PrivSec:Report Weekly Roundup

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Each week, PrivSec:Report presents the top 5 headlines from the week’s news and upcoming events in the privacy and security industry. This week 80 malicious apps have been downloaded an eye-watering number of times, and an equally eye-watering number of cybersecurity attacks have been experienced by US federal agencies.

That’s sneaky!
At the start of the week, it was revealed that more than 80 malicious Android apps disguised as photo-editing apps and games had been downloaded a massive 8 million times. If the app had been installed for longer than 30 mins, it would hide its icon on the home screen so users wouldn’t be able to easily uninstall the infected app. Read the full story here.

Cambridge Analytica 2.0?
Social media giants have appeared in the news this week for good reasons for a change. Facebook and Twitter had suspended accounts tied to a campaign by the Chinese Government which was “attempting to sow political discord” in Hong Kong. Twitter removed the tweets and offending accounts and Facebook followed suit removing the pages, groups and accounts. Find out what the Chinese Government was up to here.

Ouch.
New research published this week revealed that US federal agencies experienced an eye-watering 31,107 cybersecurity attacks last year, but none of them had been identified as major. The report revealed that main causes for these attacks included lack of network segmentation, lack of strong authentication, and the obvious, lack of data protection. The US government also spent almost $15 billion on cyber-security measures in 2018. Read the full report here.

You’ve Been Warned
Consumers have been warned this week about leaving their Bluetooth enabled because it can leave them open to several cyberattacks. A range of domestic appliances stands to be at risk, from video doorbells, smart lighting systems and iPhone’s AirDrop, to portable speaker units, headsets and a whole host of other contraptions that communicate cordlessly. Data about your battery life, device name, WiFi status and mobile phone number could be at risk. Read the full story here.

Shh… Don’t Tell Anyone
Customers of Fanatec have been receiving emails over the last 48 hours explaining details of a data breach that had occurred. The CEO expressed his regret that the breach had happened but the email also asked that they don’t contact their card providers and that any information included in the email was to be kept confidential…unlike their payment card details. Read more about the breach here.

 

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