Classified Pentagon Data Leaked to Cloud

Classified Pentagon Data Leaked to Cloud
Classified Pentagon data was mistakenly left exposed on an unsecured public cloud server, cyber-security researchers have discovered. The 100GB of data is from a failed joint intelligence-sharing programme run by the US Army and National Security Agency in 2013.

The information was left on an unlisted but public Amazon Web Services storage server. It is likely to have been accessible to anyone on the internet for years. The exposed data was discovered by cyber-security company UpGuard on 27 September.

A virtual-disk snapshot of a computer hard drive was found in an Amazon Web Services S3 cloud-storage account configured for public access.

The hard drive had been part of a failed cloud-based intelligence-sharing platform developed by Inscom, the US Army’s Intelligence and Security Command, in May 2013.

The files include sensitive details about the US Department of Defence’s battlefield-intelligence system, its cloud-based intelligence-gathering platform, Red Disk, and a virtual drive for receiving and transmitting classified data.

The files also contain private keys and hashed passwords, which could be used to access other internal systems at the Pentagon, if the passwords are still valid and the hash is cracked.

“Plainly put, the digital tools needed to potentially access the networks relied upon by multiple Pentagon intelligence agencies to disseminate information should not be something available to anybody entering a URL into a web browser,” UpGuard’s cyber-resilience analyst, Dan O’Sullivan, wrote in a blog post.

“Regrettably, this cloud leak was entirely avoidable, the likely result of process errors within an IT environment that lacked the procedures needed to ensure something as impactful as a data repository containing classified information not be left publicly accessible.”

The information has now been secured.

The NSA referred all media requests to Inscom, which has been contacted by the BBC for comment.

 

Apple Apologises & Fixes Security Flaw

Apple Apologises & Fixes Security Flaw
Apple has pushed out an update to fix a major security hole in its Mac operating system, admitting it “stumbled” with its latest software. The flaw, revealed on Tuesday, made it possible to access a Mac without a password, and also have access to powerful administrator rights.

The latest version of MacOS will automatically download the update.

“We greatly regret this error and we apologise to all Mac users,” the firm said. “When our security engineers became aware of the issue Tuesday afternoon, we immediately began working on an update that closes the security hole.

“This morning, as of 8am PT, the update is available for download, and starting later today it will be automatically installed on all systems running the latest version (10.13.1) of MacOS High Sierra.”

It is only second time Apple has forcibly updated users’ machines and comes in response to widespread concern that millions of Mac computers were at risk.

Users running older versions of MacOS will see a notification prompting an upgrade.

“Security is a top priority for every Apple product,” the company said. “And regrettably we stumbled with this release of MacOS.” It added: “Our customers deserve better. We are auditing our development processes to help prevent this from happening again.”

Google Faces Mass Legal Action in UK

Google Faces Mass Legal Action in UK
Google is being taken to court, accused of collecting the personal data of millions of users, in the first mass legal action of its kind in the UK. It focuses on allegations that Google unlawfully harvested information from 5.4 million UK users by bypassing privacy settings on their iPhones.

The group taking action – Google You Owe Us – is led by ex-Which director Richard Lloyd. He estimates the users could get as much as “several hundred pounds each”.

The case centres on how Google used cookies – small pieces of computer text that are used to collect information from devices in order to deliver targeted ads. The complaint is that for several months in 2011 and 2012 Google placed ad-tracking cookies on the devices of Safari users which is set by default to block such cookies.

The Safari workaround, as it became known, affected a variety of devices but the UK case will focus on iPhone users.

Mr Lloyd said: “In all my years speaking up for consumers, I’ve rarely seen such a massive abuse of trust where so many people have no way to seek redress on their own.” He added: “Through this action, we will send a strong message to Google and other tech giants in Silicon Valley that we’re not afraid to fight back.”

Mr Lloyd said Google had told him that he must “come to California” if he wanted to pursue legal action against the firm. “It is disappointing that they are trying to hide behind procedural and jurisdictional issues rather than being held to account for their actions,” he said.

Google told the BBC: “This is not new – we have defended similar cases before. We don’t believe it has any merit and we will contest it.”

Those affected do not have to pay any legal fees or contact any lawyers as they will automatically be part of the claim, unless they wish to opt out.

The case is being supported by law firm Mishcon de Reya, which specialises in large-scale litigation.

Although there is no precedent for such a mass legal action in the UK, there is in the US. Google agreed to pay a record $22.5m (£16.8m) in a case brought by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on the same issue in 2012. The firm also settled out of court with a small number of British consumers.

The case will be heard in the High Court, likely in spring 2018.

Improving Your Home with a New Bathroom

Improving Your Home with a New Bathroom

Creating a new or updating an existing bathroom is a really good way to improve and add value to any property, especially if it is done to a high standard using top quality products, at P T Ranson you are sure to find a stunning range of bathroom suites and furniture that is ideal for any bathroom project. With an excellent variety of ideas to suit bathrooms of any shape or size and featuring designs from top suppliers such as Hansgrohe Bathrooms and Vitra Bathrooms you will be certain to find everything you need to create a truly perfect bathroom suitable for any style of property.

Check out the excellent range of ceramic bathroom suites available from Hansgrohe bathrooms if you are looking for a really classic touch to the design of your room, with a great choice of complementing basins, baths, toilets and many other items to create the perfect bathroom, including all the fixtures and fitting you may require you can be sure that the range created by Imperial Bathrooms won’t fail to impress anyone looking to create a really traditional bathroom with all the conveniences of modern living combined.

If you are looking for something slightly different or unique it’s definitely worth taking a look at the more contemporary designs available from Vitra Bathrooms, with some really individual baths, basins and toilets available, along with other products and a great choice of specialist taps you can be sure to find everything you need to create an ultra-modern design that is not only stylish but also caters to your own specific requirements.  With a focus in producing innovative and high spec products that help to make your bathroom an attractive and relaxing space where you can spend a bit of time unwinding in total comfort.

So if you want to make your bathroom a space to really be proud of, or you are looking to create a new en-suite or second bathroom elsewhere within your home pay a visit to P T Ranson where you will find endless inspiration no matter what kind of effect you want to achieve, and with all products being supplied by trusted designers such as Imperial Bathrooms and Vitra Bathrooms you know you won’t have to compromise on quality to get the look you want.

P T Ranson Bathrooms & Showers
So if you want to install a new shower in your bathroom why not get some inspiration from P T Ranson? Regardless of your tastes or the style you are hoping to achieve with such a wide range of top quality products you are sure to find the ideal shower for your bathroom. With so many unique and high performance products on offer from some top bathroom design companies you can be sure that you won’t be disappointed. Simply visit the PT Bathroom website today.

Made to Measure Window Blinds in Wales

Made to Measure Window Blinds in Wales

Now is the ideal time of year for removing clutter and embracing an “out with the old, in with the new” philosophy: with the weather being neither too warm nor too cold, the time has come to open up the doors and windows and let in fresh air while cleaning off the dust and getting rid of items that are past their useful life.

For many homeowners, this also means rethinking the home décor. If you feel that your home or conservatory is ready for a facelift, keep in mind that high-quality, made-to-measure window blinds will do just as much as new furniture or decorations to improve the look of your home and conservatory.

You might begin by emboldening the look of the conservatory windows with a set of brightly coloured blinds that will look spectacular against the white trim. Pastel colours in particular provide a soft look in all seasons and allow for light to pass through without causing the room to feel too warm in the summer months. When considering your options, be sure that your final decision is a good fit for your conservatory’s existing décor.

If you have recently updated your loft space or added a new loft room then consider installing velux blinds. All our blinds are manufactured within the UK, to a high standard offering a wide range of blinds in many varied designs, shades and colours. Plus, we offer a personal no obligation free measuring service.

New blinds come in a wide variety of styles and colours, and what will work best in your home depends largely on the number of windows you have – and, thus, the amount of natural light you have.

If your prefer blinds in lighter colours which won’t overly darken the room, simply opt for a thicker material like what is typically used for Roman blinds, paper blinds and high-quality Venetian blinds.  No matter what your preference may be in terms of looks, made-to-measure blinds can also improve energy efficiency by providing shade in the summer months and blocking drafts in the winter.

When considering the options available to you, it is of the utmost importance to know how you want your new blinds to fit the windows in your home, and this is where made-to-measure blinds come in. For recessed windows, you will want to choose the exact area you want covered by blinds (normally only the recessed area) so that they will hang straight and complement an attractive window treatment. Reputable companies will allow you to take window measurements and then provide you with a quote for bespoke blinds that will fit any window in your home perfectly, no matter the shape or size.

Consider looking for a company like The Cadwallader Blinds Company of Wales, who specialise in all types of made to measure window blinds, including Venetian, roller and vertical blinds. They can supply and fit all types of blinds for your home and office, with each blind made to your exact requirements. They be contacted on 07517 112456 or visit the Cadwallader Blinds Website for further information.

Promoting Risk Assessment Software

Promoting Risk Assessment Software
RAMs App Software is an excellent way to help your business get essential risk assessment documentation completed easily and accurately in the minimum of time, by simply creating the templates of the documents that you need and then completing them with any required information as and when they are needed for jobs. Being able to generate risk assessment documentation without having to start from the beginning each time will not only save you time spent doing administration tasks it will also help you to create a streamlined and professional impression for your company as all paperwork that your business produces will be consistent and include features such as your company’s name address and logo.

Accessing RAMs App Software will give you the freedom to create documentation that is completely tailored to your businesses needs without the need to spend hours at the computer or having to pay for any specialist services, all you need to do is create the risk assessment templates that you require in advance using the specialist risk assessment software within the RAMs App Software website and then when you need to carry out a risk assessment simply access the required template using your computer, tablet or smartphone and complete it using the options given within the form.

Most businesses find that when they complete risk assessments a lot of the information included is the same or very similar each time and that manually entering these details separately each time is not only time consuming and tedious it also gives more opportunity for errors or vital information being left out which can really slow down the progress of many projects. When you use RAMs App Software you can help significantly reduce errors as most of the information is already stored for you and dramatically cut the time needed to create each risk assessment so you can offer you clients a professional and time efficient service every time no matter how busy you get.

Because you can access any risk assessment templates you have created at RAMs App Software on your phone or tablet as well as your office computer you will be able to complete any documentation required no matter where you are, this can be particularly useful if you need to get a job done quickly or have a complicated assessment to complete as you will be able to get everything done onsite with your client on hand to answer and questions you may have or provide you with any further information that you may require. Also the added convenience of being able to access your risk assessment templates where ever you may be can really help you manage your time efficiently as you don’t need to rely on being at your computer to get the work done.

Using RAMs App Software is a simple way to really help your business to make sure it is complying with all legal obligations and also creates a professional and trustworthy impression for any future clients. By simply being able to produce accurate and uniform paperwork complete with your company details quickly and easily can make your business much more attractive to any potential customers, and with the opportunity to also create templates for method statements and COSHH assessments using RAMs App Software, as well as risk assessment templates no matter what type of industry you work within you can be certain that you will be able to create any required health and safety documentation you may require by using the same straightforward process.

Whether you are a sole trader or run a large business with many different projects at one time at RAMs App Software they have a variety of packages available at different prices so you will be able to select the option most suited to your company’s needs. With the option to purchase just one document if that’s all your require right up to the opportunity to create unlimited documents you can be certain that you will be able to find an option that is cost effective for your business.

With an excellent customer services team on hand if you need any help or advice and many useful features on the website such as video demonstrations and a helpful FAQ page creating your risk assessment templates couldn’t be easier. By simply using the straight forward instructions on the RAMs App site you will be able to create professional risk assessment templates that are tailored to your businesses needs in no time at all and when the time comes that you need to use them accessing your template and inserting the required information is a quick and easy process that you can do in no time at all.

So if you are thinking about ways to reduce your administration time or want to help your business maintain a professional image and want to be certain that all the health and safety documentation you is complete and to the highest possible standards why not consider taking a look at some of the options offered by RAMs App Software?

With reasonable rates and an excellent service offering you all the help and information you need it could be the perfect way to help improve your businesses working practises. For further information visit the RAMs App Risk Assessment website or give them a call today on 0800 066 2957.

Uber London Licence Appeal Could Take Years

Uber London Licence Appeal Could Take Years
Uber’s appeal to renew its licence in London could take years, the mayor of London has said. Sadiq Khan said the appeal process against a decision by Transport for London (TfL) to strip the taxi app of its operating licence could “go on for a number of years. TfL deemed Uber unfit to run a taxi service and refused to renew its licence in September.

Uber previously said it was “determined to make things right”.

When asked about how long the appeals process could last at a monthly question session, Mr Khan said: “My understanding is that it could go on for a number of years.”

TfL’s concerns include Uber’s approach to carrying out background checks on drivers and reporting serious criminal offences.

Some 3.5m passengers and 40,000 drivers use the Uber app in London. Uber’s licence expired in October but its drivers can continue to operate in the capital while it pursues an appeal.

Keep Warm this Winter with a New Central Heating Boiler

Keep Warm this Winter with a New Central Heating Boiler

Now the temperature has begun to stop you may have noticed that your heating bills have noticeably increased since last year and perhaps that you heating isn’t working as effectively as it used to, if you have an older model of gas central heating boiler you may find that getting a replacement heating boiler or combi boiler could be a really good idea. At Arktek Heating Services they offer a reliable range of boiler replacement, repair and maintenance services and also stock an excellent range of boilers from a selection of top names so you may want to consider having a chat with them to see how they can help you and your family keep warm this winter.

With a great choice of some of the best combi boilers available from top suppliers such as Ideal, Baxi and Vaillant at Arktek you will be able to choose from some of the latest and most effective models available on the market, many including the latest energy saving technology and other modern features so you can be certain to find a brand new combi boiler that is perfectly suited to your property and your family’s lifestyle and if you find you are unsure as to what combi boiler might be best for you at Arktek they will be happy to offer you all the information and guidance you may need to make a decision that you are truly happy with.

Many people find the initial outlay of buying a new gas central heating boiler off-putting so will delay having the work done until their old boiler is completely beyond repair but what they don’t realise is that by having more effective heating system installed they will be able to enjoy lower energy bills and also add value to their home so getting a new combi boiler can be one of the most sensible investments that you could make in your home. At Arktek they aim to offer some of the most competitive prices available for both boilers and fitting services so you may find that it is far more affordable than you may first think.

At Arktek they have a friendly and qualified professional team on hand to make sure that your new gas central heating boiler is installed with the minimum of disruption to you and your family you can be certain that your boiler will meet all required safety standards and work will be carried out to the highest possible standards at all times. With service warranty’s available with all new combi boilers you know that you can also expect an excellent level of aftercare from Arktek so will receive regular maintenance checks and any repair work required if things do go wrong free of change for the duration of your warranty.

So if you are considering getting a new gas central heating boiler installed or would like your existing boiler serviced or repaired getting in touch with Arktek to find out more about the services they have on offer could be a really good idea. With competitive pricing, a reliable and friendly team of fully qualified engineers and excellent past customer testimonials you can be sure that they will do everything they can to help you keep warm this winter.

For further information about the range of replacement gas boilers available from Arktek Heating Services, please call 0191 516 6911 or visit our heating & plumbing services website. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

RAMs App Risk Assessment Software

Promoting Risk Assessment Software

Direct Submit are pleased to announce they are now promoting Faction Health and Safety, a UK company who offer a unique piece of software developed by industry leading health and safety experts, which helps streamline health and Safety within your company, allowing you to save time, resource and stress when you require Risk Assessments, Method statements and COSHH assessments.

The software, RAMs App, enables your business to create your Health and Safety documents onsite, or part complete on site by entering the project details, select the hazards associated with the task and the environment and then save the project file. You can then complete the risk assessment process in an alternative location if you wish. The completed branded document can be downloaded and saved on your computer/laptop or emailed directly to your client straight from the device.

RAMs App provides a highly cost effective solution for individuals, small business or large corporates. To find out more information, call 0800 066 2957 today and find out how RAMs App can help simplify your risk assessment process.

Direct Submit will be working with the client to help promote the business on the Internet, helping raise the companies profile and potential for business online. If you would like to know more about the SEO services available from Direct Submit then call 0845 2722350 or visit the Direct Submit website today.