04 Jul 2019

29 VPN Services Owned by Six China-Based Organizations

29 of the world’s biggest VPN services are owned by Chinese companies, which often hide their ownership from consumers, a new VPNpro report shows. According to OpenVPN CEO Francis Dinha this finding “is very alarming as this makes the service from these companies very insecure. If you use one of

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03 Jul 2019

Americans Want to Protect Their Information, but Don’t Know How: Survey

A new YouGov survey exposes a ‘gap between responsibility and action’ when it comes to people’s attitude toward cybersecurity. The report shows that while about 2 out of 3 (66%) Americans feel they are doing everything in their power to protect themselves from cybercrime, and 62% indicate that they ought

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03 Jul 2019

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

A joint investigation by Motherboard, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Guardian, the New York Times, and the German public broadcaster NDR has discovered that Chinese authorities are forcing foreign tourists that want to cross certain borders to install data-stealing malware on their phones. The practice occurs at various Chinese borders into the

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02 Jul 2019

Consumer Data, Upcoming Elections Are at Risk, Black Hat Survey Says

9 out of 10 security professionals believe that regardless of people’s cybersecurity hygiene, criminals likely have access to their private data, a new Black Hat survey found. Furthermore, just 3 in 10 infosec pros think that consumers will be able to protect their privacy and identity in the future. According

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02 Jul 2019

Four in 10 North American Banks Don’t Use EV Certificates

A new Sectigo report rates the data protection practices of the largest banks in North America and Europe. While the research found that all major banks use SSL certificates in some form, 40% of the North American banks leave customers vulnerable to phishing scams because they do not extended validation

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02 Jul 2019

Billions of Records Including Passwords Leaked by Smart Home Vendor

Smart devices have a poor reputation when it comes to security. However, a recent incident shows that it is not just the security of Internet of things (IoT) devices themselves that users have to worry about. In addition to securing IoT devices against hacking attempts, manufactures also need to protect

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01 Jul 2019

What is and what is not working for security operations teams in securing cloud data

A new report by Delta Risk sheds light on the challenges faced by companies as part of their efforts to migrate IT operations to the cloud. The survey highlights data loss and leakage (64%) as the top cloud security concern for organizations and shows that a majority of companies (54%)

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01 Jul 2019

Priorities IT pros follow to ensure ingrained privacy and compliance

A new survey by TrustArc and International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) shows that companies are increasingly purchasing solutions and services to “streamline the process of building global privacy compliance at scale.” In the next twelve months, companies aim to purchase solutions for Data Mapping / Flow (24%), Data Discovery

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01 Jul 2019

Gay dating app fined $240,000 for leaking nude and private photos

Last week, authorities in New York slapped the makers of Jack’d, a dating app for gay and bisexual men, with a $240,000 fine for failing to protect the private information of users, even after they learned that the private photos of users were stored in an unsecured server accessible to

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01 Jul 2019

Bulgarian IT expert arrested after demoing vulnerability in kindergarten software

A recent incident in Bulgaria underscores the major risks security researchers may face as the result of vulnerability disclosure issues. Last week, a researcher named Petko Petrov published a demo of a critical vulnerability in a web portal of a Bulgarian municipality that allows parents to sign their children up

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