The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has upheld its designation of Chinese telecom company Huawei as a national security threat, rejecting the firm's appeal of the ruling. Meanwhile, it's starting proceedings that could revoke China Telecom's permission to provide communications services within the U.S.
Because 2020 wasn't already exciting enough, now we have to worry about being hunted by adversaries wielding FireEye's penetration testing tools, thanks to the company having suffered a big, bad breach. Here's a list of targeted flaws that every organization should ensure they've patched.
Another federal judge is blocking the Trump administration's attempt to ban the Chinese-made social media app TikTok from being used in the U.S. The White House claims that the data the app collects on American users poses a national security threat.
Hackers exfiltrated voters' personally identifiable information from online voter registration servers in Alaska in September, and the information likely was used for voter intimidation and propaganda purposes, state officials say.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of a serious Apple iOS "zero-click exploit" that could have allowed hackers to remotely gain complete control of a device. Also featured: a discussion of identity proofing challenges and a review of New Zealand's updated Privacy Act.
Microsoft is revamping its controversial "productivity score" in Microsoft 365 so that individual workers can no longer be tracked. The move follows warnings by privacy advocates that the feature was a step too far into the realm of workplace surveillance.
Twenty-five countries are likely using spyware sold by a company called Circles that can snoop on mobile phone calls and text messages, according to The Citizen Lab, a research organization based at the University of Toronto.
Social media poses special risks for minors. Data scientist David Stier, who has discovered leaks of minors' personally identifiable information on Instagram, shares insights on how social media companies should better protect PII.
New Zealand's refreshed Privacy Act, which came into effect Tuesday, introduces breach notification requirements and civil penalties. It also holds data handlers to higher responsibilities to counter new threats to personal data. But the law doesn't impose financial penalties as severe as the EU's GDPR.
Warning to workers: Your productivity tools may also be tracking your workplace productivity, and your bosses may not even know it. But as more workplace surveillance capabilities appear, legal experts warn that organizations must ensure their tools do not violate employees' privacy rights.
Google removed two Android apps made by Baidu, a Chinese company, from its Google Play store after security researchers found they were collecting and possibly leaking data that could have been used to track individuals.
For at least a month, Instagram leaked the email addresses of minors, which occurred as Ireland's Data Protection Commission probed whether its parent company, Facebook, failed to protect children's personal data. Facebook has fixed the issue. But how carefully is the company protecting personal data?
"Has anyone witnessed any examples of criminals abusing artificial intelligence?" That's a question security firms have been raising. A new report has identified likely ways in which such attacks might occur and offers examples of threats already emerging