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April 9, 2020
Kiran Stacey, Hannah Murphy / Financial Times

Kiran Stacey, Hannah Murphy / Financial Times  
U.S. Senate, Google Become Latest Groups to Ban Use of Zoom Due to Data Security Concerns, Pentagon Says Military Personnel Can Continue to Use the Popular Video Service

The U.S. Senate and Silicon Valley giant Google have become the latest organizations to tell their members and employees not to use Zoom because of concerns about data security on the video conferencing platform that has boomed in popularity during the coronavirus crisis. The Senate sergeant at arms has warned all senators against using the service, according to three people briefed on the advice. The Senate’s position runs slightly counter to the Department of Homeland Security’s praise for the company’s efforts to improve its security during a short time of massive and unexpected growth. Also, the Pentagon told the Financial Times it would allow military personnel to continue using the popular video service. Google last week decided that the Zoom Desktop Client will no longer run on corporate computers because it does not meet the security standards for apps used by its employees.

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May 14, 2020
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times

Hannah Murphy / Financial Times  
Advocacy Groups Tell FTC That TikTok Is Violating Children’s Online Privacy Law and Its Own Consent Decree By Continuing to Collect Kids’ Personal Data

Twenty advocacy groups, including the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, the Center for Digital Democracy and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accusing popular video app TikTok of violating child privacy regulations and breaching an FTC settlement it signed last year over a previous privacy complaint. TikTok, owned by Chinese tech group ByteDance, was fined $5.7 million in February last year for illegally collecting children’s data. The groups contend that over a year later, TikTok has “failed to delete personal information previously collected from children and is still collecting kids’ personal information without notice to and consent of parents” in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (Coppa) and its FTC consent decree.

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April 27, 2020
Adam Satariano / New York Times

Adam Satariano / New York Times  
Europe’s GDPR is Struggling to Fulfill Its Promise Because Authorities Fear Getting Ensnared in Lawsuits Against Big Tech Companies, Brave

Europe’s widely hailed data protection and privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), enacted two years ago, is struggling to fulfill its promise according to a new report from security-focused browser organization Brave. According to the report, the governments of EU Member States have not given data protection authorities (DPAs) the tools they need to enforce the GDPR. Brave’s investigation found that few expert tech investigators are working to uncover private sector GDPR infringements and that few  DPAs use their powers against major tech firms because they can not afford the cost of legally defending their decisions against ‘Big Tech’ legal firepower. The report concludes that GDPR enforcers must be able to properly investigate ‘big tech’ and act without fear of vexatious appeals.

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March 31, 2020
Danny Hakim and Natasha Singer / New York Times

Danny Hakim and Natasha Singer / New York Times  
New York Attorney General Asks Zoom Whether Its Security Practices Are Sufficient to Detect Hackers

Videoconferencing app Zoom, which has skyrocketed in use during the coronavirus crisis, is under scrutiny by the office of New York’s attorney general, Letitia James, for its data privacy and security practices. James’ office sent Zoom a letter asking what, if any, new security measures the company has put in place to handle increased traffic on its network and to detect hackers. Among the concerns raised In the letter is that Zoom had been slow to address security flaws such as vulnerabilities “that could enable malicious third parties to, among other things, gain surreptitious access to consumer webcams.” Internet trolls have recently been capable of exploiting a screen sharing feature on Zoom leading to a phenomenon called Zoombombing. The suit also follows a report by Motherboard that Zoom had been sharing customer data from its iOS app with Facebook. Zoom updated its privacy policy on Sunday to reflect the mounting concern.

April 17, 2020
Paul Kunert / The Register

Paul Kunert / The Register  
Google Says It Blocks 18 Million Daily Malware and Phishing Emails Related to COVID-19

Google said that over the past week, it had blocked 18 million daily malware and phishing emails related to COVID-19 on top of more than 240 million COVID-related daily spam messages. The phishing attacks and spam the email giant has thwarted use both fear and financial incentives to create urgency to try to prompt users to respond. Among the kinds of email seen by Google are those that pose as authoritative government organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO) to solicit fraudulent donations or distribute malware, or emails that seek to exploit stay-at-home worries or those pretending to be related to economic stimulus funding requests.

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April 15, 2020
Anshuman Daga, Imani Moise / Reuters

Anshuman Daga, Imani Moise / Reuters  
Standard Chartered Becomes First Major Bank to Tell Employees to Steer Clear of Zoom Video Calls

London-based Standard Chartered is the first major global bank to tell employees not to use Zoom Video Communications during the coronavirus pandemic due to cybersecurity concerns, according to a memo seen by Reuters. The message sent to bank managers last week by Chief Executive Officer Bill Winters also warned against using Alphabet’s Google Hangouts platform for virtual gatherings.

June 4, 2020
Dan Sabbagh / The Guardian

Dan Sabbagh / The Guardian  
GCHQ Chief Says That UK Intel Agencies Are Urgently Working to Prevent Hackers From Stealing Coronavirus Secrets From Britain’s Leading Research Institutions

Jeremy Fleming, the head of the UK’s top spy agency GCHQ, said that Britain’s intelligence agencies are working urgently to prevent hackers from hostile states, including China, trying to steal the secrets of a potential coronavirus vaccine from the UK’s leading research institutions. He said the hackers are looking for pretty basic vulnerabilities such as situations with insufficient backup.

April 10, 2020
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg  
Apple and Google Form Rare Alliance to Partner on Opt-In COVID-19 Contact Tracing Technology That Will Be Managed by Public Health Authorities

Apple and Google unveiled a rare partnership to add opt-in contact tracing technology to their smartphone platforms that will alert users if they have come into contact with a person with COVID-19, a system has the potential to monitor about a third of the world’s population. The companies said the technology would be deployed in two steps: In mid-May, the companies will add the ability for iPhones and Android phones to wirelessly exchange anonymous information via apps run by public health authorities. The companies will also release frameworks for public health apps to manage functionality. The much longer-term second step entails both companies adding the technology directly into their operating systems so that the contact-tracing software works without having to download an app. The combination of both the massive data caches that both Google and Apple maintain on their users combined with the power of state and local governments has some public interest, privacy and security advocates concerned over privacy and surveillance abuses even if the technology can ultimately save lives.

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Financial Times Technology: Apple and Google join forces to develop contact-tracing apps
Daring Fireball: Draft Technical Documentation for Apple and Google’s Privacy-Preserving Contact Tracing
The Apple Post: Apple and Google partner on new coronavirus contact tracing technology
Android Central : Apple and Google announce partnership to help track COVID-19 infections
Tom’s Guide: Apple and Google teaming up to fight coronavirus with contact tracing
Cult of Mac: Apple and Google team up to build COVID-19 contact tracing apps
TIME: Apple, Google Announce COVID-19 Smartphone Contact Tracing in Rare Partnership
Fortune: Apple, Google bring coronavirus contact-tracing to 3 billion people
New on MIT Technology Review: Apple and Google are building coronavirus tracking into iOS and Android
iMore: Apple and Google announce partnership to help track COVID-19 infections
TechCrunch: Apple and Google are launching a joint COVID-19 tracing tool for iOS and Android
MacDailyNews: Apple and Google team on cross-platform COVID-19 contact tracing tool
Mercury News: Coronavirus: Apple, Google to work on contact tracing tech
WCCFtech: Apple and Google Partner to Launch a Joint COVID-19 Contact Tracing Framework
Pocket-lint: How Apple and Google plan to use your phone to track COVID-19
Axios: Apple, Google team up on coronavirus contact tracing
RT News: Apple and Google debut Bluetooth-based contact-tracing platform to combat Covid-19…and end privacy?
SlashGear: Apple and Google team up to use phones for coronavirus contact-tracing
Axios: Apple, Google team up on coronavirus contact tracing
iClarified: Apple and Google Announce Partnership to Build Contract Tracing Functionality Into iOS and Android
iPhone Hacks: Apple and Google Collaborating on Bringing COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Tech
Tom’s Guide: Apple and Google teaming up to fight coronavirus with contact tracing
The Next Web: Apple and Google team up to build a coronavirus tracking system
Gizmodo: Apple and Google Are Teaming Up to Build Coronavirus-Tracking Tech. Hold Your Applause.
Mashable: Google and Apple team up to support coronavirus contact tracing
MacRumors: Apple and Google Partner on Opt-In COVID-19 Contact Tracing Technology to Be Added to iPhone and Android Smartphones
WCCFtech: Apple and Google Partner to Launch a Joint COVID-19 Contact Tracing Framework
POLITICO: Apple, Google team up on big effort to trace coronavirus cases
Tech Insider: Apple and Google are teaming up to create a way for your smartphone to alert you if you’ve come into contact with someone infected with the coronavirus (AAPL, GOOG, GOOGL)
Apple: Apple and Google partner on COVID-19 contact tracing technology
Google: Contact Tracing (PDF)
Washington Post: Apple, Google debut major effort to help people track if they’ve come in contact with coronavirus
The Verge: Apple and Google are building a coronavirus tracking system into iOS and Android

@tim_cook: Contact tracing can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and can be done without compromising user privacy. We’re working with @sundarpichai & @Google to help health officials harness Bluetooth technology in a way that also respects transparency & consent.
@aslavitt: BREAKING: New infrastructure for contract tracing is coming to our phones using Bluetooth. Strong privacy protections— but I hope EVERYONE opts in for one another. This is time to pull together in new ways. Thank you to @Apple & @Google
@lukOlejnik: Cryptography specification of the Google-Apple contact-tracing API protocol is here ( #COVID?19
@RonDeibert ·: Important observations from @ashk4n on @Apple and @Google plans to roll-out contact tracing apps for #COVID19 . Down pointing backhand index
@ashk4n: BIG MOVE: @Apple and @Google are creating API's to permit health authorities implement 'Contact Tracing' apps that monitor Bluetooth signals and identify whether individuals have been in contact with someone that has been infected by #COVID19 THREAD:
@natfriedman: Huge thanks to Apple and Google for building privacy-preserving contact tracing into iOS and Android. Tech is emerging as a pillar of civilization and a critical reservoir of competence.
@kurtopsahl: Apple and Google announced a joint Bluetooth based proximity API for contract tracing, to be used by approved apps. Later they will be building this functionality into the underlying iOS/Android platforms.
@lukOlejnik: Will integrate this with their operating systems? "in the coming months, Apple and Google will work to enable a broader Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform by building this functionality into the underlying platforms" #COVID?19
@jsnell: Apple has experience with something similar to contact tracing thanks to the new Find My system. Probably gave them a head start. Good to see Apple and Google doing this and emphasizing consent and privacy.
@fs0c131y : Contact tracing apps will not defeat the #Covid19... even with the support of Apple and Google... A contact tracing app is for sure a way to monitor a population, #PrivacyByDesign or not. Don’t give your privacy to your gov or the GAFA against something which is not even working
@Khanoisseur: Apple and Google are partnering on technology for smartphones that will alert users if they’ve come into contact with a person with Covid-19 (but could be useful later for HIV, Ebola and other diseases). People must opt in and “privacy advocates” may fight this.

May 19, 2020
Jasper Jolly / The Guardian

Jasper Jolly / The Guardian  
EasyJet Says Personal Data on Nine Million Customers Were Accessed in ‘Highly Sophisticated’ Cyberattack, Over Two Thousand Customers’ Credit Card Details Stolen

European budget airlines EasyJet has revealed that the personal information of 9 million customers was accessed in a “highly sophisticated” cyberattack on the airline. The company said that email addresses and travel details were accessed, and it would contact the customers affected. Of the 9 million people affected, 2,208 had credit card details stolen, but no passport details were uncovered. Those customers whose credit card details were taken have been contacted, while everyone else affected will be contacted by 26 May. EasyJet offered no details of the hack but said it had “closed off this unauthorized access” and reported the incident to the National Cyber Security Centre and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the data regulator.

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BBC News : EasyJet admits nine million customers hacked
TechCrunch: Europe to Facebook: Pay taxes and respect our values — or we’ll regulate
Associated Press Technology: EasyJet reveals ‘sophisticated’ hack of customer details
Financial Times Technology: EasyJet says hackers accessed travel details of 9m customers
Bloomberg: EasyJet Says Hackers Accessed Data of 9 Million Customers
CNBC Technology: EasyJet hack leaves 9 million customers’ details exposed
Information Age: EasyJet data breached, over 9 million customers affected
Evening Standard: Millions of easyJet customers at risk after hackers access personal details
Graham Cluley: EasyJet hack impacts nine million passengers
Channel News Asia: EasyJet hit by cyber attack, hackers access 9 million customers’ details
France 24: Hackers access details of millions of easyJet passengers in cyber attack
IT Pro: Easyjet hack exposes details of nine million customers | IT PRO
PerthNow: Cyber attackers target easyJet
Thomas Brewster – Forbes: EasyJet Hacked: 9 Million Customers And 2,000 Credit Cards Hit
RT News: Hackers steal personal data of 9 million EasyJet costumers in ‘highly sophisticated’ cyber attack
MediaNama: Digital Media in India: Hackers accessed details of 9 million EasyJet customers, credit card details of 2K+ people
POLITICO EU: Easyjet cyberattack hits 9 million customers
Computer Business Review: EasyJet Hacked: 9 Million Customers Affected
The Sun: EasyJet hit by cyber attack with 9million customers details stolen
BetaNews: easyJet hit by ‘highly sophisticated’ cyberattack: 9 million customers’ details exposed
Voice of America: EasyJet Hit by Cyber Attack, Hackers Access 9 mln Customers’ Details 
The State of Security: Around 9 Million easyJet Customers’ Details Stolen in Hacking Incident
The Loadstar: SN: EasyJet: Nine million customers’ details ‘accessed’ by hackers
RTE: EasyJet hit by ‘highly sophisticated’ cyber attack
Sky News: EasyJet: Nine million customers’ details ‘accessed’ by hackers
Independent: EasyJet hacked: 9M customers’ details stolen

@lukOlejnik: Hacked EasyJet. Stolen data of 9M customers, for >2000 of them this includes credit card numbers. Users to be contacted gradually. Certainly not a good time to be an airline :)
@dcuthbert: My personal details are 99% included in this. So, let's play a game shall we? #easyjet
@joetidy: EasyJet’s stock exchange notice about the cyber attack here. Looks like they’ve taken all the correct steps (notifying ICO/ NCSC) etc but if the hack happened in Jan - why are we only learning of it now?
@racheltobac: Prepare to receive phishing emails, texts or calls pretexting as your bank looking to investigate fraud on your account, airlines attempting to cancel, rebook, or alert you to changes on your account, and much more. Contact back using 2nd form of comms ImpRobot face
@zsk: And now my inbox overfloweth with "comments" from PR people's cybersecurity clients, all of whom are scrambling trying to connect the EasyJet data breach with the Covid19 pandemic.
@jc_stubbs: Scoop >> The cyberattack disclosed by #easyJet earlier today is thought to be the work of a suspected Chinese hacking group that has targeted multiple airlines in recent months, two sources tell @Reuters

May 13, 2020
Ghana Business News

Ghana Business News  
Ghana Court Jails Former Government Officials for Buying Pegasus Surveillance Technology From Spyware Maker NSO Group

A high court in Ghana has found former government officials guilty of causing financial loss to the government and sentenced them to various prison terms because they secretly purchased $4 million worth of Pegasus surveillance technology produced by Israeli spyware company, NSO Group. The former Director-General of the NCA, William Tetteh Tevie, was given a five-year jail term, Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, the Board Chairman, received a six-year sentence and Salifu Osman, a former National Security Coordinator got five years. A fourth person accused in the case, Nana Owusu Ensaw, a former Board member of the NCA, filed an appeal and had a ruling in his favor leading to his discharge. A fifth person, George Derick Oppong, former Director of Infralocks Development Limited (IDL), the local rep of NSO, was acquitted and discharged. The court further ordered the Attorney General to seize assets belonging to the convicted persons estimated to be worth $3 million.