Hey there, FixMeFans and StartMeStars! We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. We’re back with another edition of our weekly roundup where we deliver the most recent comings and goings of the cybersecurity world.
This week we have news concerning a recent cyber attack on car company Honda, Facebook labelling certain countries as “state-controlled media”, and new concern over COVID-19 contact-tracing apps.
It appears as though Japanese car company, Honda, has suffered a cyber-attack, which has affected both its customer service and financial service network.
This attack, which has affected operations globally, is believed to be the result of ransomware, meaning that hackers may have locked Honda out of IT systems or even encrypted internal data.
Honda has since claimed that the virus has spread, and they have closed down operations in multiple countries following the attack.
You can read more about the situation here.
Last week, Facebook began labelling media sources that it deems under the control of governments as “state-controlled”.
While Facebook had initially made the announcement back in October, this recent policy is a step towards improved transparency for news sources who use the social media site.
The new policy allows users to view the confirmed owner of a page, and view whether or not a page is state-controlled and potentially posting biased-data.
Curious? You can look more into the new policy here.
While many countries across the world are making use of contact-tracing apps to monitor the spread of COVID-19, it seems as though the new technology is running into more problems than anticipated, many of which concern user privacy.
So far, Norway is the first country to suspend its contact-tracing app due to the privacy issues associated with the technology. Numerous complaints have been made regarding how fast the apps are released, as not enough attention is being put into the security of people’s data.
Many other countries continue to deal with similar privacy issues, however, Norway is still the first to fully suspend the technology due to privacy concerns.
You can read more into the issue here.
That’s all for this week’s roundup folks! We hope you’re staying safe with all that’s going on, especially when it comes to your cybersecurity!