This edition of the ISMG Security Report includes an analysis by Executive Editor Matthew J. Schwartz on President Donald Trump's changing views on election meddling, plus an update on voter data being accidently exposed by a robocalling company.
RoboCent, a company that specializes in robocalling voters, left nearly 3,000 files containing detailed data about Virginia voters online by mistake. The data has been secured, but the incident points again to ongoing problems of security misconfigurations in repositories and lack of end-to-end encryption.
Why are attacks so successful? Legacy endpoint security products are creating more problems than they solve. There is too much cost and complexity, defenses aren't keeping up, and security staff is stretched thin.
Silicon Valley employees are increasingly calling on executives to restrict the use of facial recognition technology, mobilized in part by the U.S. government's previous policy of separating children from parents at the border. Experts say facial recognition regulations are needed - and quickly.
Blockchain, the digital ledger used for cryptocurrency, can serve as an effective identity management platform, asserts Chris Boscolo, CEO of ZNO Labs, who describes an approach he calls "self-sovereign identity."
Asked in a press conference if he would denounce Russia for interfering in U.S. elections, President Trump responded with a conspiracy theory about a missing DNC server. Some security experts say Trump's response was nonsense and flies in the face of good digital forensics and incident response practice.
A Spanish consumer rights organization says telecommunications company Telefónica has fixed an elementary security error in its Movistar website that potentially exposed billing invoices for millions of customers. Telefónica says it hasn't detected fraudulent use of the data.
The hacking of an email account of a medical clinic employee during travels overseas demonstrates the risks posed to data when workers travel. Security experts offer insights on mitigating those risks.
Timehop, the social media app that resurfaces older social media posts for entertainment, says its ongoing investigation has revealed that an attacker may have compromised more personal information than it previously suspected over the course of a breach that lasted at least seven months.
Known losses due to business email compromise have exceeded $12.5 billion worldwide, the FBI's Internet Complaint Center reports, adding that fraudsters are increasingly targeting the U.S. real estate sector with such scams.
An Australian company that issues identity cards for access to airports has been notifying applicants and cardholders that their personal information may have been compromised, according to a news report. Australian federal police are investigating.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features a discussion of California's groundbreaking new privacy law as well as an update on the potential impact of the hacker group responsible for the Ticketmaster breach.
Magecart, the criminal group behind the recent data breach at certain Ticketmaster websites, may have also hit the company's sites in Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and Hungary, according to RiskIQ, which says the group's digital payment card skimmers may also affect as many as 800 other e-commerce sites.
Timehop, an application that revives older social media posts, says the lack of multifactor authentication on a cloud services account led to a data breach affecting 21 million users. The breach exposed names, email addresses, phone numbers and access tokens Timehop used to read information from accounts.