Less than 24 hours after two massive earthquakes claimed the lives of thousands of people in Turkey and Syria, cybercrooks are already piggybacking on the humanitarian crisis. Cybercriminals never take a break from defrauding internet users, and the latest attempts spotted by Bitdefender Antispam Lab show, once again, just how unscrupulous they can be. While thousands of people were killed and tens of thousands more are left scouring crumbled buildings in search of those caught under the rubble, fraudsters are targeting the generosity of people around the world who wish to make a small contribution to victims of this disaster.
Morgan Advanced Materials, which produces ceramic and carbon parts used in semiconductor manufacturing, told investors on Tuesday that last month’s cyberattack could cost it up to £12 million — prompting its shares to dive. The British company — one of the 350 most valuable businesses listed on the London Stock Exchange — announced in January that it was “managing a cyber security incident after detecting unauthorized activity on its network.” The nature of the incident has still not been confirmed, however the description of the impact of the incident in an update for investors published through the Regulatory News Service is consistent with ransomware. Morgan Advanced Materials said that all of its manufacturing sites are operational “although some continue to use manual transaction processes as work continues to restore their systems.”
Many people in the United States would like to control the information that companies can learn about them online. Yet when presented with a series of true-or-false questions about how digital devices and services track users, most Americans struggled to answer them, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. The report analyzed the results of a data privacy survey that included more than 2,000 adults in the United States. Very few of the respondents said they trusted the way online services handled their personal data.
The Italian privacy regulator has ordered a popular AI chatbot to cease processing data on domestic citizens after breaking GDPR rules. Replika is marketed by San Francisco-based developer Luka as “the AI companion who cares” – a virtual “friend” for its users. However, Italian GDPR regulator, the GPDP, said late last week that the app doesn’t comply with the law’s transparency requirements, and it processes the personal data of children unlawfully. Specifically, there is no age verification mechanism to prevent children signing up, and the AI bot’s “replies” to users have been flagged as unsuitable for younger users. The GPDP said some app store reviews had noted sexually inappropriate content generated by the bot.
Singapore still is seeing more cases of online crimes, with phishing and e-commerce scams amongst the top five most common tactics used. The country saw a 25.2% climb in scams and cybercrimes last year, hitting 33,669 in reported cases, up from 26,886 in 2021. Scams accounted for the bulk, cheating victims of SG$660.7 million ($501.9 million), a 4.5% increase from SG$632 million in 2021, according to the latest figures from the Singapore Police Force (SPF). Phishing, e-commerce, and investment scams were amongst the top five most common tactics used against victims, making up 82.5% of the top 10 types of scams last year. Phishing cases topped the list, with 7,097 reported cases in 2022, up 41.3% from 2021.