Privacy legislation may soon affect smaller businesses

Why smaller businesses cannot afford to ignore how they gather, store and protect data. Between breaches and privacy gaffes at global mega-corporations, more people are on edge about protecting digital data. Consumers want to be able to control what companies collect and store, and many businesses want to be able to recoup costs for online … More Privacy legislation may soon affect smaller businesses

Cyberattack exposes travelers’ photos, says US border agency

The images, collected over one and a half months, were taken as the travelers crossed an unspecified border point. The United States’ Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that a security incident at one of its subcontractors has compromised the photos of thousands of travelers entering and departing the country. In addition to the … More Cyberattack exposes travelers’ photos, says US border agency

Spain’s top football league fined over its app’s ‘tactics’

La Liga has taken substantial flak for tapping into microphones and geolocation services in fans‘ phones in a bid to root out piracy. Spain’s national data protection agency AEPD has slapped a fine of €250,000 (US$280,000) on the country’s top-flight football league, La Liga, for failing to make it adequately clear to users of its … More Spain’s top football league fined over its app’s ‘tactics’

Critical bug found in popular mail server software

If exploited, the security hole in Exim could allow attackers to run arbitrary commands on vulnerable mail servers. Exim, the popular mail transfer agent (MTA) software, contains a critical-rated vulnerability that can, in some scenarios, enable remote attackers to run commands of their choice on unpatched mail servers, researchers from Qualys have found. Tracked under CVE-2019-10149, the remote … More Critical bug found in popular mail server software

Wajam: From start-up to massively-spread adware

How a Montreal-made “social search engine” application has managed to become widely-spread adware, while escaping consequences. Background Wajam Internet Technologies is a start-up founded in December 2008 by Martin-Luc Archambault (a famous entrepreneur in Quebec) and based in Montreal, Canada. The core product of the company is a social search engine application (i.e. it allows … More Wajam: From start-up to massively-spread adware

Over 2.3 billion files exposed online

Millions of files that are sitting out in the open across various file storage technologies are actually encrypted by ransomware. More than 2.3 billion files have been found inadvertently exposed online over the past year, reads a report from threat intelligence outfit Digital Shadows. The firm’s new ‘Too Much Information: The Sequel’ report follows up … More Over 2.3 billion files exposed online

What the ban on facial recognition tech will – and will not – do

As San Francisco moves to regulate the use of facial recognition systems, we reflect on some of the many ‘faces’ of the fast-growing technology. Last week, San Francisco became the first city in the United States to ban the use of facial recognition technology, at least by law enforcement, local agencies, and the city’s transport … More What the ban on facial recognition tech will – and will not – do