Facebook privacy concerns and BA account hack: What we learned in security this week

Security is always a fast moving industry, but it’s been moving at a frenzied pace in recent years, and a new ‘end of the world’ bug or mega data breach is uncovered on a near weekly basis.

Keeping track of all the major news announcement is no easy feat, so V3 has created a list detailing the key security lessons and insights to surface this week.

Facebook might be breaking EU privacy laws

A report by researchers at the University of Leuven and the Free University of Brussels on behalf of the Belgian Privacy Commission has claimed that Facebook is in breach of EU data protection and privacy laws.

The report claims it is far too difficult for users to adequately use the privacy controls on the site to keep their data safe, and that not enough flexibility is given to those who wish to apply certain settings.

The Tor Project wants people to see the light side of the dark web

Anonymity service Tor is regularly vilified and, somewhat falsely, viewed as a shady service that caters exclusively to cyber criminals.

Looking to fix this Tor has launched a crowdfunding initiative designed to find ways to make it easier for people to use the service and realise its benefits.

Obama wants to punish non-US cyber crooks
US President Barack Obama

Nations around the world have been cyber sabre rattling for some time. This week US president Barack Obama joined the chorus and ordered the shoring up of sanctions that the US could use against individuals and nations that target the country with cyber attacks.

Hackers are saving for their summer holidays
A beach

Mass data breaches are increasingly common and usually see hackers attempt to get their hands on personally identifiable or financial information.

This week, however, reports showed a different motive after British Airways Executive Club account holders reported their Avios frequent travel points had been stolen after hackers gained acess to their accounts. Perhaps they just fancied a holiday and a break from all the hacking.

Microsoft cares about iOS and Android security
TechEd 2014 Microsoft logo

Microsoft has been pushing security as a key selling point for its enterprise services for close to a decade.

The firm continued this strategy this week when it made mobile device management capabilities available in its Office 365 cloud-based business services for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

The UN wants to learn about digital privacy

The United Nations is never a fast moving body, which is why it’s no surprise to see it a little behind on key tech topics such as digital privacy. Looking to fix this, the UN announced plans this week to appoint a new UN special rapporteur on the right to privacy.

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3 April 2015 | 9:30 am – Source: v3.co.uk


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