Dashlane names the password ‘worst offenders’ of 2020

This year more than ever we’ve all been spending large amounts of time online and that often means relying on passwords to access systems and sites.

According to password management app company Dashlane the average internet user has over 200 digital accounts that require passwords, and that figure is projected to double in the next five years.

It has published its annual Worst Password Offenders list, looking at the biggest password mistakes of the year, which serves as an annual reminder of how easy it is to slip up, even when we think we’re protected.

Windows 10, iOS, Chrome, and many others fall at China’s top hacking contest

Winning hacker team pockets $744,500 at the Tianfu Cup, China’s top hacking contest.

Many of today’s top software programs have been hacked using new and never-before-seen exploits at this year’s edition of the Tianfu Cup — China’s largest and most prestigious hacking competition.

Held in the city of Chengdu, in central China, the third edition of the Tianfu Cup ended earlier today.

Tokyo Olympics: Russian hackers targeted Games, UK says

Russian hackers targeted this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo with the aim of disrupting them, UK officials said.

The Foreign Office said Russia’s GRU military intelligence carried out “cyber reconnaissance” against officials and organisations involved. The alleged attacks took place before the Games were postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Officials did not, however, specify the nature or extent of the cyber-attacks in detail.

At the same time, the US Department of Justice announced charges against six Russian GRU officers for alleged cyber-attacks serving “the strategic benefit of Russia”. The group sought to disrupt the 2018 Winter Olympics, the 2017 French presidential election, and Ukraine’s power grid, US prosecutors said.

UK to ban any use of hand-held mobile phones while driving

Government set to update law to ban drivers from using hand-held phones in any way, not just calling and texting

Drivers who use hand-held phones in any way behind the wheel will face £200 fines and possible bans when changes in the law take account of smartphones.

While making calls or texting on a hand-held mobile while driving is already illegal, taking photos, scrolling through a playlist or even playing games on phones has not been outlawed until now – allowing drivers to escape charges when spotted with a phone.

2020 CWE Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Weaknesses

The 2020 Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE™) Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Weaknesses (CWE Top 25) is a demonstrative list of the most common and impactful issues experienced over the previous two calendar years. These weaknesses are dangerous because they are often easy to find, exploit, and can allow adversaries to completely take over a system, steal data, or prevent an application from working. The CWE Top 25 is a valuable community resource that can help developers, testers, and users — as well as project managers, security researchers, and educators — provide insight into the most severe and current security weaknesses…