Archive - June 20, 2017

The latest data breach in the US leaves 200 million exposed

In one of the world’s oldest modern democracies, the United States, the right to privacy seems to be taken less and less seriously.

Last year, after merely taking on the role of US President, Donald Trump signed an executive order threatening the 6-month-old EU-US Privacy Shield agreement. In March this year, Internet Service Providers got the green light to sell users’ web history. August could see the end of American net neutrality.

Now, the (extremely, we would say) sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. According to bbc.com, the 1.1 terabytes of data includes birth dates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views of nearly 62% of the entire US population.

What’s worse, the data was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server. Thus, absolutely anyone with the link could access the data.

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The government wants to bolster cybersecurity. Robert Knapp: “All bitcoin transactions are made on a public ledger”

Cybersecurity experts recently met with lawmakers to talk about ways for preventing an event like May’s international WannaCry ransomware attack from wreaking havoc in the U.S.

But one topic was not brought up: bitcoin, the virtual currency that ransom hackers often ask to be paid in exchange for unlocking infected computers.

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