Federal agencies need to strengthen online identity verification processes

The Government Accountability Office published a report reviewing federal agencies’ remote identity proofing practices. The report explains that many federal agencies rely on consumer reporting agencies (CRAs)  like Equifax, to help conduct remote identity proofing. Hence with the Equifax data breach in 2017, the data stolen from the breach could be used fraudulently in order […]

Facebook reveals details on new cryptocurrency Libra

Libra will allow users worldwide to make financial transactions starting from 2020. The digital currency is described as a “global, digitally native, reserve-backed cryptocurrency built on the foundation of blockchain technology”. It allows individuals that may not necessarily have a bank account to transfer money and use it as a method of payment. Authors of […]

Data breach probe launched into potential Parliament hack

Officials at the Houses of Parliament are looking into a potential confidential data breach, after claims were made that its website was hacked. Cyber authorities at the Palace of Westminster spent last night investigating a cyber breach into the parliament webpage, which holds confidential Parliamentary bills that are not for public viewing. Reports on Twitter […]

Samsung TVs need regular virus checks, firm warns

Electronics manufacturer, Samsung, has told owners of its cutting edge connected televisions to perform virus scans on a regular basis. In a step-by-step guide published on the Twitter account of Samsung Support USA, owners of the firm’s latest TVs can get familiar with the dozen button presses it takes to delve into their devices’ menus […]

Phone carriers violate privacy law, claims groups

A complaint has been made by public interest groups following allegations that major phone carriers are sharing their customers’ location data without consent. The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received a complaint against Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile The complaint wrote: “The Carriers have disclosed customer location information to location aggregators, other location-based services companies, […]

Student scrapes Venmo transactions to warn users over privacy settings

A computer science student has scraped seven million transactions to prove that users’ public activity can be acquired. This follows after a privacy researcher, had downloaded 207 million transactions of Venmo last year. This was possible as Venmo payments between users are made public by default. Therefore every transaction a user makes is publicly accessible […]

Data breach exposes staff details at another Australian university

A data breach has been disclosed by the Australian Catholic University, where a cyber-attack has led to the theft of sensitive details of staff members. Reports reveal this to be the second major data breach suffered in the last thirty days at the educational institution. Confirmation of the data breach came in an email sent […]

65% of Europeans have heard of the right to access their data

The European Commission has published its results of a Eurobarometer survey exploring awareness of GDPR. The Eurobarometer results identified that more than two thirds (67%) of the respondents have heard of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Although 36% know of GDPR and know what it is, whilst 31% know of GDPR but don’t […]