Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Government agencies could access personal data without consent under new bill

Privacy advocates fear Coalition’s proposed data-sharing law could allow for robodebt-style tacticsAustralians’ personal information could be accessed by government agencies and researchers without their consent under proposed data-sharing legislation that critics say could pave the way for more robodebt-style...

People with dyslexia have skills that we need, says GCHQ

UK surveillance agency says it has long valued neuro-diverse analysts – including Alan Turing Apprentices on GCHQ’s scheme are four times more likely to have dyslexia than those on other organisations’ programmes, the agency has said, the result of...

Signal founder: I hacked police phone-cracking tool Cellebrite

Moxie Marlinspike accuses surveillance firm of being ‘linked to persecution’ around the worldThe CEO of the messaging app Signal claims to have hacked the phone cracking tools used by police in Britain and around the world to extract information...

Poppy Gustafsson: the Darktrace tycoon in new cybersecurity era

Gustafsson’s firm, founded when she was 30, is marketed as a digital parallel of a human body fighting illnessPoppy Gustafsson runs a cutting-edge and gender-diverse cybersecurity firm on the brink of a £3bn stock market debut, but she is...

FBI hacks vulnerable US computers to fix malicious malware

US justice department says bureau hacked devices to remove malware from insecure softwareThe FBI has been hacking into the computers of US companies running insecure versions of Microsoft software in order to fix them, the US Department of Justice...

Cybersecurity firm Darktrace plans £3bn IPO on London Stock Exchange

Cambridge-based company claims to be first to use AI to detect cybersecurity threats on a large scaleThe cybersecurity firm Darktrace has announced plans to float on the London Stock Exchange, in a move that will reportedly value the Cambridge-based...

Facebook data leak: Australians urged to check and secure social media accounts

Experts urge users to secure accounts and passwords after breach exposes personal details of more than 500 million peopleAustralians are being urged to secure their social media accounts after the details of more than 500 million global Facebook users...

Netflix weighs up crackdown on password sharing

Streaming service tests feature that asks viewers if they share household with subscriberNetflix has begun testing a feature that asks viewers whether they share a household with a subscriber, in a move that could lead to crackdown on the...

Airline data hack: hundreds of thousands of Star Alliance passengers' details stolen

IT operator Sita, which serves airlines including Singapore, Lufthansa and United, reports systems breach revealing frequent flyer dataData on hundreds of thousands of airline passengers around the world has been hacked via a “highly sophisticated” attack on the IT...

Clubhouse chatroom app closes down site rebroadcasting content

Incident prompts fears for latest Silicon Valley craze’s ability to guarantee users’ security and privacyClubhouse, the audio-chatroom app that has emerged as the latest craze to consume Silicon Valley, has shut down a site that was rebroadcasting the platform’s...

Fears over DNA privacy as 23andMe goes public in deal with Richard Branson

Genetic testing company with 10 million customers’ data has ‘huge cybersecurity implications’The genetic testing company 23andMe will go public through a partnership with a firm backed by the billionaire Richard Branson, in a deal that has raised fresh privacy...

Insurers 'funding organised crime' by paying ransomware claims

Exclusive: former cybersecurity chief calls for law change and warns situation is ‘close to getting out of control’Insurers are inadvertently funding organised crime by paying out claims from companies who have paid ransoms to regain access to data and...

Malware reportedly found on laptops given to children in England

Investigation launched after teachers warn of worm on devices handed out by government for home schoolingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn investigation has been launched into reports that some of the laptops handed out to vulnerable children...

Global cyber-espionage campaign linked to Russian spying tools

Kaspersky investigators uncover evidence that may support US claims Moscow was behind attackA Moscow-based cybersecurity company has reported that some of the malicious code employed against the US government in a cyber-attack last month overlaps with code previously used...

Data breach hits 30,000 signed up to workplace pensions provider

Fraud worries as UK company Now:Pensions says ‘third-party contractor’ posted personal details of clients to online public forumAbout 30,000 customers of Now:Pensions face an anxious Christmas after a serious data breach at the pensions provider led to their sensitive...

Half of Government Security Incidents Caused by Missing Patches

Half of Government Security Incidents Caused by Missing PatchesCybersecurity is both a driver and a major barrier to public sector IT modernization, according to new research from BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. The cyber consultancy polled 250 managers with IT responsibility...
The Register

Blessed are the cryptographers, labelling them criminal enablers is just foolish

Preserving privacy is hard. I know because when I tried, I quickly learned not to play with weapons Column  Nearly a decade ago I decided to try my hand as a cryptographer. It went about as well as you...
The Hacker News

Ransomware Gang Leaks Metropolitan Police Data After Failed Negotiations

The cybercrime syndicate behind Babuk ransomware has leaked more personal files belonging to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) after negotiations with the DC Police broke down, warning that they intend to publish all data ransom demands are not met. "The...
Security Affairs

NSA and ODNI analyze potential risks to 5G networks

U.S. Intelligence agencies warn of weaknesses in 5G networks that could be exploited by crooks and nation-state actors for intelligence gathering. The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), along with the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Office...
The Hacker News

Alert: Hackers Exploit Adobe Reader 0-Day Vulnerability in the Wild

Adobe has released Patch Tuesday updates for the month of May with fixes for multiple vulnerabilities spanning 12 different products, including a zero-day flaw affecting Adobe Reader that's actively exploited in the wild. The list of updated applications includes Adobe Experience Manager,...