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We've got four more years, people Passwords used by Donald Trump's incoming cybersecurity advisor Rudy Giuliani and 13 other top staffers have been leaked in mass hacks, according to a Channel 4 investigation. Giuliani, incoming national security advisor Lt Gen Michael Flynn and various cabinet members of Trump's administration had their details included in website mega breaches... like millions upon millions of others.

This doesn't mean that we (or they) have been hacked and there's no indication that it's their current credentials that have been compromised.

They may have changed their passwords since, for instance, the LinkedIn breach. "The passwords of the appointees were hacked in mass breaches of websites like LinkedIn, MySpace, and others between 2012 and 2016," as Channel 4 puts it. An appearance of someone's records in Have I Been Pwned? should not infer that they have been hacked, contrary to Channel 4's breathless headline. Channel 4 assured us that their investigation went beyond looking at whether known email addresses of prominent Trump administration figures cropped up on Have I Been Pwned? "Have I Been Pwned? was one of many sources checked," Mike Smith, the reporter behind the scoop told El Reg. "Many appointees using the same passwords in multiple places, using the simplest passwords in multiple places." Kyle Wilhoit, senior security researcher at DomainTools, said: "Unfortunately leaks that include identifiable information like emails and passwords are common and in many cases can't be avoided.
In this case, the leaked email address appeared to come from a common social networking site. "The issue isn't necessarily about the passwords being leaked.

The primary problem is password reuse between a social networking site, and say, some other system that could be deemed operationally important.

All it takes is an attacker to find out their password from a dump, and capitalise on that human error of reuse." ® Bootnote Thanks to industry veteran Graham Cluley for helping us run a reality check on C4's exposé. Sponsored: Continuous lifecycle London 2017 event.

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EnlargeDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images reader comments 19 Share this story These days, it seems like software patents are falling down right and left. Hundreds of them have been invalidated by US federal judges since the Supreme Court's 2014 Alice Corp v. CLS Bank. decision, and more patent-holders are getting sanctioned for their behavior in court. The economics of the patent-trolling business are changing in fundamental ways, and lawsuits are down. It's tempting to think the whole mess is going to dry up and blow away—but the lawsuits coming from companies like Bartonfalls LLC show that some patent lawyers are going to keep on partying like it's 2009. Bartonfalls is a shell company formed in the patent hotspot of East Texas, and it sued 14 big media companies on October 11 over US Patent No. 7,917,922. Bartonfalls is unusual in a couple ways. The company got a high-profile shout-out from a lawyer at The New York Times. The newspaper's associate general counsel, David McCraw, became a newsroom celebrity for a day when he wrote a sharply worded letter to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who threatened to sue the newspaper when it published a story about two women claiming they were sexually assaulted by Trump. McCraw's response letter explained that the paper was protected by the First Amendment and that if Trump believed "the law of this country forces us and those who would dare to criticize him to stand silent or be punished, we welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight." McCraw's letter went viral, becoming the most-read and most-e-mailed story for a few days. Earlier this week, he published a first-person account entitled "I Hardly Expected My Letter to Donald Trump to Go Viral." Which leads us back to patent trolls. "I wrote the letter in about 45 minutes on Thursday morning, between a meeting on the company’s emergency operations plan and a conference call about a new patent suit we have in Texas," wrote McCraw. In a parenthetical aside, he wrote, "Is somebody really claiming to have invented a method for switching from watching one video to watching another?" If you're reading this, you likely already know the answer to McCraw's question is "yes." TV patent, meet Internet video On October 11, Bartonfalls filed patent lawsuits against Ziff Davis (the owners of PC Magazine), Viacom, Advance Publications (over the website for GQ; GQ and Ars are both owned by Condé Nast, which is in turn owned by Advance Publications), Scripps Networks (HGTV), Bloomberg, Allrecipes.com, NBC Universal, Turner Broadcasting, the New York Times Company, Forbes, ABC, Discovery, CBS, and Consumers Union (Consumer Reports). Five of the nearly identical complaints are linked above. Each claims that websites owned by these large publishers violate the '922 patent because when a viewer is done watching an online video, their video players cue up another video and automatically start playing it when the first video ends. Love this feature or hate it, it's an extremely common way of serving up online video. If Bartonfalls convinces courts it "owns" this feature, the number of video-makers it could sue is endless. The biggest online video company of all, YouTube, has an autoplay feature. The '922 patent, filed in 1997, doesn't talk about Web video or the Internet at all. Rather, it talks about switching between different video inputs when changing television programs: in other words, a TV setup where Channel 2 was connected to a cable subscription, Channel 3 would flip back to broadcast, and Channel 4 might lead to a viewer's pre-recorded programs. The only independent claim describes "a method of automatically changing from a first TV program to an alternate TV program." After a very long back-and-forth with the patent office, Michigan-based inventors Barry Schwab and John Posa got their patent in 2011. Posa, a patent lawyer in the Ann Arbor office of the Dinsmore law firm, didn't recall much about his invention when reached by Ars. He'd never heard of Bartonfalls, and he didn't know about the lawsuits filed on October 11. "We transferred some rights in this patent, and apparently [Bartonfalls] is the party that acquired these rights," said Posa. "I'm also a patent attorney, so I have a lot of things going on," he added, saying he owns more than 30 patents. “They have the right to go forward” Posa said he has known Schwab for more than 20 years. "He was a client of mine a long time ago," explained Posa. "He had some ideas, I had some ideas. We sort of hooked up and shared some ideas and jointly own some IP." "Sometimes litigants feel they have an interpretation that should be honored," Posa said when asked how his television patent could be used to sue so many different Internet video players. "They have the right to go forward with that interpretation." Schwab didn't respond to phone calls asking about his patent. Public records indicate that Schwab is involved in a large number of lawsuits. A company called Hawk Technology LLC, which says in court papers that it was formed "to commercialize the inventions of its founder, Barry Schwab," has filed more than 100 patent lawsuits against big companies, non-profits, and even local governments. Another company armed with a Schwab patent, Multi-Format Inc., used it to sue Apple, Amazon, and Motorola. Those cases all settled. The attorney representing Bartonfalls LLC, Jean-Marc Zimmerman, also didn't respond to interview requests. Zimmerman has represented many patent-holding companies over the years. Several years ago, he was sanctioned for his representation of a company called Eon-Net, and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld those sanctions in 2011. Corporate documents show that Bartonfalls was formed as a Texas LLC in August. Its business office is a virtual office in Plano, a city that's just inside the borders for the Eastern District of Texas, the venue that it filed its lawsuits in. The only listed manager of Bartonfalls is a paralegal at a small Texas law firm, Stoddard and Welsh. Today, it's far more rare to see a "non-practicing entity" like Bartonfalls take on a group of large companies with a broad Web patent. That's because patent defendants have some new case law that favors them. In addition to the Alice Corp. precedent, there's Octane Fitness, which made it easier to get sanctions against patent plaintiffs who bring questionable cases. At least one defendant says they'll be fighting this one. "We are in the process of hiring counsel and will vigorously fight this claim," said McCraw in an e-mailed statement to Ars. "We plan to work with the other companies that were sued to challenge the patents."
New cyber triage to fight malware plagues NHS Digital is set to start expanding the range of cybersecurity services available to UK hospitals and clinics. CareCERT (Care Computer Emergency Response Team) launched in November 2015, offering a national service that helps health and care organisations to improve their cybersecurity defences by providing proactive advice and guidance about the latest threats and security best practices. A service that initially focused on pushing out alerts about threats will be expanded to include three new services, each of which begins testing this month: CareCERT Knowledge – a new e-learning portal to help all health and care organisations train their staff in cybersecurity basics. CareCERT Assure – a service to help organisations assess their local cybersecurity measures against industry standards, including recommendations on how to reduce vulnerabilities. CareCERT React – advice on reducing the impact of a data security incident. Public health and innovation minister Nicola Blackwood announced the expansion at the Health and Care Innovation Expo on Thursday.

The rollouts come at a time of increasing security threats to UK hospitals and clinics, particularly from file-encrypting ransomware. Almost half (47 per cent) of NHS trusts have been subject to a ransomware attack in the past year, according to figures from a freedom of information (FOI) request published last month. NCC Group’s FOI is based on requests to 60 trusts, 28 of which confirmed they had been victims of ransomware. Independent infosec consultant Brian Honan, the founder and head of Ireland’s CERT, told El Reg that the increase in security services ought to be considered as a move to drive security improvements in UK hospitals in general, rather than a specific response to the ransomware threat. "I do not see this as a reaction to ransomware as a recent FOI request submitted by Channel 4 showed that out of 152 NHS Trusts 39 were affected by ransomware," Honan explained. "However, with the rising number of threats against computer systems this is a welcome and prudent move to enhance the security of the data, computers, systems, and networks the NHS increasingly relies on to provide its services." ®
Retail security AI company Everseen reduces this loss by up to 90% Company reveals it is working with five out of the top 10 global retailers London/New York, 3rd August 2016 - Everseen, the retail security AI company, today announces that it has secured funding from MARCOL and other investors, to tackle the growing problem of product loss and shrink in the global retail industry.

Everseen uses advanced video analysis and artificial intelligence to reduce non-scans at the checkout by up to 90%, a problem that costs retailers $40bn a year globally according to the Centre for Retail Research.When goods are not scanned at the checkout, retailers’ supply chain systems do not see that a particular item has left the inventory.
It’s only when stock checks happen that this loss is discovered.

By then it’s too late to see where it occurred and retailers have mistakenly assumed this loss is through customers or staff stealing from the shelves. UK and US retailers alone invested $15bn in 2014 in measures to deter theft in-store (outside of the checkout) but some of this investment is misplaced. “Retailers are losing $40bn a year through shrinkage at the point of sale. Products non-scanned are not only impacting profits but also creating supply chain issues leading to out of stock products. Non-scans can be intentional or unintentional and are generated by customers, employees through operational errors and process non-compliance,” said Professor Joshua Bamfield from the independent research group, The Centre for Retail Research. “At the moment, retailers are almost certainly haemorrhaging revenue through their POS and are probably completely unaware of how it is happening, how they prevent it and the scale of the problem.” Everseen, which works with five of the top 10 global retailers, has proven that 95% of the issues at the checkout are non-scans.

The problem is more acute at self-scan checkouts with up to 10 times more non-scans when compared to manned checkouts.

The company estimates that 90% of all non-scans at the checkout can be identified by using its video analysis and artificial intelligence system approach.

By visually recognising such events using existing CCTV feeds and linking them to checkout transaction data, Everseen can identify precisely when, where and why the activity took place.

A video of the incident can then be shared with store staff in real time. Current measures to prevent non-scanning are rudimentary at best, with CCTV systems only being checked when suspicions are raised, which means the bulk of non-scanning activity is missed.

By some estimates only 5% of irregular activity at the checkout is captured through traditional point of sale analysis systems. “The majority of retailers simply don’t know where these losses are coming from.

Because of this they’re acting blind – trying to prevent losses but without any real direction.

By understanding how these losses are occurring, and how to prevent them, retailers can improve their profits by 5-15%,” said Alan O’Herlihy, Founder and Chief Executive, Everseen. “We’ve spent a number of years developing the technology and uncovering what is tantamount to the DNA of a non-scanning event. With growing interest from retailers across the globe, over the next few months we are looking to partner with leading IT companies to service our retail customers worldwide.

This investment and MARCOL’s resources and support in general will help us accelerate our global expansion.” “In today’s highly competitive world, profit margins in the retail industry are tight and shrinkage is a serious problem,” said Pii Ketvel, CEO MARCOL Capital Europe, who led the MARCOL investment. “For retailers, this solution can have an immediate, positive uplift on profitability. Our due diligence has shown that this solution has the potential to completely transform the market.

Everseen allows retailers to move more quickly to self-service check-outs by making the user experience better, whilst helping the retailers to reduce their losses.

By combining Everseen’s very impressive technology with MARCOL’s financial and other resources we’re giving Everseen the tools necessary to bring this remarkable technology to a global audience and to change the face of retailing.” - Ends - Notes to EditorsA video demonstrating Everseen’s system is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6f4lakrxl0bxguv/video%20cut.mp4?dl=0 About EverseenEverseen, the retail security AI company, was founded in 2008 by Tech Entrepreneur Alan O’Herlihy.

Catalysed by leading Phd and research scientists at its R&D centre based in Timisoara, Romania, Everseen is an innovator in the retail technology space, using video as a sensor and artificial intelligence to develop its point of sale non-scan detection anti-theft solution.

Everseen is headquartered in Blackpool, Cork, Ireland and has sales offices situated in the US, UK and Spain.

Everseen has received significant investment from a high profile investor base which includes the Irish government body Enterprise Ireland and most recently MARCOL. For more information, see www.everseen.com About MARCOLMARCOL, formed in 1976 by partners Terence Cole and Mark Steinberg, is an international multibillion dollar investment business with interest in Finance, Health Care, Technology, Real Estate, Retail, and Hotels. MARCOL’s investment strategy includes both buy-outs and supporting existing businesses and their owners and managers in expanding their businesses. Whilst open to opportunities wherever they can be established, MARCOL focuses on sectors where it has proven expertise and track record, primarily in Europe and the US. MARCOL continuously seeks investment opportunities where growth potential can be sustained and enhanced by investment and active management. MARCOL also has considerable restructuring and work-out experience helping owners and their existing financiers to preserve and recover value. Employing a core team of over 100 investment professionals collaborating across its investment disciplines, MARCOL has offices in London, Luxembourg, Berlin and Paris. For more information, visit www.marcol.com About the Centre for Retail ResearchThe Centre for Retail Research provides authoritative and expert research and analysis of the retail and service sectors in Britain, Europe and globally.

The Centre, originally a higher-education research group, has been independent since 1997.
Its Director is Professor Joshua Bamfield. Their work is based on understanding retail and consumer trends, analysing the main drivers of retail change and making accurate forecasts. The Centre's research and views are quoted widely. Radio and TV stations include: the BBC's Today Programme, BBC 24, CNN, Sky News, Channel 4 News, ITV, BBC News, Sky and TV stations in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Germany. Our reports are carried by major newspapers including The Times, Financial Times, The Economist, Time Magazine, Daily Mail, The Sun, Frankfurter Allgemeine, The Financial Daily/ Financieele Dagblad (Amsterdam), Täglicher Marktbe (Germany), Expansion (Spain), The Irish Independent, Irish Post, the Times of India, Washington Times, and International Herald Tribune. For more information, visit www.retailresearch.org UK media contactsCCgroup for EverseenSuzannah Archibald /Alex SowdenT: +44 203 824 9200E: everseen@ccgrouppr.com
Netwrix helps London hospital to improve security of 10,000-plus user network and provide full visibility of who is making changes, when and where 9 September 2014 - Netwrix Auditor is helping King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London to i...
Cyber security is high on the agenda of many businesses, but implementing a strategy successfully involves more than technology and tools. People are equally important, and they need to buy-in to the strategy too. However, while security professionals may find phishing scams easy to ignore, there are others within the business that may not care to understand the difference between a phishing email and a legitimate one. But despite many of the CISOs at Infosecurity Europe 2014 believing that awareness of cyber issues have grown within the workplace, Andy Jones, CISO at Maersk Line, believes that the opposite is true. "How long have we been doing awareness, and we keep expecting a different result?" he states. But perhaps a different approach is required, as David Cass, CISO of information solutions provider Elsevier, tells delegates at the conference. "No one wants to sit through 45 minutes of security awareness training," he says,  suggesting that companies have to create awareness of security issues in a short and easily digested way. The best way, Channel 4 CISO Brian Brackenborough believes, is by speaking to employees about consumer security protection, in the expectation that this will make them think about the same problems at work. "We try speaking to them about antivirus and how they use it at home, and once they associate themselves with it, they start thinking about it at work," he says. Insurance firm AXA UK has lunchtime drop-in sessions for employees who want to learn more about protecting their own devices. "We've had lunchtime drop-in sessions where we're not talking about corporate security but consumer protection, and people want to hear about this. If you're talking about taking steps to protect the consumer, it is very similar to some of the steps in protecting corporate PCs," says the firm's head of security, Michael Colao.McAfee CTO EMEA Raj Samani states that there is a "real appetite" for organisations to deploy this method, but warned that educating employees demands constant attention. "Using one approach will likely result in a drop off in interest, therefore organisations should connect with employees over their use of technology within the home, but also consider alternative methods," he says. One such suggestion, says Bill Walker, technical director at QA Training, is creating an app that appears to shut down employees' machines, then informs them that they have just been attacked and that all of their emails and data have been lost. "When you then tell them that this was a drill, they would sit up and listen. It's one of those things that people only take seriously when they see the consequences directly," he says. The problem is that many employees have an 'it will never happen to me, so I'm not worried' attitude, he adds. Indeed, the Home Retail Group, owner of retailers Homebase and Argos, used a different technique to raise awareness of phishing emails, and how to avoid them. "We got a guy dressed up as a gnome and went out across the office and handed out pamphlets and asked the employees to come to us if they had any questions. After a couple of weeks we had been very successful in ensuring that phishing emails were no longer an issue," Home Retail Group's head of information security, Lee Barney, explains.Techniques such as this may be beneficial to the business at the simplest level, but perhaps of greater importance is to maintain a constant dialogue between employees and security teams to ensure that security protocols aren't hampering productivity. "What we don't do as security professionals is to truly go out and ask the end user what's acceptable and what's not," Nike VP and CISO Bill Dennings emphasises. But once the security team does communicate with the end user, and personalises security for them, what should organisations do next? Training is one option and, according to Samani, there are various options businesses can pursue, but the most important thing is to measure the success of any training. "To give an example, where call centres are used the organisation may want to consider tiger testing to determine whether the education method being used is working," he says. QA's Walker suggests that a short video session could be beneficial, as long as it is exciting and informative. "A short video session can be great if it really resonates with them. They need to go away thinking 'I must do things differently to protect myself – I now understand the risk to me and my company – I always thought cyber security was just an IT issue.'" Computing and QA Training's Securing Talent campaign aims to raise awareness of the growing need for people with cyber security skills in industry and government, and for clearer pathways into the cyber security profession.
Security chiefs at Infosecurity Europe 2014 urged companies to raise awareness of cyber security by simply talking to employees about how to protect their own home PCs and laptops. Channel 4 CISO Brian Brackenborough explained that the security team a...
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