Consumer trust and online retail. Australian student data potentially exposed. Cop27 as a monitoring tool. Medibank Violation Update.

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  • The decline in online shopping could be linked to a lack of customer confidence.
  • Australian student data potentially exposed in data breach.
  • The Cop27 summit app could be used as a monitoring tool.
  • The latest on the Medibank data breach.

The decline in online shopping could be linked to a lack of customer confidence.

With online shopping showing a recent decline, cybersecurity networking and content delivery company Akamai has partnered with YouGov to conduct a survey of consumer sentiment towards web shopping. After surveying around two thousand online shoppers in the UK, they found that 59% would stop shopping at a retailer if it were the victim of a cyberattack, and around half of respondents said they would not. trust online retailers to protect their personal information. The distrust is not surprising given that 64% of online shoppers said they had experienced an attempted cyberattack in the past year, and the “Web Application and API Threat Report” from Akamai revealed that web application and API attacks increased by 301% between July 2021 and July 2022. Richard Meeus, Akamai Director of Technology and Security Strategy for EMEA at Akamai, said told the Fintech Times: “With cyberattacks on the rise, it is more important than ever for retailers to ensure their customers feel secure when shopping online. . In this time of economic uncertainty, many retailers will be tempted to cut their budgets. This research shows that cybersecurity is an area where they cannot afford to cut corners. »

Australian student data potentially exposed in data breach.

The breach by Australian tech company PNORS Technology Group may have resulted in the exposure of data belonging to students located in the state of Victoria, reports the Sunday Age. PNORS works with six state departments, including education and training, and it appears that information from the Victorian school entrance health questionnaire was included in the breached data. The questionnaire collects sensitive information such as demographics, developmental and behavioral issues, and family alcohol or drug problems. The Department of Education has neither confirmed nor denied that the data has been compromised, and the Prime Minister and Cabinet Department would only disclose that the government is aware of the incident and is working with PNORS to determine the extent of the breach. “If it is determined that Victorian government data has been exposed as a result of this breach, departments will notify those affected and provide advice on steps they can take to minimize any risk,” the gatekeeper said. -word. PNORS chief executive Paul Gallo said the company initially thought only encrypted systems had been compromised. “However, overnight, the criminals behind the cyberattack provided the company in a private communication with a sample of what is believed to be stolen data,” Gallo said. Meanwhile, the independent Ormond Kilvington Grammar School has already notified families that the school’s data has been hacked and some personal information has been released.

The Cop27 summit app could be used as a monitoring tool.

As more than 25,000 government officials, journalists and activists from around the world gathered at the COP27 climate talks being held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, over the weekend, some fear the Egyptian government can use the official summit app to monitor and censor attendees. The Cop27 app requires users to agree to a host of permissions, including allowing the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to view emails and photos and track user locations. In the days leading up to the UN summit, Egypt’s authoritarian government carried out mass arrests of people accused of being dissidents, and there are fears the app could be used by Abdel Fatah al’s regime. -Sisi to eliminate opposition to the talks. Gennie Gebhart, advocacy director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told the Guardian: “This is a super-villain cartoon of an app. The biggest red flag is the number of permissions required, which is unnecessary for the operation of the app and suggests that they are trying to monitor participants. Hussein Baoumi of Amnesty International said the organization’s technical experts analyzed the app and found it was able to access a device’s camera, microphone, Bluetooth and location data. user and even to couple two different applications. Baoumi added: “It collects data and sends it to two servers, one of which is in Egypt.” Partly because of the Egyptian government’s fears over digital communications after the 2011 popular uprising, officials set up a very sophisticated surveillance system to monitor citizens’ communications, and with the large number of high-level participants in the summit, it would be an attractive target for officials looking to keep tabs on attendees. The Cop Presidency and the Egyptian Foreign Ministry have been approached for comment but have yet to respond.

The latest on the Medibank data breach.

In continuing coverage of Australian insurance company Medibank’s recent data breach, the total number of people affected by the incident has risen to around 9.7 million former and current customers. As ABC Australia details, that number includes 5.1 million Medibank customers, 2.8 million ahm customers and 1.9 million international customers. Depending on the category to which the victim belongs, the exposed data includes names, dates of birth, addresses, contact details, health claims data, passport details and visa information. The company says it will contact customers individually to explain what data was accessed and provide guidance on how to respond. Bloomberg Law notes that the hackers contacted Medibank to demand a ransom for returning the data, but the company refused to relent. Medibank CEO David Koczkar told ABC Australia why the company decided not to respond to cybercriminals’ demands. “You just can’t trust a criminal,” Koczkar said, adding that the company has heeded the advice of cybercrime experts who have found that giving in to such demands does not guarantee that data will be safe and secure. often leads to additional exposure.

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