Leaked Reports Show EU Police Are Planning a Pan-European Network of Facial Recognition Databases

Leaked Reports Show EU Police Are Planning a Pan-European Network of Facial Recognition Databases

If previous data-sharing arrangements are a guide, the new facial recognition network will likely be connected to similar databases in the U.S., creating what privacy researchers are calling a massive transatlantic consolidation of biometric data.

Governments of the world just ramped up spying on reporters

Governments of the world just ramped up spying on reporters

They had been working on an investigation into surveillance on journalists and human rights activists in a particular Middle Eastern nation, and had been in contact with sources the government was hostile to.One group of foreign correspondents, working on sensitive stories, were finding that their phone calls to some sources were automatically redirected.

Social Security numbers stolen in defense agency data breach

Social Security numbers stolen in defense agency data breach

Department of Defense spokesperson Charles Prichard confirmed Thursday the agency had detected a breach of personally identifiable information on a system it hosts, and was in the process of notifying those affected by letter.

Amazon's Ring adds new security features amid criticism

Amazon's Ring adds new security features amid criticism

Ring will add a second layer of authentication by requiring users to enter a one-time code shared via email or SMS when they try to log in to see the feed from their cameras starting this week.

Personal Data of 144,000 Canadians Breached by Federal Authorities

Personal Data of 144,000 Canadians Breached by Federal Authorities

Several government departments in Canada have compromised the personal information of 144,000 individuals across 7,992 data breaches that occurred over the past two years, according to a report from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Massive data leak exposes medical records, mugshots and IDs of more than 36,000 US inmates

Massive data leak exposes medical records, mugshots and IDs of more than 36,000 US inmates

JailCore was left unsecure and unencrypted on an Amazon server, impacting locations in Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and West Virginia The bucket was discovered by vpmMentor on January 3rd, but was not closed until nearly two weeks later.

Europe can win global battle for industrial data, says EU industry chief

Europe can win global battle for industrial data, says EU industry chief

Vast troves of data from how fast we drive our cars to how much time a robot needs to churn out products will open a new front in the battle for digital dominance, said Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner in charge of the bloc’s single market.

Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses

Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses

Another new feature it's testing, called "secure value recovery," would let you create an address book of your Signal contacts and store them on a Signal server, rather than simply depend on the contact list from your phone.

Personal information belonging to 144,000 Canadians breached by federal departments and agencies

Personal information belonging to 144,000 Canadians breached by federal departments and agencies

Federal departments or agencies have mishandled personal information belonging to 144,000 Canadians over the past two years, according to new figures tabled in the House of Commons — and not everyone who was swept up in a privacy breach was told about it.

What happens to privacy when China has personal data and the social graph of nearly everyone in the US?

What happens to privacy when China has personal data and the social graph of nearly everyone in the US?

But buried within its business-like announcement of the indictment of four Chinese military hackers, there is the following statement, which has huge implications for privacy: For years, we have witnessed China’s voracious appetite for the personal data of Americans, including the theft of personnel records from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the intrusion into Marriott hotels, and Anthem health insurance company, and now the wholesale theft of credit and other information from Equifax.

Huawei fires back, points to US’ history of spying on phone networks

Huawei fires back, points to US’ history of spying on phone networks

The US alleges that Huawei violated these laws by "buil[ding] equipment that secretly preserves the manufacturer's ability to access networks through these interfaces without the carriers' knowledge," the Journal article said.

US says it can prove Huawei has backdoor access to mobile-phone networks

US says it can prove Huawei has backdoor access to mobile-phone networks

US officials say they have evidence that Huawei has backdoor access to mobile-phone networks around the world, according to a Wall Street Journal article published today.

Russia's security service tells internet firms to hand over user data: The Bell

Russia's security service tells internet firms to hand over user data: The Bell

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has ordered some of the country’s major internet companies to give it continuous access to their systems, The Bell investigative website reported late on Tuesday, citing three sources at the firms.

Column: Equifax left unencrypted data open to Chinese hackers. Most big U.S. companies are just as negligent

Column: Equifax left unencrypted data open to Chinese hackers. Most big U.S. companies are just as negligent

Shackelford noted that the growing use of cloud-based data storage services run by the likes of Google and Amazon makes encryption more accessible to smaller companies.

CIA controlled global encryption company for decades, says report

CIA controlled global encryption company for decades, says report

Encryption weaknesses added to products sold by Crypto AG allowed the CIA and its German counterpart, the BND, to eavesdrop on adversaries and allies alike while earning million of dollars from the sales, according the Washington Post and the German public broadcaster ZDF, based on the agencies’ internal histories of the intelligence operation.

App Used by Netanyahu's Likud Leaks Israel's Entire Voter Registry

App Used by Netanyahu's Likud Leaks Israel's Entire Voter Registry

The voter registry was uploaded by Likud to the Elector app, which is used by the party to manage Election Day. The firm that developed the application, Feed-b, commented that the vulnerability was a “one-off incident that was immediately dealt with," and that security measures have since been boosted.

Health Data Breach Not Reported for Seven Months

Health Data Breach Not Reported for Seven Months

While HIPAA covered entities and business associates are required to investigate all security incidents, a '"breach" is not determined until the entities confirm that "acquisition, access, use or disclosure of PHI in a manner not permitted [under the regulations] which compromises the security or privacy of the PHI" occurred, she notes.

Critical Bluetooth Vulnerability in Android (CVE-2020-0022)

Critical Bluetooth Vulnerability in Android (CVE-2020-0022)

If you have no patch available yet or your device is not supported anymore, you can try to mitigate the impact by some generic behavior rules: Only enable Bluetooth if strictly necessary.

Protect our Speech and Security Online: Reject the Graham-Blumenthal Proposal

Protect our Speech and Security Online: Reject the Graham-Blumenthal Proposal

The Graham-Blumenthal bill would finally give Barr the power to demand that tech companies obey him or face overwhelming liability from lawsuits based on their users’ activities.

European parliament says it will not use facial recognition tech

European parliament says it will not use facial recognition tech

The European parliament has insisted it has no plans to introduce facial recognition technology after a leaked internal memo discussing its use in security provoked an outcry.

Your Poorly Secured Medical Credit Score Could Deny You Care

Your Poorly Secured Medical Credit Score Could Deny You Care

They're actually pretty excited about it:I spoke with Ashley Reede, an information systems and privacy consultant, who worked with a private hospital in California as they were onboarding Experian's 'Financial Clearance' system.

This is not Huawei to reassure people about Beijing's spying eyes: Trivial backdoor found in HiSilicon's firmware for net-connected cams, recorders

This is not Huawei to reassure people about Beijing's spying eyes: Trivial backdoor found in HiSilicon's firmware for net-connected cams, recorders

A hardware probester going by the name of Vladislav Yarmak explained on Monday how the tech giant left a remote debugging and management tool in its firmware used in network-connected video recorders and security cameras.

The New Control Center Empowers Ring Customers to Manage Important Privacy and Security Settings

The New Control Center Empowers Ring Customers to Manage Important Privacy and Security Settings

That’s why today we’re launching the new Control Center, a feature in the Ring app that lets customers manage important privacy and security settings from one simple, easy-to-use dashboard.

Swift Crypto helps more developers than ever to build secure applications

Swift Crypto helps more developers than ever to build secure applications

Apple has introduced a new open-source Swift Crypto package which makes the secure capabilities of Apple’s CryptoKit available to the wider Swift community — even if they’re deploying their software on platforms other than Apple’s own.

Android User Warning: Here Are 24 ‘Dangerous’ Apps With A Dark Secret—And 382 Million Installs

Android User Warning: Here Are 24 ‘Dangerous’ Apps With A Dark Secret—And 382 Million Installs

And so the team says it decided to investigate, finding links to a Chinese company called Shenzhen HAWK that is “secretly” behind Hi Security as well as four other app developers.

Telegram Founder on WhatsApp Hacks: Backdoors Are Camouflaged as Security Flaws

Telegram Founder on WhatsApp Hacks: Backdoors Are Camouflaged as Security Flaws

Durov says that despite iOS devices having “loads of privacy-related issues,”, WhatsApp is the culprit here, as the corrupt video vulnerability exposes not only iPhones, but also Android and Windows Phone devices.

German Data Protection Agency: Windows 10 1909 Enterprise Telemetry can be fully disabled

German Data Protection Agency: Windows 10 1909 Enterprise Telemetry can be fully disabled

The report, which you can access here (German PDF) suggests that organizations who may buy Enterprise or Education editions of Windows 10 may disable the sending of Telemetry data entirely in Windows 10 version 1909.

Britain Knows It’s Selling Out Its National Security to Huawei

Britain Knows It’s Selling Out Its National Security to Huawei

On Tuesday, much to the chagrin of the United States, the British government announced its decision to allow the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei involvement in the rollout of the country’s next-generation 5G mobile network that will run everything from self-driving cars and remote health services to industrial production.

Breach at Indian Airline Affects 1.2 Million Passengers

Breach at Indian Airline Affects 1.2 Million Passengers

Using a brute-force attack, the researcher busted into an unencrypted database backup file containing the private information of more than 1.2 million passengers who flew with SpiceJet last month.

Why the UK is banning default passwords in IoT devices

Why the UK is banning default passwords in IoT devices

So today I’ve announced we are developing new legislation to hold firms manufacturing and stocking internet-connected devices to account to stop hackers threatening people’s privacy and safety.