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IoT bill would require gov’t use devices meeting cybersecurity standards

If passed, the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019, introduced in the Senate and House Monday, would compel the U.S. government to purchase only devices that meet the legislation’s minimum security requirements “While I’m excited about their life-changing potential, I’m also concerned that many IoT devices are being sold without appropriate safeguards and protections in…
FTC chairwoman warns of IoT security and privacy risks
Government/Defense, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

FEMA shared personal data on more than 2M disaster survivors

A “major privacy breach” at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) shared information with a contractor – including banking details – on more than two million Americans who were victims of disaster, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General.  FEMA overshared the personal information on survivors of three hurricanes –…
Data Breach, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Image-I-Nation supply chain breach exposes data of major credit agencies’ customers

Image-I-Nation Technologies, Inc., which provides hosting services and software to consumer reporting agencies like Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, experienced a supply chain breach that left users’ personal information exposed for as long as two weeks. Last Dec. 20, the company “discovered that there had been unauthorized access to our database containing the personal information of…
Data Breach, Database security, Government, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Unsecured storage bucket exposes applications for birth certificate copies

A leaky Amazon Web Services storage bucket has exposed more than 752,000 applications requesting copies of birth certificates. A report yesterday by TechCrunch said the unsecured data set dates back to late 2017, but was just recently discovered by U.K.-based penetration testing company Fidus Information Security. The data is managed by a company that helps…
Data Breach, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Revengeful hacker leaks database info after researcher threatens to reveal identities

A hacker going by the name of NightLion apparently breached the backend servers at data leak monitoring service DataViper and exfiltrated data, including more than 8,200 databases, as an act of revenge against a security researcher who plans to reveal the identity of Shiny Hunters, Gnostic Players, #TheDarkOverlord and other subgroups. DataViper, managed by Night…
Coronavirus, Government, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News, Website/Web Server Security

Kentucky is 6th state to disclose leak of unemployment claims amid Covid-19

Kentucky has become the sixth state to disclose a data leak related to unemployment-related forms that has taken place during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) on Thursday acknowledged that a vulnerability in its Unemployment Insurance Portal caused a data leak that allowed insurance claimants to view the identity verification…
Plans include an open standard that would shrink users' dependency on passwords.
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Biometrics and AI firm team up for first U.S. biometric database amidst criticism

Biometrics firm SureID and AI-startup firm Robbie.AI are teaming up to launch the first U.S. biometric database. SureID has a nationwide network of fingerprint enrollment kiosks while Robbie.AI uses technology to authenticate using AI-based facial recognition and behavioral prediction that could be combined to create a nationwide biometric databased for consumer focused initiatives, according to…
Coronavirus, Data Breach, Government/Defense, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Feds arrest teen Twitter hack leader, accomplices

The ringleader of the Twitter breach that used prominent accounts to run a cryptocurrency scam turns out to be a 17-year-old in Tampa arrested earlier today. Two accomplices, Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando and Mason Sheppard, 19, in the U.K., known as Rolex and Chaewon, respectively, were also arrested in the scheme that took over…
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Leaky Chinese database exposes 42.5 million records from data apps

An unsecured Elastic database seemingly owned by an entity in China has exposed 42.5 million records of dating app users, most of them American. “The strange thing about this discovery was that there were multiple dating applications all storing data inside this database,” security researcher Jeremiah Fowler, who discovered the database, wrote in a blog…
Security in 2015: Biometrics
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Warner presses CBP on security best practices for third-party contractors

After photos of travelers and vehicles crossing U.S. borders were nicked from a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) subcontractor through a cyberattack, and Suprema BioStar 2 exposed more than 1 million fingerprint records along with facial recognition information and other sensitive data, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., pressed CBP for details on how it ensures third-party…
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