It has been reported that estate agent Foxtons has supposedly been hacked after a list including the email addresses, usernames and passwords of alleged MyFoxtons users was posted on Pastebin and linked to on several security sites. These have now been removed.
In relation to this revelation, Ross Parsell, Director of Cyber Security at Thales UK commented: “The recent spate of high-profile data breaches, such as this alleged attack on Foxtons, are evidence that organisations are either not taking cyber security seriously or are bewildered by the problem. Regulation in this case is a necessity to alter corporate behaviour. Once the full extent of the cyber threat is uncovered, greater collaboration on cyber issues should lead to an improvement in cyber awareness and cyber standards.
In order to make this work there needs to be a holistic approach that tightly integrates cyber-defences with processes, people and physical measures. A cyber security model that can provide a useful indication of the resilience of defences and areas of vulnerability as an important guide through the prime consideration of balancing between price, safety and security, is crucial.”