UK to launch public cyber security awareness campaign

UK to launch public cyber security awareness campaign: ". . . The new programme is aimed at raising public awareness about threats online and where to go for more information. The programme will specifically target school children, as well as adults who take a reckless attitude to posting personal details online, according to The Guardian. "The big goal for the next 12 months is to get somewhere transformative in terms of business and public understanding of this issue," the paper quotes a senior official as saying. Maude said the progress of the programme will be measured through a new National Cyber Confidence research tracker, which will regularly track online safety perceptions and behaviour. . . ."

Another Reason to Get Rid of Internet Explorer - Forbes: " in case you haven’t heard, anyone using versions of IE prior to version 9 is now at serious risk of getting hacked. And who are using earlier versions of IE than version 9? Why, that would be everyone using Windows XP and 2000 because only IE 8 and lower are supported on those operating systems. The new risk is from a serious new vulnerability that affects IE 6 through 8 inclusive and the exploit is “in the wild” … that means the bad guys know about it and how it works and it’s only a matter of time before it will be in what are called “exploit kits” (software tools bad guys use to create and execute their attacks). According to security firm Avast as quoted on The Next Web “there are currently four live sites exploiting the vulnerability and five dead sites that exploited it.”"

Obama signs renewal of foreign surveillance law - "President Barack Obama has signed into law a five-year extension of the U.S. government's authority to monitor the overseas activity of suspected foreign spies and terrorists. The warrantless intercept program would have expired at the end of 2012 without the president's approval. The renewal bill won final passage in the Senate on Friday. Known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the law allows the government to monitor overseas phone calls and emails without obtaining a court order for each intercept. The law does not apply to Americans. When Americans are targeted for surveillance, the government must get a warrant from a special 11-judge court of U.S. district judges appointed by the Supreme Court."

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