Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: Ransomware hits the city of Atlanta, Baltimore's 911 system as well as aviation giant Boeing. Plus, WikiLeaks and its Julian Assange get taken for a ride by Russian intelligence.
A security researcher claims that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's app, called the NaMo app, is vulnerable and has been sharing information about its users, without their permission, to a third party in the United States.
The IT minister of India, where Facebook has 250 million users, is using harsh language to warn the U.S.-based social media company to protect users' privacy in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Meanwhile, some security practitioners say the incident could be a catalyst for tougher privacy laws.
Facebook is facing a new controversy after some users say they've found records of phone calls and text messages in their personal files, but claim they never granted the social networking site permission to collect the data.
The unfolding story of Cambridge Analytica, which shows how personal information on millions of consumers was obtained via Facebook, demonstrates the degree to which our personal data can be weaponized against us.
Those concerned about the security of India's Aadhaar biometric ID are pleased that the Supreme Court has ruled that linking Aadhaar numbers to bank accounts, payment cards and mobile phones cannot be mandatory until security issues are adequately addressed.
Some security experts in Asia are raising concerns about legislation the European Union might soon consider that, if enacted, would force technology and social media companies to hand over customer data held outside the EU so it can be used in criminal investigations.
The U.S. Senate is considering a banking reform bill that would ban credit agencies' practice of charging for a credit freeze, one of the crucial steps experts say can help pre-empt identity theft. Lawmakers have been under intense pressure to create laws that better protect consumers following Equifax's data breach.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: The Department of Justice indicts Russians for allegedly running an industrialized troll factory designed to influence U.S. politics. Also, a feature in Australia's new real-time payment system could be abused by identity thieves.
In an exclusive, in-depth analysis, a panel of security experts concludes that India's recent Aadhaar data security conundrum, resulting in identity theft and data breaches, was due to poor implementation of security, monitoring and authentication mechanisms.
Google is prepping its Chrome browser to brand as "not secure" every site a user tries to visit that does not use HTTPS encryption by default. The move is meant to push more sites to use HTTPS to secure communications and help block eavesdropping and man-in-the-middle attacks.
Orwell got it wrong: People are less likely to surrender their privacy to a totalitarian state than to the lure of sharing holiday snaps, cat videos or the route and time they took for their latest cycling, jogging or kiteboarding outing, as captured by a wearable fitness device.
Fitness app and website developer Strava has landed in hot water after publishing a global heat map that shows users' workout routes in aggregate. By doing so, the firm has inadvertently revealed military installation layouts and other sensitive information.
How much does it cost to buy cybercrime-enabling products or services? Just $5 and up, security researchers say. Law enforcement agencies warn that small-time players as well as "serious and organized" crime rings are using cybercrime as a service to make illicit profits.