Cybersafety Sentinel November 2022 Week 1

Claudiu’s Top Post

If the Covid19 infodemic has taught us anything, it is that viral #misinformation is a modern society” plague with real-world harms. Do you remember when “post-truth” was the 2016 Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year? 6 Years later, it remains what has been called “The major challenge of our time”, with 64%of adults believing that “it causes a great deal of confusion globally”. Read More

Facebook Has a Hidden Privacy Tool

Facebook almost certainly has your phone number and email address, even if you never handed them over. Facebook’s parent firm Meta has quietly rolled out a new service that lets people check whether the firm holds their contact information, such as their phone number or email address, and delete and block it. Read More

‘Emotional Analysis’ Technologies

The information commissioner has warned companies to steer clear of “emotional analysis” technologies or face fines, because of the “pseudoscientific” nature of the field. Such technologies attempt to infer information about mental states using data such as the shininess of someone’s skin, or fleeting “micro expressions” on their faces. Read More

Malware Disguised as .Zip Invoices

Trustwave SpiderLabs’ spam traps have identified an increase in threats packaged in password-protected archives with about 96% of these being spammed by the Emotet Botnet. Disguised as an invoice, the attachment in either ZIP or ISO format, contained a nested self-extracting (SFX) archive. Read More

Data of 2.5M People Exposed

According to the FTC’s complaint, Drizly and Rellas were alerted to problems with the company’s data security procedures following an earlier security incident. This action is part of the FTC’s aggressive efforts to ensure that companies are protecting consumers’ data and that careless CEOs learn from their data security failures. Read More

Canadian Firms Hit by Ransomware

The RCMP recently said that after recovering cryptocurrency paid by Canadian firms, some firms refused to take the money back, fearing publicity over admitting they were hit by the malware. As for spending more money on cyber security, Swan said the majority of firms he encounters skimp on network administration, network maintenance, “and especially cyber security. Read More