A curated list of the top stories of the week concerning data leaks and digital threats.
By ZackOhad Greenshpan, March 26, 2019, TedCrunch
While online retail activity continues to accelerate, the risks involved with online retail, for both brands and consumers, have never been greater. The retail industry suffered more data breach incidents in 2017 than any other sector. Notorious for poor application security, the retail industry is ranked 17th of 18 measured sectors by the 2018 Retail Cybersecurity Report.
By Zack Whittaker, March 24, 2019, TedCrunch
Family Locator, an app allowing families to track each other in real-time, was leaking the real-time locations of more than 238,000 users for weeks. A security researcher and a member of the GDI Foundation found the database and reported the findings to TechCrunch. At the origin of this breach, a developer left a server exposed without a password.
By Lisa Vaas, March 26, 2019, Naked Security
The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) exposed highly sensitive personal data belonging to 2.3 million people who needed hotel lodging following the 2017 wildfires in California and that same year’s trio of hurricanes: Harvey, Irma and Maria.
By Samuel Stolton, March 25, 2019, Euractiv
Nokia mistakenly exposed customer data, the European telecom giant has admitted, following the announcement of an investigation by a Finnish data protection watchdog into the allegations of a possible breach of data rules.
By Zack Whittaker March 29, 2019, Tedcrunch
In China, a popular dating app for gay and queer women has exposed millions of user profiles and private data. Each record included personal information and geolocalisation.
By Ian Barker, March 26, 2019, Betanews
According to a new study from a data security company, 79% of IT leaders believe that employees have put company data at risk accidentally in the last 12 months, and 61% believe they have done so maliciously.
By Lisa Schencker, March 20, 2019, Government Technology
A file shared by an employee of Chicago Rush Medical Center’s billing processing vendors may have exposed the personal information of thousands of patients. The breach is the latest in what has been a continuing pattern of data security problems at hospitals across the nation.