27 May 2019

Snapchat Privacy Blunder Piques Concerns About Insider Threats

A recent report by Motherboard states that employees of Snap, the firm behind the popular multimedia messaging app Snapchat, abused internal tools developed for accessing user data in response to law enforcement requests backed up by subpoenas or court orders. In the absence of such requests, various Snap staff members

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23 May 2019

All iPhones And Some Android Phones Are Vulnerable To A New Device Fingerprinting Attack

Cambridge University researchers have discovered a new kind of “fingerprinting attack” that could enable websites to keep track of individual users as they visit other websites using the same browser. Fingerprinting is a nightmare for people who care about their privacy. It can be used to target people with customized

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23 May 2019

Data privacy: A hot-button issue for Americans one year after GDPR

This Sunday will mark one year since the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect. A new nCipher survey shows that awareness of privacy issues has increased in the US. A small majority of Americans (52%) care about keeping their data private and 41% even consider data privacy

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22 May 2019

Google Warns G Suite Customers of Passwords Stored Unhashed Since 2005

Google accidentally stored passwords of some G Suite customers in unhashed format for 14 years, the company acknowledged on Tuesday, adding that the issue “primarily impacted system generated or admin generated passwords intended for one-time use.” Google did not specify how many customers were affected. Gmail accounts are not affected

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21 May 2019

Traditional approach to data security hindering digital transformation initiatives

A new report by TITUS highlights the important connection between security and digital transformation. TITUS CEO Jim Barkdoll says the survey makes it evident that “there are two approaches to security – one where you view it as enabling your business, and one where you view it as a cost

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17 May 2019

Half of companies missed GDPR deadline, 70% admit systems won’t scale

A new DataGrail survey shows that half of US companies were not GDPR compliant by the time the EU’s sweeping data protection bill went into effect on May 25, 2018, despite having been given two years notice. The report also found that the majority (52%) of firms took at least

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16 May 2019

The AI Supply Chain Runs on Ignorance

It is no secret that in order to improve the performance of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, developers need to feed massive amounts of data into their AI algorithms so that these can evolve through “learning.” However, experts warn that AI firms are often far from transparent about how they gather

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15 May 2019

Employees are aware of USB drive security risks, but don’t follow best practices

A new report by Apricorn shows how poor USB drive security practices of employees are putting companies at risk. The survey found that employees are often the reason USB drives are used in the workplace (this is true for 68% of organizations). And even though the vast majority of employees

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09 May 2019

Websites Continue to Collect PII Data Insecurely

A new report by RiskIQ found that over a year after the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect, 11.5% of websites still fail to properly secure the way they collect personally identifiable information (PII) from users. Progress is being made however, since the number was 27%

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08 May 2019

US States with the Worst Consumer Cyber-Hygiene

A new Webroot survey shows that US consumer cyber-hygiene levels are lowest in the states of Mississippi, Louisiana, California, Alaska, and Connecticut, while residents of Kentucky, Idaho, Ohio, North Dakota, and New Hampshire perform best in terms of securing their digital accounts and data. In general, the research paints a

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