Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms

Fingerprints, facial recognition and other personal information from Biostar 2 discovered on publicly accessible databaseThe fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and pers…

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Financial fraud: who should be held responsible?

The Met chief has said consumers must protect themselves and not be refunded by banks. We examine the key issues surrounding cybercrime

Britain’s most senior police officer has come under fire after suggesting consumers should not be refunded by banks if they fail to protect themselves from cybercrime.

The comments by Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan police commissioner, come a week after official figures revealed a huge rise in the amount of money lost to financial fraud.

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Don’t refund online fraud victims, Met chief tells banks

Bernard Hogan-Howe blames online theft on ‘bad behaviour’ of customers who have poor internet security

Britain’s most senior police officer has been accused of attempting to shift blame on to victims of online fraud after he suggested consumers should not be refunded by banks if they fail to protect themselves from cybercrime.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan police commissioner, said customers who had fallen foul of online fraudsters were being “rewarded for bad behaviour” instead of incentivised to update anti-virus software and improve passwords.

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TalkTalk cyber-attack: company unsure how many users affected

Chief executive Dido Harding apologises for breach potentially impacting on up to 4 million customers as police raise national security fears

Talktalk has said the company does not know how many of its 4 million customers have been affected by a “significant and sustained” cyber-attack that could have compromised credit card and bank details.

Dido Harding, the chief executive, apologised to customers for what is the third cyber-attack affecting the telecommunications firm in the past 12 months but said the breaches were “completely unrelated”.

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Anti-corruption rules fail to force clarity on property ownership, MPs say

Coalition plan for stripping ‘cloak of secrecy’ from shell firms that leaves housing loophole slated by politicians and other critics

Government plans to rip “the cloak of secrecy” from corrupt officials who hide stolen money in the UK, fail to tackle an obvious loophole in the London property market, say MPs and campaigners.

The concerns were raised as the government unveiled a long delayed anti-corruption plan published on Thursday.

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