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Online Consumer Data Collection

CRS Report – Online Consumer Data Collection, October 31, 2022 – “Large amounts of consumer data can be collected, processed, and analyzedby operators of websites and mobile applications (apps) and third parties, which are entities otherthan the website or appprimary operator (e.g., data brokers). Operators collect data for multiple purposes, including providing services, selling user… Continue Reading

FINCEN – US Banks Spent $1 Billion on Ransomware Payments in 2021

“The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today issued its most recent Financial Trend Analysis of ransomware-related Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) filings for 2021, indicating that ransomware continued to pose a significant threat to U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, businesses, and the public. The report focuses on ransomware trends in BSA filings from July-December 2021, and addresses… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cybersecurity issues – October 30, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cybersecurity issues – October 30, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Thomson Reuters collected and leaked at least 3TB of sensitive data

cybernews: “Thomson Reuters, a multinational media conglomerate, left an open database with sensitive customer and corporate data, including third-party server passwords in plaintext format. Attackers could use the details for a supply-chain attack.  The Cybernews research team found that Thomson Reuters left at least three of its databases accessible for anyone to look at. One… Continue Reading

That customer service number? It could be a scam.

Washington Post: “…Get customer service numbers from official websites. Treat every phone number like a potential scam risk. Even if the number came from an official-looking email or text, verify it by checking it against the contact number listed on the company’s website before you call. Type in phone numbers rather than clicking links –… Continue Reading

Protecting Children’s Data Privacy Policy Paper I: International Issues and Compliance Challenges

“Complying with the growing number of laws on children’s privacy in the global marketplace is an increasingly complex undertaking. It involves reconciling measures to protect children from online harm and intrusions into their privacy with the equally important necessity for children to participate and engage online and to access beneficial or even essential online resources.… Continue Reading

Should you log in with Facebook or Google on other sites or apps? Short answer: No.

Washington Post: “…This month, Facebook warned a million Facebook users their accounts might have been compromised by 400 malicious apps that were designed to trick them into handing over their Facebook log-in information. Criminals were making fake log-in buttons. And I’d like to share a doozy of a cautionary tale: A Washington Post reader wrote… Continue Reading

Scam apartment listings are everywhere. Here’s how to spot them.

Washington Post: Dodging fraudulent listings is creating extra stress for apartment-hunters. “But fake listings have telltale signs…Today, navigating real estate scams is part of the process for prospective renters looking for homes online. And the sustained spike in housing prices amid inflation and supply problems makes people more vulnerable as they scramble to find something… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cybersecurity issues – October 22, 2022

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cybersecurity issues – October 22, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and… Continue Reading

How to rescue your hacked account: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and more

The Verge: “Hackers commandeer online accounts at industrial scale. Here’s how to restore and protect your access to Apple, Facebook, Google, Instagram, Snapchat, Spotify, TikTok, and Twitter. Nearly 2 out of 5 Americans say that hackers have taken over their social media accounts. And those numbers are likely to rise as more and more account… Continue Reading