Cumbria enterprise and police unite to fight cyber-crime

Businesses in Cumbria, UK, have teamed up with regional police forces in a bid to meet the growing challenges presented by cyber-crime. A new cyber and digital crime unit within Cumbria Constabulary will help Cumbria Chamber of Commerce in the new venture that will establish new online resources, cutting-edge information and advice on cyber-crime. Cumbria […]

Desjardins data breach to test new Canadian data law

A Liberal MP in Canada has said that today’s emergency meeting of the House of Common’s public safety and national security committee regarding the Desjardins data breach, will put the Bill C-59 to the test. Speaking to The West Block’s Eric Sorenson on the weekend, Liberal MP for Scarborough-Guildwood John McKay, said: “This is, if […]

Irish privacy watchdog may launch another Google investigation

Google may have to face further investigations by the Irish Data Protection Commission after reports of contractors being able to hear users’ audio footage submitted to the tech firm’s digital assistant. The prospective measures follow a data breach notification sent to the Irish data watchdog last week, agency spokesperson Graham Doyle said. Google subsequently issued […]

Cambridge Analytica: FTC to fine Facebook $5bn

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved a record $5 billion settlement with Facebook following an investigation into allegations of data privacy violations.  The fine follows after an investigation opened into Facebook’s data practices March 2018, once news broke about the political consultancy firm, Cambridge Analytica, improperly accessing the data of tens of millions of […]

Estonia data protection officials urge for more data privacy caution

The Information System Authority (RIA) in Estonia has called upon its citizens and businesses to take data protection and privacy more seriously. The official advisory comes after numerous reports in the Baltic nation, after a series of incidents involving hackers getting through Estonian retailers’ cyber defences to steal customers’ personal information. Head of cyber-security at […]

Google investigates leak of smart speaker recordings

An investigation is taken place by Google following learning that one of their smart speakers violated their data security policies.  Belgian broadcaster VRT NWS announced discovering that Google Home devices have been eavesdropping, and had exposed the recordings made by the devices in Belgium and the Netherlands.  An individual who works for a Google subcontractor […]

Twelfth plenary session held for European Data Protection Board

This week, Brussels hosted the twelfth plenary session of the European Data Protection Board, during which a broad range of data privacy and cyber-security priorities were held open to debate. Among key themes, members of the Board highlighted the necessity for a comprehensive agreement on cross-border access to electronically-stored evidence between Britain and the US. The […]

17,000 sites compromised by Magecart group

More than 17,000 web domains have been infected with digital skimming code caused by the scanning of misconfigured Amazon S3 buckets.  RiskIQ’s Yonathan Klijnsma explained that the campaign started in early April 2019, and by May, there were reports of thousands of websites being infected.  “These actors automatically scan for buckets which are misconfigured to […]

Engineer steals source code of US train firm and flees to China

A software engineer who stole proprietary information from a locomotive manufacturer, is now in hiding.  The engineer, Xudong “William” Yao, was hired by the unnamed manufacturer in 2014, and within two weeks of starting his new role, Yao had downloaded more than 3,000 electronic files “containing proprietary and trade secret information relating to the system […]