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 Twitter had a Facebook-esque blunder with user data and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has revealed that it has seen a huge increase in the number of young women applying to courses in cyber-security.

Data Up For Auction In Brazil

It’s been discovered that the personal information of 92 million Brazilians has been put up for auction on the dark web. The data is being sold on forums which anyone can access by paying a fee or being invited by someone within the community – the data has a starting price of $15,000 and a setup bid of $1,000. The database is said to include taxpayer numbers so its assumed that it’s a government database. Read the full story here.

Sorry’s Not Good Enough

This week Twitter has confirmed that it had been using phone numbers and email addresses provided by users for advertising purposes. The social network couldn’t confirm how many people were impacted, however in an effort to be transparent, Twitter released a statement to ensure everyone is aware, “We’re very sorry this happened and are taking steps to make sure we don’t make a mistake like this again.” Read the full story here.

Here’s To The Girls

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has revealed that it has seen a huge increase in the number of young women applying to courses in cyber-security. The number shot up by 47% in comparison with figures from the same time-frame last year. The Deputy Director for Growth at the NCSC has said, “It’s never been more important to increase and diversify the cybersecurity workforce and we’re committed to nurturing the next generation of skilled experts and addressing the gender imbalance.” Read the full story here

Cambridge Analytica: It’s Not Over Yet

Ex-Cambridge Analytica data scientist, Chris Wylie has said that data privacy in the US is in danger of plummeting as private companies continue to “monetise left, right and centre”. With memoirs due to be published this week, Wylie has been vocal on the sway that large social media companies hold thanks to the way in which they leverage large data sets harvested from the customers who use their services. Read the full story here.

Alexa, You’re A Creep

In a recent study, 69% of surveyed consumers have said that they find it “creepy” when they receive ads based on unprompted cues from voice assistants like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home. CMO at Selligent has said, that whilst marketers want to gain customer loyalty and trust, “brands need to develop a strategy that strikes a relevancy balance – articulating personalised consumer value without being intrusive.” Read the full story here.

Quote of the week
“The reality is, nothing is secure, nothing is 100% safe. It’s how you use it and how you monitor and maintain it”
– Zoë Rose, Ethical Hacker, Cyber Security Consultant, Baringa Partners.

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