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New Report Finds That Criminals Leverage AI for Malicious Use – And It’s Not Just Deep Fakes

A jointly developed new report by Europol, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) and Trend Micro looking into current and predicted criminal uses of artificial intelligence (AI) was released today.

The report provides law enforcers, policymakers and other organisations with information on existing and potential attacks leveraging AI and recommendations on how to mitigate these risks.

The report concludes that cybercriminals will leverage AI both as an attack vector and an attack surface. Deep fakes are currently the best-known use of AI as an attack vector. However, the report warns that new screening technology will be needed in the future to mitigate the risk of disinformation campaigns and extortion, as well as threats that target AI data sets.

Source: New Report Finds That Criminals Leverage AI for Malicious Use – And It’s Not Just Deep Fakes

Nearly half of firms had data breach in last 12 months

Data breaches continue to dominate headlines around the world. Recent findings analyzed by Atlas VPN reveal that as many as 45% of businesses had a data breach in the last 12 months.

The data is based on a survey conducted by Kaspersky and B2B International on September 30, 2020. Researchers interviewed 4,179 businesses globally, with 50 and up to 4,999 employees. Surveyed companies are from the following 5 industries: financial services, government, manufacturing, IT and telecommunications, retail and wholesale.

Full article: Nearly half of firms had data breach in last 12 months – Tech Digest

Intrusive, omnipresent surveillance growing during COVID-19 pandemic, UN expert warns

Widespread use of contact tracing technology to fight the COVID-19 pandemic has led to almost incessant and omnipresent surveillance in some parts of the world, a UN expert on privacy told the General Assembly today.

“This is a very disturbing trend; all-pervasive surveillance is no panacea for COVID-19,” Joseph Cannataci, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, said as he delivered his annual report, which examines the privacy impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: OHCHR | Intrusive, omnipresent surveillance growing during COVID-19 pandemic, UN expert warns

Insider data breaches set to increase due to remote work shift

A third (33%) of all data breach incidents in 2021 are expected to be caused by insiders, according to the latest Forrester Cyber Security Predictions report.

This will be an 8% increase compared to 2020. The increase in insider incidents is likely to be caused by the unprecedented change in working environments from the office to remote working during nationwide lockdowns. Other contributing issues outlined by Forrester include the ease with which data can be moved as well as the general fear of being made redundant.

Source: Insider data breaches set to increase due to remote work shift | IT PRO

More Americans share social security, financial and medical information than before the pandemic

A new survey has shown that consumer willingness to share more sensitive data – social security numbers, financial information and medical information – is greater in 2020 than in both 2018 and 2019

According to the New york, NY-based scientific research practice foundation ARF’s (Advertising Research Foundation) third annual Privacy Study has shown that contact tracing is considered a key weapon in the fight against COVID-19.

However, one quarter of the respondents expressed an unwillingness to share information about being exposed to someone with the virus.

Source: More Americans share social security, financial and medical information than before the pandemic | ZDNet

Half of All Organizations Experienced Cyber Security Incidents During the Remote Working Period

Study showed that 75% of IT decision-makers believed hybrid or remote working to be the future of the workplace, and most also believed that this has led to an increase in security incidents.

The “Securing the Future of Hybrid Working” report also found that phishing remained the most prevalent threat facing employees working remotely. While remote working was a predisposing factor for cyberattacks, most employees prefer hybrid working environments, with just 11% exclusively preferring office work.

The report recommended that businesses should adapt to their employees’ needs to guarantee the safety of the organizations’ systems.

Source: Half of All Organizations Experienced Cyber Security Incidents During the Remote Working Period – CPO Magazine

Americans Want Facebook and TikTok Banned Over Privacy Concerns

Online privacy is a concern for many users, and a new survey suggests people are most wary of Facebook and TikTok.

According to a recent survey conducted by WhistleOut, 85 percent of respondents believe that at least one tech company is currently spying on them. At the head of the list are Facebook (68 percent) and TikTok (53 percent), who many believe to be breaking privacy laws. TikTok especially has seen a recent tide of hate as a Chinese company in possession of American user data.

Source: Americans Want Facebook and TikTok Banned Over Privacy Concerns | PCMag

Half of Organizations Experienced Security Incidents While Working Remotely

As businesses try to deliver a seamless hybrid experience of work from home and office, Tessian’s Securing the Future of Hybrid Working report reveals the security risks they must overcome and the pressures on IT teams.

The majority of IT decision makers (82%) think that employees are at greater risk of phishing attacks when working remotely. Their concerns are valid; over three-quarters (78%) of employees said they received a phishing email while working on their personal laptop between March and July 2020, and 68% admitted to clicking a link or downloading an attachment within that email.

In fact, nearly half of companies surveyed experienced a data breach or security incident between March and July 2020, with half being caused by phishing attacks – making it the leading cause of security incidents during this period of remote working.

Source: Half of Organizations Experienced Security Incidents While Working Remotely, Reveals New Data – socPub

ICO publishes 2020 Annual Track survey results

UK’s data protection authority – Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – has published 2020 Annual Track survey – a survey of over 2,000 people that the ICO commissions each year.

The main aim of this research is: “To gauge the general public’s awareness and perceptions of their information rights and to monitor any change in people’s trust and confidence in organisations who use their personal information. Also, to provide a measure of how the Commissioner/ ICO is perceived by the UK public.”

Source: 2020 Annual Track survey results | ICO

Companies with poor privacy practices are 80% more apt to suffer data breach

Poor privacy=data breach as reported by Osano was proven July 15 when Twitter was hacked and 130 accounts – including Joe Biden’s and Kanye West’s – were exposed.

There’s a direct correlation between a company’s poor privacy practices and the likelihood of a data breach, according to a report from the data privacy platform Osano, The Osano Data Privacy and Data Breach Link.

Source: Companies with poor privacy practices are 80% more apt to suffer data breach – TechRepublic

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