Thursday, April 9, 2015

Historical fine for data mismanagement

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the US government has reached an agreement with the AT&T company, forcing them to pay $25 million, the highest fine ever imposed by this organism on privacy and data security issues. We'll talk about it and also about "cyber jihad" resurgence, and how police chases terrorism on the Internet. 

The FCC considers proved that AT&T call center employees from Mexico, Colombia and the Philippine traded with data from nearly 300,000 customers. Specifically, employees sold to third parties who trafficked with stolen phones personal data that could be used to unlock AT&T mobile phones.

In the meantime on the Internet, propaganda war pounded by the Islamic State has intensified in recent hours, with several attacks in the western world's sites using vulnerable WordPress, a web of the British Government and, most serious, the assault on an international french television last Wednesday, TV5Monde, which spent three hours with no signal and whose website and Facebook page were also kidnapped.

On the other side of the mirror, fight against "cyber jihad" intensifies and we spot movements such as the Spanish government's, which is currently working on the Criminal Procedure Act reform in order to introduce the undercover Internet agent figure and other new items. Including one that was expected, and yesterday the Government confirmed: the police may install "Trojans" on suspects computers to follow in their footsteps, as if someone used wiretap on his phone.

Talking about police, an interesting initiative coming from the government of India will allow its agents to be helped by an army of drones armed with pepper spray. So far, these small planes were used for monitoring tasks in public demonstrations, without conducting aggressive actions. South Africa is another country in which police owns drones and has used them, for all we know, to control a protest by miners.

Our world seems increasingly becoming a cyberpunk movie. Hopefully, for the better.


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