#PrivSecNY: Cyber-security meets data privacy in fascinating opening day at PrivSec New York

A global audience of privacy and security professionals met at PrivSec New York at Columbia University for an insightful two days of keynote talks and panel debates. Thanks to the engaging presentations on a range of topics delivered in two separate theatres, attendees found themselves at the forefront of the global debate on data protection […]

#Privacy: Hosting provider SmarterASP.NET struck by ransomware attack

SmarterASP.NET, a US hosting provider has been hit by a ransomware attack, impacting its 440,000+ customers.  Over the weekend, hackers had breached the SmarterASP.NET network and encrypted data on customer servers. Additionally, the attack also impacted the company’s website which went offline on Saturday.  The files seem to have been encrypted by a ransomware that […]

#Privacy: Hospital data breaches are seriously impacting patient care

Research by Vanderbilt University and the University of Central Florida investigated the relationship between breach remediation efforts and hospital care quality.  Researchers analysed breach data from 3,025 hospitals between 2012-2016. It was found that breaches appear to have a serious negative impact on patient care, with the mortality rate increasing.  The research detected an increase […]

#Privacy: Proceed with caution – the ICO opinion of facial recognition technology

By Michael Drury & Julian Hayes, partners at BCL Solicitors LLP Ahead of an upcoming appeal against the High Court ruling permitting police use of facial recognition technology (FRT), the Information Commissioner on 31 October published her first ever official opinion under the Data Protection Act. Coming from the UK’s respected data supervisor, the document, tackling […]

#Privacy: Regulator “advocating a more cautious approach” to facial recognition technology

The UK data regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office is “not seeking to curtail its use completely,” Julian Hayes says, following the ICO’s official opinion on the Bridges case regarding the use of facial recognition technology (FRT). “A gradualist path is likely to achieve longer term “buy-in” from legislators and the wider public, ensuring the crime-fighting […]

#Privacy: Precision engineering companies targeted by phishing campaign

Threat actors have been targeting precision engineering companies in Italy with phishing campaigns.  The campaign utilises a legitimate-looking Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that is embedded with malicious exploit code that silently infects the computers.  In a blog post, security researcher Marco Ramilli explains that the threat actor pretends to be a customer and sends a well […]

#Privacy: Malicious app has infected 45K devices over the past 6 months

Xhelper can hide itself from users, download additional malicious apps, and display advertisements.  Researchers at Symantec, observed an increase in detections for Xhelper, and discovered that it has infected over 45,000 devices in the past six months.  Many users have been complaining about Xhelper on various online forms, stating how the malware keeps showing up […]