Cy­ber In­se­cu­rity

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Ear­lier this week, Google was forced to shut down its so­cial net­work­ing site Google Plus af­ter ac­knowl­edg­ing a se­cu­rity breach had re­vealed the pri­vate data of hun­dreds of thou­sands of users. The breach was iden­ti­fied in March but Google de­cided to keep it se­cret, claim­ing it had no ev­i­dence that any third party had ac­cessed the data. With the de­ci­sion to shut down Google Plus, per­haps its par­ent com­pany was ac­knowl­edg­ing a new reg­u­la­tory fo­cus in Europe and some states in the US on the re­spon­si­bil­ity of com­pa­nies to keep data se­cure. Last month, Face­book dis­cov­ered that hack­ers were able to ac­cess the ac­counts of tens of mil­lions of users. Both com­pa­nies are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by Ir­ish data pro­tec­tion reg­u­la­tors. In the wake of the Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica scan­dal, in which the per­sonal in­for­ma­tion of Face­book users was ac­cessed with­out per­mis­sion, the ways in which pri­vate data can be ac­cessed and har­nessed has been of crit­i­cal con­cern. In In­dia, much of the de­bate around Aad­haar was fo­cused on pri­vacy. Last month, Huff­in­g­ton Post re­ported that a ‘patch’ could be pur­chased to dis­able its se­cu­rity and gen­er­ate false Aad­haar num­bers.


Google Plus users whose pri­vate data was ac­ces­si­ble to third par­ties be­cause of se­cu­rity fail­ures


Amount for which cus­tomers can sue com­pa­nies for ev­ery breach of pri­vate data, un­der a new law in Cal­i­for­nia to come into force from 2020


Days, over which Face­book CEO Mark Zucker­berg tes­ti­fied in US con­gres­sional hear­ings about the data breach and other pri­vacy is­sues


Ap­pli­ca­tions made by other com­pa­nies could gain ac­cess to Google Plus users’ data with­out au­tho­ri­sa­tion, in­clud­ing user name, gen­der, age, oc­cu­pa­tion, and email ad­dress


Face­book users whose per­sonal in­for­ma­tion was used by Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica to tai­lor po­lit­i­cal ads. Last month, 50 mil­lion Face­book ac­counts were vul­ner­a­ble to hack­ing


Hours within which com­pa­nies must in­form reg­u­la­tors of po­ten­tial data breaches, ac­cord­ing to a new Euro­pean law. The Google Plus data breach hap­pened be­fore the new law was in ef­fect

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The price of a ‘se­cu­rity patch’ that can re­port­edly skirt Aad­haar se­cu­rity con­trols to gen­er­ate fake Aad­haar num­bers

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