Privacy and security news, 1/24/2021

More on Solarwinds

More damage from the Solarwinds attack is reported: Fourth malware strain discovered in SolarWinds incident. Ironically, Malwarebytes said it was hacked by the same group who breached SolarWinds, as the 4th majors security firm. One of those, FireEye releases tool for auditing networks for techniques used by SolarWinds hackers But there are fears that The SolarWinds Hackers Used Tactics Other Groups Will Copy. In an indication of the size of the assault, intelligence officials have quietly concluded that more than a thousand Russian software engineers were most likely involved in it,

Hacks, Breaches, and Leaks

The news last week again illustrated the broad range of actors and methods

And even back-ups don’t save from ransomware attackers: Ransomware victims that have backups are paying ransoms to stop hackers leaking their stolen data


Google says consent over every aspect of data processing would be burdensome, so consumers should simply have to suck it up? They should just not worry about What Happens When You Click ‘Agree’? Let’s look at some of the things that are happening

And again, it’s not just private companies that spy on us: Intelligence Analysts Use U.S. Smartphone Location Data Without Warrants, Memo Says and hack our devices How Law Enforcement Gets Around Your Smartphone's Encryption

As we already saw last week, sharing on social media can have unexpected consequences: Technologists Use Facial Recognition on Parler Videos and Airbnb has been quietly using social media to root out and ban extremists. We may agree with some of those actions, but they could represent undesirable precedents for other cases.


Regulations appear to proceed across the globe. While UK resumes privacy oversight of adtech, warns platform audits are coming. GDPR appears to have various impacts in the EU

Singapore widens security labelling to include all consumer IoT devices and in the US

Senator: ‘More transparency is needed’ by exam proctoring tech firms

The good news

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