Tag: Security

Policy, State & Local

Massachusetts governor won’t sign police reform bill with facial recognition ban

December 11, 2020

Via: Tech Crunch

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has returned a police reform bill back to the state legislature, asking lawmakers to strike out several provisions — including one for a statewide ban on police and public authorities using facial recognition technology, the first […]

Policy, State & Local

Massachusetts lawmakers vote to pass a statewide police ban on facial recognition

December 2, 2020

Via: Tech Crunch

Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to pass a new police reform bill that will ban police departments and public agencies from using facial recognition technology across the state. The bill was passed by both the state’s House and Senate on Tuesday, […]

Federal, Policy, Software, Tech

Zoom settles with FTC after making ‘deceptive’ security claims

November 9, 2020

Via: Tech Crunch

The Federal Trade Commission has announced a settlement with Zoom, after it accused the video calling giant of engaging in “a series of deceptive and unfair practices that undermined the security of its users,” in part by claiming the encryption […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

Fragomen, a law firm used by Google, confirms data breach

October 27, 2020

Via: Tech Crunch

Immigration law firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy has confirmed a data breach involving the personal information of current and former Google employees. The New York-based law firm provides companies with employment verification screening services to determine if employees […]

Operations Security, Security

New FBI strategy seeks to disrupt threat actors, help defenders through better coordination

October 6, 2020

Via: CSO Online

Last week, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a joint announcement about the potential threat that foreign-backed online journals pose in spreading misinformation ahead of the crucial 2020 US presidential […]

Attacks & Breaches, Security

Twitter says ‘phone spear phishing attack’ used to gain network access in crypto scam breach

July 31, 2020

Via: Tech Crunch

Twitter has revealed a little more detail about the security breach it suffered earlier this month when a number of high profile accounts were hacked to spread a cryptocurrency scam — writing in a blog post that a “phone spear […]

Operations Security, Security

Time running out to protect US November elections

July 15, 2020

Via: CSO Online

Four years have passed since the 2016 presidential election when revelations of Russian hacking of the DNC threw political contests into turmoil. In the aftermath, the Mueller investigation, Justice Department indictments and other efforts made clear that the US election […]

Applications, Cloud Infrastructure, Infrastructure

Google Cloud steps up security and compliance for applications, government

July 14, 2020

Via: CSO Online

Google is taking important steps to secure customer data in the cloud when used by applications and prevent potentially unauthorized access to sensitive computing workloads run by government institutions and their contractors. To meet the strict security and compliance requirements […]

Networking, Tech

Senate narrowly rejects plan to require a warrant for Americans’ browsing data

May 13, 2020

Via: Tech Crunch

Senators have narrowly rejected a bipartisan amendment that would have required the government first obtain a warrant before accessing Americans’ web browsing data. The amendment brought by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT) — just seven lines in […]

Attacks & Breaches, Networking Security, Security

Security warning: State-backed hackers are trying to steal coronavirus research

May 5, 2020

Via: ZDnet

State-backed hacking groups are targeting healthcare and other organisations involved in national and international responses to coronavirus pandemic, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have […]