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Cyber Security News Roundup – 7th August 2019

Google and Apple stop “grading” us; GDPR’s far-reaching influence; a city gets hacked; scammers profit off the Equifax settlement; UK University’s cybersecurity enables phishing; and why there is more data lost but fewer breaches, all included in today’s roundup of the latest cybersecurity news.

“Hush — They’re Listening to Us”

The National Law Review published this interesting article by Dominic Dhil Panakal, investigating how businesses such as Apple and Google have stopped their practice of “grading”; a process in which they check allegedly anonymous recordings of conversations people had with their virtual assistants, like Siri.

Read the full article here.

“Two Crucial Themes from the GDPR Featuring in US-Privacy Legislation”

Cameron Stoll, for npENGAGE, has written this fascinating article on the relation between GDPR and US legislation as since GDPR came into effect, privacy bills have been introduced over a half-dozen times in the US Congress and in 24 state legislatures. She also explained how these bills have two common themes that borrow from the GDPR; notice and choice.

Read the full article here. 

“Businesses are spending more on cybersecurity but losing more data”

Verdict has released a stellar post by Luke Christou on how there are fewer data breaches but more data has been lost after GDPRs introduction, and the enhanced focus on information security has resulted in a decrease in the number of disclosed breaches. Then continuing to explain how cooperation is needed to overcome cybercriminals, while findings show that organizations have become more reluctant to share data on safety risks.

Read the full article here. 

“Hackers steal $700k from city of Naples”

After a cyber-attack on the city of Naples and how the city works with local law enforcement and the FBI to find the attacker, Allyssa Dickert, reporting for Fox4, released this shocking article on new details surrounding a criminal investigation.

Read the full article here. 

“Fraudsters already trying to make a buck off big data breach”

The Daily Herald has released a compelling post by Michelle Singletary about how at least two fraudulent websites were shut down as scammers are trying to take advantage of the Equifax settlement.

Read the full article here. 

“Poor University Cybersecurity Opens UK Students Up to Phishing Attacks”

Danny Bradbury, a contributing writer for InfoSecurity magazine, has published a thought-provoking post about how UK universities have insufficient in cybersecurity protections that make them susceptible to phishing.

Read the full article here. 

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