Global payment companies Mastercard and Visa say they are making progress toward storing all their data on Indians within the country and wiping out data related to Indian transactions that's stored overseas. The moves are an effort to comply with Reserve Bank of India's directive on data localization.
News aggregator Flipboard has initiated a systemwide password reset affecting as many as 150 million users following two database intrusions. Flipboard doesn't collect ID or financial information, but users could be at risk if they have reused their Flipboard password on other services.
Retired Supreme Court Justice B.N. Srikrishna, who headed the committee that drafted the proposed Indian data protection bill, acknowledges that the bill's breach notification requirements will need further clarification.
One year after Europe's tough new GDPR privacy law went into full effect, authorities in Britain have seen the number of annual data breach notifications more than quadruple. Meanwhile, the number of data protection complaints filed by Europeans has doubled.
A security researcher has reported that the mobile phone numbers, and in some cases, other information, of 300 million Indians that use the Truecaller caller ID app are available for sale on the dark web. But the maker of the app says its database was not breached.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares to begin a second term as a result of the recently completed elections, which saw the Bharatiya Janata Party retain control of Parliament, some security experts are upbeat about the prospects for cybersecurity progress in India.
The former owner of the company behind the LeakedSource.com website, which trafficked in billions of stolen login credentials, will pay a fine equivalent to the money he made off the scam, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Despite multiple government agencies being formed to fight cybercrime, efforts need to be made for better coordination between them, said Lt Gen (retd) Rajesh Pant, the newly appointed national cybersecurity coordinator, PM Office, Government of India.
There's been a potential leak of personally identifiable information from Instagram, but it's not clear yet whether the data on 49 million users came directly from the social media company. A database that was left online without password protection has since been taken down.
The Department of Homeland Security is warning that Chinese-made drones could be sending sensitive data back to their manufacturers, where it can be accessed by the government, according to news reports.
Data localization would increase costs to cloud service providers and change the services available for consumers, says Venkatesh Krishnamoorthy, country manager, India, for BSA, who calls for minimizing regulatory burdens.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a long-expected executive order that bans the purchase of telecommunication equipment from nations deemed to pose a spying risk. Also, Huawei was banned by the Commerce Department from buying U.S. components without obtaining a license first.
Equifax has reported a loss in its latest quarter due to ongoing incident response, legal, investigative and corporate information security overhaul costs resulting from its 2017 data breach. The credit reporting giant says that so far, it's spent $1.4 billion as a result of the massive breach.
An unsecured database belonging to Canadian mobile operator Freedom Mobile exposed personal details and unencrypted payment card data, according to two security researchers who discovered the data. The database has since been secured, with Freedom Mobile blaming the error on a third-party provider.
To fight against fake news that can influence elections, the government of India should adopt new legislation that creates specific requirements for action by social media companies, says cyber lawyer Karnika Seth.