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Welcome back, Brits, from your three-day Bank Holiday week. Allow us to catch you up on recent infosec comings and goings. 'Hamas hackers' bombed: Israeli Defence Forces claim they destroyed a building in the Gaza Strip on Saturday said to be used by Hamas hackers. The Palestinian militants were targeted in the air strike in …

  1. sitta_europea Bronze badge

    Fuel pumps.

    And it didn't occur to anybody that this might become a problem?

    1. CommanderGalaxian
      Black Helicopters

      I'm sure the microphones will still work fine though.

  2. vogon00

    "Google takes a lot of flack" (sic)...nope, wrong, it takes a lot of FLAK.

    There is a world of difference....flak is generally the more painful:-)

  3. adam payne Silver badge

    "We recognise the urgent need to move the expectation away from consumers securing their own devices and instead ensure that strong cyber security is built into these products by design," the civil servants thundered.

    So much so it'll only take years to come up with some sort of basic framework. Basic framework set down, add a couple of extra years for the necessary changes.

    1. DavCrav Silver badge

      "So much so it'll only take years to come up with some sort of basic framework. Basic framework set down, add a couple of extra years for the necessary changes."

      Which should have been done before anyone was allowed to put the Internets in a light bulb or a toaster. Internet-connected fridge? No.

      1. David Shaw

        before or after

        to be fair, American does tend to certify products beforehand as "safe" e.g. Wifi 802.11n(*), whilst EU tended to rely on markets & manufacturer self-certification, now getting a stronger emphasis on "privacy by design" and "security by design" since around 2017 in a nice sunny island called Κρήτη Krētē(**)

        which is better? IoT based on direct 5G routing (new seriously 5G Huawei 8K television with integrated wireless home 5G router) is bound to be safe!?

        (*) https://www.wi-fi.org/discover-wi-fi/wi-fi-certified-n

        (**)https://ec.europa.eu/commission/news/cybersecurity-act-2018-dec-11_en

  4. Mark 85 Silver badge

    'Hamas hackers' bombed: Israeli Defence Forces claim they destroyed a building in the Gaza Strip on Saturday said to be used by Hamas hackers.

    That's one way of dealing with hacking..... not sure if it's the right one though.

    1. vtcodger Silver badge

      The lesson here is ...

      The lesson to be learned here is probably that if you are going to cyberattack Israel, it is probably best to attack using a router stashed in a building owned and occupied by someone you don't much like.

    2. Roj Blake Silver badge

      Presumably Israel also thinks that it would be acceptable for Iran to take military action against the perpetrators of Stuxnet.

  5. vtcodger Silver badge

    Barracuda claims: "A recent analysis of account-takeover attacks targeted at Barracuda customers found that 29 percent of organizations had their Office 365 accounts compromised by hackers in March 2019."

    Ulp ... 29 percent? Really? If that's true, the cyber-security situation would appear to be pretty much hopeless.

    Perhaps it is time to find an enemy and surrender.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      too soon?

      The UK has already been surrendered....wake up.

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