The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the significance of fines against British Airways and Marriott for violations of the EU's GDPR. Also featured are discussions of California's privacy law as a model for other states and the next generation of deception technologies.
George Orwell's "1984" posited a world in which Big Brother monitored us constantly via "telescreens." But thanks to our "smart" AI home assistants - from Google, Amazon and others - we're increasingly installing the monitoring equipment ourselves, and it may "hear" much more than we realize.
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Apple has taken an extraordinary move to protect its users from a yet-to-be-disclosed vulnerability that could compromise Macs that have the Zoom video conferencing software installed. It released a silent update to remove a vulnerable left-behind local web server, which likely has a remote code execution flaw.
Security researchers have found yet another unsecured database that left personal data exposed to the internet. In this latest case, a MongoDB database containing about 188 million records, mostly culled from websites and search engines, was exposed, researchers say.
Researchers at the security firm Tenable uncovered a vulnerability in a Siemens software platform used to manage industrial control systems, and Siemens has issued a patch. The same platform was exploited during the Stuxnet attack a decade ago.
Video conferencing vendor Zoom has opted to make major changes to its Mac application after a security researcher found several weaknesses in it. The changes come after the researcher refused a bug bounty and instead went public after 90 days, putting pressure on Zoom.
Sensitive information, including credit card and phone numbers, was left exposed to the internet on an unsecured database belonging to Fieldwork Software, which provides cloud-based services to small businesses, researchers note in a new report.
The data protection gloves have finally come off in Europe after GDPR enforcement began last May - the U.K.'s privacy watchdog has proposed large post-breach sanctions against British Airways and Marriott. Consider the tables now turned on firms that fail to properly safeguard personal data.
Britain's privacy watchdog says it plans to fine hotel giant Marriott $125 million under GDPR for security failures tied to a 2014 breach of the guest reservation database for Starwood, which Marriott acquired in 2016. Undiscovered until 2018, the breach exposed 339 million customer records.