22 Nov 2019

Senators Demand Amazon Disclose Ring Privacy Policies

Amazon’s home surveillance and doorbell system Ring data collection policies are attracting attention, with US Senator demanding that Amazon disclose how it is securing footage. After several security vulnerabilities and privacy-related incidents, 5 Senotros wrote a list of demands in a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The Senators stated

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22 Nov 2019

Nominet Tackles Cybercrime with 29,000 .UK Domain Suspensions

Nominet suspended 29,000 .uk domains over the past year, aiming to clean up Britain’s domain name space. The .uk registry reportedly took down 28,937 domains as a result of criminal activity between the months of November 2018 and October 2019. This represents just 0.22% of the 13 million .uk domains

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22 Nov 2019

Allied Universal Breached by Maze Ransomware, Stolen Data Leaked

US security company Allied Universal was targeted by the group Maze Ransomware, encrypting their computers and obtaining access to sensitive files. After the deadline was missed for receiving the ransom payment requested, $2.3 million, Maze Ransomeware published 700 MB worth of stolen data. Maze Ransomware claimed it only released 10%

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22 Nov 2019

Security lapse exposes personal data of 6,500 Singapore accountants

The Singapore Accountancy Commission (SAC) sent email messages to parties with an attached folder containing the personal data of over 6,000 accountants. The security lapse was uncovered months later when the Accountancy Commission conducted a review. Information exposed included names, national identification number, date of birth, and employment information. The

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22 Nov 2019

Optus opens privacy can of worms with programmable voice play

Australian telco company Optus recently introduced a service that transcribes phone call interaction between customers and a call center officer. Seow Yoke Kong, Optus VP of IT, labeled the feature as assisting the Optus employee by taking notes from the phone call, saving them “five minutes” not having to take

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21 Nov 2019

At Least 6 Killed As Political Turmoil Continues In Bolivia

Nine days after the resignation of former Bolivian president Evo Morales, Bolivia remains plagued by social and political turmoil. After at least six people were killed on Tuesday, the official death toll rose to 30 people in the past month. The six people were killed on Tuesday as the military

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21 Nov 2019

Millions of Sites Exposed by Flaw in Jetpack WordPress Plugin

WordPress website admins and owners are encouraged to immediately apply the Jetpack 7.9.1 critical security update. Vulnerabilities in Jetpack that could leave websites subject to attack have existed since Jetpack 5.1. Jetpack is a popular WordPress plugin that features security, performance and site management services including malware scanning and brute-force

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21 Nov 2019

China says it will strive to reach ‘phase one’ trade deal with U.S

The Chinese commerce ministry stated on Tuesday that they would strive to reach an initial trade agreement with the United States. Gao Feng, spokesman for the ministry, told reporters that China is willing to work with the US to resolve concerns on mutual respect and equality. Gao believes that a

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21 Nov 2019

NTSB Hearing Blames Humans, Software And Policy For Fatal Uber Robocar Crash – But Mostly Humans

The National Transportation Safety Board presented findings on the fatal crash involving citizen Elaine Herzberg and an Uber test robocar earlier this week. The board determined that the r=crash was a result of the safety driver watching a streaming video show and the impaired state of the pedestrian. At the

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21 Nov 2019

Infection Hits French Hospital Like It’s 2017 As Ransomware Cripples 6,000 Computers

The Rouen University Hospital-Charles Nicolle in northern France has been targeted to a ransomware attack with consequences similar to that of the infamous WannaCry attack of 2017. IT staff discovered the attack late on the evening of November 15th, and Rouen University Hospital claims that it impacted all five sites

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