TikTok and WeChat both received reprieves over the weekend that helped avert U.S. blocks of their social media apps. President Donald Trump says he has given his "blessing" to a deal that would see Oracle and Walmart take a stake in TikTok's U.S. operations. Separately, a federal judge suspended a WeChat ban.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes whether a leaked database compiled by a Chinese company should be a cause for serious concern. Also featured are discussions on vulnerability disclosure challenges and risks posed by using social media apps for payments.
Potentially capping a fraught political showdown, China's TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, has chosen Oracle to be its U.S. "technology partner," rejecting a bid by Microsoft. But Chinese state media suggests reports of a deal might be premature.
A leaked database compiled by a Chinese company has suddenly become the focus of news media reports warning that it could be used as an espionage instrument by Beijing. But on closer examination, the alleged "social media warfare database" looks like public information largely scraped from social media sites.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed last year against Google and the University of Chicago Medicine involving complex privacy and other issues related to the use of patients' de-identified electronic health record data. But the court left the door open to filing an amended complaint.
Twitter is investigating the hacking of an account associated with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an apparent cryptocurrency scam, according to news reports. The incident appears similar to a July Twitter hack that hit well-known targets in the U.S. and Europe.
Facebook says the Russian troll group that interfered in the 2016 U.S. election is at it again, using sham accounts and a fake news site to spread disinformation in advance of the November election. Facebook says it took down the accounts involved.
President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order that requires TikTok owner ByteDance to divest its U.S. operations within 90 days. In the new order, Trump cites national security concerns in demanding the Chinese company sell its American assets.
China could collect the personal data on Americans through the social media apps TikTok and WeChat for intelligence-gathering purposes, a senior Justice Department official says in explaining why the White House wants to ban these apps.
Reddit had a very "Make America Great Again" weekend, as more than 70 subreddits were temporarily hijacked and used to post "MAGA" messages in support of U.S. President Donald Trump. Attackers claim they used social engineering and password stuffing to compromise the accounts.
Russia, China and Iran are all seeking to influence the 2020 U.S. Presidential election in November, according to a new report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that offers details about each country's plans and goals.
The day after President Trump issued executive orders to ban Chinese-owned social media apps TikTok and WeChat, Sanjay Virmani of the FBI's San Francisco office shared insights on the Chinese cyberthreat, election security and crime trends in the wake of COVID-19.
President Donald Trump's executive order banning the Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat apps could prove to be unenforceable, some privacy and security specialists say. But some Republican lawmakers hailed the move, citing the national security risks posed by the apps.