Facebook has fixed a security vulnerability in its digital marketplace that could have been abused to identify the precise location of a seller, and by extension, their goods. Police warn that thieves regularly trawl location data to find the owners and locations of high-value items.
Germany's competition authority, the Bundeskartellamt, has prohibited Facebook from combining user data from different sources unless users consent, and it has also prohibited Facebook from blocking users who do not provide this consent. Facebook has one month to appeal the antitrust decision.
Warning: Attackers behind the recently revealed Facebook mega-breach may still be able to access victims' accounts at some third-party web services and mobile apps, and Facebook has offered no timeline for when a full lockdown might occur - although there are no signs of third-party account takeovers.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning will have a significant impact on lowering the cost of securing an organization because it will reduce the need for advanced skillsets, predicts Rapid7's Richard Moseley.
An ongoing security operations center challenge is trying to get the right data to the right person at the right time. The problem is compounded by there being "too much data and not finding the right people to deal with the data," says Mischa Peters of IntSights. What can help?
Numerous technology firms now offer facial biometrics recognition search tools for big data sets. But information security expert Alan Woodward warns that these big data sets must be "considered and regulated very heavily" or else we'll be "living in 1984 without knowing it."
A computer security researcher has discovered a vast marketing database containing 340 million records on U.S. consumers. The database is the latest in a long line of databases to have been left exposed to the internet without authentication, thus putting people's personal data at risk.
Although the National Institutes of Health is implementing strong privacy measures as it begins its effort to enroll 1 million volunteers to contribute data to its "All of Us" precision medicine research project, there are still risks involved, says privacy attorney Kirk Nahra.
With the advent of technology in personal healthcare - internet connected glucose monitors, intravenous blood pressure monitoring, personal best friend emotional bots - a lot of highly sensitive data that's rampantly traversing the airwaves. The impact of this data getting in the wrong hands is just starting to be...
Hybrid cloud adoption is accelerating within the financial services industry and few organizations have a solid understanding of how to secure hybrid cloud.
Most companies employ an array of cloud services from an array of providers, each with its own set of security controls, frameworks and products that increase...
The regulator and legislative fallout of the global financial crisis continues to place intense pressure on the financial industry.
Not only is the volume of regulations growing, so is their complexity a result of the diverse and inconsistent array of regional and jurisdictional mandates being imposed on financial...
Healthcare entities are increasingly considering user and entity behavioral analytics tools because their previous breach prevention and detection efforts have fallen short, says security expert Mac McMillan.
As big-data analytics matures, it will play a bigger role, but security information and event management software, or SIEMs, will also remain essential, contends Gary Warner, director of research in computer forensics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.