From Data Breaches to Heightened Security

The Weekly Cypher is specially curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in cybersecurity, biometrics, and related news and innovations. Here are a few of the headlines you might have missed this week.

Equifax Reveals Details on Data Breach to SEC | Ars Technica

On Monday, May 7th, almost nine months after the company revealed a huge data breach, Equifax finally disclosed a precise account of the attack to the US Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC). Previously, the firm acknowledged that more than 145 million Social Security numbers were compromised. In the “statement for the record” submitted to the SEC, however, Equifax also revealed that more than 200,000 individual’s credit card numbers, government IDs, driver’s licenses, and other government-issued documents were also compromised. [Read More]

Facebook Accused of Connecting Extremists | American Security Today

While Facebook continues to make amends with the Cambridge Analytica scandal, others are now uncovering the dangerous sociological effects of algorithms built into the social media giant’s website. Analyzing communication strategies of radical Islamists, researchers found that Facebook’s “suggested friends” feature routinely introduced Isil members to each other. In fact, thousands of Isil supporters have been connected and recruited through shared common interests on the site. [Read More]

Petitioners Continue to Challenge Aadhaar Act | The Hindu

Senior Advocate Shyam Divan informed India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday that the country’s mandatory digital identification platform, Aadhaar, failed to include any education or written consent prior to biometric data collection. Divan argues that the Aadhaar Act enables an authoritarian government to track and profile individuals, while failing to follow the heart of the first five words of India’s Constitution, “we the people of India.” [Read More]

Goodyear Utility Investigating Data Breach | AZ Family

The city of Goodyear, Arizona, announced to residents that the city’s online utility bill payment system has been compromised. Fortunately, utility services were not interrupted, but citizens have already reported fraudulent charges to their connected payment accounts. This compromise adds to the growing list of local government’s utility systems being targeted by foreign threats. [Read More]

Colorado Leads in Election Security | Washington Post

After news of Russian hackers attacking US voting systems in the 2016 presidential election, Colorado aims to increase cybersecurity surrounding election systems. A post-election audit showed that while more than half of all states require post-election auditing, only three used risk-limiting audits. County clerks around Colorado take additional security measures by using two-factor authentication when accessing voter registration databases. [Read More]

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