The coronavirus statistics are dizzying - as of Thursday, there were more than 28,000 infections and about 560 deaths. But the key stat to watch is the mortality rate, currently 2 percent, says pandemic expert Regina Phelps. How that number changes will dictate how business continuity leaders must respond.
Facebook scientists have proposed using "radioactive data" watermarks to identify when online images get used to train neural networks. The proposal appears to be aimed at the rise of big data startups, such as Clearview AI, that are scraping publicly available photographs to create facial recognition tools.
Ekans, a recently discovered ransomware variant that's designed to target industrial control systems, appears to have some of the same characteristics found in Megacortex, malware that struck several high-profile targets in 2019, according to the security firm Dragos.
Ireland's Data Protection Commission is launching an investigation into how Google uses customer data for its location services after the privacy watchdog received numerous complaints from consumer rights organizations across the European Union.
A Texas orthopedic practice says a recent malware attack "permanently damaged" thousands of electronic patient records. It's the latest in a string of healthcare incidents in which various forms of malware rendered records inaccessible.
Australian transportation and logistics firm Toll Group has confirmed that it sustained a ransomware attack earlier this month that has forced the company to shut down several of its systems and led to delays in deliveries.
If Iowa's experiment with a new tabulation app during the Democratic caucuses is the warmup for the 2020 presidential election process, then we're in for a bumpy ride. But what happened there isn't a technology problem. It's a human problem rooted in a failure to properly evaluate risk.
British leaders' failure to more quickly choose and pursue a specific path for the nation's 5G rollout meant that ultimately, the decision got made for them, despite many security concerns persisting over the use of Chinese-built telecommunications gear.
The intellectual property, including research results, of biotechnology companies and other medical organizations is increasingly a target for hackers, who sometimes dump data on hacker forums or public websites. That's why breach detection and prevention is even more critical.
More bad news for ransomware victims: Anyone hit with crypto-locking DoppelPaymer malware now faces the prospect of having their personal data dumped on a darknet site unless they pay a ransom. The gang's move follows in the footsteps of Maze, Sodinokibi (aka REvil) and Nemty ransomware operators.
The European Union appears to be moving toward dropping a temporary ban on the use of facial recognition technology in public places, according to news reports. Some technology experts had argued that a temporary ban would be impractical and ineffective in preventing abuse.
Twitter says it has fixed an API problem that would have allowed someone to match phone numbers en masse to corresponding accounts, which could potentially unmask anonymous users. The flaw could have been found and exploited by state-sponsored actors, the social media firm warns.
A 21-year-old California man has pleaded guilty to repeatedly hacking gaming company Nintendo over three years to access servers and steal confidential data, including details on hardware, games and developer tools.