Vietnam’s New Cybersecurity Law in Effect
Vietnam’s new “cybersecurity” law which requires companies to remove any content from the Internet that the government finds offensive went into effect on January 1.
It also requires some companies like Facebook and Google to open offices in Vietnam if they want to continue to do business there.
The law prohibits individuals from spreading anti-government information. The Vietnam Association of Journalists announced a new code of conduct prohibiting reporters from posting anything on the Internet that “runs counter” to the state.
Google has apparently agreed to open an office there, although they are being somewhat sly about it; Facebook does not seem to have committed to that.
Companies will need to decide if the income from Vietnam is worth the risk. Source: South China Morning Post.
Android Apps Send Data to Facebook without User Permission
Apparently the Facebook software development kit did not even give app developers the option not to send data to Facebook until a month after GDPR went into effect.
Apps that have not updated their software are likely still sending data, probably without user consent, to Facebook, even if the user does not have a Facebook account.
Some apps send data to Facebook the second they are opened; others, like travel apps, send data to Facebook every time you search for a flight.
Integrating the data from various apps, Facebook could determine your religion (prayer app), gender (period app), employment status (job search app) and travel plans including number of children traveling (travel app).
Example apps are prayer apps, MyFitnessPal, Kayak, Indeed, Spotify, TripAdvisor and others. The test was against Android apps, so it is not clear if the Apple Facebook library does the same thing.
Facebook admitted that they have a problem. Source: Android Police.
Both Facebook and the app developers could be on the hook for fines of $20 million Euros or more for violating GDPR.
Hackers Leak Private Info on 100s of German Politicians
Hackers leaked sensitive data on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Brandenburg’s prime minister Dietmar Woidke, along with other politicians, artists and journalists.
Leaked information includes private conversations, photo IDs, credit card information,bills and other personal info.
Germany’s Federal Office of Information Security, who is investigating this said that government computers were not affected. Other than covering their own butts, it is not clear why they would say that since no one suggested that government computers were being attacked.
This does point out that protecting your phones and tablets by making sure they are patched (many older phones do not have patches available and are therefore vulnerable if people use them to log on to web sites that contain email and other personal info), that applications on them are patched and unneeded applications are removed is very important. Unfortunately, older devices for which there are no patches should be replaced. Details here.
Lloyd’s of London Denies THEY Were Hacked; Throws Partner Hiscox Under the Bus
As a follow up to a blog post from earlier this week, hackers have now posted a sample of docs related to 9/11 lawsuits reportedly hacked from Lloyds and Hiscox.
Lloyd’s claims that they were not hacked but rather their business partner Hiscox was hacked.
Nice of them proclaim themselves innocent while throwing their partner under the bus. No doubt this was an effort to divert lawsuits from them to Hiscox. I will point out that this likely won’t work since a client of Lloyd’s has no agreement with or ability to select or control Lloyd’s vendors. This is yet another reason why we are so adamant about companies implementing robust vendor cyber risk management programs. Read details here.