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The Impossible Project of Evading Urban Surveillance

Even in the middle of major city, it’s possible to go off the grid. Last year, theAtlantic profiled a family in Washington, D.C., that harvests their entire household energy from a single, 1-kilowatt solar panel on a patch of cement in their backyard. Insulated, light-blocking blinds keep upstairs bedrooms cool at the peak of summer; in winter, the family gets by with low-tech solutions, like curling up with hot water bottles. “It’s a bit like camping,” one family member said.

Source: The Impossible Project of Evading Urban Surveillance – CityLab

Wall Street IT Engineer Hacks Employer to See If He Will Be Let Go

On  April 7, the FBI arrested a 31-year-old IT engineer accused of installing malware on his employer’s servers to steal proprietary source code. He admitted hacking accounts of other employees looking for more information on the company’s plans on lay-offs as he feared for his job.

Source: Wall Street IT Engineer Hacks Employer to See If He Will Be Let Go

Meet Chris Vickery, the internet’s data breach hunter

Vickery is security researcher. His job is simple: find leaked and exposed data before the bad guys do. His work has resulted in protecting the personal information and privacy of tens of millions of people. In recent years Vickery has made more headlines than almost any other person, and yet his name remains unknown for many.

Source: Meet Chris Vickery, the internet’s data breach hunter

Exclusive: John McAfee Reveals World’s ‘Most Hack-Proof’ Smartphone

 

Cybersecurity pioneer and creator of famous antivirus program, John McAfee, has revealed plans to produce John McAfee Privacy Phone – the “world’s first truly private smartphone.” He claims it will be the most hack-proof smartphone ever manufactured.

Source: Exclusive: John McAfee Reveals World’s ‘Most Hack-Proof’ Smartphone

1.1 billion identities exposed in data breaches in 2016, says Symantec report

On April 26 Symantec released its Internet Security Threat Report. It states that in the last eight years, more than 7.1 billion identities have been exposed in data breaches globally, which is almost the equivalent of one for every person on the planet.

According to the report US had 1,023 breaches in 2016, topping the list of breaches by country. India, at the same time, had only eight breaches.

Report also reveals that the number of data breaches actually dropped in 2016 to 1,209, compared with 1,211 breaches in 2015.

Source: 1.1 billion identities exposed in data breaches in 2016, says Symantec report

Pirate Bay Founder Launches Anonymous Domain Registration Service

Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde has launched domain registration service Njalla, which offers site owners full anonymity. Njalla acts as middleman adding extra layer of protection – customers don’t buy the domain names themselves, they let the Njalla do it for them.

Source: Pirate Bay Founder Launches Anonymous Domain Registration Service

Data protection boss vows she will use new powers to fine firms up to €20m

In the interview Irish Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon reveals intention to use powers given by new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to issue fines of up to €20 million or 4% of a company’s annual turnover.

Source: Data protection boss vows she will use new powers to fine firms up to €20m

British Cops Will Scan Every Fan’s Face at the Champions League Final

South Wales Police is piloting facial recognition at one of Europe’s biggest sporting events despite significant criticism against the technology from fans.

Cameras will potentially be scanning the faces of an estimated 170,000 visitors. Cameras also will capture plus many more thousands of people in the Cardiff city center on UEFA Champions League match day.

Captured images will then be compared in real time to 500,000 custody images stored in the police information and records management system alerting police to any “persons of interest”.

Source: British Cops Will Scan Every Fan’s Face at the Champions League Final

Singapore, Japan, Korea among least prepared for new EU data laws

More than half of firms in Singapore, Japan, and South Korea express concerns they will not be able to meet the May 25, 2018, deadline for GDPR compliance, while a quarter of their peers in Australia and US fear shutting down as a result.

Source: Singapore, Japan, Korea among least prepared for new EU data laws

New European Union Financial Rules to Give U.S. Consumers Protection as Well

Thanks to new set of regulations in the European Union, customers of U.S. financial institutions – banks, credit-card companies and insurance companies – soon will enjoy better protection of their personal data.

The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) will force companies to be more transparent about the type of data they collect on individuals, how that data is used and when personal information is exposed in a breach.

GDPR takes effect in May 2018 and will apply to all companies that process data on EU citizens, even if they are located outside EU. It is also expected that large multinational companies, including financial institutions, operating in multiple jurisdictions will adopt single set of rules throughout their operations, rather than try to enforce multiple sets of rules across locations.

Source: New European Union Financial Rules to Give U.S. Consumers Protection as Well

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