There's much national security ado about how much user data gets collected by the Chinese-owned, wildly popular video-sharing app TikTok. But as France's ban of "recreational apps" from government-issued devices highlights, a bigger-picture approach for combating surveillance is required.
The French government imposed a ban on TikTok and other social media apps after concluding that "recreational apps" lack sufficient "levels of cybersecurity and protection of data to be deployed on administrative equipment," said Stanislas Guerini, the minister of transformation and public service.
Twitter says its source code was leaked by an unknown user on the popular open-source code collaboration platform GitHub. The social media giant requested a subpoena from a federal court Monday to force GitHub to provide details about the person behind the partial code leak.
TikTok CEO Shou Chew appeared Thursday before the U.S. congressional panel to defend his company against accusations that it's imperiling Americans' national security, privacy and mental health. Lawmakers pressed Chew on the company's Chinese ownership, source code and privacy practices.
TikTok says the Biden administration has demanded that the company's Chinese owners divest their stake in the company or risk seeing the app get banned in America. The U.S., Canada, EU, U.K. and New Zealand have all banned the use of TikTok on government devices, citing national security concerns.
Federal regulators initiated a probe of social media after accusing firms such as Facebook of presiding over a surge in advertising fraud including ads for sham healthcare products. Sham ads "can pose real dangers," including by spreading health disinformation, said Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter.
Business social media platform LinkedIn continues to pay dividends for North Korean hackers, including one group historically concentrated on South Korean targets that has expanded into pursuing security researchers and media industry workers in the West.
Records of more than half a million customers of a lending service owned by India's largest private sector bank are apparently downloadable for free on a criminal data breach forum. HDFC Bank says it detected a data breach at one of its service providers that processes customer information.
The European Commission has directed employees to remove the ByteDance-owned, short-form video app TikTok from their phones and corporate devices, citing security concerns. The decision follows similar bans in the U.S. and other countries, driven by fears of Chinese hacking and influence.
Twitter says it will turn off SMS second-factor authentication for all but paying customers starting March 20 in a decision provoking concerns that many customers will be less secure than before. Twitter says 2.6% of active Twitter accounts have activated second-factor authentication.
Spain's high court has approved the U.S. Department of Justice's request that British national Joseph James O'Connor be extradited to face charges that he helped hack Twitter in 2020 to perpetrate a cryptocurrency scam. The final extradition decision now rests with the Spanish government.
A group of bipartisan U.S. senators is seeking answers from three telehealth companies about their data tracking and sharing practices. The move comes as privacy and security concerns about broader data sharing by technology firms also are growing.
Lacework has debuted an attack path analysis tool to help organizations understand the havoc specific threats could wreak within their cloud infrastructure, says CEO Jay Parikh. The company helps customers prioritize which risk elements inside their infrastructure should be addressed first.
Meta's popular social media platforms are increasingly being targeted by cybercriminals, and account takeover complaints rose over 1,000% last year. This social threat is spilling over into banks and government agencies, and experts criticize Meta for moving too slowly to address security issues.
Meta says it is taking legal action against scraping-for-hire service provider Voyager Labs for allegedly using fake accounts to copy accessible data about users when logged into Facebook, Instagram and other websites. The social media firms says it closed 60,000 fake accounts.