Month: May 2021

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Cyber-criminals appear to have leaked online data belonging to the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia after the law enforcement agency allegedly failed to comply with a ransom demand.  In April, ransomware gang Babuk claimed to have stolen more than 250GB of data from the MPD. Data posted by the gang to back up their claim
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Editor’s note Instead of packing bags and purchasing plane tickets, cybersecurity pros will be taking virtual seats at RSA Conference 2021, being held May 17-20. SearchSecurity will report on news and keynotes from the event, interview industry experts and provide in-depth analysis of sessions, which cover everything from analytics to zero trust. The theme of
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Vinay Khanna, Ashwin Prabhu & Sriranga Seetharamaiah also contributed to this article.  In the Cloud, security responsibilities are shared between the Cloud Service Provider (CSP) and Enterprise Security teams. To enable Security teams to provide compliance, visibility, and control across the application stack, CSPs and security vendors have added various innovative approaches across the different layers.
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A German privacy watchdog has banned social media company Facebook from harvesting data on WhatsApp users.  Hamburg’s data protection commissioner said that WhatsApp’s privacy policy was in breach of European data protection rules following a recent change.  WhatsApp, which was bought by Facebook in 2014, has more than 2 billion monthly users. In January 2021, the app
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Preface Countries all over the world are racing to achieve so-called herd immunity against COVID-19 by vaccinating their populations. From the initial lockdown to the cancellation of events and the prohibition of business travel, to the reopening of restaurants, and relaxation of COVID restrictions on outdoor gatherings, the vaccine rollout has played a critical role
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Four men from Eastern Europe have pleaded guilty to supporting cyber-criminals attacking the United States by providing them with ‘bulletproof hosting’ services (BPHS). BPHS are run with a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ approach and ensure the anonymity of users while allowing them to host malicious activity and content such as malware. According to court documents,
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Social media is a great place to connect with friends and family. Unfortunately, it is also a great place for misinformation to run rampant, and it is a virtual treasure chest for cybercriminals to steal personal information. Over 25 million Canadians own a social media account, and more than 80% of the Canadian population is
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Mitigating bot attacks is a major concern for security leaders, according to new research published yesterday by cybersecurity company Human (formerly White Ops). The “2021 Bot Management Trends” report, which is based on a survey conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), exposed worries regarding a string of threats posed by bots.   In the first quarter of 2021, ESG
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Disasters may not always be man-made, but they are always responded to by humans. There’s a whole panoply of skills and professions required today to respond to even the tiniest emergency, and that doesn’t even include the needs during pre-disaster planning and post-disaster recovery. It’s not a very remunerative industry for most and the mental
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When gyms were forced to close last year, you likely looked for other ways to get some exercise and stay active during quarantine. From investing in a few pairs of dumbbells or perhaps downloading an app or two to help you track your workouts, you found alternatives to help you break a sweat. As an accessible, easy way to release endorphins, running quickly
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A federal lawsuit has been filed against Pennsylvania and a vendor contracted by the state’s Department of Health (DOH) over a data breach that exposed the personal health information (PHI) of thousands of Pennsylvanians. The DOH hired Atlanta-based company Insight Global in 2020 “to provide contact tracing and other similar services” following the outbreak of COVID-19. The Department later