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The nation’s intelligence community warned in its annual assessment of worldwide threats that climate change and other kinds of environmental degradation pose risks to global stability because they are “likely to fuel competition for resources, economic distress, and social discontent through 2019 and beyond.”

Released Tuesday, the Worldwide Threat Assessment prepared by the Director of National Intelligence added to a swelling chorus of scientific and national security voices in pointing out the ways climate change fuels widespread insecurity and erodes America’s ability to respond to it.

“Climate hazards such as extreme weather, higher temperatures, droughts, floods, wildfires, storms, sea level rise, soil degradation, and acidifying oceans are intensifying, threatening infrastructure, health, and water and food security,” said the report, which represents the consensus view among top intelligence officials. “Irreversible damage to ecosystems and habitats will undermine the economic benefits they provide, worsened by air, soil, water, and marine pollution.”

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List of data breaches and cyber attacks in October 2019 – 421 million records breached

In a month where security experts across Europe were boosting awareness of cyber security, organisations had mixed results in their own data protection practices.

On the one hand, the 421,103,896 data records that were confirmed to have been breached in October represents about 50% of the monthly average.

But on the other hand, there were a staggering 111 incidents, including several in which sensitive and financial information was compromised.

It was also a particularly bad month for the UK, with 9 confirmed breaches. As we have been doing for the past few months, we’ve listed UK-specific incidents in bold.

Cyber attacks

Ransomware

Data breaches

Financial information

Malicious insiders and miscellaneous incidents

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Source: IT Governance