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D-Link agrees to overhaul security in FTC settlement

D-Link agreed to make several security enhancements that overhaul the firm’s security platform to settle a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) litigation case concerning allegations that the company misrepresented the security of its products.  The case stems from a 2017 complaint against D-Link for the company’s routers and IoT cameras leaving sensitive consumer information, including live…

Leahy bill would end bulk data collection, introduce reforms

Border-surveillance subcontractor suspended after cyberattack

Border-surveillance subcontractor Perceptics was suspended by The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after a cyberattack against the firm revealed sensitive monitoring details. The license-plate scanner and surveillance equipment firm was hit by an unknown assailant in an attack that revealed images of “fewer than 100,000” travelers faces, images of license plates, equipment schematics, HR…

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Hong Kong protesters fear gov’t use of facial recognition, surveillance tech

Fear that the government will draw facial recognition technology from its arsenal of digital surveillance tools to identify protesters in Hong Kong has prompted some to take evasive action to diminish or eliminate their digital footprints. Some protesters are deleting posts on social media as well as shutting off their phones’ location tracking features, even…

Report: Ransomware attack disrupts Georgia’s court system

The state of Georgia’s court system has reportedly been hit by a ransomware attack, according to local NBC affiliate WXIA-TV, citing Administrative Office of the Courts spokesman Bruce Shaw. The website www.georgia.courts.gov, which represents the Administrative Office of the Courts as well as the Judicial Council of Georgia is not operational as of 1:30 p.m.…

Medtronic recalls insulin pumps due to potential of hacker sabotage

Medical device manufacturer Medtronic plc took the unusual step of issuing a recall for several of its insulin pump products due to serious hacking concerns that were detailed in a pair of security alerts from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and ICS-CERT. The root cause of the scare is an improper access control vulnerability…

Russian-based misinformation campaign sends fake news from spoofed accounts

A Russian-based information operations campaign used fake social media accounts across multiple platforms to attack western interests.  Researchers from the Center for Strategic & International Studies detailed a report on a  Russian-based misinformation operations campaign that used fake social media accounts across multiple platforms, at times impersonating real individuals who were politically active in their home…

Sun Prairie, Wis. warns of data breach after intruder accesses employee email accounts

For nearly two months this year, an unauthorized party had illegitimate access to the email accounts of certain employees working for the city of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. These accounts contained sensitive data such as Social Security numbers, account logins and passwords, drivers’ licenses, state identification numbers, bank and financial account numbers, medical information and payment…

GOP senators nix vote on Election Security Act, similar bills wend their way through Congress

Republicans in the Senate rebuffed an attempt by presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., ranking member of the Senate Rules Committee, to bring the Election Security Act to a vote Tuesday. “We know there’s a continued threat against our democracy. What we need to do now is address these facts with a common purpose, to…

Mueller will testify publicly before House Intelligence, Judiciary Committees after subpoenas

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify publicly about his recently completed Russia probe on July 17 after receiving subpoenas from the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. Mueller, who said during his only public appearance regarding his much-anticipated report last May that he didn’t want to testify before Congress, will face questions from both committees…

Jury awards Minneapolis officer punitive damages for illegal searches of her DMV records

A federal jury last week awarded a Minneapolis policewoman $585,000 after determining that fellow city employees, including other law enforcement officers, repeatedly accessed her DMV records without any legal justification. Officer Amy Krekelberg originally filed suit in a Minnesota federal district court in 2013, alleging multiple violations of the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act from 2009…

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