Author Archives: Mark Abssy

Researchers Prompt Google to Take Action

Researchers Prompt Google to Take Action

Malware, Ransomware, Spyware, Creepware? New York University and Cornell Tech researchers in coordination with NortonLifeLock (NLOK:NASDAQ) unveil a new frontier in cybersecurity & data privacy.

The applications were discovered with a new algorithm called CreepRank, developed by a team of academics.

Source: Google removed 813 creepware apps from the Android Play Store | ZDNet

WHO – Hackers Attack Using Spearfishing Approach

WHO – Hackers Attack Using Spearfishing Approach

In the same way hackers look to dupe victims with targeted scenarios, it is reported that hackers used this same approach with the World Health Organization recently.

 

The messages began arriving in World Health Organization employees’ inboxes in early April, seemingly innocuous emails about the coronavirus from news organizations and researchers.

Source: Hackers Target WHO by Posing as Think Tank, Broadcaster – Bloomberg

UK Retailer Employee Data Privacy Case sets Precedent for Future Cases

UK Retailer Employee Data Privacy Case sets Precedent for Future Cases

Companies are finding out that data privacy is not just for customers and further, failures are punishable outside of data privacy regulations.

A UK High Court ruling has found supermarket giant Morrisons liable for the data leak that saw nearly 100,000 of its employees’ sensitive details posted online. Here’s what the first class action of its kind in the UK means for future breaches

Source: This Is What The Morrisons Data Leak Class Action Means For Future Breaches

Data Leaks, Not Just For Hackers These Days…

Data Leaks, Not Just For Hackers These Days…

Author Zach Edwards does a Mariana Trench worthy deep dive on how easy it is for companies to mishandle customer information. “How it’s always been done” is the current Data Privacy standard. GDPR and other regulations are starting to redefine this standard of care and is a theme with some of the strongest tailwinds out there.

Breaches have been found on websites including Wish.com, JetBlue.com, Quibi.com, WashingtonPost.com, NGPVan.com and numerous other…

Source: The 2020 URL Querystring Data Leaks — Millions of User Emails Leaking from Popular Websites to Advertising & Analytics Companies

Judge dismisses parts of Hy-Vee data breach lawsuit, allows others to proceed

Judge dismisses parts of Hy-Vee data breach lawsuit, allows others to proceed

Another example of how Data Privacy legislation can clarify companies’ responsibilities regarding customer data, and in our view another reminder of the tailwinds behind our cybersecurity & data privacy investment theme and index.

A judge in United States District Court in Illinois has ruled on motions to dismiss a class-action lawsuit against a major Iowa-based supermarket chain, handing victories to both sides, according to new court documents.

Source: Judge dismisses parts of Hy-Vee data breach lawsuit, allows others to proceed