Cybersafety Sentinel August 2023 Week 2

Claudiu’s Top Post

A couple of years after 112,000 French Police forces saw their officers’ personal information publicly shared online, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has suffered a databreach that now threatens the safety of 10,000 officers and their families. Doxxing incidents have also been observed against U.S. officers and in Canada, we have seen organized crime take a keen interest in private data in recent years. Read More

Google Fails in $5B Consumer Privacy Lawsuit

A U.S. judge rejected Google’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit claiming it invaded the privacy of millions of people by secretly tracking their internet use. U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers on Monday said she could not find that users consented to letting Google collect information about what they viewed online because the Alphabet unit never explicitly told them it would. Read More

Zoom’s EU Privacy Clash: AI & Data

Three years ago, Zoom resolved a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) dispute regarding deceptive marketing claims about security features, specifically allegations that it exaggerated encryption strength. However, the videoconferencing platform is now embroiled in a similar situation in Europe related to its privacy terms and conditions. Read More

Electoral Commission Apologizes for Breach

Confidence in the UK’s electoral regulator has been thrown into question after it emerged a hostile cyber-attack accessing the data of 40 million voters went undetected for a year and the public was not told for another 10 months. The Electoral Commission apologised for the security breach in which the names and addresses of all voters registered between 2014 and 2022 were open to “hostile actors” as far back as August 2021. Read More

Australia’s Home Affairs: ChatGPT Security Concerns

Staff in the home affairs department have said they could not recall what prompts they had entered into ChatGPT during experiments with the AI chatbot, and documents suggest no real-time records were kept. In May, the department told the Greens senator David Shoebridge it was using the tool in four divisions for “experimentation and learning purposes”. It said at the time that use was “coordinated and monitored”. Read More

White House Unveils School Cybersecurity Plan

The White House on Monday announced a plan to strengthen cybersecurity in public schools amid a growing number of ransomware attacks targeting districts across the country. Administration officials — including first lady Jill Biden, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas — will sit down at the White House Monday with a host of school administrators, teachers, big tech executives, and technology experts to discuss the growing need for better digital security in the nation’s schools. Read More