Microsoft exposed 250 million customer support records

Databases containing 14 years’ worth of customer support logs were publicly accessible with no password protection. Over 250 million customer service and support records were exposed by Microsoft over a two-day period in December 2019 due to a server misconfiguration. Since the records weren’t secured with any authentication measures, anyone with an internet connection and … More Microsoft exposed 250 million customer support records

Dating apps share personal data with advertisers, study says

Some of the most popular dating services may be violating GDPR or other privacy laws. Unbeknownst to their users, several popular dating apps, including Tinder, OkCupid and Grindr, share detailed personal data on their users with third parties for advertising purposes, a study conducted by the Norwegian Consumer Council has found. The details spanned the gamut and … More Dating apps share personal data with advertisers, study says

Can regulations improve cybersecurity? In APAC, opinions vary

An ESET-commissioned survey among enterprises also shows that while respondents in most countries agree on the need to bolster cyber-defenses, some are reluctant to adopt cybersecurity solutions. As technology evolves by leaps and bounds every year, so does the threat landscape and bad actors keep coming up with new threats. That’s not scaremongering, it’s a … More Can regulations improve cybersecurity? In APAC, opinions vary

Five ways to strengthen employee cybersecurity awareness

How can organizations foster a workplace environment that enables employees to acquire the skills needed to keep cyber-threats at bay? Since human error has a well-documented history of causing many breaches, no organization can afford to overlook the importance of ensuring that its employees are aware of online dangers. This is mainly why the first instalment in our … More Five ways to strengthen employee cybersecurity awareness

Are you sure you wiped your hard drive properly?

Almost 60% of second-hand hard drives hold leftover data from previous owners, a study shows. Have you ever seen a hacker movie? When the other shoe drops, you can see the black hat scrambling for their computer, tearing out their hard drives and trying to erase them. They may even run neodymium magnets over them … More Are you sure you wiped your hard drive properly?

Nearly all of Ecuador’s citizens caught up in data leak

The humongous collection of extensive personal details about millions of people could be a gold mine for scam artists. Almost every single citizen of Ecuador, a country of some 16.6 million people, is believed to have been affected by a new massive data leak, reads a report from vpnMentor. Two weeks ago, the firm discovered a … More Nearly all of Ecuador’s citizens caught up in data leak

Firefox 69: Third‑Party Tracking Cookies and Cryptomining Now Blocked by Default

Firefox new Enhanced Tracking Protection (ETP) feature launched to all users of the browser to offer better privacy and protection from cryptojacking. Protecting user’s privacy is a long-time preoccupation in IT security, and corporations are also taking action. We saw another example this week with Firefox Version 69.0. Since Tuesday September 3, third-party tracking cookies … More Firefox 69: Third‑Party Tracking Cookies and Cryptomining Now Blocked by Default