Cybersafety Sentinel August 2022 Week 2

Claudiu’s Top Post

Acceptance is enabling. There is no other way to say it, but Canadians simply can’t be bothered to question data breaches, to report privacy violations or to care about the security of their own data in the hands of big name companies. Read more

Twitter Exposed Anonymous Accounts

The breach is especially worrisome because many Twitter account owners, including human rights activists, do not disclose their identities in their profiles for security reasons that include fear of persecution by repressive authorities. “This is very bad for many who use pseudonymous Twitter accounts.” Read more

Gmail Attack Bypasses 2FA

“It uses an adversary-in-the-middle (AiTM) attack technique capable of bypassing multi-factor authentication,” the Zscaler research notes, “there are multiple evasion techniques used in various stages of the attack designed to bypass conventional email security and network security solutions.” Read more

Snapchat Rolls Out Family Center

Snapchat on Tuesday introduced its first parental control center.The new tool, called Family Center, promises to give parents more insight into who their teenagers are communicating with on the messaging app — without divulging the content of those conversations. Read more

RCMP Spyware Program

Canada’s former privacy commissioner says he was “surprised” to learn the RCMP had for years used “intrusive” spyware technology to monitor suspects’ encrypted devices. “Certainly there have been many discussions over the years … on the ‘lawful access’ issue. RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki revised that number up to 32 cases between 2017 and 2022, with 49 individual devices monitored. Read more

Amazon Student Facial Recognition

Amazon had urged Chun to stay the discovery until he ruled on the company’s request to dismiss the lawsuit altogether. Chun declined to do so, writing that he “is not convinced” Amazon will prevail on its request for an early dismissal. Proctor U uploaded the image to Amazon Web Services, which deployed Rekognition facial recognition technology on the image, according to her complaint. Read more