As the last U.S. military flight lifted off Tuesday evening from the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, what's been left behind reportedly includes a vast trove of biometric data that could be used to identify - including for interrogation or execution - individuals who assisted the occupying NATO forces.
Phishing, ransomware and unauthorized access remain the leading causes of personal data breaches as well as violations of data protection rules, Britain's privacy watchdog reports. The U.K. government has also been caught out by breaches and leaks involving military secrets and CCTV footage from a government building.
Researchers at The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto say they've found a new zero-click iMessage exploit that's been used by the government of Bahrain to install the NSO Group's Pegasus spyware on the devices of human rights and political activists.
To help balance security and user convenience, organizations should offer centralized user access to applications, says Krishnamurthy Rajesh, head of IT and information security at ICRA, an India-based credit rating agency.
Israel-based digital intelligence company Cellebrite is halting sales to Bangladesh, citing human rights concerns. The move comes after the U.N. on Friday called for a moratorium on the sale of "life-threatening" surveillance technology, singling out Israel's NSO Group for criticism.
The ransomware attack that targeted Colonial Pipeline Co. in May compromised the personal information of more than 5,800 individuals, mainly current and former employees, according to a breach notification letter.
Pakistan’s Cyber Security Policy 2021 aims to build a resilient cybersecurity and governance framework and promotes collaboration with global CERTs. But there’s still some ambiguity around defining critical infrastructure and establishing forensic labs.
More organizations are taking a "privacy by design" approach to their applications, says Barry Cook, group data protection and privacy officer at VFS Global, a Dubai-based visa outsourcing and technology services company. It's part of an effort to balance privacy and the benefits of convenience.
A consolidated class action lawsuit filed against mobile game developer Zynga after it suffered a 2019 data breach looks set to be handled instead via arbitration. A judge notes that users agreed to arbitration in the terms and conditions, and so far, they've failed to prove they suffered any financial harm.
Amazon reports that it's been fined 746 million euros ($885 million) under the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation for violating privacy rights in its advertising program. The company says it plans to appeal.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the disappearance of ransomware-as-a-service groups, such as REvil and Darkside, and how that impacts the wider cybercrime ecosystem. Also featured: ransomware recovery tips; regulating cyber surveillance tools.
Calls are growing for an investigation into how commercial Pegasus spyware developed by Israel's NSO Group gets sold to autocratic governments and used to target journalists, lawyers, human rights advocates and others, with some lawmakers saying "the hacking-for-hire industry must be brought under control."
Australia's data regulator has found that Uber interfered with the privacy of 1.2 million of its customers as a result of a 2016 global data breach. Uber says it's made improvements to its systems and its internal security policies.
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