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Top News: Tesco suffers hacking attempt, Bill for protection of AI data, and more

Tesco website and app suffer two-day outage

Retail giant Tesco’s website and app suffered a two-day outage following an attempted hack that prevented customers from shopping online. Though the company didn’t disclose the root cause of the problem, a company spokesperson stated: “There is no reason to believe that this issue impacts customer data and we continue to take ongoing action to make sure all data stays safe.” Read More

FTC updates Safeguards Rule for protecting consumers’ financial data

The US Federal Trade Commission has updated the Safeguards Rule to help financial institutions protect their customers’ financial information. The updated rule requires non-banking financial institutions to develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive security system to keep customers’ information safe from data breaches and cyberattacks. Read More

New US Senate bill for the protection of AI data

The US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has introduced the Government Ownership and Oversight of Data in Artificial Intelligence Act (GOOD AI Act) to ensure proper use of AI data collected through federal contractors. The Bill would require the Office of Management and Budget to work with a team of AI experts to prevent such data from being commercialized, misused, or shared with a third party. Read More

Cyberattack disrupts gas stations in Iran

Iran was hit by a cyberattack on 26th October that affected the country’s intranet-based system used by the public to buy subsidized fuel with government-issued smart cards. The attackers also hijacked digital billboards in some parts of the country. Though a group called Predatory Sparrow claimed to have carried out the hack, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace blamed a foreign country. Read More

Tesla vehicles storing more data than previously known

A team of researchers at the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) decrypted Tesla's data storage system with information that could be useful in crash investigations. The automaker is known to be recording information about its customers' driving behavior, but the researchers found that the vehicles store much more detailed data, including speed, brake usage, accelerator pedal position, and steering wheel angle. Read More


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