#privacy: Instagram vulnerability exposing user data is now fixed

Facebook confirmed that a security vulnerability on Instagram put users data at risk leaving them open to attacks.  Israeli hacker, @ZHacker13  discovered the flaw, and found that it would allow threat actors access to user’s account details, names and phone numbers. Essentially the security on Instagram was being bypassed.  In a report by Forbes, the […]

Jacky Fox looks at the human element within data breaches, exclusively at PrivSec Dublin

Coming to Dublin’s Convention Centre on 23rd and 24th September 2019, PrivSec Dublin is a content-rich conference that explores the close-knit relationship between data privacy and cyber-security. The most pressing issues on the data protection landscape will go under the microscope at PrivSec Dublin, helping the event’s attendees understand challenges and solutions within lawful data […]

#privacy: BEC scams cost organisations $26 billion

In a Public Service Announcement, the FBI found that Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams continue to grow and evolve.  In the announcement it was revealed that between June 2016 and July 2019, BEC scams have cost organisations worldwide £26,201,775,589. The total is based on complaints reported to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).  The […]

#privacy: Research reveals the unlikely targets of business network hacks

Research by Probrand found that 43% of UK businesses have suffered a data breach in the past year. The survey of 1,075 UK workers in full or part-time employment, found that 72% of companies who suffered a data breach in the past year found that network infiltration had came from an unsecured wireless device, such […]

#privacy: Telegram bug that improperly deleted messages is now fixed

The messaging app has now resolved a privacy issue which allowed users to recover images and videos that had been “unsent” by other users. Telegram has a feature whereby users “unsend” sent messages from other people’s inboxes, however security researcher Dhiraj Mishra found that although Telegram had removed the messages from a user’s device, any […]

#privacy: U.S Secret Service investigates breach at federal IT contractor

The Secret Service is conducting an investigation into a breach at a Virginia-based government technology contractor. In a report by KrebsOnSecurity the breach resulted in several of the contractor’s systems seen put up for sale in the cybercrime underground.  In the middle of August, within a Russian-language cybercrime forum a member had offered to sell […]

#privacy: Database exposed over 190 million records online

A non-password protected database containing a total of 198 million records and 413GB of data was discovered on August 19.  Security researcher, Jeremiah Fowler, had come across the dataset several times but was unable to identify the owner. The dataset was “a compilation of potential car buyers wanting more information, loan and finance inquiries, vehicles […]