#Privacy: TikTok found secretly transferring user data to China

According to a lawsuit file by a college student TikTok has been secretly transferring user data to China without gaining consent.  The class-action lawsuit filed in California, accuses TikTok of secretly harvesting large amounts of personally identifiable user data and sending it to China.  In addition, the lawsuit accuses TikTok and its parent company ByteDance, […]

#Privacy: Scammers are pretending to be the FTC

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), scammers are going back to basics to scam the elderly. On Tuesday, the FTC warned that scammers have been sending threatening letters using fake official-looking FTC branding.  Monica Vaca, Associate Director, Consumer Response and Operations for the FTC, explained how a man from Pennsylvania had received a letter. “The […]

#Privacy: New Android malware disguises itself as a chat app

Researchers at Trend Micro have uncovered a new mobile malware that is “riddled with espionage features.” Trend Micro researchers discovered the trojan malware, CallerSpy, in May on a phishing website that was advertising the chat app “Chatrious.” However, soon after being found the website became inactive for months.  In October, the website returned this time […]

#Privacy: Sentara Hospitals to pay $2.175M fine over HIPAA violation

An American health services provider, Sentara Hospitals, has agreed to pay a fine of $2.175 million to settle HIPAA violations. In April 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) received a complaint regarding Sentara Hospitals, whereby the complainant had received a bill from Sentara which contained the protected health information (PHI) of another […]

#Privacy: Millions of SMS messages leaked due to unprotected database

An unprotected database has resulted in a massive data leak impacting tens of millions of Americans. Security researchers at vpnMentor, Noam Rotem and Ran Loar, discovered that the database belonged to TrueDialog, a business SMS provider for businesses and higher education institutions whereby bulk text messages can be sent. Researchers discovered that the unprotected database, […]

#Privacy: Bank accounts under threat from Android ‘spoofing’ glitch

A serious vulnerability within Android devices can be exploited by threat actors to steal login credentials, track location and more.  Researchers at Norwegian security firm Promon discovered the vulnerability, StrandHogg, whilst investigating apps that had been found stealing money from bank accounts Strandhogg works by tricking users into thinking they are using legitimate apps but […]