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Internet Governance Weekly Brief (W16Y20): Contact tracing in EU’s fight against COVID-19; Apple, Google suggest COVID-19 tracking devices; UNICEF warns of child harm online during COVID-19 pandemic..

Internet Governance Weekly Brief (W16Y20): Contact tracing in EU’s fight against  COVID-19; Apple, Google suggest COVID-19 tracking devices; UNICEF warns of child harm online during COVID-19 pandemic..

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COVID-19

Contact tracing in EU’s fight against COVID-19

Apple, Google to Turn Smartphones Into Coronavirus Tracking Devices

Children at increased risk of harm online during global COVID-19 pandemic

Court limits Amazon France deliveries to essential goods amid virus risk

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U.S. agencies back revoking ability of China Telecom to operate in U.S.

Germany arrests 4 IS suspects planning attack on US bases

Russian state hackers behind San Francisco airport hack according to Firm ESET

Equifax settles Indiana case over massive data breach for $19.5 million

WEEKLY REVIEW

CORONAVIRUS

  • DATA PROTECTION – PRIVACY

Mobile applications to support contact tracing in the EU’s fight against  COVID-19 : Common EU Toolbox for Member States

“The eHealth Network is a voluntary network, set up under article 14 of Directive 2011/24/EU.  It provides a platform of Member States’ competent authorities dealing with digital health. The Joint Action supporting the eHealth Network (eHAction) provides scientific and technical support to the Network…”

Apple, Google to Turn Smartphones Into Coronavirus Tracking Devices

“Apple Inc. and Google will build software together that would alert people if they were in contact with someone infected with the coronavirus, an unprecedented collaboration between two Silicon Valley giants and rivals…”

  • CHILD ONLINE PROTECTION

Children at increased risk of harm online during global COVID-19 pandemic

“Millions of children are at increased risk of harm as their lives move increasingly online during lockdown in the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF and partners said today…”

  • DIGITAL ECONOMY

Court limits Amazon France deliveries to essential goods amid virus risk

“A French court ruled Tuesday that Amazon must limit its operations to delivering only essential goods while it evaluates workers’ risk of coronavirus exposure, according to a ruling seen by AFP….”

  • CYBER ATTACK

Hackers Exploit Coronavirus to ‘Surge’ Attacks on the Pentagon

“The Pentagon has seen a “surge” in cyberattacks due to the coronavirus, officials said Monday, as hackers exploit restrictions from the pandemic that force an unprecedented number of Defense Department employees to communicate almost entirely by computer systems….”

Hospitals increasingly targeted by ransomware, Interpol says

“More hospitals and health systems are being targeted in ransomware attacks during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Interpol….”

CYBER GEOPOLITICS

U.N. Backs Down on Partnership With Chinese Firm for 75th Anniversary

“The United Nations has backtracked on a pact with the Chinese telecommunications giant Tencent Holdings to provide videoconferencing and text services for the international organization’s 75th anniversary, following backlash from U.S. officials and lawmakers as well as human rights groups…”

U.S. agencies back revoking ability of China Telecom to operate in U.S.

“The U.S. Justice Department and other federal agencies on Thursday called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to revoke China Telecom (Americas) Corp’s (0728.HK) authorization to provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States…”

US: GAO Joins OIG in Criticizing Pentagon’s Approach to Cyber Risk

“The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the Department of Defense (DOD) has not fully implemented its key initiatives and practices aimed at improving cyber hygiene. Carnegie-Mellon University defines cyber hygiene as a set of practices for managing the most common and pervasive cybersecurity risks….” 

Pentagon denies ABC News report that intelligence warned of ‘cataclysmic’ coronavirus pandemic last November

“The National Center for Medical Intelligence issued a rare public denial of a report by ABC News, which alleged that “concerns about what is now known to be the novel coronavirus pandemic were detailed in a November intelligence report” by the NCMI, which is part of the Defense Intelligence Agency….”

GE Researchers Working to Improve Cyber Resiliency of Critical Military and Industrial Systems

“GE Research, the central technology development arm for the General Electric Company (GE), announced it is leading an up to $4.9 million project through the Defense Advanced Research Agency’s (DARPA) Cyber Assured Systems Engineering (CASE) program, to develop VERDICT to assess and strengthen cyber protections for military and other industrial systems…”

Germany arrests 4 IS suspects planning attack on US bases

« German authorities say police have arrested four suspected members of the Islamic State group alleged to be planning an attack on American military facilities…”

Russian state hackers behind San Francisco airport hack

“Hackers believed to be operating on behalf of the Russian government have hacked two websites operated by the San Francisco International Airport, cyber-security firm ESET said…”

DATA PROTECTION

Equifax settles Indiana case over massive data breach for $19.5 million

« Equifax Inc will pay Indiana $19.5 million to resolve claims it failed to protect residents whose personal information was exposed in a data breach that affected 147 million people, the state’s attorney general said on Monday….” https://www.reuters.com/article/equifax-dataprivacy/equifax-settles-indiana-case-over-massive-data-breach-for-195-million-idUSL2N2C224X

CYBER ATTACKS

Power giant EDP ‘faces $11m ransomware demand after cyberattack’

“European utility giant EDP has been hit by a cyberattack and is facing a €10m ($11m) ransomware demand, according to multiple reports in the Portuguese media…” https://www.rechargenews.com/transition/edp-faces-11m-ransomware-demand-after-potentially-catastrophic-cyberattack/2-1-792086

Dutch police arrests suspect behind DDoS attacks on government sites

“A 19-year old man from Breda, Netherlands, was arrested today for allegedly carrying out distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that caused two Dutch government websites to shut down for several hours on March 19, 2020….” https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/dutch-police-arrests-suspect-behind-ddos-attacks-on-government-sites/

DATA PROTECTION

SCUF Gaming Exposes Data on 1.1 Million Customers

“Video game peripherals maker SCUF Gaming recently exposed to the web a database containing information on more than 1.1 million users….” https://www.securityweek.com/scuf-gaming-exposes-data-11-million-customers

Personal data of 115mn Pakistani mobile users go on sale on Dark Web

“A Pakistani cybersecurity company has discovered a data dump of 115 million Pakistani mobile users’ data, which have been put up for sale on the dark web on Friday….” https://www.brecorder.com/2020/04/10/588270/personal-data-of-115mn-pakistani-mobile-users-go-on-sale-on-dark-web/

MORE NEWS

Facebook: Addressing Deceptive Advertising Practices

“Facebook filed a lawsuit in federal court in California against Basant Gajjar. Using the name “LeadCloak,” Gajjar violated Facebook Terms and Policies by providing cloaking software and services designed to circumvent automated ad review systems, and ultimately run deceptive ads on Facebook and Instagram…”

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