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Georgia voting system on trial, plaintiffs call for paper ballots to replace machines

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A Georgia court today heard arguments concerning that state’s voting apparatus and its susceptibility to being hacked, along with an argument by the plaintiffs asking the state to dump their electronic machines and switch to paper ballots for the upcoming election. During the day-long proceedings, the court heard testimony from several cybersecurity experts who stated…

Survey: Nearly one-third of breached companies reported job losses after data breach

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Nearly one-third of surveyed companies that experienced a data breach in the previous 12 months said the incident cost certain employees their jobs. Conducted by Kaspersky Lab last March and April, the “Global Corporate IT Security Risks Survey” elicited responses from 5,878 businesses across 29 countries. Among this data set, 1,062 small-to-medium-sized businesses and 863…

Internet companies push for national privacy law

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The Internet Association, which represents more than 40 companies, including Facebook, Alphabet, Microsoft and Twitter, came out Tuesday in favor “an economy-wide, national approach to regulation that protects the privacy of all Americans” rather than adhere to a bundle of individual state laws like the recently passed California  Consumer Privacy Act. The group seeks “meaningful controls over how…

Diluted Freedom Act passes House to privacy advocates' dismay

Facebook and Twitter offer Senators progress report on efforts to thwart foreign influence campaigns

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In a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing today, executives from Facebook and Twitter attempted to convince lawmakers that they have successfully stepped up efforts to combat foreign influencers’ attempts to abuse their platforms in order to spread disinformation and sow discord amongst democratic institutions. Facebook also fielded questions related to its oft criticized user data privacy practices, while Google invited scorn by…

U.S. Treasury calls for national data breach notification and increased data protections

The U.S. Treasury is calling for sweeping changes in fin-tech consumer protections, including an increased control given to consumers over their data and a national data breach notification standard. The agency also called for the embracing of efficient and responsible use of consumer financial data and competitive technologies, according to a July 31 report. The…

Phishing attack compromised the data of 1.4 million UnityPoint Health patients

UnityPoint Health in Des Moines, Iowa, is warning patients of a data breach that could impact 1.4 million patients. A series of phishing attacks disguised as emails from a trusted executive within the organization resulted in an employee taking the bait enabling access to sensitive company information. Patient information including names, addresses, dates of birth,…

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