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Graham launches anti-encryption bill in USA

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Graham launches anti-encryption bill in USA

In a bizarre and draconian move, a handful of US senators, including Republican Lindsey Graham, recently introduced an anti-encryption bill, which would make backdoors mandatory. If passed, the bill would allow the government to force companies to decrypt data when requested by law enforcement officials. The legislation is not designed to curtail activity on dark net markets, per se, but to provide legal authorities with the ability to access all information in any encrypted device. Currently, law enforcement must obtain a search warrant for data that is stored on a physical device, like a phone or computer. They also have to apply for a second court order requiring the service provider to assist in the data recovery. The Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act will break security protocols, argue opponents, which will only give hackers and state sponsored agents an open door to invade the average user’s privacy on their digital devices.

There are no commissions designed to be involved to safeguard government overreach into citizen’s lives, nor is there any indication that the senators have taken time to uphold best practices for data decryption. The result of such legislation will be a loss of confidence in Silicon Valley’s products and software, especially in foreign markets. The idea that the US government could be spying on people across the world, without their knowledge, is enough to hurt sales of American made phones, computers, and software. Ironically, it was this very issue with Huawaei, that caused an uproar in the States.

It remains to be seen how this bill progresses, but it is not the first, and certainly will not be the last of its type.

 

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Tackling Dark Web identity theft

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Tackling Dark Web identity theft

Digital devices are everywhere, enabling an increase in cybercriminals’ access to valuable users’ personal data.

Recently, the fight against identity theft got a boost with Trend Micro, a Cybersecurity company, launching an ID Security app solution to scan the dark web for personal data.

A 2018 report by CyberSecurity Malaysia’s MyCERT Incident Statistics reported 446 identity theft incidents in Malaysia, showing a 20 percent increase from the 2017 figure of 371.

While identity theft is not new to Malaysians, increased digital devices give cybercriminals access to more personal data for undue financial advantage. According to Trend Micro, identity thieves often take up their victim’s identities online to deceive family and friends into revealing sensitive information to commit a crime.

Also, the efforts to curb Coronavirus transmission made the Movement Control Order to increase its digital activities to give Malaysians at home access the internet for various needs since March 18. Due to an increase in online activities, the Malaysian Police reported a rise in cybercrime involving 249 incidences with estimated losses of about RM6.7 million from April 1 to 27.

According to Tim Falinski, Trend Micro’s MD, Consumer, APAC, cybercriminals can severely impact the lives of everyday Malaysians. Tim said, as more Malaysians go online, the presence of cyber criminals increases. He is concerned that identity thieves can pick the vast unprotected personal data Malaysians left online.

While some Malaysians are aware of security threats to their personal information in cyberspace, many are careless about how they share such details. Typical personal details often shared carelessly include contact address details, NRIC or passport number, date of birth, and so on that put them at risk if picked up by cybercriminals.

Even graver is the massive data breaches of recent years, especially 2017, over 46 million mobile telecom subscribers was cornered.

Although many Malaysians are worried about the safety and misuse of their personal data, most of them failed to realize they are culpable in exposing their data to risks. At the moment, Malaysians are beginning to notice a spike in data breaches, but are yet to understand the gravity of such action.

The need to protect Malaysians and internet users from cybercriminals is the reason for introducing ID Security, Tim said. The increase in the exchange of personal data on the dark web makes personal data travel further than anyone can imagine and make such data easily accessible to identity thieves. The Trend Micro solution will protect Malaysians against cybercriminals and allow them to track their data.

Through dark web monitoring, ID Security solution will tackle identity and personal information theft and address the concern for identity theft and protect data, even with an increase in the activities of cybercriminals in marketplaces.

The app-based solution works by scanning the dark web, the hidden websites that are not visible to the regular browsers, and search engines. The app scours these treacherous sites for data breaches, and leaked personal information and identified the affected accounts. Upon finding any sensitive personal data, the app will send a notification for appropriate actions.

ID Security deploys cutting edge encryption technology to protect personal data and privacy. Users can access the app online through the publisher’s website or app store. It will be available in-store once Trend Micro authorizes the appropriate module securely.