New laws to protect consumers from cyber criminals come into force in the UK


Consumer protections against hacking and cyber-attacks will come into force today, as all internet connected smart devices will be required by law to meet minimum-security standards.

Manufacturers will be legally required to protect consumers from hackers and cyber criminals from accessing devices with internet or network connectivity – from smartphones to games consoles and connected fridges – as the UK becomes the first country in the world to introduce these laws. Under the new regime, manufacturers will be banned from having weak, easily guessable default passwords like ‘admin’ or ‘12345’ and if there is a common password the user will be promoted to change it on start-up.

Read more…
Source: GOV.UK


Sign up for our Newsletter


Related:

  • Callisto Group hackers targeted Foreign Office data

    April 13, 2017

    The UK’s Foreign Office was targeted by highly motivated and well-resourced hackers over several months in 2016. The BBC understands the government has investigated the previously unreported attack that began in April last year. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre would not say whether data was stolen. But a source told the BBC that the most sensitive Foreign ...

  • Global investors lose billions to cyber attacks, report says

    April 12, 2017

    Cyber security attacks have wiped at least $52.4 billion (42 billion pounds) off the value of shares in recent years, according to a report published Wednesday. The study by cyber security consultant CGI and Oxford Economics found that a “significant connection between a severe cyber breach and a company’s share price performance” meant that share prices ...

  • Autonomous car cyber security consortium awarded funding

    April 11, 2017

    An autonomous car cyber security group will receive government funding as part of a plan to make the UK a hub for the development of self-driving cars, it has been announced. The 5*Stars consortium, which incorporates HORIBA MIRA, Ricardo, Thatcham Research, Roke and Axillium Research, will get grants to develop defences against cyber attacks on autonomous ...

  • Payday lender Wonga admits to data breach

    April 10, 2017

    Payday lender Wonga has advised 270,000 customers of a data breach and offered inconsistent advice about the severity of the incident and how to respond. An “incident FAQ” on the company’s site says “We believe there may have been illegal and unauthorised access to the personal data of some of our customers.” The Reg understands 270,000 ...

  • Airports and nuclear power stations on terror alert as government officials warn of ‘credible’ cyber threat

    April 2, 2017

    Britain’s airports and nuclear power stations have been told to tighten their defences against terrorist attacks in the face of increased threats to electronic security systems. Security services have issued a series of alerts in the past 24 hours, warning that terrorists may have developed ways of bypassing safety checks. Intelligence agencies believe that Islamic State of ...

  • Ex-cyber security chief says Government is ‘using’ Westminster attack to grab unnecessary spying powers

    March 27, 2017

    The Ministry of Defence’s former cyber security chief has accused the Government of trying to “use” the devastating Westminster attack to grab unnecessary and intrusive surveillance powers. Major General Jonathan Shaw said ministers were attempting to “use the moment” to push for security services having more control, despite there being only a weak case for it. Home Secretary Amber Rudd ...