#Privacy: EDPB adopts statement on data processing in the context of COVID-19 outbreak

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has adopted a statement about governments, public and private organisations across Europe taking measures to contain and mitigate COVID-19.  In the statement issued March 16, EDPB emphasised: “Data protection rules (such as the GDPR) do not hinder measures taken in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.” “It is in […]

#Privacy: Cyber criminals target UK medical research company

A UK medical research company, set to carry out COVID-19 vaccine trials, has been hit by a ransomware attack.  On March 14, Hammersmith Medicines Research (HMR) was targeted by the Maze Ransomware group, which resulted in its computer systems being locked down.  Reported by Computer Weekly, on March 21, the threat group started publishing historic […]

Why the security of retail systems is key to building long term customer trust

Written by Steven Kenny, Industry Liaison, Architecture & Engineering at Axis Communications. Cloud technologies and the IoT have opened up seemingly endless possibilities for the modern retail organisation. Customers have never had as much control over purchasing decisions as they do today, with the ability to make transactions at the touch of a button for […]

 #Privacy: Twitter to ban Coronavirus misinformation

Twitter has announced its plans to combat the misinformation of COVID-19.  In post, Twitter explained that it would be broadening its definition of harm to address content “that goes directly against guidance from authoritative sources of global and local public health information.” “Rather than reports, we will enforce this in close coordination with trusted partners, […]

#Privacy: UK-based security company exposes ‘data breach database’

An unprotected database has exposed more than 5 billion records online.  On March 16, security researcher Bob Diachenko uncovered a publicly available Elasticsearch instance, appearing to be managed by a UK-based security company. Ironically, the unprotected instance was a “data breach database” containing a vast collection of previously reported security incidents from 2012-2019. In a blog […]

#Privacy: Phishing campaign impersonates WHO chief

A new phishing campaign impersonating the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) is delivering HawkEye malware. According to researchers at IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence, the spam campaign was launched yesterday, and has already delivered a vast amount of spam emails.  The emails include attachments containing a Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) CURE.exe executable, a  “file with […]