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 […]

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint hacked for $32m

Bitpoint has announced today that the cryptocurrency exchange has lost 3.5 billion yen ($32m) in crypto assets.  As a result, Bitpoint has suspended all services including deposits and withdrawals to investigate the hack.  RemixPoint Inc., the owner of the exchange, released a document explaining that around 2.5 billion yen had been stolen from funds belonging […]

AI facial recognition trials approved by government

Facial recognition technology powered by AI may soon be part of everyday life, as Home Secretary Sajid Javid has backed plans for the police to begin trialling a new breed of camera. The Metropolitan Police are among the police forces to have tested the equipment, drawing heavy criticism and subsequent legal challenges from civil liberties […]

Apple watch glitch enabled iPhone to hear confidential messages

A flawed app on the smart watch manufactured by Apple has been shut down because of a bug that allowed iPhone users to hear the conversations of watch users. The Walkie-Talkie app was designed to allow two people to communicate vocally through short audio snippets. A software problem meant that an iPhone user would be […]

TrustArc receives funding to further advance their leadership position in the privacy market

The privacy management company TrustArc has announced that it has received $70 million Series D growth investment led by private equity firm, Bregal Sagemount. TrustArc announced today that the raised $70 million in Series D funding, bringings its total raised to over $100 million. “We are very excited to bring on Sagemount as a strategic […]

Google workers note down Google Assistant commands

In April, PrivSec reported on how Amazon’s Alexa sends its recordings to human analysts for “review”, but now VRT NWS reveals that Google employs similar surveillance tactics. The news website says the search engine giant employs workers to listen to and transcribe Google Assistant users’ voice commands. Speaking to Business Insider, a Google spokesperson said […]