Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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...

Has WhatsApp become a potential career assassin? | Afua Hirsch

The app helped connect me to an inspiring sisterhood. But the case of police officer Robyn Williams shows unopened messages can be a legal minefieldWe need to talk about WhatsApp. When the little green speech bubble first showed up...

What sort of security software and backups do I need for a home business?

Allen wants to set up a small company working from home, and would like some adviceI’m looking to set up a small business working from home, and would like some advice on back up and security measures. I have...

Twitter to clear out inactive accounts and free up usernames

Company has been criticised for handling of move it says will reduce risk from hackingTwitter has announced it is to clear out inactive accounts, freeing up dormant usernames and reducing the risk of old accounts being hacked.But the company...

Google’s secret cache of medical data includes names and full details of millions – whistleblower

Whistleblower speaks to Guardian about growing alarm over secret transfer of medical history data, which can be accessed by Google staffA whistleblower who works in Project Nightingale, the secret transfer of the personal medical data of up to 50...

These new rules were meant to protect our privacy. They don’t work | Stephanie Hare

The data protection laws introduced last year are failing us – and our childrenWho owns your data? This is one of the toughest questions facing governments, companies and regulators today and no one has answered it to anyone’s satisfaction....

7-Eleven fuel app data breach exposes users’ personal details

App users were able to see other customers’ data, including names, dates of birth and mobile numbersThe popular petrol-buying app run by 7-Eleven has suffered a data breach that allowed customers to view the names, email addresses, mobile numbers...

Police database flagged 9,000 cybercrime reports as ‘security risk’

Reports were quarantined by software designed to protect fraud bureau’s computer system, watchdog toldThousands of reports of cybercrime were quarantined on a police database instead of being investigated because software designed to protect the computer system labelled them a...

Farewell the ‘porn block’ – a PR exercise but lousy policy | Amy Orben

Without greater access to our online habits, politicians cannot frame laws for the digital ageThe UK government’s porn block was a dead man walking for months, if not years. It is long overdue that this attempt to curb children’s...

China has built ‘massive global data-collection ecosystem’ to boost its interests

Chinese use state-owned enterprises, local tech companies and foreign partnerships, ASPI report saysThe Chinese government is sweeping up vast amounts of data from all around the world to bulwark the nation’s security, but most critically to secure the political...

Prevent database is secure but not secret | Letter

Describing a documented database as ‘secret’ risks causing unjustified distrust in a multi-agency programme that seeks to protect those vulnerable to all forms of radicalisation and keep our communities safe, writes Chief Constable Simon ColeYour front-page lead (7 October)...

Scientists invent new technology to print invisible messages

Messages can only be seen under UV light and can be erased using a hairdryerForget lemon juice and hot irons, there is a new way to write and read invisible messages – and it can be used again and...

YouTube’s fine and child safety online | Letters

Fining YouTube for targeting adverts at children as if they were adults shows progress is being made on both sides of the Atlantic, writes Steve Wood of the Information Commissioner’s OfficeThe conclusion of the Federal Trade Commission investigation into...

Data breach may affect 50,000 Australian university students using ‘Get’ app

Students using events app Get, previously known as Qnect, may have had their personal data exposed onlineThe personal details of an estimated 50,000 students involved in university clubs and societies around Australia may have been exposed online, in the...

Guardian investigations: how tech helps tackle big data … and big lawyers

Our head of investigations explains how a new IT system, Giant, has the power to find needles in journalistic haystacksThere aren’t too many places to hide at the Guardian. The offices are open-plan and most of the meeting rooms...
SC Magazine

Pensacola confirms ransomware attack

Pensacola officials confirmed that an ongoing cyberattack that began early Saturday morning is a ransomware attack. While the city did not release any additional details, the Pensacola News Journal said city spokeswoman Kaycee Lagarde confirmed the attack included a ransom, something that...

Trickbot Operators Now Selling Attack Tools to APT Actors

North Korea's Lazarus Group - of Sony breach and WannaCry fame - is among the first customers.
Brian Krebs

The Great $50M African IP Address Heist

A top executive at the nonprofit entity responsible for doling out chunks of Internet addresses to businesses and other organizations in Africa has resigned his post following accusations that he secretly operated several companies which sold tens of millions...

Intel Issues Fix for ‘Plundervolt’ SGX Flaw

Researchers were able to extract AES encryption key using SGX's voltage-tuning function.
TechRepublic

How to stop spam calls right now

Spam calls drive us all crazy. Here are four ways to stop robocalls and other unsolicited phone calls.