Cyber attack on Sri Lankan websites

Numerous Sri Lankan websites have fallen victim to a series of cyber attacks. The Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SLCERT), reported that the websites of the Kuwait Embassy in Colombo, the Tea Research Institute in Talawakelle, The Rajarata University in Mihintale and ten other private institutions have fallen victim to cyber attacks. The attackers […]

European privacy authorities have received more than 64,000 data breach notifications

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), regulators in 11 European countries have imposed $63 million in fines. A new report by the European Data Protection Board looking overviewing the implementation of the GDPR and the roles of the national supervisory authorities, revealed that a total of 206,326 GDPR cases were reported by supervisory authorities […]

Slack flaw that could have let hackers intercept downloads, has been patched

Slack users have been advised to upgrade their applications following a vulnerability. Slack, the work collaboration app, has issued a security update following a vulnerability in its systems that could allow attackers to modify the location where downloaded files are stored. Tenable researcher, David Wells discovered a download hijack vulnerability in Slack Desktop version 3.3.7 […]

Stack Overflow hack exposes user data

Stack Overflow, the developer knowledge sharing site has disclosed a security breach. Originally when discovered the VP of Engineering at Stack Overflow, Mary Ferguson announced that hackers had gained access to its internal network and that no evidence was found that customers’ accounts or data had been hacked. However in an updated announcement, Mary Ferguson […]

Fraudulent apps usage increases 159%

Mobile app fraud has significantly increased with hidden ads, spoofing, background ad activity and measurement manipulation being the common types of mobile app fraud. Research from DoubleVerify’s Fraud Lab, identified that the total number of fraudulent apps has increased by 159% from 2017 to 2018. With 57% of fraudulent mobile apps categorised as “Games” and […]

Stack Overflow confirms breach

Stack Overflow, the developer knowledge sharing site has disclosed a security breach. Stack Overflow announced over the weekend that hackers had gained access to its internal network, however customer data has not been affected. Mary Ferguson, vice president of engineer stated: “We have confirmed that some level of production access was gained on May 11. […]

Forbes becomes latest victim of Magecart attack

Magecart group has been found stealing payment data on the websites of Forbes Magazine. Security researcher, Troy Mursch announced on Twitter that Forbes had been compromised by the Magecart credit-card-skimming malware on Wednesday around 4:30am, UTC. Hackers had apparently injected malicious JavaScript onto the Forbes magazine websites allowing the credit card information of customers stolen, […]

Possible voters’ data breach in the Philippines

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) is looking into allegations that some candidates, running for midterm elections, were accessing the personal information of voters without consent. In a statement, Privacy Commissioner Raymund Liboro said: “It has come to our attention that some individuals posted on social media about receiving from candidate/s a “precinct locator” or “voter’s […]

An estimated half a million organisations have registered DPOs across Europe, study reveals

New IAPP research reveals that an estimated 500,000 organisations have registered DPOs across Europe. In 2017, IAPP estimated that the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) would need at least 75,000 data protection officers (DPOs) worldwide. However a new study by the IAPP found the initial estimate fell short. IAPP stated: “The […]