#privacy: Facebook and Twitter suspend accounts tied to a campaign by the Chinese Government 

The social media platforms have taken down accounts originating within The People’s Republic of China (PRC).  Twitter disclosed that 936 accounts had been removed after purposely and specifically “attempting to sow political discord” in Hong Kong. Twitter explained  that following an investigation it was found that the accounts were part of a “coordinate state-backed operation” […]

#privacy: UK teen sentenced to jail for hacking

A British teenager has pleaded guilty to money laundering, hacking, and breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.  Elliot Gunton, 19, resident of Norwich, offered hacking-for-hire services and supplied personal data in exchange for cryptocurrencies. After conducting a search in his home to ensure that Gunton was not violating his Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which had […]

#privacy: New app that can detect hidden Bluetooth card skimmers at Gas Pumps

A new mobile app has been developed that can wirelessly detect card skimmers installed by criminals in gas stations or bank ATMs.  A Bluetooth credit card skimmer is a device that is used to capture payment card information which is retrieved wirelessly over a Bluetooth connection by criminals.  Cybersecurity researchers at the University of California […]

#privacy: Over 80 malicious Android apps have been downloaded 8 million times

Researchers at Trend Micro discovered that 85 Android apps were adware posing as legitimate software.  Disguised as photo-editing apps and games, the adware apps have been caught delivering adware, thus enabling them to monetise affected devices while attempting to be “innocuous”.   The adware apps display advertisement that are difficult to close as well as employing […]

#privacy: Cyber-attack hits more than 20 government agencies in Texas

A ransomware attack has hit around 23 local government agencies in the US state of Texas, reports reveal. In an official statement, the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) said that government bodies were dealing with a criminal intrusion, but no further details have emerged regarding the identity of the bodies affected. In a press […]

Exclusive interview with AI expert and PrivSec New York speaker, Gail Gottehrer

AI and biometrics legal expert, Gail Gottehrer will give an exclusive talk to audiences at PrivSec conference. Taking place on November 5th and 6th at Columbia University, PrivSec New York brings privacy and security together for a two-day event that champions collaboration, progression and innovation. Gail Gottehrer is the founder of the Law Office of […]

#privacy: ICO confirms data breach at British bank

For over ten years, the confidential and sensitive personal data of over 1,600 Natwest customers has been stored in an ex-worker’s home, because the bank couldn’t decide on how to salvage the information securely. Customers were not told about the data breach by Natwest, because its owner, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is unaware of […]

#privacy: Hy-Vee issues warning to customers following a security breach

The supermarket chain Hy-Vee discovered a security breach at some of its point-of-sale (PoS) systems.  In a statement, Hy-Vee explained that a security incident had occurred involving their payment processing systems that focused on transactions at some Hy-Vee, drive-thru coffee shops, restaurants and fuel pumps. “After recently detecting unauthorized activity on some of our payment […]

#privacy: European Central Bank confirms data breach and shuts down website

The European Central Bank (ECB) confirmed that it has suffered a data breach at its Banks’ Integrated Reporting Dictionary (BIRD) website.  In a short statement released on Thursday, the bank had stated that an unauthorised party had breached the security measures that were put in place to protect BIRD.  Subsequently, the contact data of 481 […]

Formjacking accounts for 71% of all web breaches

According to F5 Labs, formjacking has become an extremely popular method of data stealing.  Formjacking is the process of injecting malicious code onto e-commerce websites with the purpose of stealing payment credentials.  In F5 Labs latest Application Report 2019, 760 breaches had been analysed, and it was found that during the first half of 2019, […]