Apple CEO: US should copy EU data rules Tim Cook calls on the US to introduce equivalent laws to Europe's GDPR privacy regulations. Read more: https://zd.net/2OJ9phI We almost expect it from them now -- the tech giants of today, such as Google and Facebook, and their quest to elicit any shred of useful information from us to generate ad-based revenue and profit.However, we don't necessarily expect the same treatment from public and government services. When we use a government portal to access information related to taxes or health, which may include rather private and sensitive topics, we would hope that our visit and any information gained from it will not end up in the wrong hands.It seems that this is not the case, according to a new report released by GDPR and ePrivacy consulting firm Cookiebot.A total of 112 commercial companies are systematically harvesting this information and tracking us through EU government portals and public services. Ten of these companies … [Read more...] about EU government websites infested with third-party adtech scripts
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An email address, a fax number and several letters both written by and to Angela Merkel have been published by a website that has stolen personal documents and information belonging to German politicians. It is unclear at this stage how sensitive the leaked correspondence from the Chancellor is. "Personal data and documents belonging to hundreds of politicians and public figures were published on the internet," government spokeswoman Martina Fietz told reporters. "The government is taking this incident very seriously." Fietz said the political officials included members of the Bundestag lower house of parliament, the European Parliament as well as regional and local assemblies. Deputies from all parties represented in the Bundestag were affected, she added. But Fietz said that a preliminary investigation indicated that "no sensitive information or data" from Merkel's office had been leaked. Broadcaster RBB first reported in Thursday evening that … [Read more...] about Merkel hit by hack that stole private data from German politicians
Over the past week, someone using the Twitter handle "_0rbit" and describing themselves as a "security researcher" and "artist" published archive files appearing to containing personal data belonging to an array of German politicians. The apparent victims include Chancellor Angela Merkel, members of the Bundestag (Germany's parliamentary body) and the European Parliament, as well as regional and local officials. Today, a German government spokesperson acknowledged that at least some of the documents appear to be genuine, dating back to 2017. German deputy government spokesperson Martina Fietz told reporters that "personal data and documents belonging to hundreds of politicians and public figures were published on the Internet... the government is taking this incident very seriously." The data includes home addresses, mobile telephone numbers, letters, invoices, and copies of identity documents. While the Twitter account, Blogger page, and other websites associated with the breach have … [Read more...] about “Security researcher” dumps files of German chancellor, legislators, bloggers
Security researchers have found a vulnerability in the backbone of the electronic ID (eID) cards system used by the German state. The vulnerability, when exploited, allows an attacker to trick an online website and spoof the identity of another German citizen when using the eID authentication option.There are some hurdles that an attacker needs to pass before abusing this vulnerability, but the researchers who found it say their eID spoofing hack is more than doable.The vulnerability doesn't reside in the radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip embedded in German eID cards, but in the software kit implemented by websites that want to support eID authentication.The vulnerable component is named the Governikus Autent SDK and is one of the SDKs that German websites, including government portals, have used to add support for eID-based login and registration procedures.SEC Consult, the German cyber-security firm who discovered the flaw in this SDK, says it already reported the issue to … [Read more...] about German eID card system vulnerable to online identity spoofing
Zeit Online published its investigation into equality in the federal government on Monday, raising questions of deep divisions and gender discrimination in Germany. Since 1949, there have been 692 secretaries of state and only three percent have been women, the newspaper reports. In 668 cases a man was selected for this office, while a woman was nominated 24 times. When women who have been appointed several times have been subtracted from this figure, there have only been 19 female civil servant secretaries of state in total since 1949. At the same time, 24 men whose first names were Hans became state secretaries, and 18 whose names were Karl. That means that in 69 years of the Federal Republic, more men named Hans than women in general have taken up this important role as administrative head of ministries. Zeit found men dominate most ministeries even though a gender equality law put into place 17 years ago was supposed to change this. Still in March, the new coalition … [Read more...] about Too many Hans and not enough women in top German government roles?