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This ransomware steals your data and threatens to report you for a GDPR violation

Cybercriminals are once again targeting unsecured MongoDB databases but this time they are threatening to report the owners of those database for GDPR violations if their ransom demands are not met.As reported by ZDNet, the hacker behind this new campaign has uploaded ransom notes on 22,900 MongoDB databases that were left exposed online without a…

Cybercriminals are once again targeting unsecured MongoDB databases but this time they are threatening to report the owners of those database for GDPR violations if their ransom demands are not met.

As reported by ZDNet, the hacker behind this new campaign has uploaded ransom notes on 22,900 MongoDB databases that were left exposed online without a password. They are using an automated script to scan for misconfigured MongoDB databases, wiping them and then demanding that a ransom of 0.015 bitcoin or around $140 be paid.

Victor Gevers at the Dutch Institute for Vulnerability Disclosure back in April.

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Microsoft launches Azure Communications, adds VoIP, video, and messaging

Microsoft has revealed Azure Communication Services (ACS), a new platform that it says will enable developers to add video and voice communications, instant chat, and SMS features to mobile, desktop, and web apps. The first fully-managed cloud-based platform of its kind, ACS promises to advance customer engagement and provide next-gen customer support functions. As with other…

Microsoft has revealed Azure Communication Services (ACS), a new platform that it says will enable developers to add video and voice communications, instant chat, and SMS features to mobile, desktop, and web apps. 

The first fully-managed cloud-based platform of its kind, ACS promises to advance customer engagement and provide next-gen customer support functions. As with other business phone systems, the technology streamlines communications, in this case via the same infrastructure used by Microsoft Teams. 

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Can cloud backup be hacked and is it immune to ransomware attacks?

Cloud backup is one of those terms businesses and individuals blithely use to describe a number of services that aren’t in fact cloud backup at all!It’s easy to see where the confusion arises. Take Google’s G Suite, for example – or indeed Microsoft 365, Dropbox, Box, or any number of similar solutions. They’re in the…

Cloud backup is one of those terms businesses and individuals blithely use to describe a number of services that aren’t in fact cloud backup at all!

It’s easy to see where the confusion arises. Take Google’s G Suite, for example – or indeed Microsoft 365, Dropbox, Box, or any number of similar solutions. They’re in the cloud and they look after your data – therefore they’re cloud data backup, right?

cloud storage, not cloud backup.

So, in attempting to answer the question as to whether cloud backup can be hacked, or if it is immune to ransomware, we first have to establish what cloud backup actually is.

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Cloud backup: the good, the bad and the illegal

By its very nature, ‘backup’ means data must be retrospectively accessible for far longer than a mere few days.

Sixty days is the generally accepted bare minimum, but GDPR requirements and compliance regimes in highly regulated industries like finance can push this to several years or more.

This is where cloud backup, as a concept, really comes into its own. It stores huge volumes of backed-up data in a powerful data centre elsewhere (aka the cloud). If disaster befalls the office, it doesn’t take the backed-up data with it, b

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Oracle and Salesforce face class action lawsuits over online ad tracking

Class action lawsuits have been filed against Oracle and Salesforce in Dutch, English and Welsh courts which claim the tech giants breached GDPR by using third-party cookies to process and share personal data in order to sell targeted ads online.As reported by Computer Weekly, the lawsuits are being brought against the two companies by a…

Class action lawsuits have been filed against Oracle and Salesforce in Dutch, English and Welsh courts which claim the tech giants breached GDPR by using third-party cookies to process and share personal data in order to sell targeted ads online.

As reported by Computer Weekly, the lawsuits are being brought against the two companies by a Dutch non-profit foundation called The Privacy Collective. 

According to the collective, Oracle and Salesforce are just two of many companies which use cookies to track, monitor and collect users’ personal data and share it through a process known as real-time bidding where this data is auctioned off to advertisers. Data about users’ interests, locations, income, relationship status, gender, age and education is collected to support this practice and build profiles of users online without their knowledge.

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Box boosts cloud security with automated classification

Box has announced that intelligent, automated classification will soon be coming to Box Shield, its advanced security solution for protecting content in the cloud.It will now automatically scan files and classify them based on their content to help businesses detect and secure sensitive data. Box Shield is the fastest growing new product in the company’s…

Box has announced that intelligent, automated classification will soon be coming to Box Shield, its advanced security solution for protecting content in the cloud.

It will now automatically scan files and classify them based on their content to help businesses detect and secure sensitive data. Box Shield is the fastest growing new product in the company’s history and security-conscious and highly regulated organizations including NASA use it to to secure data in the cloud.

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