Someone is openly selling aggregated databases containing PII (personally identifiable information) of Singaporeans – names, email, mobile, address, company, job title, etc. and even offering a CNY promotion of “only” SGD 688 for a total of 8 databases.
Some of the sample databases – which I won’t embed here – are not properly blurred out – you can even make out the name, email, mobile and address of the individual.
The FAQ says that:
Q: Is It Legal To Purchase Databases?
Yes. It is legal to purchase database for marketing or advertising purposes. All information in our databases are publicly available data which can be found online or offline.
That is blatantly false.
The organization behind this website claims to be SPADB, which doesn’t appear to be a legitimate company. According to archive.org, they seem to have been operating since 2015. It has another similar looking website which sells databases of registered property agents.
The server hosting the website seems to be based in Singapore, so there’s a possibility that PDPC or SingCert can do something about it.
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The cost of data is not just the bytes that are required to store them. Increasingly laws will target companies for over-collecting, misusing, and not doing enough to protect PII data.
California recently passed an extremely powerful, far-reaching law, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), that will likely drive even more change than the GDPR. Here’s what your dev team needs to know and how to prepare.
Marvell Wifi System-on-chip, which is used by Valve Steamlink, PS 4, Microsoft Surface and Samsung Chromebook is susceptible to remote compromise. Here’s the kicker: the device can be compromised just by the fact that it’s powered on. There is no need for the victim to visit any website or click on any links. That’s what makes this RCE (remote code execution) so dangerous and potent.
This vulnerability can be triggered without user interaction during the scanning for available networks. This procedure is launched every 5 minutes regardless of a device being connected to some Wi-Fi network or not. That’s why this bug is so cool and provides an opportunity to exploit devices literally with zero-click interaction at any state of wireless connection (even when a device isn’t connected to any network).
This is a case that will test the limits of exclusion in the brave new world of cybersecurity insurance. Basically, the insurance company is refusing to pay for cybersecurity related damages by citing an exclusion clause which states the malware was created as part of a cyber warfare.
What if courts and lawyers actually start believing the cyberwar narrative and acting as if any damage caused to Western companies is uninsurable war damage?
What will happen to the insurance of cyber risks if any attack could potentially be declared part of a war?
CAPTCHA is almost ubiquitous in today’s web applications and an extremely popular CAPTCHA implementation is Google’s, namely reCaptcha. reCaptcha provides an audio version for visually-impaired users. Researchers manage to make use of free speech-to-text services to defeat audio reCaptcha.
In a move that has sent shock waves through the cybersecurity and software community, Australia passes new law that could potentially devastate its software industry, by compelling tech companies to help law enforcement break into user’s encrypted data.
Both countries now claim the right to secretly compel tech companies and individual technologists, including network administrators, sysadmins, and open source developers – to re-engineer software and hardware under their control, so that it can be used to spy on their users. Engineers can be penalized for refusing to comply with fines and prison; in Australia, even counseling a technologist to oppose these orders is a crime.