Memo to IT administrators: Don't store data in cloud in an unsecure manner. Security researchers at Secureworks have found more than 1,200 cloud-based, unsecured Elasticsearch databases that attackers wiped, leaving only a ransom note demanding Bitcoin in return for their restoration.
The European Parliament has granted Europol permission to receive and process datasets from private parties and pursue research projects for better handling of security-related cases. Use of these powers will be overseen by the European Data Protection Supervisor and the Fundamental Rights Officer.
The Dutch Data Protection Authority has imposed penalties of 3.7 million euros ($4 million) and 565,000 euros ($600,000) on the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, respectively, for violating the General Data Protection Regulation.
As President Joe Biden visits Europe this week, the U.S. and the European Commission announced they have agreed in principle to a new Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework. Officials say it will foster cross-border data flows and address concerns raised by the EU Court of Justice in 2020.
On Tuesday, Ireland's Data Protection Commission imposed an $18.6 million penalty on tech firm Meta. That same day, the privacy watchdog was sued by a member of the nonprofit Irish Council for Civil Liberties over its "prolonged inaction" in the Google data breach case.
Greek data protection authority Hellenic DPA has imposed fines totaling more than $10 million on two telecommunication companies for GDPR violations including inadequate information disclosure to subscribers in the wake of data breaches, illegal data processing and inadequate security measures.
The European Union has initiated plans to build its own high-performance and secure DNS resolution infrastructure to reduce reliance on a few public DNS resolvers operated by non-EU entities. The service, named DNS4EU, is to be made available to all EU citizens and organizations.
OpenSubtitles, a website providing free movie subtitles, confirmed to its users today that it had been hacked last August and the hacker had demanded a ransom to remain silent about the attack and to delete the leaked data. This data breach affected 6,783,158 users.
Privacy regulators in Europe last year imposed known fines totaling more than $1.2 billion under the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, including two record-breaking sanctions, law firm DLA Piper finds. The total value of fines in 2021 was nearly a sevenfold increase from that seen in 2020.
In the U.S., three states now have disparate data privacy laws - and more are coming. Meanwhile, China has enacted a new law that has global enterprises scrambling. How will these and other actions shape privacy discussions in 2022? Noted attorney Lisa Sotto shares insights.
Lisa Sotto, partner and chair of the global privacy and cybersecurity practice at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, joins three ISMG editors to discuss important cybersecurity and privacy issues, including how U.S. enterprises are harmonizing three disparate privacy laws, and ransomware preparedness.
In the latest weekly update, four editors at Information Security Media Group discuss important cybersecurity issues, including the status of the recommendations of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission today and what still needs to be enacted by the current Congress, addressing the increasing challenge of cyberattacks...
The drive towards digital transformation and cloud has exposed organizations to unknown vulnerabilities and various forms of threats and attacks, resulting in cybercriminals stealing sensitive data.
There has been a compelling need for enterprises to protect sensitive data and reduce the scope of compliance...
In this update, four editors discuss key cybersecurity issues, including addressing the complexity of security, the rising number of victims targeted by double extortion ransomware and the Information Commissioner's Office's recent consultation on creating an international data transfer agreement.