Cyber firms, Ukraine warn of planned Russian attack
Cisco’s Talos cyber intelligence unit says 500K+ routers in dozens of countries have been infected by Russia-linked malware and could be used to attack Ukraine. Cisco Systems Inc warned on Wednesday that hackers have infected at least 500,000 routers and storage devices in dozens of countries with sophisticated malicious software – activity Ukraine said was preparation for a future Russian cyber attack. Read about it on Reuters.
Editor’s comment: Isn’t it amazing that companies like Cisco still seek to sell their technology to Russia? I wonder what support agreements American IT firms have with the GRU and how easy it is for the GRU to review source code of Cisco, Juniper and other big telecom gear players? –bg
Apple launches new privacy portal, users can download a copy of everything Apple knows about them
With Facebook under severe criticism for use of sensitive user information, another tech major, Apple, has gone an extra mile to give its users control over their data. Like Google, Apple has launched a privacy portal where users can download a copy of all data Apple associates with their account, starting in EU and rolling out worldwide later. Apple’s new Data and Privacy website will allow Apple users to download everything that Apple personally associates with your account, from Apple ID info, App Store activity, AppleCare history to data stored in iCloud like photos and documents. Source: 9to5 Mac.
The Privacy Scandal That Should Be Bigger Than Cambridge Analytica
Just as Facebook – Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal is dying down, another big scandal has surfaced. Wireless carriers may be sharing your real-time location with malicious crooks. The scandal involves LocationSmart and Securus, dealers of millions of Americans’ real-time cell location data, who could be sharing real-time location-tracking data that the four largest U.S. wireless carriers collect on everyone with a mobile device. Read about this new scandal on Slate.
Amazon is selling facial recognition to law enforcement — for a fistful of dollars
How would you react if you knew your local city authorities were using facial recognition technology without proper debate or approval. Civil rights groups have claimed that this is what is happening in some United States states as authorities are using Amazon’s Rekognition facial recognition tool without following due procedures and could harm the privacy of the US citizens. Read why civil rights groups may be right on Washington Post.
Comcast website bug leaks Xfinity customer data
If you are a Comcast subscriber you should worry about this news. Security researcher Karan Saini has found a bug in Comcast’s website that leaks Xfinity users’ info, including the user residence address where the router is located and Wi-Fi credentials. according to Saini, the website, used by customers to set up their home internet and cable service, can be tricked into displaying the home address where the router is located, as well as the Wi-Fi name and password. Source: ZDNet.