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16 December 2019
GDPR: German Privacy Regulator Fines 1&1 Telecom 9.55M EUR for insufficient user verification at Customer Services
On Monday, 1 & 1 Telecommunications was fined €9.55 million ($10.6 million) by Germany's Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, or BfDI, for its failure to put in place "sufficient technical and organizational measures" to protect customer data in its call center environments. The company has said it will appeal the fine.
The BfDI says it fined 1 & 1 Telecom after discovering that callers to its call center could retrieve customer information simply by giving their name and date of birth, which it said was an insufficient level of authentication for protecting customer data. "In this authentication procedure, the BfDI sees a violation of Article 32 of GDPR , according to which the company is obliged to take appropriate technical and organizational measures to systematically protect the processing of personal data."
BfDI said that after it "criticized the inadequate data protection, 1 & 1 Telecom GmbH was transparent and very cooperative," adding an extra step to require additional information, which the regulator said was a significant improvement both in terms of the technology applied as well as the resulting data protection improvement. The regulator said it applied a relatively low fine, based on 1 & 1 Telecom's cooperation and move to rapidly fix the problem.
We have had cases on authentication in the past including from a U.K. financial services regulator. Organizations need to check that they are dealing with the right people and that they are not giving data away unnecessarily. When they do spot a possible security vulnerability organizations need to deal with it quickly and efficiently. "Since then, 1 & 1 has continued to evolve its security requirements," the company says. "For example, since then a three-level authentication system has been introduced, and in the next few days 1 & 1 - being one of the first companies in its sector to do so - will provide each customer with a personal service PIN."
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The quiet evolution of phishing
Earlier this month, Microsoft released a report on this year's malware and cyber-security trends. Among the few trends highlighted in the report was that phishing was one of the few attack vectors that saw a rise in activity over the past two years. Microsoft said that phishing attempts grew from under 0.2% in January 2018 to around 0.6% in October 2019, where 0.6% represented the percentage of phishing emails detected out of the total volume of emails the company analyzed.
Over the years, phishers have become better at evading detection by hiding malicious artifacts behind benign ones. This tactic manifests in, among many others, the use of URLs that point to legitimate but compromised websites or multiple harmless-looking redirectors that eventually lead to phishing. The other way that phishers evade detection is to use multiple URLs and sometimes even multiple domains for their campaigns. They use techniques like subdomain generation algorithms to try and always get ahead of solutions, which, without the right dynamic technologies, will be forced continually catch up as phishers generate more and more domains and URLs. Phishers have also been getting better at impersonation: the more legitimate the phishing emails looked, the better their chances at tricking recipients. Countless brands both big and small have been targets of spoofing by phishers.
Read More at Microsoft Security Blog
Summary on ZDNet
New Plundervolt attack impacts Intel CPUs
A team of cybersecurity researchers demonstrated a novel yet another technique to hijack Intel SGX, a hardware-isolated trusted space on modern Intel CPUs that encrypts extremely sensitive data to shield it from attackers even when a system gets compromised. Dubbed Plundervolt and tracked as CVE-2019-11157, the attack relies on the fact that modern processors allow frequency and voltage to be adjusted when needed, which, according to researchers, can be modified in a controlled way to induce errors in the memory by flipping bits.
"We demonstrate the effectiveness of our attacks by injecting faults into Intel's RSA-CRT and AES-NI implementations running in an SGX enclave, and we reconstruct full cryptographic keys with negligible computational efforts," the researchers said.
"Intel has worked with system vendors to develop a microcode update that mitigates the issue by locking voltage to the default settings," Intel's blog post published today reads. "We are not aware of any of these issues being used in the wild, but as always, we recommend installing security updates as soon as possible."
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