A mere 2 weeks ago we rounded-up our pick of security updates for October – you can read that piece here. We considered waiting a while longer to reveal our choices from this month. Then we opted to do it sooner rather than later as there is a lot to get through in the final weeks of 2021. Here then is cyber security news Nov 2021.

Potential data breach investigated by Belfast Trust

This BBC News story is on an investigation being carried out by Belfast Trust. It seems that hundreds of trust documents were discovered in a desk purchased by a member of the public. The ICO has been made aware of the incident and will assess the situation.

Spyware firm NSO Group sued by Apple

Another piece from BBC News, this story asserts that Apple are suing the Israeli firm. They allege that they targeted iPhone users with a hacking tool. The NSO’s Pegasus software can be used to infect iPhone and Android devices. It was developed to target cyber-criminals and terrorists. However, there are allegations that it has previously been used against politicians, journalists and activists. Apple prides itself on privacy and so the move does not come as a huge surprise. It follows a lawsuit launched in 2019 by WhatsApp which is still caught up in the US court system.

Chinese tech giant to suspend new app roll-outs

Finally, we complete a hat-trick of articles from BBC News with this one on Tencent. The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has ordered this suspension as well as one on product updates. The new rules are part of a wider policy designed to increase the Chinese Government’s oversight of technology companies. They aim to provide tighter regulation of how tech firms deal with user data.

So there you have it, cyber security news Nov 2021. As ever, if you feel we missed anything out do let us know in the comments section. Alternatively, if you are seeking advice on how to become more cyber aware then feel free to get in touch.