Users must give explicit consent for Facebook to collect data

Users must give explicit consent for Facebook to collect data

In Germany, Facebook may not continue to collect data from users who have not given their consent. The court stopped this yesterday – as the highest instance in German case law.

The tug-of-war around Facebook dates back to a decision made by the German cartel watchdog, the Bundeskartellamt. He ruled in February 2019 after an investigation of almost three years that Facebook abuses its dominant position.

According to the Bundeskartellamt, the company does this by collecting unsolicited data from Facebook users, for example via likes buttons on other websites. The fact that Facebook links data from Instagram and WhatsApp to Facebook accounts is also not a good idea.

The Bundeskartellamt instructed Facebook to explicitly ask users for permission to link Instagram and WhatsApp data to Facebook profiles. If users do not agree, the company may only use the collected data for the service on which it was collected.

The company should also request permission to link data that the company collects on other websites to Facebook accounts. In addition to like buttons, this also happens with Facebook login buttons and an invisible piece of code.

Read more about this: https://www.spiegel.de/consent-a-?targetUrl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.spiegel.de%2Fnetzwelt%2Fnetzpolitik%2Fbundesgerichtshof-facebook-muss-seine-profilbildung-vorerst-stoppen-a-0bcf727e-1788-42c0-a261-82e641afaf59&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.linkedin.com%2Fin%2Fhanskortekaas%2Fdetail%2Frecent-activity%2F

FBI warns for hack risks on mobile banking apps

FBI warns for hack risks on mobile banking apps

The FBI warned mobile banking app users that they will be increasingly targeted by hackers trying to steal their credentials and take over their banking accounts. Mobile banking users who download an app-based banking trojan onto their tablet or smartphone are usually asked to give it the permissions it requires to steal their information.
Such malware does not go snooping around the victim’s Android or iOS device but, instead, it will stay dormant and will only surface when the user opens a legitimate banking app on his device.
The “trojan creates a false version of the bank’s login page and overlays it on top of the legitimate app.”
“Once the user enters their credentials into the false login page, the trojan passes the user to the real banking app login page so they do not realize they have been compromised.” 

Read more about this: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/fbi-warns-of-increased-hacking-risk-if-using-mobile-banking-apps/

Honda Operations down by ransomware?

Honda Operations down by ransomware?

Operations of the Honda, were reportedly disrupted in parts across Europe, Japan, and the U.S. due to Snake ransomware (also known as EKANS). The cybersecurity company Virus Total claimed that it had certain evidence which clearly points out that Honda’s internal server has been encrypted with Snake ransomware and the cybercriminals have demanded a ransom in exchange of the encryption key. Snake ransomware operators are notoriously known to copy critical data before encrypting it for leveraging negotiations with the victim.

Want to know more: https://cisomag.eccouncil.org/honda-snake-ransomware-attack/