German software giant SAP has apologized after a software update mistakenly assigned higher-level privileges to some users within New Zealand's firearms buy-back database, exposing personal details for gun owners. The system has been shut down by police.
Getting the proper vendor contracts completed is a top concern for organizations preparing to comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act, says Caitlin Fennessy, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
This year's Black Hat Europe conference in London features dozens of briefings touching on a wide variety of topics, including exploiting contactless payment and Bluetooth vulnerabilities, identifying vulnerable OEM IoT devices at scale and running false-flag cyberattacks.
Researchers uncovered an unsecured database belonging to TrueDialog, a business SMS texting solutions provider, which exposed data on millions, including text messages, names, addresses and other information, according to a report by VPNMentor researchers. The database has since been closed.
Victims of a massive 2018 Facebook data breach can continue a class-action lawsuit to try and force the social network to maintain "reasonable" information security practices, a federal judge has ruled. But he dismissed the plaintiff's attempt to receive monetary compensation for the breach.
The Australian government's digital health records program manages risk and privacy relatively well, according to a new audit, but there's room for improvement in third-party risk management and emergency access to sensitive health records.
Some 4 terabytes of data on over 1.2 billion individuals - including LinkedIn and Facebook profiles - was exposed to the internet on an unsecured Elasticsearch server, according to an analysis by a pair of independent researchers.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the very latest ransomware trends. Also featured: Discussions of Microsoft's move to DNS over HTTPS and strategies for tackling IoT security challenges.
Microsoft has outlined its plans for supporting the encryption of Domain Name System queries, which allows for more private internet browsing. The first step will be to upgrade connections to DNS over HTTPS, but allow admins to control DNS settings.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers an in-depth analysis of whether Instagram is doing enough to protect the contact information of minors. Plus: Compliance updates on GDPR and PCI DSS.
Instead of proving a flash in the pan, enthusiasm for cryptocurrency has grown - and with it the associated fraud. Cyber criminals were quick to develop malware with the aim of stealing cryptocurrencies, with attackers finding ways to exploit the anonymity offered.
In today's digital environment, protecting sensitive information and sales transaction data is of critical importance. Tim Horton of First Data explains the concept of "devaluing" data so it's worthless in the event of a breach.
A newly disclosed collaboration between Google and the massive Ascension healthcare system that the partners say is designed to improve patient care is raising serious privacy concerns. That's because the project involves Ascension sharing with Google data on millions of its patients - without their permission.
Data privacy discussions must focus not just on collecting, storing and securing data, but also the impetus for doing so - and whether it is being done in an ethical manner, says consultant Thom Lagford, a former CISO, who addresses GDPR compliance issues.