Author: Disini & Disini Law Office

New Study Says Bank Web Apps Most Vulnerable to Hacking

New Study Says Bank Web Apps Most Vulnerable to Hacking

According to new research released by security firm Positive Technologies last Monday, web apps from banks and financial institutions are highly vulnerable to hacking. The security researchers tested 33 websites and found that around half had XML external entity flaws and arbitrary file reading and modification flaws, while 80% were vulnerable to cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks. 85% of all tested apps had bugs that allowed a hacker to steal users’ cookies, implement phishing attacks, or infect the user’s device with malware. The study did not name the banks that developed the flawed apps, but it was noted that a 100% […]

Russian Telecoms Watchdog Asks Google, Apple to Remove Telegram from Stores

Russian Telecoms Watchdog Asks Google, Apple to Remove Telegram from Stores

Russia’s state telecommunications regulator, Roskomnadzor, had reportedly requested US tech giants Google and Apple to remove the messaging app Telegram from their download stores. Russia had officially banned the encrypted messaging service in the country after CEO Pavel Durov had refused to surrender private user data to the FSB. Durov also announced a few days ago that Telegram may still work despite the ban, but not at 100% without a VPN. Source: CNBC

Facebook Apologizes to Indonesian MPs in 5-Hour Grilling Session

Facebook Apologizes to Indonesian MPs in 5-Hour Grilling Session

Last Tuesday, Facebook’s head of public policy in Indonesia Ruben Hattari issued an apology to members of the Indonesian Parliament in a five-hour session where he and other Facebook officials were questioned on issues such as personal data misuse and oversight of content by the US tech giant. Indonesia is one of the countries with the most number of Facebook users. In the session, Facebook said that 1,096,666 users in Indonesia may have had their data scraped by Cambridge Analytica, which is 1.26% of the global total. However, the MPs still threw hard questions, with PDIP MP Evita Nursanty asking […]

UK Cyber Authority Issues Warning Against ZTE

UK Cyber Authority Issues Warning Against ZTE

The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) had reportedly sent a letter to telcos urging them not to use equipment from ZTE, saying that the Chinese telecoms giant carried too much risk. The NCSC apparently said that new equipment and services from another Chinese supplier would render the country’s existing mitigations ineffective. ZTE competitor Huawei is already major supplier of networking equipment for fixed and wireless networks in the UK and is also engaged in 5G trials and Internet of Things (IoT) research.   The warning comes as another blow to ZTE after the US had imposed an export ban […]

IMF Head Extols Potential Benefits of Cryptocurrency

IMF Head Extols Potential Benefits of Cryptocurrency

Last Monday, International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde praised the potential benefits of assets such as Bitcoin and said that a judicious look at cryptocurrency should lead to neither condemnation nor euphoria. Even as Lagarde maintained her stance on reigning illegal activities involving cryptocurrency, the IMF leader nevertheless called for an even-handed regulatory agenda that protects against threats without hindering innovation. Lagarde’s statement is said to have offered a fresh perspective at a time of increasing negative sentiment on cryptocurrency and Bitcoin which traditional financiers continue to call a ‘bubble’. Source: Coin Telegraph

Philippine Government Challenges Facebook’s Choice of Fact Checkers

Philippine Government Challenges Facebook’s Choice of Fact Checkers

Last Monday, the Duterte Administration blasted Facebook’s choice of official third-party “fact checkers” VERA Files and Rappler IQ, saying that the online news platforms were biased against the Philippine president. Loraine Badoy, Assistant secretary at the Presidential Communications Operations Office, said that they will be protesting Facebook’s move as soon as they get to sit down with the social media company. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque meanwhile said that they are welcoming Facebook’s decision to counter misinformation on their platform, but warned that “the chosen police of the truth are sometimes partisan themselves”. Rappler, which has a reputation for its hard […]

Germany Points to Russia for Recent Cyber Attack

Germany Points to Russia for Recent Cyber Attack

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Sunday that the German government is suspecting Moscow to be behind the recent cyber attack on the Foreign Ministry. Maas cited a number of “problematic” actions taken by Russia aside from the cyber attack, such as delaying the implementation of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, the poison gas attack in Britain, its support of the Syrian government, and its efforts to influence Western elections. Maas added that they reached a point where they had to assume the attacks had come from Russia, and said that they were condemning those negative contributions. Source: Reuters

Australian Ministers, Google, Apple to Meet for Cybersecurity

Australian Ministers, Google, Apple to Meet for Cybersecurity

It was reported this week that the Australian government has sent a number of officials and cybersecurity experts to the RSA Conference in the US to show off local talent and deepen cyber-alliance ties between the two countries. Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor, Commonwealth Cyber Coordinator Alastair MacGibbon, and Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan is set to meet with officials from Washington, Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI this week. The will also be having a meeting with representatives from Apple, Google, Paypal, and Twitter to discuss tech challenges faced by law enforcement. […]

UK Lawmaker Calls for Review of Monopolization of Data by US Firms

UK Lawmaker Calls for Review of Monopolization of Data by US Firms

In a report on ethical AI development released Monday by the House of Lords committee, a witness warned against the “unprecedented concentration of wealth and power in a small number of corporations” such as Alibaba, Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Tencent. The committee called on regulators to review the “potential monopolization of data” by US technology firms in the UK which, according to them, could hamper homegrown development of artificial intelligence. It was also recommended in the report that a national and international “AI code” be created to protect the data rights or privacy of individuals, families or communities. […]

Mastercard Patents Own Blockchain System for Identity Verification

Mastercard Patents Own Blockchain System for Identity Verification

According to an application published by the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last April 12, Mastercard had filed a patent for a Blockchain system which will be used for storage and verification of identity data. It is said that Mastercard’s blockchain aims to replace proof of identity provided by government identification, credit cards, business cards which are prone to inaccuracies and fabrication. However, the blockchain will use only only authorized nodes to submit and update system data, making it a (semi-)private solution. The financial company still maintains its anti-Bitcoin, pro-Blockchain stance and has already reportedly filed 30 patents related […]