A US academic has uncovered a 2.4-million-person database compiled using public information from social media. This is exactly what scares us at Self: a future where personal information can be acquired and misused at the drop of a hat.
A report from Motherboard shows how one of their reporters was able to buy 250 followers on TikTok and quickly accumulate thousands of views and likes on one of their videos. Fake social media accounts have been around for years, but this shows that none of these tech companies have been able to get a firm grip on the issue.
Over 120 charities in the UK and US, including the National Trust, have had their supporters’ data compromised after an attack on the cloud computing provider Blackbaud. The ransomware attack took place in May, but Blackbaud only informed its clients of the breach this month.
A recent report from the Ada Lovelace Institute presents some fascinating insights on what the general public think about various new COVID-19 technologies. As the title suggests, most people are neither completely for, nor against these technologies, but they do have concerns around specific sensitive issues.
It’s almost a monthly occurrence that a large, international corporation suffers a massive data breach. Combine this with the thousands of online banking, email & social media accounts that are hacked everyday and it seems like passwords are less secure than the spare key I leave in a flowerpot next to my front door.