Google is finally working on the privacy of data for its users. On Thursday, the tech giants released a statement seeking details of the data collected by developers on the Play Store and also how it was being used. The third quarter of this year shall see the new privacy policies being rolled out and by Q4 the developers, including Google itself, compiling with them. Google wants to ensure that Google Play is a safe space for android app users.
India gave heads up to several telcos to conduct a trial on 5G networking but barred “Communist Party-controlled” tech companies like Huawei, ZTE. The decision was highly praised by US congressman Michael McCaul who said that the risk can be mitigated only when these Chinese govt controlled firms are excluded from our networks. McCaul is US House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican and China Task Force Chairman.
Dell has issued patches for 5 high-severity vulnerabilities for millions of computers dating all the way till 2009. Dell has also listed almost 200 affected computers that it considers to be no longer receiving service. The undisclosed flaws could allow any user on the computer, even without privileges, to escalate their privileges and run code in kernel mode, however, they haven’t seen evidence of the vulnerability being exploited by hackers in 12 years.
80% of Indian firms struggle to educate employees on cybersecurity said a Sophos-Tech Research Asia survey. The findings said that despite the rise in cyberattacks, investment in digital security products and services remained stagnant and management underestimates the damage threats can do. The findings revealed that 56 % of firms weren’t running up-to-date cybersecurity products said, Sunil Sharma, MD – sales, Sophos India, and SAARC.
The Dutch govt has disabled its COVID-19 warning app CoronaMelder for two days amid data privacy concerns, especially on Android OS. Country’s Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said that the app will stop sending warning alerts for a period of 48 hours while the authorities validate the security of data. CoronaMelder app uses the tech developed by Google and Apple to send “exposure notification” to users of possible transmission of the virus.
IBM Security and HCL have joined hands to fortify threat management services for clients by modernizing the security operation center platform. HCL’s Cybersecurity Fusion Centers will leverage IBM’s Cloud Pak for Security to create a unified security platform to connect people, processes, and tools. They will also help enterprises to navigate their digital transformation journey. HCL’s six Cybersecurity Fusion Centers deliver threat management services across the globe.
IDC predicts that spending on security products and services in Asia-Pacific is expected to hit $23.1 bn in 2021, a 12.6 % rise YoY. The investments to grow at a five-year CAGR of 13.3 % over the forecast period (2019-24) and touch $35 bn by 2024. Australia and India, together, will drive the market and account for 26 % of the overall spending in the region. The two countries have a large number of enterprises catering to domestic and international clients.
Hacker group ShinyHunters has published 20 mn BigBasket users database having email ID, phone number, address, scrambled password which is free to download. BigBasket had suffered a data breach in Nov last year, in which cybercriminals had stolen the data of 20 mn users. The incident has happened at a time when Tata Group has agreed to acquire BigBasket at a valuation of over $1.8 bn. The acquisition, at present, is awaiting regulatory approval.
Russia-based REvil group of hackers have hit iPhone maker Apple in a $50 mn ransomware attack via Taiwan-based Quanta Computer that manufactures MacBooks and other devices. The cybercriminals are demanding $50 mn from Apple after Quanta refused to pay and threatened the smartphone maker to publish confidential information on the Dark Web. The attack coincides with Apple’s “Spring Loaded” event.