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Microsoft finds destructive malware capable of wiping off user data

Destructive malware capable of wiping data has appeared on dozens of computer systems at Ukrainian organizations, including government agencies, non-profits and technology organizations, Microsoft warned. The disclosure is an added worry for Ukrainian government agencies after many of their websites were hacked this week and replaced with threatening messages to Ukrainians that their data had […]

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Facebook’s owner Meta bans surveillance-for-hire firms for targeting users

Facebook’s parent company Meta says it has banned seven surveillance companies for targeting users on its platforms. A new report by Meta says about 50,000 users will receive warnings about the “malicious activities”. It accused surveillance firms of actions like creating fake accounts, befriending targets and using hacking methods to harvest information. The company accused […]

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Global ransomware attacks increased 151% in the first half of this year, Canada’s spy agency

Global ransomware attacks increased by 151 percent in the first half of 2021 compared with 2020, Canada’s signals intelligence agency reported. Key Canadian infrastructure has regularly been targeted in ransomware attacks in which hackers essentially hold computer information hostage until they are paid, the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) said in a report published on Monday. […]

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French court fines Ikea $1.2 million for spying on staff

A French court ordered Dutch multinational furniture retail company, Ikea to pay a fine of $1.2 million for spying on staff in France. Ikea’s former CEO Jean-Louis Baillot was handed a 2-year suspended term and a $60,000 fine. Apart from the CEO, 14 more people including top executives, former police officers and store managers faced […]

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Ikea’s French subsidiary goes on trial over accusations of spying

Ikea’s French subsidiary and several of its former executives went on trial Monday over accusations that they illegally spied on employees and customers. Trade unions reported the furniture and home goods company to French authorities in 2012, accusing it of collecting personal data by fraudulent means and the illicit disclosure of personal information. The unions […]