The Cyberspace Administration of China's new regulation for companies that offer algorithm-based recommendation services has been met with caution. Some statements in the regulation, which is to go into effect on March 1, are vague enough to be abused, and confidentiality is also a concern.
French data protection agency CNIL has imposed fines of $170 million on Google and $66 million on Facebook for not complying with cookie regulations. The watchdog has ruled that the firms should make opting out of cookies as simple as opting in, or pay a $113,000 fine for each day of delay.
Chinese government agencies are reportedly using "sophisticated" software - including the acquisition of surveillance tools - to monitor popular social media sites and collect information on Western officials and journalists, according to a recent investigation by The Washington Post.
As Russia masses troops on its border with Ukraine, the White House says Russian disinformation campaigns have been aimed at destabilizing Ukraine's government, while experts have seen a surge in "cyber intrusions" against infrastructure, banking and government targets in advance of a potential invasion.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of how cybercriminals are turning to cryptomixing services to conceal the proceeds of ransomware activities from law enforcement officials. Also featured: Criminals exploit a misconfigured FBI server and the future of zero trust.
Facebook plans to shut down its facial recognition system, saying the regulatory landscape is unclear and citing ongoing concerns about the effects on society of using such systems. The company plans to delete more than 1 billion facial profiles.
CISA announced that Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman will be the agency's senior election security lead. She will become a top security official within the Biden administration, inheriting a role that has garnered public attention following interference in 2016 and fraud claims in 2020.
Is there any bigger cybercrime soap opera than the life and times of ransomware operators? Take the REvil, aka Sodinokibi, ransomware-as-a-service operation, which feels like it's disappeared and reappeared more times than the secret, identical twin of the protagonist in your favorite melodrama.
Social media platform Twitter has suspended two accounts that were being used by members of the DPRK, a North Korean government-backed threat group, according to Adam Weidemann, an analyst with the Google Threat Analysis Group. The accounts allegedly targeted security researchers around the globe.
Democratic lawmakers on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce announced legislation that would rein in tech algorithms on platforms exceeding 5 million monthly viewers. This follows a high-profile whistleblower case heard before Congress on Facebook's allegedly questionable data policies.
Social media giant Facebook experienced a global outage on Monday that also involved its properties - including Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp. According to Cisco's internet analysis division, ThousandEyes, the tech giant experienced a DNS issue that hindered access to Facebook's tools and apps.
A new self-assessment tool aims to help public and private sector organizations assess their level of vulnerability to insider threats, according to CISA. The agency also indicated this week it will keep its "rumor control" website active ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
Cybersecurity and computer science experts testifying before Congress on Tuesday expressed concerns about their inability to access key social media data sets that could allow them to analyze and potentially counter the spread of misinformation.
Researchers say a pro-China influence operation leveraging a network of fake social media accounts has expanded, promoting in-person protests and narratives around COVID-19 and U.S. domestic policy, according to Mandiant, which does not definitively attribute the activity to the Chinese government.
A U.K. citizen was arrested in Spain Wednesday at the request of the U.S. Justice Department for his alleged role in a July 2020 hack of Twitter and additional incidents involving TikTok and Snapchat. This is the third arrest in the Twitter case so far.