The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the state of the Biden administration's efforts to disrupt ransomware attackers, as well as how a newly patched Apple iMessage flaw was being targeted by Pegasus spyware to effect zero-click exploits.
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An unsecured database belonging to an apparently recently defunct firm exposed 61 million records of wearable health and fitness device users on the internet, say the security researchers who discovered the non-password-protected database in cooperation with the WebsitePlanet research team.
Apple patched a software vulnerability on Monday that researchers say was used to deliver spyware via its iMessage platform to the mobile phones of activists. But a few changes to iMessage could make it safer overall for individuals at high risk of surveillance, says an Apple security expert.
The U.S. Department of Commerce this week announced the establishment of an artificial intelligence advisory committee set to counsel President Joe Biden and other federal agencies on issues ranging from privacy concerns to data security, along with global competition and inherent biases.
China’s personal information protection law focuses in part on localization, stronger security and governance frameworks. Cyberlaw and privacy experts tell ISMG the key regulations that MNCs must pay attention to, challenges they are likely to face, and how to meet the Nov. 1 compliance deadline.
A proposed class action lawsuit against Flo Health alleges the fertility-tracking mobile app maker unlawfully shared sensitive consumer health data with Google, Facebook and other software vendors. The lawsuit comes after a recent settlement with the FTC over similar data-sharing privacy concerns.
The personal data of at least 1.3 million Indonesian residents, stored on two government-developed COVID-19 tracking apps, PeduliLindungi and eHAC, has been leaked online, according to security researchers. President Joko Widodo is among those affected.
Ireland's privacy law enforcer, the Data Protection Commission, has hit WhatsApp with a 225 million euro ($266 million) fine, finding that it violated the EU's General Data Protection Regulation in part by not telling users how it was sharing their data with parent company Facebook.
The Federal Trade Commission has, for the first time ever, banned a company and its CEO from the surveillance business in the U.S. Stalkerware service provider company SpyFone and its CEO, Scott Zuckerman, were banned for allegedly harvesting and sharing data through a hidden backdoor.
As the last U.S. military flight lifted off Tuesday evening from the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, what's been left behind reportedly includes a vast trove of biometric data that could be used to identify - including for interrogation or execution - individuals who assisted the occupying NATO forces.
The U.K. is preparing to revamp the country's data protection and privacy laws as a way to spur economic growth and innovation in its post-Brexit economy, according to government officials. While some British politicians see opportunity, privacy experts worry about moving away from EU standards.
Phishing, ransomware and unauthorized access remain the leading causes of personal data breaches as well as violations of data protection rules, Britain's privacy watchdog reports. The U.K. government has also been caught out by breaches and leaks involving military secrets and CCTV footage from a government building.
Researchers at The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto say they've found a new zero-click iMessage exploit that's been used by the government of Bahrain to install the NSO Group's Pegasus spyware on the devices of human rights and political activists.
T-Mobile USA says its massive data breach is worse than it first reported: The count of prepaid and postpaid customers whose information was stolen has risen to 14 million. Also revised upward: its count of 40 million exposed credit applications from former customers and prospects.