WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The Reserve Bank of New Zealand said on Sunday that it was responding with urgency to a breach of one of its data systems.In a November 2019 Financial Stability report, the RBNZ warned that the frequency and severity of cybersecurity incidents were on the rise in New Zealand.
CyberNews received information from reader Jake Dixon, a security researcher with Vadix Solutions, who discovered an unsecured Amazon Simple Storage Solution (S3) database containing more than 31,000 images of users’ passports, driver’s licenses, evidence of age documents, and more.
Amnesty International in New Zealand recognized this as a potential problem back in April and called for further clarification on privacy protections for the contact tracing details that are being forcefully collected around the country.
Google had refused to tighten publication standards after it sent an email to users in December that named a man accused of killing a British backpacker, Grace Millane, in violation of a suppression order.
New Zealand is barring China’s Huawei on national-security grounds from supplying equipment for next-generation mobile networks, and in doing so has become the third member of the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance to take action against the huge Shenzen-based telecom-gear maker.
Travelers entering New Zealand who refuse to disclose passwords for their digital devices during forced searches could face prosecution and fines of more than $3,000, a move that border officials said Tuesday made the country the first to impose such penalties.
The nation's Customs and Excise Act 2018, which came into effect this week, allows customs officials to demand "access information"— like passwords, PINs and encryption keys — and mandates fines for those who do not cooperate.