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New Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (COPRA) would empower American users

Despite the already dizzying number of comprehensive data privacy proposals before the US Senate—nearly 10 have been introduced since mid-2018—yet another bill has entered the conversation: the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act. This time, the bill, called COPRA for short, is sponsored by a Democratic Senator from Washington whose name has rarely been c
Publish At:2019-12-17 16:50 | Read:707 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy Big Tech Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act COPRA da

Stalkerware’s legal enforcement problem

Content warning: This piece contains brief descriptions of domestic violence and assault against women and children. In the past five years, only two stalkerware developers, both of whom designed, marketed, and sold tools favored by domestic abusers to pry into victims’ private lives, have faced federal consequences for their actions. Following a guilty p
Publish At:2019-11-18 16:50 | Read:785 | Comments:0 | Tags:Stalkerware Al Franken Computer Fraud and Abuse Act cybersta

Stalkerware developer dealt new blow by FTC

Last week, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) interpreted its broad consumer protection mandate to file a first-of-its-kind enforcement action against the developer of three mobile stalkerware applications. The developer was banned from further selling the apps unless significant changes were made in design and functionality. The FTC’s required change
Publish At:2019-11-11 23:20 | Read:921 | Comments:0 | Tags:Stalkerware Capital One consent agreement consent order data

A week in security (October 28 – November 3)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we celebrated the birth of the Internet 50 years ago, highlighted reports about the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filing a case against stalkerware developer Retina-X, issued a PSI on disaster donation scams, looked at the top cybersecurity challenged SMBs face, and provided guidance to journalists on how they can defend t
Publish At:2019-11-11 23:20 | Read:829 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security Adobe Creative Cloud advanced persistent

Here are the most popular robocall scams and how to avoid them

We recently examined how robocall scams are a serious threat to privacy, alongside the astonishing rate at which their volume continues to increase. Forty-three billion calls in 2019 with an average of 131 calls per person in the US alone is not something to be sniffed at. No matter how careful you are with your number, no matter which security measures you
Publish At:2019-11-11 23:20 | Read:582 | Comments:0 | Tags:Scams banks chinese robocalls chinese scams chinese student

Growing rate of robocalls threatens user privacy

When a person sees a call from an unknown number and picks up to hear a recorded voice on the other end, they’ve received a robocall. Some are helpful, such as reminders of upcoming doctor’s appointments or school announcements. However, the vast majority are from unsolicited parties trying to convince people to purchase products or services,
Publish At:2019-10-23 16:50 | Read:947 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy Data privacy do not call registry FCC FTC high-risk

YouTube ordered to cough up $170M settlement over COPPA infraction

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has required Google and YouTube to pay a settlement fee totaling $170 million after its video-sharing platform was found violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The complaint was filed by the FTC and the New York Attorney General, with the former set to receive the penalt
Publish At:2019-09-20 11:20 | Read:792 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy Childrens Online Privacy Protect Act Common Sense Me

Is it Time to Can the CAN-SPAM Act?

Regulators at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are asking for public comment on the effectiveness of the CAN-SPAM Act, a 14-year-old federal law that seeks to crack down on unsolicited commercial email. Judging from an unscientific survey by this author, the FTC is bound to get an earful. Signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2003, the ̶
Publish At:2017-07-02 20:30 | Read:3315 | Comments:0 | Tags:Other CAN-SPAM Dan Balsam eff Electronic Frontier Foundation

Smart TV vendor Vizio fined $2.2M for spying on 11 million customers

Smart TV vendor Vizio makes the headlines because it has been caught while secretly collecting consumers’ data through over 11 Million devices. IoT devices are privileged vectors for surveillance activities, mobile devices, gaming console, smartphone and even smart TV could be used to spy on users. Now one of the world’s biggest smart TV makers V
Publish At:2017-02-08 07:00 | Read:4328 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Digital ID Internet of Things FTC IoT privacy

IRS: Scam Blends CEO Fraud, W-2 Phishing

Most regular readers here are familiar with CEO fraud — e-mail scams in which the attacker spoofs the boss and tricks an employee at the organization into wiring funds to the fraudster. Loyal readers also have heard an earful about W-2 phishing, in which crooks impersonate the boss and request a copy of all employee tax forms. According to a new “
Publish At:2017-02-03 06:25 | Read:4153 | Comments:0 | Tags:Other ceo fraud fbi FTC irs John Koskinen tax refund fraud t

Western Union agreed to pay $586 Million to settle fraud charges

The money transfer leader company Western Union has agreed to forfeit $586 million  to settle fraud charges and admitted it facilitated scammers. Money transfer leader company Western Union has admitted to facilitating wire fraud and it has agreed to pay $586 million to settle fraud charges from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of J
Publish At:2017-01-23 04:05 | Read:3782 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Cyber Crime crime Cybercrime frauds FTC money

FTC filed a lawsuit against D-Link over failure to secure its IoT devices

FTC charges the Taiwanese IT giant D-Link putting consumers’ privacy at risk due to the failure of Implementing secure adequate measures for IoT devices. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a lawsuit against the Taiwanese firm D-Link, over failure to secure its IoT products, including IP cameras and routers. The company has produced promo
Publish At:2017-01-07 13:45 | Read:4940 | Comments:0 | Tags:Breaking News Hacking Internet of Things Laws and regulation

The FTC’s Internet of Things (IoT) Challenge

One of the biggest cybersecurity stories of 2016 was the surge in online attacks caused by poorly-secured “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices such as Internet routers, security cameras, digital video recorders (DVRs) and smart appliances. Many readers here have commented with ideas about how to counter vulnerabilities caused by out-of-date softwar
Publish At:2017-01-04 19:05 | Read:4192 | Comments:0 | Tags:Other Federal Trade Commission FTC Gartner Inc. internet of

Ashley Madison Ordered to Pay $1.65 Million Over 2015 Mega Breach

Ashley Madison has been ordered to pay a fine of $1.65 million as a result of the massive data breach that exposed the personal information of 36 million customers last year.According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the fine settles federal and state charges alleging that the adultery website deceived consumers and failed to properly protect users’ ac
Publish At:2016-12-16 20:20 | Read:3845 | Comments:0 | Tags:Latest Security News Ashley Madison data breach FTC

Senator Prods Federal Agencies on IoT Mess

The co-founder of the newly launched Senate Cybersecurity Caucus is pushing federal agencies for possible solutions and responses to the security threat from insecure “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices, such as the network of hacked security cameras and digital video recorders that were reportedly used to help bring about last Friday’s majo
Publish At:2016-10-25 13:40 | Read:3643 | Comments:0 | Tags:Other DDoS DHS Dyn FCC FTC internet of things mirai Sen. Mar


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