Somewhat lost in the COVID-19 pandemic and remote workforce issues: 5G technology deployment. Olivera Zatezalo, CSO of Huawei Technologies Canada, discusses cybersecurity and privacy challenges - and Huawei's role in addressing them.
Apple and Google have promised to help facilitate contact-tracing apps, but they've rejected calls to give users' location data to governments, as the U.K., France and some U.S. states are demanding. In response, Germany is among those now backing a privacy-preserving, decentralized model.
Nearly 10 months after Facebook and the FTC agreed to a record-setting $5 billion settlement over misuse of user data, a federal judge has finally signed off on the deal, while questioning the adequacy of laws governing major technology firms.
Less than 24 hours after the Australian government released its COVID-19 contact-tracing app Sunday, nearly 2 million people had downloaded it. As security and privacy experts review the app, one outstanding question is if the public will trust it enough to reach the public health target of 10 million users.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Britain's privacy watchdog has signaled that although privacy rights and transparency - as enshrined under GDPR - remain paramount, it will take a more "flexible" regulatory approach. But this is no data breach "get out of jail" card, legal experts warn.
Australia's pandemic contact-tracing app may be released by the end of the month. The app will collect names and phone numbers, enabling health authorities to contact those who've been exposed to people who have been infected with COVID-19.
Apple is now preparing final patches for two zero-day vulnerabilities that a security firm says have been exploited by certain attackers to seize control of iPhone and iPad email apps, giving them access to users' messages.
Many governments are pursuing contact-tracing apps to combat COVID-19, but such projects risk subjecting populations to invasive, long-term surveillance - as well as insufficient adoption - unless they take an open, transparent and as decentralized approach, says cybersecurity expert Alan Woodward.
The U.S. Small Business Administration says a flaw in an online application portal may have exposed the personal data - including Social Security numbers - of approximately 8,000 loan applicants seeking help coping with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to news reports.
Alongside the sad and vast expense of legitimate claims, it is an unfortunate fact that in times of economic hardship, people have a history of taking any opportunity to exploit financial institutions for ill-gotten gain.
All contact-tracing apps for combating COVID-19 must be developed in an open and transparent manner, remain voluntary, be based on Bluetooth, and allow users to opt in, or else they risk making the global pandemic even worse, 200 of the world's leading scientists and researchers have warned.
One measure of the popularity of the Zoom teleconferencing software: Cybercrime forums are listing an increasing number of stolen accounts for sale, which attackers could use to "Zoom bomb" calls and push malicious files to meeting participants. Security experts describe essential defenses.
Can you "big tech" a way out of a pandemic? Many governments around the world are trying, and Australia is joining the herd with a contact tracing app. But Australia has a splotchy record of large government tech projects, including in health, that may result in low voluntary adoption of an app.
TikTok, a video-sharing service, has been delivering video and other media without TLS/SSL encryption, which means it may be possible for someone to tamper with content, researchers say. That could be especially damaging in the current pandemic environment, where misinformation and confusion abounds.