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An EU coalition of techies is backing a ‘privacy-preserving’ standard for COVID-19

A European coalition of techies and scientists drawn from at least eight countries, and led by Germany’s Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute for telecoms (HHI), is working on contacts-tracing proximity technology for COVID-19 that’s designed to comply with the region’s strict privacy rules.

The core idea is to leverage smartphone technology to help disrupt the next wave of infections by notifying individuals who have come into close contact with an infected person — via the proxy of their smartphones having been near enough to carry out a Bluetooth handshake.

Source: An EU coalition of techies is backing a ‘privacy-preserving’ standard for COVID-19 contacts tracing | TechCrunch

Key Ring data leak exposes millions of user details

Key Ring, an app that lets people upload and store card details, has left the information of millions of users exposed, according to researchers at vpnMentor.

Key Ring claims 14 million North Americas have used its app to upload scans and photos of cards to digital folders that they can access as needed.

Source: Key Ring data leak exposes millions of user details, say researcher…

Experts warn of privacy risk as US uses GPS to fight coronavirus spread

Use location data to fight coronavirus risks highlights the lack of safeguards for Americans’ personal data, academics and data scientists have warned.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has turned to data provided by the mobile advertising industry to analyse population movements in the midst of the pandemic.

Owing to a lack of systematic privacy protections in the US, data collected by advertising companies is often extremely detailed: companies with access to GPS location data, such as weather apps or some e-commerce sites, have been known to sell that data on for ad targeting purposes.

Source: Experts warn of privacy risk as US uses GPS to fight coronavirus spread | Technology | The Guardian

Body temperature cameras fuse security with virus screening technology

Cybersecurity and visuals tech company, Platinum CCTV, has unveiled a new thermoptic cybersecurity camera designed to help screen individuals before they enter a facility, to guard against cyber threats and the spread of infectious diseases.

The PT-BF5421-T Thermal/Visible Hybrid IP Security Camera is the next generation in business cybersecurity, providing accurate body temperature readings of plus/minus 0.3 degrees Celsius, while alerting staff to institute facility protocols when needed. Each thermal image is clearly seen and read up to three meters away, with both visible and audible signals sent whenever a high body temperature is detected.

Source: #Privacy: Body temperature cameras fuse security with virus screening technology – PrivSec Report

Marriott says new data breach affects 5.2 million guests

Marriott says guests’ names, loyalty account information and other personal details may have been accessed in the second major data breach to hit the company in less than two years.

approximately 5.2 million guests worldwide may have been affected. The information taken may have included names, addresses, phone numbers, birthdays, loyalty information for linked companies like airlines and room preferences. Marriott said it’s still investigating but it doesn’t believe credit card information, passport numbers or driver’s license information was accessed.

Source: Marriott says new data breach affects 5.2 million guests

Zoom is under privacy scrutiny from the NY Attorney General

The NY attorney general’s office sent a letter to Zoom asking what security measures the company has put in place to handle its huge surge in usage.

It’s also become popular as a tool for socializing. That’s forced the company to address data privacy and security concerns that weren’t as in-focus before, when it was primarily used in the workplace.

“Zoom takes its users’ privacy, security, and trust extremely seriously. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working around-the-clock to ensure that hospitals, universities, schools, and other businesses across the world can stay connected and operational. We appreciate the New York Attorney General’s engagement on these issues and are happy to provide her with the requested information,” the company said in a statement.

Source: Zoom is under privacy scrutiny from the NY Attorney General – Business Insider

Personal details for the entire country of Georgia published online

A file containing personal information for 4,934,863 Georgians has been published on a hacker forum over the weekend.

Personal information such as full names, home addresses, dates of birth, ID numbers, and mobile phone numbers were shared online in a 1.04 GB MDB (Microsoft Access database) file.

Source: Personal details for the entire country of Georgia published online | ZDNet

Attack on Home Routers Sends Users to Spoofed Sites That Push Malware

Researchers are warning that a hack of Linksys and D-Link routers is redirecting users to malicious sites posing as COVID-19 informational resources.

The hacks redirect users to malicious sites that install malware or attempt to phish passwords.

Source: Attack on Home Routers Sends Users to Spoofed Sites That Push Malware | News | Communications of the ACM

Quantum entanglement breakthrough could boost encryption, secure communications 

Using quantum entanglement, a team of researchers has developed a new way to communicate via particles of light.

A team of researchers has published details of a new way to reliably create particles that are well-suited to use in quantum communications, which could lead to the unhackable communication protocols that have long been pitched as one of the most useful applications of the technology.

Source: Quantum entanglement breakthrough could boost encryption, secure communications | ZDNet

Dark web hosting provider hacked again – 7,600 sites down

Daniel’s Hosting (DH), the largest free web hosting provider for dark web services, has shut down today after getting hacked for the second time in 16 months.

Almost 7,600 dark web portals have been taken offline following the hack, during which an attacker deleted the web hosting portal’s entire database.

Source: Dark web hosting provider hacked again — 7,600 sites down | ZDNet

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