Anglo African weekly news wrap on trending cyber-attacks, to keep you alert

June 4, 2020

A $5 billion class-action lawsuit filed in a California federal court alleges that Google’s Chrome incognito mode collects browser data without people’s knowledge or consent. Google faces a $5 billion class-action lawsuit over claims that it has been collecting people’s browsing information without their knowledge even when using the incognito browsing mode that’s meant to keep their online activities private. The lawsuit, filed in the federal court in San Jose, California, alleges that Google compiles user data through Google Analytics, Google Ad Manager and other applications and website plug-ins, including smartphone apps, regardless of whether users click on Google-supported ads, according to a report in Reuters.

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he end-to-end encryption feature will not be offered to free users, Zoom’s CEO said, in case Zoom needed to comply with federal and local law enforcement. Security experts are up in arms after learning that video conferencing app Zoom will only offer end-to-end encryption to paid users. On Zoom’s Wednesday first-quarter financial earnings call, Zoom CEO Eric Yuang said that the upcoming end-to-end encryption feature would not apply for free users. Alex Stamos, former CIO at Facebook, who is currently working as an advisor for Zoom, then defended this policy in a recent Twitter thread, explaining that Zoom is juggling a “balancing act.” On the one hand, Zoom wants to offer the extended privacy feature for its users, he said. But on the other hand, the platform still needs to be able to work with federal and local law enforcement to reduce abuse, such as Zoom bombing, he said.

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Facebook will hide ads bought by state-owned media outlets from its US-based users, as part of its plan “to provide an extra layer of protection against various types of foreign influence in the public debate ahead of the November 2020 election in the US.” Explained in a post by head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher, the plan will see The Social Network™ apply labels to content from state-controlled media outlets and any ads they buy, then block the ads in the USA anyway.

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Strengthening Secure Information Sharing Through Technology & Standards. How data sharing, innovation, and regulatory standardization can make it easier for organizations to both contribute and consume critical threat intelligence. In March, the US Cyberspace Solarium Commission report punctuated the urgent need for a stronger cybersecurity posture for our country and the private companies within. The report outlines more than 70 recommendations to help C-suite executives get up to speed on cybersecurity measures.

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NATO has issued a statement condemning cyber-attacks perpetrated in the midst of the ongoing global health pandemic. In particular, the organization slammed cyber-criminals who chose to target essential healthcare services, including hospitals caring for those infected with COVID-19 and medical research institutes trying desperately to find a cure for the novel coronavirus. The statement was issued yesterday in English, French, and Russian. In it, NATO said: “We condemn destabilizing and malicious cyber activities directed against those whose work is critical to the response against the pandemic, including healthcare services, hospitals and research institutes.”

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