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Apple claims to have removed parental control apps from App Store over privacy concerns

Apple Monday defended the recent removal of multiple parental control apps from the App Store, saying it did so over privacy concerns. “We recently removed several parental control apps from the App Store, and we did it for a simple reason: they put users’ privacy and security at risk,” according to a company statement. The tech…
Coronavirus, Data Breach, Phishing, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Corporate VPNs in danger as vishing attacks target home workers

Multiple hacking gangs are preying on remote workforces and corporate VPNs through vishing attacks that are more efficient, dangerous and ubiquitous than ever, prompting the U.S. government to issue both a warning and advice on how to thwart them. “The news has spread throughout the hacker community and multiple groups are now doing this,” said…
Malware, Mobile Security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Glupteba malware leverages blockchain as a communications channel

Glupteba malware does something novel: It uses the bitcoin blockchain as a communications channel to receive updated configuration information. That’s important because malware always needs a way to go back to its home base, preferably without being detected, according to a paper released this week by Sophos Labs researchers. The new form of malware sprinkles…
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Is TikTok out of time? Experts mull implications of ban

Edicts by Wells Fargo, India and the U.S. military forbidding use of popular Chinese video-sharing app TikTok, may portend a national ban and raise questions if such a prohibition would be practical and enforceable, and what the greater implications would be. Owned by Beijing-based internet technology company ByteDance, TikTok has been downloaded more than 2…
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Are your fleet’s vehicles leaking your data secrets?

Enterprise CISOs are used to worrying about corporate data leaks via typical mobile, remote locations, IoT and Shadow IT. But what about the vehicles used by so many people who have access to the systems and data you are paid to protect? Although those vehicles technically fall into many of those categories (mobile, remote and…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Commerce imposes prohibitions on TikTok, WeChat

After previously expressing support for Oracle’s planned partnering with TikTok, the Trump administration took a step back from the deal Friday with the Commerce Department putting prohibitions on transactions related to the video-sharing platform and, separately, on the mobile communications app WeChat, both owned by Chinese companies. President Trump had said at a Wednesday news…
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San Francisco vote could lead to facial recognition ban

With its Board of Supervisors poised to vote today, San Francisco may become the first city in the U.S. to ban police and city agencies from using facial recognition technology. The use of facial recognition technology has become more prevalent in recent years with proponents praising its importance in helping law enforcement solve crime and…
Mobile Security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Analysis of popular apps finds rampant sharing of personal data

An analysis of 10 highly popular Android apps found what researchers are calling the “out of control” sharing of potentially sensitive information with third parties, in some cases in likely violation of Europe’s GDPR privacy regulations. The findings, which were published in a report issued by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC), prompted a coalition of…
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Oracle will inherit TikTok security, privacy headaches

By partnering with the popular Chinese videosharing platform TikTok, Oracle will inherit a laundry list of security and privacy issues once the deal is approved, as soon as Sept. 20, by TikTok parent company ByteDance. TikTok boasts 100 million users in the U.S. and 689 million globally. Earlier this year President Trump threatened to ban…
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12th annual Data Privacy Day advice: complicated passwords, VPNs and fines

Considering the hundreds of millions of records exposed in data breaches just last year, the 12th annual Data Privacy Day could not arrive quickly enough. On the plus side for privacy, at least for EU residents, GDPR went into effect last May and will soon be joined by the California Consumer Privacy Act and other…
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