps, LinkedIn has also succumbed to the latest data scraping attack. Five hundred million user accounts have been compromised, but representatives at the top say that the scraped data was “in the public domain”. They added that no information from private accounts had been scraped, and as yet, are not planning to inform users.