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California under counted COVID-19 cases after certificate expired

Expired certificates likely contributed to one of two data glitches that had California undercounting new COVID-19 cases for more than a week – leading, some believe, to the resignation of the state’s public health director. “Certificates act as identities for all kinds of machines; they control the flow of sensitive data. When certificates expire applications,…

Financial institutions likely to doubledown on security spending

Prior to the pandemic, financial institutions spent an average $2,700 on cybersecurity per full-time employee, up from $2,300 the previous year. COVID-19 now drives the need for companies to doubledown on cybersecurity going forward, according to a study from Deloitte’s cyber risk and strategic risk services group in conjunction with the Financial Services Information Sharing…

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…

Justice charges Chinese nationals in hacking campaign

Two Chinese hackers working with the Ministry of State Security, and charged by the Justice Department on Tuesday, allegedly ran a more-than-decade-long campaign hacking into the systems of hundreds of companies, governments, NGOs, dissidents, human rights activists and even clergy, nicking intellectual property and proprietary business research and more recently targeting companies developing COVID-19 vaccines,…

U.K. Covid-19 Test and Trace violated GDPR

The U.K. government violated data privacy regulated Europe’s GDPR by implementing a NHS Test and Trace program to monitor the spread of COVID-19 without also establishing a required Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA). Privacy advocacy organization Open Rights Group (ORG) issued a complaint against Public Health England (PHE), which launched the program on May 28,…

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Rise in DDoS attacks lost in pandemic

Though they might get lost in all the other security threats exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, DDoS attacks, unsurprisingly, ticked up during the first part of 2020, most handily absorbed by the internet backbone – and the defensive efforts of targeted companies. Disruptions at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon and streaming companies in mid-June stoked…

U.S. universities at risk of back-to-school and Covid-19 email fraud

The top 20 universities based in the U.S. are failing to implement proper DMARC protections and policies, opening the door for fraudsters to spoof their email domains and convincingly impersonate them at a time when students are likely expecting to receive a wealth digital communications related to back-to-school instructions, researchers warn. In particular, students and…

Microsoft phishing domains takedown aimed at familiar criminals refocused on Covid-19

Microsoft has seized a number of phishing domains in an attempt to disrupt cybercriminals who recently switched targets to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to a civil suit brought by the tech giant, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia issued an order that let Microsoft take control of…

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Home routers largely unpatched, raising risk during Covid-19 WFH

Employers who have suddenly shifted a large percentage of their workforce to remote due to Covid-19 no doubt will shudder by the findings of a new Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics study that concluded no home router was without security vulnerabilities. The German tech think tank analyzed 127 home routers from seven…

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