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Amazon deflects blame for breach, U.S. consumers fret over data, and leaked medical images

Technology news headlines for this week include the latest Capital One data breach fallout and a new consumer survey on the topic of personal data collection, among others.

"From nation states or black hats hacking the power grid to water filtration plants, the threats are both real and overblown."

"New research launched today by data erasure and mobile device diagnostics specialist Blancco Technology Group finds end-of-life devices are leaving businesses at risk of data breaches."

"Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ron Wyden have called for an investigation of Amazon, which hosted a cloud server used by the banking giant."

"A recent survey says a majority of Americans don’t trust data privacy policies and procedures, even while U.S. companies are hastening to enhance them in advance of the California Consumer Privacy Act’s implementation."

"Data breaches appear to be all the more common in recent years, with major firms across industries such as healthcare, social media, and finance falling victim to hackers."

"1.19 billion confidential medical images are now freely available on the internet, according to Greenbone’s research into the security of Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) servers used by health providers across the world to store images of X-rays as well as CT, MRI and other medical scans."

"On November 7th, tens of thousands of people across the US woke up to strange text messages from friends and loved ones, occasionally from people who were no longer in their lives, like an ex-boyfriend or a best friend who had recently died."

"According to new data from Sensor Tower, the top 1% of publishers globally accounted for a whopping 80% of the total 29.6 billion app downloads in the third quarter of 2019."

"Until recently, weaknesses in Android camera apps from Google and Samsung made it possible for rogue apps to record video and audio and take images and then upload them to an attacker-controlled server—without any permissions to do so."

"After years of on-and-off debate over nearly snoop-proof security, the industry is girding for new pressure from law enforcement around the world."


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