KW 33: Cybersecurity audits for companies, Reform of data protection law, Twitter faces possible fine from FTC, Is TikTok moving to Ireland?


Cybersecurity audits for companies: Modern data management is needed to maintain the security of a company, both digitally and physically. It isn’t enough to maintain cybersecurity solutions using standard risk assessments. Cybersecurity assessments play a crucial role in the how and why of using certain technologies within an organization. With a self-audit, users can set their own security standards. An audit also shows whether implemented cybersecurity solutions comply with external regulations and reveals any gaps in security measures.

Reform of data protection law: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is intended to strengthen the digital rights of citizens. But even two years after it has come into force, many regulations are still met with skepticism. For the General Manager of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations, Steffen Kampeter, the GDPR creates confusion and uncertainty. The German government is therefore planning to reform the data protection law.

Majority of German broadcasters care little about their users’ data protection: A recent study analyzed 48 German broadcasters with HbbTV services with regard to their data protection promises. 81 percent of the German broadcasters do not have a consent tool in their media libraries. With its implementation, legally compliant cookie consents can be obtained. Out of 29 private broadcasters, only eight have integrated a consent tool.

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Twitter faces possible fine from FTC: Twitter has disclosed it’s facing a potential fine of more than a hundred million dollars as a result of a probe by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which believes the company violated a 2011 consent order by using data provided by users for a security purpose to target them with ads. Last October, Twitter publicly disclosed it had used phone numbers and email addresses provided by users to set up two-factor authentication to bolster the security of their accounts in order to serve targeted ads — blaming the blunder on a tailored audiences program, which allows companies to target ads against their own marketing lists.

Is TikTok moving to Ireland? Chinese-owned video app TikTok, facing the threat of a US ban, said on Thursday it will set up its first European data center in Ireland, extending its presence in the country where it already has a hub dealing with regional regulatory issues. The move comes days after parent company ByteDance said it was considering moving TikTok’s headquarters overseas, following a British media report that the unit could relocate to London.

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40 percent of the world’s Android phones are at risk of being hacked because of a Qualcomm vulnerability.


AI cyberattacks could increase: The company Vectra AZ has warned of an increase in cyberattacks supported by artificial intelligence. It cautions that surprising advances have been made, especially in the generation of natural language. In the future, an AI could potentially learn to figure out when a victim is particularly vulnerable. This knowledge could be used for what is known as a spear phishing campaign, in which an attacker attempts to convince a target to click on a malicious link or to carry out other interactions. The AI-supported attacks require significantly less effort than conventional campaigns.

Tougher action against internet crime: German CDU and CSU politicians want criminal offenses on the internet to be punished more severely. Crime online is increasing steadily, the German Federal Criminal Office has confirmed. Politicians are also calling for a new criminal offense for operating illegal online trading platforms, for example to offer prohibited weapons on the Darknet.


“As all of our lives shift from the real to the digital world, the risk of falling victim to digitally committed crimes also increases.”
German politician Thorsten Frei on internet crime in an increasingly digitized world.


Millions of IoT devices are easily hacked: For two years, security expert Paul Marrapese has been researching peer-to-peer protocols (P2P), which establish the direct connection between the respective device and a client. He concluded that IoT devices used easily abused P2P protocols, making it easier for criminals to access camera feeds and build IoT botnets.

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