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Facebook and Google back changes to laws which break encryption

Industry groups including the representative of tech giants Facebook, Google, Twitter and Amazon, have backed several Labor amendments to the Australia’s encryption bill.

Under Labor’s plan, law enforcement agencies would require a fresh warrant before ordering tech companies to assist or build a new capability to access electronic communications and the bill’s prohibition against creating a “systemic weakness” would be strengthened.

Source: Facebook and Google back Labor changes to laws which break encryption | Technology | The Guardian

Report reveals the dangers and trends of malware through 2018

Last year, the arrival of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation sent shockwaves through the world of data protection. Big corporates registered record-breaking data breaches, while pre-GDPR transgressions such as those committed in the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal fell under heightened scrutiny of a more privacy-conscious age.

Full article: Report reveals the dangers and trends of malware through 2018

Home Affairs plays down encryption law fears and promises to help industry cover costs

The UK home affairs department has sought to allay concerns about encryption legislation rushed through parliament at the end of 2018, promising to help pay for the costs of new surveillance capabilities and to consult industry on implementation.

In January the department contacted industry participants seeking help to write guidelines for the new regime of compulsory notices to access the electronic communications of people suspected of crimes or build new capabilities to help break encryption.

Full article: Home Affairs plays down encryption law fears and promises to help industry cover costs | Australia news | The Guardian

Security in a Digital World

In recent years, the issue of cybersecurity has garnered significant attention in the national conversation. Attacks like those on Facebook as well as others have caused Americans to worry about the security of their personal information and whether or not they are sufficiently protected from such potential threats.

Recent reports have shown a significant increase in the number of cyber attacks, many perpetrated against large banks and other institutions with highly sensitive information. The contrast to a decade ago, when cyber attacks were much less prevalent, is stark.

Full article: Security in a Digital World | Harvard Political Review

Largest collection of breached data ever seen is found

The largest collection of breached data ever seen has been discovered, comprising of more than 770m email addresses and passwords posted to a popular hacking forum in mid-December.

The 87GB data dump was discovered by security researcher Troy Hunt, who runs the Have I Been Pwned breach-notification service. Hunt, who called the upload “Collection #1”, said it is probably “made up of many different individual data breaches from literally thousands of different sources”, rather than representing a single hack of a very large service.

Source: Largest collection of breached data ever seen is found | Technology | The Guardian

Almost half of companies still can’t detect IoT device breaches

Research released today, reveals that only around half (48%) of businesses can detect if any of their IoT devices suffers a breach, despite companies having an increased focus on IoT security. The research by Gemalto found that spending on protection has grown (from 11% of IoT budget in 2017 to 13% now) and nearly all (90%) believing it is a big consideration for customers.

Full article: Almost half of companies still can’t detect IoT device breaches

Feds forcing mass fingerprint unlocks is an “abuse of power,” judge rules

According to a new ruling issued last week by a federal magistrate in Oakland, California, the government can’t get a warrant granting permission to turn up at a local house allegedly connected to a criminal suspect, seize all digital devices, and force anyone found at the house to use biometrics to try to unlock those devices.

Source: Feds forcing mass fingerprint unlocks is an “abuse of power,” judge rules | Ars Technica

Nine cyber predictions for 2019

Without a doubt 2018 will be remembered as the year of GDPR – among the cyber security community at least.

Despite years of preparation, organisations across sectors have faced, and will continue to encounter challenges linked to the legislation. However, while dominant, this will not be the only thing keeping cyber security professionals up at night.

Read full article: Nine cyber predictions for 2019

GDPR May Add Up To $8.8B Marriott’s Data Breach Expenses

Marriott data breach is under investigation in several countries, where the hotel and resorts giant has a presence. In the E.U., Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) leads the investigation.

Given that the global annual revenue of the company reached $22.89 billion in 2017 and the strictest fine could amount to 4% of it, the sanctions imposed by the E.U. could be translated to $8.8 billion.

Full article: GDPR May Add Up To $8.8B Marriott’s Data Breach Expenses

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