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Social services minister orders inquiry into credit card system data breach

Guardian Security - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 4:30pm

The Greens blame outsourcing for the breach, which has affected 8,500 current and former departmental staff

The social services minister, Christian Porter, has ordered an investigation of a data breach affecting 8,500 current and former Department of Social Services employees, whose personal information was left open for more than a year.

The move comes after the Greens blamed outsourcing for the breach in the Business Information Services system which held expenses and credit-card information dating from 2004 to 2015.

Related: Data breach hits Department of Social Services credit card system

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Data breach hits Department of Social Services credit card system

Guardian Security - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 12:00pm

Exclusive: Data includes employees’ names, user names, work phone numbers, work emails and system passwords

The Department of Social Services has written to 8,500 current and former employees warning them their personal data held by a contractor has been breached.

In letters sent in early November the department alerted the employees to “a data compromise relating to staff profiles within the department’s credit card management system prior to 2016”.

Related: AMP among companies affected by data breach of 50,000 staff records

Related: Medicare data breach: government response ‘contemptible’, says former AFP officer

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North Korea-developed malware is still on networks, officials warn

Guardian Security - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 6:16pm

Department of Homeland Security says hackers with reported ties to Pyongyang could still obtain backdoor access to government and business systems

US authorities have warned that malware developed in North Korea is still lurking in many computer networks, giving hackers backdoor access to government, financial, automotive and media organizations.

An alert issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned of surreptitious activity by the so-called “Hidden Cobra” hacker group, also known by the name “Lazarus”.

Related: North Korea hacked South's secret joint US war plans – reports

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The Guardian view on data protection: privacy is not enough | Editorial

Guardian Security - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 2:25pm
Rights over our personal data are only a start. The imbalances of power online must be tackled in other ways too

We entered the age of surveillance capitalism blindly over the last decade, without understanding what we were doing to ourselves, and almost without the conceptual tools to understand it either. Now we have woken up to the situation where a handful of giant companies have grown unfathomably rich by processing and then selling on our personal data. We are increasingly conscious of all the ways in which the big data companies know more about us than we know ourselves, and certainly more than we would willingly expose to anyone. Social networks have come to be seen as a way to turn personal information into money, but the data is yours and the money is some squillionaire’s in Silicon Valley.

The data protection bill, which is back in the Lords now, is an attempt to redress this imbalance, or at least to give teeth to the idea that we own our own data. It originates in the EU’s general data protection regulation, which will become law in 2018. We are going to have to adopt the data protection regime of our neighbours if we want to do business with them – 75% of the UK’s data transfers are with EU member states.

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AMP among companies affected by data breach of 50,000 staff records

Guardian Security - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 2:59am

Australian government employees also hit by breach after third-party contractor misconfigures form of cloud storage

The personal details of more than 4,000 government employees have been exposed in a massive data breach of 50,000 staff records from various companies across Australia.

The leak, first reported by iTnews, is believed to be the second-largest data breach in Australian history, after the details of 550,000 blood donors were accidentally leaked by the Red Cross in 2016.

Related: Medicare data breach: government response ‘contemptible’, says former AFP officer

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Apple can see all your pictures of bras (but it’s not as bad it sounds)

Guardian Security - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 8:46am

The company’s Photos app includes AI that can recognise thousands of search terms. Should we worry that one of those is ‘brassiere’?

Don’t freak out, but your iPhone knows all about your underwear selfies. On Monday, a viral tweet led to thousands of users discovering that the Photos app, on Apple’s iOS and macOS operating systems, knows what a bra looks like – and lets you search for it.

Apple being Apple, it’s vaguely classy, of course: the app will only give responses for “brassiere”. But type that into the search bar and there, in all their glory, are likely to be a fair few pics of people – maybe you – in various states of undress.

ATTENTION ALL GIRLS ALL GIRLS!!! Go to your photos and type in the ‘Brassiere’ why are apple saving these and made it a folder!!?!!?

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Heathrow launches investigation after confidential security plans found in street

Guardian Security - Sun, 10/29/2017 - 6:16am

A USB stick containing 2.5GB of data, reportedly including locations of CCTV cameras, tunnels and access to restricted areas, was found in west London

An investigation has been launched at Heathrow airport after a memory stick reportedly containing confidential security information was found in the street.

The Sunday Mirror says the USB stick – which was not encrypted and contained 2.5GB of data – was discovered by a member of the public in Ilbert Street in Queen’s Park, west London, and handed to the paper.

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