Laws and regulations

Pierluigi Paganini February 12, 2024
Canada Gov plans to ban the Flipper Zero to curb car thefts

The Canadian government is going to ban the tool Flipper Zero because it is abused by crooks to steal vehicles in the country. The Canadian government announced that it plans to ban the tool Flipper Zero, and similar hacking devices, to curb the surge in car thefts. Flipper Zero is a portable multi-tool for pentesters […]

Pierluigi Paganini February 06, 2024
U.S. Gov imposes visa restrictions on individuals misusing Commercial Spyware

The U.S. government imposes visa restrictions on individuals who are involved in the illegal use of commercial spyware. The U.S. State Department announced it is implementing a new policy to impose visa restrictions on individuals involved in the misuse of commercial spyware. The policy underscores the U.S. government’s commitment to addressing the misuse of surveillance software, […]

Pierluigi Paganini February 02, 2024
Ex CIA employee Joshua Adam Schulte sentenced to 40 years in prison

A former software engineer with the U.S. CIA has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for leaking classified documents. Former CIA employee Joshua Adam Schulte has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for passing classified documents to WikiLeaks and for possessing child pornographic material. “Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District […]

Pierluigi Paganini January 30, 2024
Italian data protection authority said that ChatGPT violated EU privacy laws

Italian data protection authority regulator authority Garante said that ChatGPT violated European Union data privacy regulations. The Italian data protection authority regulator authority, known as “Garante per la protezione dei dati personali”, announced it has notified OpenAI that ChatGPT violated the EU data protection regulation GDPR. In early April 2023, the Italian Data Protection Authority temporarily […]

Pierluigi Paganini January 29, 2024
NSA buys internet browsing records from data brokers without a warrant

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) admitted to buying internet browsing records from data brokers to monitor Americans’ activity online without a court order. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., released documents that confirmed the National Security Agency (NSA) buys Americans’ internet browsing records without a court order. The data acquired by the intelligence agency can […]

Pierluigi Paganini January 23, 2024
Australian government announced sanctions for Medibank hacker

The Australian government announced sanctions for a member of the REvil ransomware group for the Medibank hack that occurred in 2022. The Australian government announced sanctions for Aleksandr Gennadievich Ermakov (aka GustaveDore, aiiis_ermak, blade_runner, JimJones), a Russian national who is a member of the REvil ransomware group. The man is responsible for the cyber attacks […]

Pierluigi Paganini January 06, 2024
Merck settles with insurers regarding a $1.4 billion claim over NotPetya damages

Merck has resolved a dispute with insurers regarding a $1.4 billion claim arising from the NotPetya malware incident. Merck and its insurers have agreed with a $1.4 billion claim arising from the large-scale NotPetya cyberattack. Merck & Co., Inc., known as Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) outside the United States and Canada, is an American […]

Pierluigi Paganini December 31, 2023
Google agreed to settle a $5 billion privacy lawsuit

Google has agreed to settle a $5 billion privacy lawsuit, which alleged that the company monitored individuals using the Chrome “incognito” mode. Google agreed to settle a $5 billion privacy lawsuit over claims that the company monitored online activity of people who used the ‘incognito’ mode in its Chrome web browser. The class action, filed […]

Pierluigi Paganini December 01, 2023
US govt sanctioned North Korea-linked APT Kimsuky

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions against North Korea-linked APT group Kimsuky. The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) this week announced sanctions against the North Korea-linked APT group Kimsuky. Kimsuky cyberespionage group (aka ARCHIPELAGO, Black Banshee, Thallium, Velvet Chollima, APT43) was first spotted by Kaspersky researchers in […]

Pierluigi Paganini July 19, 2023
US Gov adds surveillance firms Cytrox and Intellexa to Entity List for trafficking in cyber exploits

The U.S. government added surveillance technology vendors Cytrox and Intellexa to an economic blocklist for trafficking in cyber exploits. The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added surveillance technology vendors Intellexa and Cytrox to the Entity List for trafficking in cyber exploits used to gain access to information systems. The Entity List maintained […]