Meta fined €265m over data protection breach that hit more than 500m users

Facebook’s owner has been fined €265m (£230m) by the Irish data watchdog after a breach that resulted in the details of more than 500 million users being published online. The Data Protection Commission (DPC) said Meta had infringed two articles Read More …

NHS tech chief dismisses concerns over loss of statutory power to protect patient data

An outgoing NHS tech chief has defended the decision to merge his organization with a UK government-run unit, arguably diluting the statuary protection of patient data. Simon Bolton, interim chief executive of the soon-to-be-defunct NHS Digital, said the merger of Read More …

US senator reveals how US Customs has amassed data from Americans’ devices

Every year, thousands of Americans have their phones and other devices searched at the border before they travel abroad. Now, a US senator has revealed that when it searches these devices, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) downloads their contents Read More …

Ex-Twitter exec blows the whistle, alleging reckless and negligent cybersecurity policies

Twitter has major security problems that pose a threat to its own users’ personal information, to company shareholders, to national security, and to democracy, according to an explosive whistleblower disclosure obtained exclusively by CNN and The Washington Post. The disclosure, Read More …

Sensitive FBI, Interpol Info Leaked From Israeli Firm Cellebrite, Court Documents Show

Sensitive and confidential information relating to intelligence, defense and law enforcement agencies across the globe, including the FBI and Interpol, leaked from Israeli firm Cellebrite, according to court documents cleared for publication at Haaretz’s request. The information is from 2015-2017 Read More …

Weak data protection helped China attack US Federal Reserve, report says

China’s cyber espionage activities are extensive and sophisticated but when the Middle Kingdom tried to steal sensitive economic data from the US Fed, poor security meant its operatives didn’t have to dip too far into their bags of tricks. Or Read More …

FDNY seeks firewall to stop doxxing, hacking of rescue workers’ personal data

The FDNY is seeking to build a digital firewall to protect the Big Apple’s thousands of rescue workers from cyberattacks, including “doxxing,” The Post has learned. The department recently put out a call in the City Record for consultant services Read More …

Ukraine’s secret cyber-defense that blunts Russian attacks: excellent backups

The Kremlin-backed cyberattack against satellite communications provider Viasat, which happened an hour before Russia invaded Ukraine, was “one of the biggest cyber events that we have seen, perhaps ever, and certainly in warfare,” according to Dmitri Alperovitch, a co-founder of Read More …

Healthcare organizations face rising ransomware attacks – and are paying up

Healthcare organizations, already an attractive target for ransomware given the highly sensitive data they hold, saw such attacks almost double between 2020 and 2021, according to a survey released this week by Sophos. The outfit’s team also found that while Read More …