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Rappler's latest stories on data security


[OPINYON] App, app, and away!

Jun 23, 2020 - 7:55 AM

Naniniwala akong kahit anong warning ng mga eksperto, hangga’t hindi inabuso ang data natin, hangga’t malayo sa ating bituka, tuloy-tuloy ang paglipana at pagtangkilik sa mga app na ito

Facebook worker payroll data stolen from car

Dec 14, 2019 - 10:09 AM

'This theft impacts current and former Facebook employees only and no Facebook user data was involved,' says the tech giant

DATA STOLEN. Facebook reports that data of its current and former employees have been stolen in an incident last month. AFP file photo

Higher penalties now await bank account hackers, credit card skimmers

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:05 PM

Hacking a banking system can now land you in jail for life due to a new law imposing stiffer penalties for access device fraud

ATM FEES. The central bank now makes it possible for banks to adjust ATM fees, subject to their approval. Photo from Shutterstock

PH, Singapore sign MOU on personal data protection

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:26 PM

This is the first data protection-related MOU signed between two ASEAN member states, according to the Philippines' National Privacy Commission

Among 13 countries, Philippines most worried about data security

Sep 10, 2019 - 2:13 PM

The Unisys Security Index says 1 in 5 Filipinos stop dealing with an organization after a data breach

Some news sites unintentionally collecting info for third parties – study

Jun 09, 2019 - 7:40 PM

A study published by the Center for International Media Assistance says that 15% of website cookies in the global south have no identifiable ownership

International committee begins talks on data privacy, disinformation

May 28, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg do not attend the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy, and Democracy despite being summoned by the Canadian Parliament

WhatsApp patches security flaw after spyware injection revealed

May 14, 2019 - 7:03 PM

(UPDATED) Facebook-owned WhatsApp says it released an update to fix the vulnerability

Over 275 million personal records in India held for ransom

May 10, 2019 - 6:05 PM

A hacking group known as Unistellar wipes the content from the unsecured database and leaves a message where discussions could be held to get the data back

Cartoon Network websites hacked, meme videos replace toons – report

May 02, 2019 - 11:38 AM

Two hackers claim responsibility for the hack of at least 16 regional Cartoon Network websites

Cebu Pacific: no credit card info accessed in GetGo breach

Apr 26, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Cebu Pacific adds GetGo member points remain secure, albeit locked, until the GetGo application server is fixed

Filipinos urged to protect data, be safe online during Holy Week

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) To prevent data breaches during the long break, the National Privacy Commission issues reminders to offices as well as people on vacation

Cyberattack vs alternative media traced to PH-based attacker

Mar 30, 2019 - 4:16 PM

The attacker is Philippine-based, is likely a native Mandarin speaker, and uses the Telegram name 'P4p3r,' says a report by Swedish nonprofit Qurium

FOI website data leak? Privacy commission investigating

Mar 22, 2019 - 7:51 PM

The government and the National Privacy Commission are looking into the issue of identification documents seemingly getting indexed on search engines

Should you change your Facebook password after plaintext password incident?

Mar 22, 2019 - 10:49 AM

Yes, says a cybersecurity expert from cybersecurity firm Sophos

Facebook faces criminal probe of data deals – report

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:35 AM

A grand jury in New York is looking to get testimonies or evidence from at least 2 major smartphone makers regarding data sharing practices with Facebook

30 out of 44 PH politicians' websites insecure – report

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Comparitech checks the personal websites of over 7,500 politicians in 37 countries to see if they were using HTTPS to secure their sites

Facebook pays volunteers to install app that collects private data - report

Jan 30, 2019 - 3:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Apple revokes software certificates letting Facebook take part in its Enterprise Developer Program to work in-house on applications for the Cupertino-based company's devices

Facebook hackers sell private messages from 81,000 accounts

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Many of the hacked accounts belong to Facebook users in Ukraine and Russia

Phishing 101: How to spot and avoid phishing

Oct 19, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Phishing is an industry problem. Arm yourself with information to protect yourself and your money

Tumblr patches data-exposing privacy bug

Oct 19, 2018 - 1:41 PM

Tumblr says the it found 'no evidence that this bug was abused, and there is nothing to suggest that unprotected account information was accessed'

Facebook breach affected 755,973 accounts in PH

Oct 18, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Facebook is ordered to provide identity theft and phishing insurance to Filipino hacking victims

INFOGRAPHIC: How to protect yourself from bank fraud

Sep 24, 2018 - 8:57 PM

Be informed. Here’s how you can help your bank protect you from falling victim to fraud

Past attempts at a national ID system: A battleground of privacy, executive power

Jun 07, 2018 - 7:18 PM

The national ID system has gone through a lot of growing pains on its way to the desk of President Rodrigo Duterte

NPC summons officials of schools, gov't agencies hit by security breach

Apr 24, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The National Privacy Commission wants them to explain why their Personal Information Controllers did not inform the commission nor the people affected by the data breach within 72 hours of the incident

Professor defends role in Cambridge Analytica data scandal

Apr 23, 2018 - 3:23 PM

Aleksandr Kogan explains, 'Back then we thought it was fine... I think that core idea that we had – that everybody knows and nobody cares – was fundamentally flawed. And for that, I'm sincerely sorry'

DATA SCANDAL. The shared building which houses the offices of Cambridge Analytica are pictured in central London on March 21, 2018. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Cambridge Analytica used other quiz apps to harvest Facebook data, says ex-employee

Apr 18, 2018 - 1:21 PM

New information coming out of a UK committee investigation suggests other quiz apps used by the research firm may have compromised far more than the 87 million Facebook users estimated

BRITTANY KAISER. Brittany Kaiser, former Director of Program Development at Cambridge Analytica at a press briefing by the "Leave.EU" campaign group in central London on November 18, 2015. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

PH privacy commission to probe Facebook after data scandal

Apr 13, 2018 - 2:34 PM

The National Privacy Commission wants Facebook to submit documents that would help establish the scope and the effects of the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal in relation to Filipino users

Did Cambridge Analytica use Filipinos' Facebook data to help Duterte win?

Apr 05, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Facebook says data of over 1.1 million Filipinos was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica

Surveillance, security laws hurting investigative journalism

May 01, 2017 - 9:08 PM

A massive study produced by UNESCO encourages journalists to train themselves in digital security, educate the public, and advocate for institutional changes

Screenshot of the cover page of the UNESCO study

Rethink data collection policies, sectors told after voters' data leak

Jan 21, 2017 - 4:04 PM

The Comelec data leak must spark new conversations on data privacy both in government and the private sector says the Foundation for Media Alternatives

Can Comelec chair Bautista be impeached for voters' data leak?

Jan 20, 2017 - 9:53 PM

As some lawyers outline possible legal scenarios Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez believes that adhering to the current progress of the case is the proper thing to do

'COMELEAK' PANEL. Atty Romel Bagares, Atty Marlon Tonson and IT expert Angel Averia speak about the 2016 voters' data leak at the 3rd National Privacy Conference in Quezon City on January 20, 2017. Michael Bueza/Rappler

Gov't agencies, private orgs told to appoint data protection officers

Jan 13, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The National Privacy Commission says that urgently designating such officer signals an organization s commitment to comply with the Data Privacy Act

Image from infographic of National Privacy Commission

Gov't should protect citizens' personal data – NPC's Liboro

Jan 12, 2017 - 9:03 PM

Raymund Liboro the head of the National Privacy Commission also reminds the public to be aware of measures to protect themselves from online threats like hacking

DATA PRIVACY, SECURITY. National Privacy Commission head Raymund Liboro speaks to Rappler on Thursday, January 12.

Sony chief thanks supporters after 'vicious' cyber attack

Jan 06, 2015 - 1:45 PM

Sony chief Kazuo Hirai thanks supporters who stood by the company in the face of the devastating cyber assault

Pedestrians walk past an exterior wall to Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, California on December 4, 2014. Frederic J. Brown/AFP

China a likely factor in North Korea cyber prowess – experts

Dec 26, 2014 - 1:20 PM

While much of the focus has been on the so called cyber warfare between Washington and Pyongyang many analysts speculate China is a necessary partner in facilitating any attack by the North

Screengrab from Facebook/The Interview

Sony to release 'Interview' after hack attack

Dec 24, 2014 - 7:45 AM

Sony s U turn is the latest twist to a crisis which has engulfed the studio and The Interview a screwball romp about a fictional plot by two US journalists embarking on a mission to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

WATCHING SOON. A man shows off his ticket for "The Interview" purchased at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema December 23, 2014, in Ashburn, Virginia where "The Interview" is scheduled to be shown December 25, 2014. Paul J. Richards/AFP

Movie world fears for freedom of speech as North Korea parody pulled

Dec 19, 2014 - 12:24 PM

Sony s decision to pull The Interview is unsettling in so many ways Good thing they don t publish the Satanic Verses Stephen King wrote on Twitter

Screengrab from Facebook/The Interview

Sony cancels 'The Interview' release after threats, Hollywood reacts

Dec 18, 2014 - 7:15 AM

Sony announces the decision after the majority of US theater chains say they will not screen the film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un

Hackers invoke 9/11 in chilling new Sony threat

Dec 17, 2014 - 10:05 AM

The threat – downplayed by US authorities – comes as lawyers file a class action suit against the embattled studio over employee data protection

Pedestrians walk past an exterior wall to Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, California on December 4, 2014. Frederic J. Brown/AFP