#Privacy: FTC warns VoIP service providers against “assisting and facilitating” coronavirus-related telemarketing calls

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has warned nine Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers that “assisting and facilitating” illegal telemarketing calls related to COVID-19 is against the law.  Many of these illegal telemarketing or robocalls related to the global pandemic, prey upon consumers’ fear of the virus to sow disinformation or perpetrate scams.  “It’s never […]

#Privacy: New phishing campaign claims recipients have been exposed to COVID-19

In a new phishing campaign, threat actors are claiming to be from a local hospital in the hopes of getting recipients to open a malicious email attachment.  In the current global pandemic, cyber criminals are now capitalising on the growing concerns and desire for information about COVID-19 by launching a variety of cyber attacks including […]

GDPR and cyber risk insurance: how can insurers improve their cyber risk products

Written by Emmanuèle Lutfalla, Partner, Mathilde Gérot, Senior Associate and Simon Fitzpatrick, trainee, at Signature Litigation. Nearly two years after the GDPR became effective, companies of every size now recognise it as a necessary part of doing business. Its requirements, such as data security, have led prudent owners and managers to appreciate the value of […]

#Privacy: Virgin Media data breach compensation could total £4.5bn

Virgin Media could be liable to pay up to £4.5 billion after a data breach resulted in the personal details of 900,000 customers being publicly accessible online.  The breach caused by an misconfigured database exposed customers’ full names, email addresses, dates of birth, contact numbers and information linking some customers to pornography and explicit websites, […]

#Privacy: Dutch DPA to investigate Dutch vehicle manufacturers

The Dutch data protection authority, Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens (AP) has launched an investigation into the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance of vehicle manufacturers.  In a post, AP explained that it has contacted all vehicle manufacturers including cars, commercial vehicles and trucks, asking which personal data it processes, why, for how long, how they have […]

#Privacy: Students claim online exam software violates privacy rights

Students at Florida State University have started a petition claiming that the technology used by the institution to assess students and detect academic misconduct, violates privacy rights.  In response to COVID-19, Florida State University (FSU) launched remote learning on Monday for its entire campus, in addition the university announced that staff could use Honorlock, software designed […]

#Privacy: ACSC warns of COVID-19 themed malicious cyber activity

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has issued a threat update to raise awareness and provide cyber security advice surrounding COVID-19 themed malicious cyber activity.  The update explains that with cyber criminals capitalising on people’s growing concerns and desire for information about the global pandemic, there will likely be an increase in the frequency and […]

#Privacy: Cyber insurer giant struck by Maze Ransomware

A ransomware attack against Chubb, a major cyber security insurance provider, has resulted in the unauthorised access to data belonging to a third-party.  On Maze’s “News” site, the operators behind the ransomware claim to have encrypted devices  on Chubb’s networks in March.  Similar to other ransomware, Maze has adopted the tactic of stealing company files […]

#Privacy: 4G networks vulnerable to DoS attacks

A report has revealed that all 4G networks are susceptible to denial of service (DoS) attacks.  Research centered around the Diameter signalling protocol by Positive Technologies revealed that weaknesses within the protocol means that threat actors could launch DoS attacks on all 4G networks.  The Diameter signalling protocol “is used to authenticate and authorise messages […]