Twitter whistleblower has likely sparked FTC probe - and Elon Musk could get hit
The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Twitter over alleged security and privacy issues, sources said.Shutterstock / rafapress Whistleblower Peiter "Mudge" Zatko's explosive accusations about security concerns at Twitter are almost certain to have sparked a Federal Trade Commission investigation, according to experts - and that's not necessarily good news for Elon Musk.Former FTC officials told The Post they are confident the agency has opened an investigation into Twitter - but added that any potential fine would come after next month's courtroom battle with Musk, potentially requiring the mogul to pony up billions of dollars in penalties if he's forced to take over the company.
Australia to overhaul privacy laws after massive data breach
Hackers managed to access a vast amount of potentially sensitive information on up to 9.8 million Optus customers - close to 40 percent of the Australian population.A post from the same person in a popular hacking forum claimed to offer the user data for sale for $150,000 and listed an extortion price of $1 million to keep the data private, to be paid in the Monero cryptocurrency.Following one of the biggest data breaches in Australian history, the government of Australia is planning to get stricter on requirements for disclosure of cyber attacks.
Should Hacking Have a Code of Conduct?
Which raises a question for the wider law-abiding hacking community: Should we have our own ethical code of conduct?This could be an exploitable unauthenticated RCE or SQLi, a malicious code execution, or sensitive data disclosure vulnerability.Now, don't get me wrong; this isn't a pat on the back for cybercriminals, but it does indicate that at least some professional code is being followed.Having a timestamped log of the activities performed, be it exploiting a system or scanning for malware, gives piece of mind to organizations by reminding them that hackers work with them, not against them.
Samsung Fails Consumers in Preventable Back-to-Back Data Breaches, According to Federal Lawsuit
Company unnecessarily collected consumers' personal data and failed to safeguard it, suit alleges, leading to two back-to-back data breaches.Represented by powerhouse public interest firm, Clarkson Law Firm, the Plaintiffs further allege that Samsung failed to take appropriate protective measures leading to two back-to-back data breaches.However, the lawsuit claims the tech giant's deficient security measures led to two data breaches and distribution of consumers' private, personal information.According to the lawsuit, Samsung disabled functions and features of its electronics like TVs and printers unless consumers submitted personal identification data like their home address and date of birth.
UK warns TikTok of 27 million fine over child privacy violations | Engadget
The UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has warned TikTok that it might face a £27 million (about $29.2 million) fine after the watchdog determined that the social network may have broken data protection law by "failing to protect" kids' privacy between May 2018 and July 2020.The company may have handled the data of children under 13 without parental consent, processed "special category" data (such as ethnicity, sexual orientation or health) without a legal foundation and didn't offer necessary information to users in a "concise, transparent and easily understood" fashion.