Category Archives for "Security"

Cisco contradicts Dutton’s claim breaking digital encryption won’t create ‘back doors’

The telecommunications provider Cisco has contradicted Peter Dutton’s claims the government’s new bill to compel tech companies to break digital encryption will not result in “back doors” in their products.

At a committee hearing in Canberra on Friday, witnesses from Cisco, Optus and Telstra called for a better definition of the bill’s main safeguard that tech companies cannot be asked to build “systemic” weaknesses into their products.

Full article: Cisco contradicts Dutton’s claim breaking digital encryption won’t create ‘back doors’ | World news | The Guardian

Do you know your data breach response?

Insurance is something you buy but hope you never need. In the event of an incident, you want to have a smooth process in place so that you can get back up and running as quickly as possible. So, alongside your compliance procedures, it’s also important to put a process in place for any potential breach and keep it up to date over time. Even organisations with the best security and privacy preparations in place will face incidents, due to the sheer volume of new security flaws being discovered.

Full article: Do you know your data breach response?

Regulator in Ireland asks for more knowledge on Google+ data breach

The Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC) is to ask Google for more details regarding a bug which led to the revealing of 500,000 Google+ users this week, a CNBC report reveals. The ubiquitous search engine giant took to social media on Monday to disclose the issue to the world, admitting that the glitch meant tech developers could access Google+ users’ personal details.

Source: Regulator in Ireland asks for more knowledge on Google+ data breach

Nearly half of enterprise brands believe they are at risk of a website data breach

Recent research has revealed that nearly half (46%) of enterprises believe they have a probable (or greater) risk of a website data breach. 15%of enterprises also admitted that they have a definite, known risk. 67% have not evaluated, considered, or yet implemented marketing security for their website.

Source: Nearly half of enterprise brands believe they are at risk of a website data breach

How One Privacy-First Search Engine Is Benefiting From Google’s Mistakes

DuckDuckGo is a pro-privacy company taking an aggressive stance on not tracking people across all corners of the internet. One has to wonder if its product practically markets itself in 2018. With an endless parade of headlines centered around violations of user privacy by the likes of Google and Facebook, it’s no wonder DuckDuckGo experienced 50% growth in the last year, with its daily searches crossing the 30 million mark.

Source: How One Privacy-First Search Engine Is Benefiting From Google’s Mistakes

When big companies are hacked, should they have to disclose it immediately?

That old truism from the Watergate affair also applies to the scandals plaguing some of the world’s biggest tech companies. Google+ hack that the company sat on for months and did not disclose until the Wall Street Journal came knocking.

Full article: When big companies are hacked, should they have to disclose it immediately? – Recode

How to check what Facebook hackers accessed in your account

Facebook set up a website that its 2 billion global users can use to check if their accounts have been accessed, and if so, exactly what information was stolen. It will also provide guidance on how to spot and deal with suspicious emails or texts. Facebook will also send messages directly to those people affected by the hack.

On that page, following some preliminary information about the investigation, the question “Is my Facebook account impacted by this security issue?” appears midway down. It will also provide information specific to your account if you’re logged into Facebook.

Source: How to check what Facebook hackers accessed in your account

Google promises tighter and better privacy controls

Google announced plans to improve privacy for customers on Android, Gmail, and other services and apps that make use of Google account data.

The company published findings of an internal project called Strobe; it used the project to analyze how third-party developers interact with Google account and Android device data, and whether interactions affected user privacy.

Google made the decision to shut down Google+, the company’s social networking service, and make a number of other changes to strengthen user privacy by limiting developers or changing existing workflows.

Source: Google promises tighter and better privacy controls – gHacks Tech News

Google taking new steps to prevent malicious Chrome extensions

Google has announced plans to further restrict Chrome extensions in a bid to crack down on the number of malicious extensions found in the Chrome Web Store. The first new measure is to give the users of extensions greater control over which sites extensions can access. The other measures are applied to the extension development process.

Source: Google taking new steps to prevent malicious Chrome extensions | Ars Technica

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