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Facebook Gets Maximum UK Penalty for Cambridge Analytica Data Breach

U.K. authorities have hit Facebook with the highest possible punishment for its Cambridge Analytica data breach, ordering the social media empire to pay £500,000 ($645,000). The U.K.’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the country’s privacy watchdog, said Facebook is responsible for “serious breaches of data protection” that allowed the personal data of more than 87 million Facebook users to fall into the hands of Cambridge Analytica, a data harvester with links to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon and other right-wing extremists. “A company of its size and expertise should have known better and it should have done better,” said information commissioner ... Read More

Uber Agrees to Pay Record $148M To Settle Data Breach Coverup

Uber will pay $148 million to settle an investigation into a massive 2016 data breach that the ride-hailing company allegedly covered up by paying off the hackers. The nationwide settlement, led by California, is the largest-ever multi-state data breach settlement. The settlement funds will be divided equally among all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The data breach exposed the names, email addresses, phone numbers, and other personal information of 57 million Uber users, but the company did not disclose the hack until late 2017. Uber managed to keep the data breach out of public view until late 2017, ... Read More

Facebook Security Breach Affects 50 Million Accounts

Approximately 50 million Facebook accounts were hijacked by hackers through a vulnerability in the social media app’s “View As” feature, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday, Sept. 28. “On Tuesday, we discovered that an attacker exploited a technical vulnerability to steal access tokens that would allow them to log into about 50 million people’s accounts on Facebook,” Mr. Zuckerberg said in a Sept. 27 Facebook post. “This attack exploited the complex interaction of multiple issues in our code. It stemmed from a change we made to our video uploading feature in July 2017, which impacted ‘View As,'” said Guy Rosen, ... Read More

Facebook Opened User Data To Chinese Firm Tagged As Potential National Security Threat

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal made headlines around the world after it was revealed that the data of 87 Facebook users was sold and used for dubious political purposes. However, recent reports of the social media giant’s agreements with other corporations suggest that the Cambridge Analytica scandal wasn’t an outlier. Facebook has data-sharing agreements with at least 60 electronics manufacturers, including Amazon, Apple, BlackBerry and Samsung. But it’s the company ties to at least four Chinese manufacturers that are the most concerning. Facebook admitted on June 5 that it allowed Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company closely connected to China’s communist government, to ... Read More

FTC Lawyers Granted Immunity for LabMD Data Breach Probe

Two Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawyers are immune from a lawsuit filed by the head of an Atlanta-based medical testing company who sued the FTC officials in 2015, claiming they stepped up an enforcement action against his company after he publicly criticized them. The ruling from the three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit shields FTC lawyers Alain Sheer and Ruth Yodaiken from retaliation allegations lodged by LabMD’s chief executive Michael Daugherty, whose company was being investigated for a data breach that exposed the personal information of nearly 10,000 patients. The decision of the Washington D.C. federal appeals court overturns an ... Read More

Facebook Bars 200 Apps For Data Security Threats

Facing investigations on both sides of the Atlantic for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook said it is barring about 200 third-party apps to resolve data security problems. The move is part of Facebook’s broader efforts to better protect the personal data of its users and mop up its image after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica acquired data harvested by a Facebook quiz called “This is Your Digital Life,” which asked users to provide personal details about themselves. The social media giant estimated that the Cambridge Analytica debacle exposed the personal data of about 87 million Facebook ... Read More

Inside Data Security Threats Present in All Companies

The words “cyberattack” and “data theft” may conjure images of outside hacker jobs for most, but a new study has found that 100 percent of businesses and other organizations face active threats from the inside. Data leaks and breaches caused by employees were present in some form in all the organizations studied by Dtex Systems, an analytics company specializing in user behavior intelligence and insider threat detection. According to the report, inside threats stem from both negligent employees and malicious employees. Negligent employees pose a risk to their organization’s data security due to their lack of awareness, carelessness, or error. ... Read More

Did Your Facebook Data Outlive Cambridge Analytica?

Cambridge Analytica may be dead, but the data it acquired from millions of Facebook users probably lives on, somewhere, in some form. An estimated 87 million or more Facebook users had their personal information harvested by Cambridge Analytica, the U.K.-based political consultancy firm linked to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, which used the scraped data to steer votes, potentially influencing the 2016 U.S. elections and the Brexit vote. Although Cambridge Analytica shut down amid the scandal and claims it deleted all of the Facebook user data, there is plenty of evidence indicating that derivatives of the Facebook data continue to exist ... Read More

Altaba To Pay $35 Million for Yahoo’s Mishandling of Data Breach

Altaba, the name given to Yahoo! Inc. after Verizon acquired the company, will pay a penalty of $35 million to settle charges that it misled investors by concealing a massive data breach that exposed the sensitive information of hundreds of millions of users to Russian hackers, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced. Within days of the Dec. 14 data breach, Yahoo’s cybersecurity team discovered that the hackers had accessed what the company called internally its “crown jewels – the most sensitive user-account data consisting of usernames, email addresses, phone numbers, birthdates, encrypted passwords, and security questions and answers ... Read More

Panera Bread Data Breach Exposed 37 Million Customer Accounts

Customers who have used Panera Bread’s online ordering system are advised to monitor their credit reports and banking accounts for suspicious activity after a data breach exposed the account information of at least 37 million consumers. According to KrebsOnSecurity, security lapses in Panera’s website had been leaking customer data for eight months before the company pulled it offline on Sunday, April 1, for several hours. The leaked data includes customer names, email addresses, birthdays, phone numbers, mailing addresses, and the last four digits of the customer’s credit card. Panera loyalty card numbers were also leaked. Because the cards are linked ... Read More