Cybersafety Sentinel June 2022 Week 5

Claudiu’s Top Post

Law enforcement agencies are now finding it necessary to advise the public that cybercriminals are using #deepfakes to impersonate job applicants and secure #remote work and work-at-home positions with access to customer #PII, financial data, corporate IT databases and/or proprietary information.
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Probe of iOS and Android Tracking

“Apple and Google both designed their mobile operating systems, iOS and Android, to include unique tracking identifiers which they have specifically marketed for advertising purposes,” the letter said. “This is because some data brokers sell databases that explicitly link these advertising identifiers to consumers’ names, email addresses, and telephone numbers.
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KCF Advisor’s Students Win Gold

Students at Centre Wellington District High School (CWDHS) put their skills to the test and took home several medals from the 2022 Skills Ontario Competition, with one team also taking home gold at the national level. CWDHS Grade 11 students Mark Reynolds and Landon Harrison won gold at the provincials before going onto nationals, where they once again took home gold in 3D character animation for their animated short film.
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Faceprint’ Tracking

Facial recognition has come a long way since it was first developed in the 1960s, although the error rate varies significantly between different systems used today. The best face identification algorithm has an error rate of just 0.08%, according to tests by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The error rate for individuals captured “in the wild” can be as high as 9.3%.
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CSE: Offensive Hacking Operations

Canada’s cyber defence agency says it has used its new powers to conduct offensive operations to disrupt foreign extremists trying to recruit Canadians to their causes or cripple cybercriminals targeting Canadians. In its latest 2021-2022 annual report , CSE published the first, albeit very broad, details about how it has used those offensive powers. Read more

TikTok National Security Risk

In the wake of a recent BuzzFeed News report that found that TikTok US user data was accessed repeatedly in China, a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission called on Apple and Google to remove the social-media platform from its app stores. “At its core, TikTok functions as a sophisticated surveillance tool that harvests extensive amounts of personal and sensitive data.” Read more