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Chinese-made drone app may be spying on Americans

An Android application that controls a drone manufactured by China-based Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) contains a self-update feature that bypasses the Google Play Store, thus creating the ability for the app to transmit sensitive personal information to DJI’s servers or possibly the Chinese government. The DJI GO 4 Android app has been designed for use…
Executive Insight, Perspectives

Inside the Dark Web: 4 Misconceptions and How Security Teams Can Change Minds and Benefit

While the dark web offers a haven for criminals and serves as inspiration for Hollywood blockbusters, it’s much more mundane in real life. Still, many businesses feed into the fallacies surrounding the dark side of the Internet, ultimately delaying their ability to protect employees and consumers. Our industry really needs to shed some light on…
Coronavirus

NYC schools step away as Zoom sets remediation plan

Concerns over privacy prompted New York City to ban the use of Zoom by city schools and move instead to an approved platform like Google Meet or Microsoft Teams “as soon as possible.” “We want people to gradually transition to another format,” Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s coronavirus press conference…
Hollywood
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Ransomware, Security News

REvil hackers extort law firm with Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Elton John as clients

Cyberattackers have breached a high-profile entertainment and media law firm, infecting the practice with ransomware and stealing files that apparently pertain to its star clients, including Lady Gaga, Madonna, Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige. A cyber analyst who requested anonymity provided SC Media with content posted on the…
Coronavirus

Reports of COVID-19 malware threats heavier in states with increased testing

Newly published telemetry data collected by the researchers at Bitdefender suggests that U.S. reports of coronavirus-themed malware threat activity have been heaviest in states where testing has increased and the total number of confirmed infections has grown. Among U.S. states, California reported the most threats in both March and April, followed by Texas. New York…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Security News

Hacker-for-hire groups profit by commoditizing APT tactics

In the span of just over three months, researchers have exposed three mercenary, “hacker-for-hire” groups engaging in industrial espionage and stealing corporate secrets for profit. Despite using tactics, techniques and procedures that are more typical of a nation-state ATP group, these threat actors –  Dark Basin, DeathStalker and an unnamed third entity group detailed late last month by Bitdefender –…
Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Paay open database exposes 2.5M transactions, challenges PCI compliance

The start-up payment processing firm Paay that promotes itself as providing extra security to online transactions called that claim into question when it misconfigured a payment card database, exposing 2.5 million credit card transactions and raising concerns over PCI compliance. New York-based Paay was exposed by security researcher Anurag Sen who found transaction information that…
Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Privacy in critical care after telehealth demands jump

As coughs and body aches drive anxious Americans to telemed services in record numbers, relieving the burden on medical facilities stressed to breaking with COVID-19 cases, the subsequent relaxation of privacy requirements puts them at risk of PHI compromises, cyberattacks and privacy violations. The shift to online medicine has resulted in the dissemination of a…
Executive Insight, Opinion

How insurance CISOs can address cloud migration security concerns

The cloud is hardly new for most industries, but insurance is still in its early days with respect to widespread adoption. While solid progress is being made—a recent report from Novarica shows that more than 70% of insurers now use cloud computing (more than triple the last few years)—most have implemented it only in segments…
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