#Privacy: Finance and Insurance firms invest the most on cyber security in 2018-19

Specops Software analysed the latest findings from Gov.uk to see how serious businesses are about cyber security.  Specops Software found that finance and insurance firms invested the most on cyber security, with £22,050 – an increase of 23% from the previous year, where both sectors spent an average of £17,900.  Firms in health/social care/ social […]

#Privacy: Over 100K malicious sites using valid certificates identified

New research has uncovered suspicious retail look-alike domains using valid certificates.  Research conducted by Venafi, analysed suspicious domains targeting 20 major retailers in the US, UK, France, Germany and Australia. Over 100,000 lookalike domains using valid TLS certificates, to appear safe and trustworthy, were identified.  The threat actors behind the sites are creating and utilising […]

#Privacy: Over 90K patient billing files exposed online

Patient billing files from an alcohol and drug addiction treatment network, Sunshine Behaviour Health, LLC, have been exposed online.  In a blog post by DataBreaches.net, approximately 93,000 patient files connected to patients at Monarch Store, Chapters Capistrano and Willow Springs Recovery facilities have been exposed due to a misconfigured AWS s3 storage bucket.  It should […]

#Privacy: Flaw in McAfee products can bypass self-defense mechanisms

Researchers have identified a code execution vulnerability that can be used to bypass McAfee’s self-defense mechanisms.  SafeBreach Labs discovered the vulnerability, CVE-2019-3648, in all the editions of McAfee Antivirus software.  Peleg Hadar, security researcher at SafeBreach Labs explained in a post: “In our exploration, we found that multiple services of the McAfee software which run […]

#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 […]