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Australia’s spyware law could expose phones to exploitation

Peter Dutton’s proposed legislation to expand the government’s surveillance capabilities into telecommunication devices through the inclusion of spyware risks could create “systemic weakness or vulnerability” that would be open to exploitation, Australia’s peak industry group has warned.

The Australian Industry Group has responded to the call for consultation on the assistance and access bill by warning of unintended consequences from the home affairs minister’s push to force telcos and tech giants, including Apple, Samsung, Google and Facebook, to include concealed “backdoors” into devices and messaging platforms.

Source: Australia’s spyware law could expose phones to exploitation, business group warns

Cyber-criminals target new companies, new supply chains

Cyber-criminals are seeking out new prey. Industries that previously had a lower threat profile – such as oil-and-gas, manufacturing, and shipping – are now falling victim to cyber-attacks at an increasing rate. In some cases, the cyber criminals are using the supply chains of companies in these industries as entry points for the attacks.

Read article: Cyber-criminals target new companies, new supply chains..

Companies may try to bypass GDPR fines by negotiating with cybercriminals

Europol, the EU’s policing agency, released a report on September 18 in which they warned that EU data protection laws may lead to an increase in cyber-extortion. Claim that companies may prefer to negotiate fees with hackers rather than pay GDPR fines was drawn up from responses to a survey Europol had sent out to private partners.

Europol goes on to warn that if such companies are to negotiate with cybercriminals, then they “will only fund further attacks and other criminal activity” and that the organisation at risk has no guarantee that “the attacker will not disclose or otherwise exploit information.”

Source: Companies may try to bypass GDPR fines by negotiating with cybercriminals, Europol say – EURACTIV.com

Government Hacking Makes Everyone Less Safe

Security experts almost uniformly agree that it is dangerous to design encryption to ensure investigators can have access to everything. Giving the government this power would render encryption software less secure since it would necessarily have a built-in weakness.

Read article: Government Hacking Makes Everyone Less Safe | American Civil Liberties Union

British Airways data breach hackers identified

The attackers behind a data breach that left thousands of British Airways customer details exposed have been identified by security researchers.  RiskIQ has named the Magecart hacking group as the suspected perpetrators behind last week’s attack, which saw ore than 300,000 accounts compromised.

Source: British Airways data breach hackers identified | TechRadar

Millions of Home Wi-Fi Networks at Risk of Hacking

Millions of home Wi-Fi networks are currently at risk of being hacked as weaknesses exist in how saved passwords in the browsers Google Chrome and Opera interact with Wi-Fi over unencrypted connections. Hackers could exploit the weaknesses to hijack a home’s Wi-Fi, steal information from computers connected to the network and even implant malware.

Source: Millions of Home Wi-Fi Networks at Risk of Hacking, Cybersecurity Firm Claims

New Silence hacking group suspected of having ties to cyber-security industry

Newly uncovered  Russian-speaking “Silence” cybercrime hacking group is linked to the theft of at least $800,000 from Russian and Eastern European banks and financial institutions. The group went undetected for years, mainly because of its predisposition for using legitimate apps and tools already found on victims’ computers, in a tactic known as “living off the land.” At least one member of a group appears to be a former or current employee of a cyber-security company.

Source: New Silence hacking group suspected of having ties to cyber-security industry | ZDNet

Your Smart Electricity Meter Can Easily Spy On You

Modern electricity usage meters provide innumerable benefits to utility companies, including a variety of remote access and monitoring tools to better manage the power grid. However, for consumers they may come with privacy cost. Modern meters can track not only when you’re not home, but what you’re up to when you’re there.

Source: Your Smart Electricity Meter Can Easily Spy On You, Court Ruling Warns – Motherboard

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