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Australian industry groups issue wish list of encryption law changes

Worth following as a rehearsal for legislation currently being drafted in other jurisdictions...: [...] "The legislation shows a blatant disregard for and misunderstanding of how the Internet works, how online encryption operates and is used to secure millions of legitimate communications every day, and will almost certainly not prevent a single act of terrorism, child abuse or other serious crime that couldn't have been prevented otherwise," Information Technology Professio

Here’s a Story Where Picking the Right Font Was Never More Important: eDiscovery Trends

Great piece of forensic examination. Oh, and don't use Comic Sans...ever: [...] Here’s the problem: the farm declaration, dated 2004, was written in Calibri, while the cottage declaration, dated 1995, was written in Cambria. Per Ars Technica, Cambria was designed no earlier than 2004, while Calibri was designed between 2002 and 2004; both only became widely available in 2007. [...]

Even if you’re off social media, your friends could be ruining your privacy

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You could always get rid of your friends?... You don't have to post anything for social networks to learn about you. Your friends are doing all the work already. A new study from researchers at the University of Vermont and the University of Adelaide found that they could predict a person's posts on social media with 95 percent accuracy -- even if they never had an account to begin with. The scientists got all the information they needed from a person's friends, using po...

Mystery still surrounds hack of PHP PEAR website

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Time to check your PHP installation...: [...] However, last week, the PHP PEAR website --located at was taken down and its homepage replaced with a short message announcing a security breach. According to the message, the PEAR team said they've found that the official website had been hosting a "tainted go-pear.phar" file --which is the main PHP PEAR executable. "If you have downloaded this go-pear.phar in the past six months, you should get a new copy o

Bomb Threat, Sextortion Spammers Abused Weakness at

Oh dear. I use GoDaddy for some of the domains I manage. Brian Krebs says that leaves me open....: Two of the most disruptive and widely-received spam email campaigns over the past few months — including an ongoing sextortion email scam and a bomb threat hoax that shut down dozens of schools, businesses and government buildings late last year — were made possible thanks to an authentication weakness at, the world’s largest domain name registrar, KrebsOnSecurity h

Hacked Nest Cam convinces family that US is being attacked by North Korea

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This has some merit. Unfortunately, many people struggle with setting up and using 2FA so it's up to us to educate and make the process simpler...: [...] This isn't the first time Nest's cameras have been infiltrated by outsiders. In December, a hacker took over the camera of a man in Arizona to warn him of security vulnerabilities. In another case last month, a hacker told a couple through the device he'd kidnap their child. Security experts have been warning for years t

Google fine launches new era in privacy enforcement

I thought it was going to be Spain that moved first, but France was faster out of the blocks...: [...] Eight months after Europe imposed sweeping new privacy rules, France has opened a new chapter in data protection — one of sanctions, fines and tough enforcement. Not only has France’s CNIL data watchdog issued the largest ever financial penalty for a privacy breach in Europe — €50 million — it also chose the biggest possible target for enforcement — a Silicon Valley gian

Is the Right to be Forgotten National, European or Worldwide? The Advocate General Issues an Opinion in the Google Case

Read the full article to understand potential impacts for Worldwide privacy...: On January 10, 2019, Advocate General Szpunar issued his much awaited opinion in the Google case that was referred to the European Court of Justice by the French “Conseil d’Etat”, the highest administrative court of the country.  The Conseil d’Etat basically asked the European Court of Justice to follow-up on its Google Spain decision: is the right to be forgotten – i.e., the right of individuals

Privacy and Data Security 2018 Year in Review

A good time to take a breather and reflect on 2018...: In many ways, it was the year of data privacy. In this article, we identify five of the biggest trends in privacy and data security, including the mammoth European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking effect, the hurried passage of... By: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Name and shame firms with poor cyber security, government told

I can see potential attackers mining this information for targets...: In the light of the fact that four in 10 businesses experienced a cyber security breach or attack in 2017-18 according to the government’s 2018 data breach survey, the public should be able to see what steps firms are taking to keep users safe online, a report says. The report, from the Cyber Security Research Group and the Policy Institute at King’s College London, argues that naming companies with poo