TalkTalk dominated the headlines this week following a "significant and sustained" cyber attack on its systems. Two arrests have since been made in England and Northern Ireland, while solid numbers about exactly how many people were affected remain sketchy.
In other news, the controversial CISA cyber security law passed in the US Senate despite widespread opposition from campaign groups and civil liberties organisations.
Keep reading for the top security news of the week from V3:
Opposition to Snoopers' Charter is 'patronising', claims Met Police cyber expert
Opponents of the UK government's proposed Communications Data Bill, also known as the Snoopers' Charter, were described as "patronising" by a Metropolitan Police cyber expert.
"I have no interest in snooping around people's private information," said DCI Andrew Gould, deputy head of Falcon, the Met's online fraud and cybercrime division
Met Police arrests second teenager over TalkTalk hack
Two teenagers were arrested under the Computer Misuse Act following a "sustained" cyber attack against TalkTalk.
In an update to customers this week, TalkTalk indicated that the fallout from the breach is smaller than first reported. "Investigations so far show that the information that may have been accessed is not enough on its own to take money from your bank account," the firm said in a statement.
Oracle pushes Sparc M7 systems to solve Heartbleed and other security threats
Oracle touted its newest Sparc M7 processor as key to stopping security threats such as Heartbleed and Venom by building protection into the silicon. The Sparc M7 chip was unveiled at last year's OpenWorld show in San Francisco, and was touted at the time as a Heartbleed prevention tool.
UK government has 'no intention' of banning or weakening encryption
The UK government has no plans to ban or weaken encryption, according to minister for internet safety and security Baroness Shields.
Shields made assurances in the Lords that plans to curb encryption are not being made after being asked outright by Lord Clement-Jones to "absolutely confirm" that no upcoming legislation will weaken encryption or provide back doors to software.
Shields replied: "I can confirm that there is no intention to do that."
M&S suspends website activity in latest tech woe to befall a major brand
Marks & Spencer was forced to suspend activity on its website this week following reports that sensitive customer data was being revealed to other users when logged-in to personal shopping accounts.
CISA cyber security bill passes US Senate despite protests
The US Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing Act was passed in the US Senate by 74 votes to 21, despite widespread opposition from technology firms and civil liberties campaigners.
The controversial bill, which will now progress to the House of Representatives, was swept in with an overwhelming majority after shunning five pro-privacy amendments put forward by senators before the vote.
Firms must form cyber incident plans and get board buy-in for security strategy
UK businesses must adopt rigorous cyber incident plans that demonstrate exactly how they will respond to a cyber attack, according to Jeremy King, international director of the PCI Security Standards Council, who sat down for a chat with V3 this week.
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