Online privacy protections could be dropped, allowing sale of personal data

Congress sent proposed legislation to President Trump that wipes away landmark online privacy protections. In a party-line vote, House Republicans freed Internet service providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast from protections that had sought to limit what companies could do with information, such as customer browsing habits, app usage history, location data and Social Security numbers. The rules also had required providers to strengthen safeguards for customer data against hackers and thieves. If Trump signs the legislation as expected, providers will be able to monitor their customers’ behavior online and, without their permission, use their personal and financial information to sell highly targeted ads. The providers also could sell users’ information directly to marketers, financial firms and other companies that mine personal data—all of whom could use the data without consumers’ consent. In addition, the Federal Communications Commission, which initially drafted the protections, would be forbidden from issuing similar rules in the future. Source: Washington Post

Florida senator, presidential candidate Rubio says Russian hackers targeted staff

Sen. Marco Rubio said during a Senate intelligence hearing on Thursday that unsuccessful cyber attacks from Russia targeted former members of his presidential campaign staff in July 2016. Rubio said he would not comment on a remark earlier in the hearing by Clinton Watts, a cybersecurity expert, that Rubio may have been victimized by Russian activity during his unsuccessful campaign for the 2016 Republican nomination. The cyber attacks Rubio mentioned took place after the end of his campaign for the nomination. Source: Reuters

Small businesses get access to more secure virtual credit cards

Visa announced a partnership with payments technology firm Viewpost to expand the availability of virtual credit cards, already used by large corporations, to smaller companies via a network that allows electronic invoicing, payments and real-time cash management. The virtual credit cards allow businesses to make payments with a secure single-use account number rather than worrying about security risks associated with a physical card. Source: The Street

Hackers tell Apple to pay up, or iCloud info will be revealed

Hackers are demanding Apple pay a ransom in bitcoin, or they claim they will remotely erase millions of customer iPhones, iPads and Macs. A London-based hacker group, calling itself the Turkish Crime Family, claims to have access to 250 million iCloud accounts and is threatening to reset passwords and remotely wipe customer devices if Apple doesn’t pay a ransom by April 7. Apple said it hasn’t been hacked and the data came from “previously compromised third-party services.” Source: ZDNet

Homeland Security says leverage works in keeping digital data safer

The Department of Homeland Security told Congress that it’s seeing significant dividends from the authority Congress granted the department in 2014: the ability to force other federal agencies to take concrete steps to improve their cybersecurity posture. DHS has issued four such directives in the past two years. Jeanette Manfra, acting deputy undersecretary of Homeland Security for cybersecurity said the directive is an extremely valuable tool—giving DHS the authority to mandate security improvements instead of merely suggesting them. Source: Federal News Radio

In the Navy, this chief could sell you secrets

A U.S. Navy senior chief was sentenced to more than four years in prison for stealing personal information from sailors under his command. Clayton A. Pressley, of Chesapeake, Virginia, pleaded guilty to identity theft and bank fraud. Court documents say Pressley used his position to steal personal identity information and identification documents from two subordinates. He used that information to take out several loans totaling $24,000. Prosecutors say Pressley also had identity documents for eight other members of his military command at his home. Source: WAVY, Norfolk, Va.

NATO contracts show big spending planned for cybersecurity

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization plans to open the way for businesses to bid for about 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) in orders for satellite communications, air and missile defenses, cybersecurity and advanced software. The planned NATO contracts reflect the alliance’s adjustment to new security threats including Russian meddling in eastern Europe, Mideast migration, Islamic terrorism and cyber attacks. Source: Information Management

FCC tells consumers to just say no to ‘Can you hear me?’ calls

The Federal Communications Commission is warning about scam callers. You get a phone call from an unknown number and then the voice on the other end asks “Can you hear me?” When a caller says, “Yes,” their reply is recorded and used to authorize charges on the victim’s utility or credit card account. Don’t answer if you don’t recognize the number, and hang up if you’re asked to push a button. Scammers often use these tricks to identify and target live respondents. Source: WSPA, Indianapolis

What’s up, Docs? A search function that reveals a little too much

Microsoft’s site came under fire as Twitter users complained that users of the site had inadvertently shared private and sensitive information. The site had a search functionality that would allow anyone to search through millions of files. When some users uploaded private information, they did not change the permissions from the default setting to share content publicly. Microsoft has removed the search functionality. Source: Network World

Scammers target German officials through newspaper ads

Attempts to hack Germany’s parliament this year used advertising on the site of Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post to redirect users to a malicious website. Defenses installed after the parliament was hacked in 2015 helped prevent the attempts, said Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security in a statement. At least 10 German legislators from all parliamentary groups were affected by the hacking attempt. Source: i24 News

U.S.  general cites gains in cyber war with ISIS

Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, says the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is “extraordinarily savvy” in using cyber capabilities, but the military is making gains against the group in cyberspace. The terror group has leveraged social media and encrypted messaging apps to recruit followers and spread propaganda. The general also noted that other countries participating in the anti-ISIS coalition have built “unique capabilities” in cyber that have been “well-integrated” into operations. Source: The Hill



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