The Spy in Your Pocket: Smartphones & Data Privacy
In our modern world, we’ve normalized the collection and monetization of our personal data. While these practices may seem innocuous to the average user, there are very real consequences caused by mass data collection. In this article, I will focus my attention on the data collected by smartphones and outline the ways that this data can be collected and misused if it falls into the wrong hands.Q3 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreThe types of data collected by smartphonesCell phones are a goldmine of consumer data. While there are measures in place to reduce who has access to these ...
Chowbus users say hundreds of thousands of customer emails, phone numbers exposed in data breach
CHICAGO — Chicago-based Chowbus confirmed the Asian food delivery service experienced a data breach after users reported getting access to a massive database with email addresses, phone numbers and mailing addresses of customers.Customers said on Twitter they began receiving emails early Monday morning labeled “Chowbus data” that contained links where they could download company databases containing contact information for restaurants and customers.Posts on the social media sites Reddit and Twitter indicate emails were sent from a company account containing links to addresses for about 4,300 r...
As Trump questions US election system, Sen. Blunt says it's 'secure as it's ever been'
While President Donald Trump has refused to promise a peaceful transfer of power should he lose, saying he wasn’t sure the election could be honest with the proliferation of mail ballots, Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt says the U.S. election system is “secure as it’s ever been.”Blunt, chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, took to the Senate floor earlier this week to talk about the $1.2 billion made available to help states update systems, increase cybersecurity and address COVID-19 issues.“I want to talk about the election system...
The Kansas City Star
Cybercriminals strike schools amid pandemic
WASHINGTON — Just days before the Aug. 3 scheduled start of school, officials at the Athens Independent School District in East Texas received a shock.Cybercriminals had attacked the district’s entire computer network, encrypting all the data and demanding $50,000 in ransom for its release. Access to everything from teacher communications to student assignments was blocked.“It was terribly disruptive, to put it mildly,” said Toni Clay, the district’s spokesperson. “We no longer had access to any student information, such as schedules, email addresses, anything that would be stored. Internally,...
Tech Q&A: Cloud storage can help you recover from a hacked PC
Q: We use Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive to continuously back up the files on our two computers. If our computers were infected with malware or suffered a ransomware attack (in which files are encrypted until you pay a ransom), would these cloud backup services be affected, too?Also, can I recover cloud-based files that I accidentally delete?—Doug Johnson, St. Louis ParkA: If your PC is attacked by malware or ransomware, your damaged or encrypted files would be automatically backed up to Microsoft OneDrive or Google Drive, making the problem worse.But it would be only a temporary setback,...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
How Hongkongers can use new technologies to preserve their democratic rights
By Roger HuangWith the coming of China’s national security law to Hong Kong, a new technological reality has emerged. The legislation, which penalises online actions worldwide, is forcing people to re-examine their relationship with the state in a fundamental way.Technology can play a role in this reevaluation and help preserve precious liberties. By using certain standards and encryption, people can signal that they want to keep their thoughts, ideas and convictions private – a necessity in a democracy built on consent between the governed and the governing. Hongkongers can retain some views ...
Hong Kong Free Press
Joint efforts urgently needed to advance major cyber governance revolution
Cybersecurity. Photo: VCGWe live in an era in which social networks prevail and somewhat take a high ground in public opinion. A deliberately-plotted intrusion into other person's social accounts, which might trigger confusion, is clearly something that will have a negative impact, especially on the order of cyberspace.The so-called Color Revolutions conducted by hegemonic countries with their domination of the internet in the early 21st century and patterns of actions that spread misinformation by stealing an envoy's social media account should both be viewed as acts that seek profits at the ...
'I wanted to always play it down': Trump admits concealing true dangers of COVID-19 in latest Woodward book
He knew all along.At the outset of the pandemic, President Donald Trump routinely downplayed the dangers of COVID-19 in public, claiming the virus would disappear “like a miracle” and that Americans didn’t need to bother with social distancing and face masks because it would all “work out fine.”But, in private, Trump admitted he knew better, a bombshell new book reveals.The forthcoming book by Bob Woodward — based in part on more than a dozen interviews with Trump — quotes the president as confessing he was aware of the deadliness of the virus even before it hit the U.S. and that he misled the...
New York Daily News
NorthShore health system says personal information of 348,000 people potentially exposed in data breach
CHICAGO — NorthShore University HealthSystem said the personal information of about 348,000 people may have been exposed in a breach involving one of the health system’s vendors earlier this year.NorthShore recently sent a letter to those affected saying information including their full names, birth dates, addresses, phone numbers, doctors' names, doctors' offices and dates of admission and discharge may have been exposed.No patient medical records were accessed, NorthShore spokesman Jim Anthony said in a statement Tuesday. The vendor, Blackbaud, told NorthShore no credit card, bank account in...
BlackBerry’s Push Into Enterprise And Cybersecurity
In its prime BlackBerry’s mobile phones were coveted as a status symbol. The company had hit its peak at 80 million active users and a 50% control over the US smartphone market. Their instant communication features were so compelling they even earned themselves the nickname “Crackberry”. These days BlackBerry may no longer control the global smartphone market, but they haven’t given up – they’ve pivoted their focus entirely into cybersecurity for enterprises.Q2 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreBlackBerry's Early DaysBlackberry first got its start in March of 1984 under the name of ...