This week's Weekly Debrief covers hackers endangering COVID-19 vaccine research, pandemic scams, what business data hackers want, FTC complaint that TikTok violates children's privacy law, and an update on Federal data privacy legislation.
"IT'S NO SECRET that the Covid-19 pandemic has created prime conditions for nation-state hacking. Working from home often means less-strict security, which in turn invites digital espionage. But on Wednesday, the United States called out China-backed hackers specifically, accusing them of not just spying but endangering Covid-19 vaccine research."
"Never have we been so attractive as targets for fraudsters and scammers as we are right now.That’s because the uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic has created more opportunities for robocallers, hackers and other thieves."
"These days, pretty much every company uses computers to manage at least some part of their business operations. Even “old school” small businesses will use digital tools to track inventory, income, payroll and more."
"Who’s responsible for protecting the 2020 presidential elections against cyber attacks?Nobody really knows, either inside or outside the U.S. government. To be sure, many agencies are hard at work combating cyber threats, but when it comes to fighting increasingly urgent threats in cyberspace . . . ."
"A coalition of advocacy groups, including Consumer Reports, has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), urging it to investigate the video service TikTok for retaining data about young children without parental consent, in violation of federal law."
"Over the past few years, individual states throughout the U.S. have attempted to formulate legislation to address consumer data privacy and security, but these efforts created a fragmented approach to consumer rights."