Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Our personal health history is too valuable to be harvested by the tech giants | Eerke Boiten

Action to prevent deeper access to our private lives and data is more essential than everHealth data paints a rich picture of our lives. Even if you remove your name, date of birth and NHS number to “anonymise” yourself,...

Google software glitch sent some users’ videos to strangers

Bug affected users of Google Takeout exporting from Google Photos in late NovemberGoogle has said a software bug resulted in some users’ personal videos being emailed to strangers.The flaw affected users of Google Photos who requested to export their...

Will we just accept our loss of privacy, or has the techlash already begun? | Alan Rusbridger

Not so long ago we searched Google. Now we seem quite happy to let Google search usProbably too late to ask, but was the past year the moment we lost our technological innocence? The Alexa in the corner of...

Jeff Bezos met FBI investigators in 2019 over alleged Saudi hack

Amazon founder interviewed as FBI conducts inquiry into Israeli firm linked to malwareJeff Bezos met federal investigators in April 2019 after they received information about the alleged hack of the billionaire’s mobile phone by Saudi Arabia, the Guardian has...

Boris Johnson gets final warning with Huawei 5G verdict imminent

Former senior government figures voice security fears as PM chairs meeting of NSCFormer ministers have sounded their final warnings to Boris Johnson about the Chinese telecoms firm Huawei ahead of his expected decision on whether it will play a...

Israeli spyware firm fails to get hacking case dismissed

Judge orders NSO Group to fight case brought by Saudi activist and pay his legal costsAn Israeli judge has rejected an attempt by the spyware firm NSO Group to dismiss a case brought against it by a prominent Saudi...

I’m still on Windows 7 – what should I do?

Support for Windows 7 has ended, leaving Marcy wondering how they can protect themselves I do a lot of work on a Windows 7 desktop PC that is about five years old. I’m a widow and can’t afford to...

Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 security fix after NSA warning

US agency revealed flaw that could be exploited by hackers to create malicious software Microsoft is rolling out a security fix to Windows 10 after the US National Security Agency (NSA) warned the popular operating system contained a highly...

The five: ransomware attacks

Software that demands money with menaces has hit the big time. Here are some of its most lucrative formsCyber-attacks that threaten to publish a victim’s data or block access to it unless a ransom is paid have grown internationally...

Skype audio graded by workers in China with ‘no security measures’

Exclusive: former Microsoft contractor says he was emailed login after minimal vettingA Microsoft programme to transcribe and vet audio from Skype and Cortana, its voice assistant, ran for years with “no security measures”, according to a former contractor who...

Dixons Carphone fined £500,000 for massive data breach

‘Systemic failures’ found in the retailer’s management and protection of customer dataDixons Carphone has been hit with the maximum possible fine after the tills in its shops were compromised by a cyber-attack that affected at least 14 million people.The...

Get yourself cybersecure for 2020

With ever more tech in our lives, our data is vulnerable. Here are our six top tips to keep it safe in the new yearTechnology is changing our lives for the better; yet it’s also exposing us to organised...

Huawei says ‘survival is our first priority’ in 2020 as western boycott bites

Chairman Eric Xu warns that hit from US sanctions means telecoms firm must ‘go all out’ to maintain salesThe embattled Chinese telecommunications company Huawei says “survival” is its first priority after announcing sales were hit hard by a boycott...

Dominic Cummings: If Leave had lost Brexit vote, I’d have queried result as invalid

Boris Johnson aide wrote to data watchdog in 2017 complaining electoral system was ‘wide open to abuse’Boris Johnson’s adviser Dominic Cummings would have challenged the EU referendum result as “invalid” had Vote Leave lost the Brexit campaign.According to documents...

The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s NHS plan: trading patient data | Editorial

Donald Trump has made clear he wants a post-Brexit Britain to let US tech companies and big pharma access medical recordsThe NHS is a goldmine of patient data which the United States wants to be quarried by some of...

Sensitive plastic surgery images exposed online

Researchers at VPN advisory company vpnMentor have found yet another online data exposure caused by a misconfigured cloud database.

Lenovo, HP, Dell Peripherals Face Unpatched Firmware Bugs

A lack of proper code-signing verification and authentication for firmware updates opens the door to information disclosure, remote code execution, denial of service and more.

12 hottest new cybersecurity startups at RSA 2020

Starting on February 24, the RSA Conference (RSAC) 2020 gives security vendors old and new a chance to demonstrate their capabilities. The event has become an attractive venue for startups to make their debut. This year’s crop will be...

Hundreds of Millions of PC Components Still Have Hackable Firmware

The lax security of supply chain firmware has been a known concern for years—with precious little progress being made.

Remote Wipe Plugin Bug Hits 200,000+ WordPress Sites

Remote Wipe Plugin Bug Hits 200,000+ WordPress SitesSecurity researchers are warning of a new plugin vulnerability which is exposing over 200,000 WordPress sites to the risk of being remotely wiped by an attacker. The problem lies with versions 1.3.4 and...