Hubris has a new name: Bitfi. The cryptocurrency wallet-building company, backed by technology eccentric John McAfee, earned this year's not-so-coveted Pwnies Award for "Lamest Vendor Response" for how it mishandled security researchers' vulnerability disclosures. Bitfi has promised to do better.
UIDAI again found itself embroiled in a controversy when it was revealed that its helpline was being automatically added in the contact lists of mobile phones. But Google acknowledged that its coding error led to the mishap. Why was Google involved in getting a phone number for UIDAI preloaded on phones?
UIDAI, which administers the Aadhaar program, has some simple advice: Avoid behaviors such as what R.S. Sharma, chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority in India, did on Saturday, when he tweeted his Aadhaar number.
One measure of why it's so difficult for organizations to keep their software patched and better secured: Of the nearly 20,000 unique vulnerabilities in 2,000 products cataloged last year, only half involved Microsoft, Adobe, Java, Chrome or Firefox software, says Flexera's Alejandro Lavie.
Reacting to the draft of a new data protection bill for India, which was released Friday, many security and privacy experts are saying the bill is thin on specifics and that if it's enacted into law, some of its provisions could prove challenging to implement.
Sometimes efforts to prove a system is secure can really backfire. TRAI Chairman R.S. Sharma's attempt to demonstrate Aadhaar security by tweeting his Aadhaar number on Saturday and inviting anyone to attempt to use it to access his personal information reportedly led to data access by ethical hackers.
When it comes to the internet of things, balancing the need to protect privacy against the need for technological innovation, such as to improve healthcare, is proving challenging, says attorney Jean Marie Pechette.
In the wake of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, India needs a strong data sovereignty policy to regulate data storage and use, says Vinit Goenka, governing council member of IT Task Force-Ministry of Railways.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology late Friday released the long-awaited draft of a data protection bill, which now faces Parliamentary debate. The bill, which would require most data about Indians to be stored domestically, was drafted by a committee of experts headed by Justice B.N. Srikrishna.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has recommended that the nation's telecom companies take specific steps to protect their customer's data. Those include taking a "privacy by design" approach and focusing on data minimization, collecting as little data as possible
Facebook is making substantial investments to improve its data security and privacy practices. But the long-term cost of those investments and impact on the bottom line has spooked investors, leading to a $120 billion loss in market value on Thursday, the largest one-day loss of value for a U.S. traded company.
Facebook has promised to bring machine learning to bear on the problem of hate speech and information warfare via its platform. But insiders have been urging the company to pursue a major cultural change, including prioritizing not doing anything "creepy" over the quest for short-term gain.
Under the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, within 72 hours of an organization learning about the data breach, it must report the breach to relevant authorities or face fines. The U.K.'s data privacy watchdog says it's already seen the volume of self-reported breaches quadruple.
Early experiments are demonstrating how blockchain, the distributed and immutable ledger behind virtual currencies, potentially could play an important role in identity management, says Avivah Litan, a Gartner Research analyst who will be a featured speaker at ISMG's Security Summit Aug. 14-15 in New York.