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While the Italian State Police had managed to thwart cyber attacks against the Eurovision Song Contest on 14 May 2022, the cyber criminals group Killnet is allegedly behind the DDoS attack which is blocking the website of the Italian State Police. Read more here and here.

ZDNEt reports that the Brazilian e-commerce platform suffered a loss of 923 million Brazilian reais (equivalent to $183 million) as a result of two cyber attacks occurred on February 19 and 20: The attacks blocked the e-commerce platform preventing sales. The other structures of the company, namely physical stores and delivery continues operating during...

The press release of the Eastern District of New Your, US, reports that a criminal complaint was unsealed charging an alleged Venezuelan cyber criminal, known in the web as “Nosophoros,” “Aesculapius” and “Nebuchadnezzar,” with attempted computer intrusions and conspiracy to commit computer intrusions.  The charges stem from his use and sale of ransomware, as well...

In a report entitled How business executives perceive ransomware threat published by the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, the company interviewed 900 respondents throughout North America, South America, Africa, Russia, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. The respondents were in senior non-IT management roles at companies having between 50 and 1,000 employees. The report contains interesting statistical data including that:...

The Berlin DPA (Berliner Beauftragten für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit) has published a concise guideline on international data transfers relating to Art. 44 and following of the EU GDPR. The guideline notes that personal data may only be processed if there is a permit for this in the law. If personal data is to be transferred...

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has just released its 2021 Annual Report 2021. One of the key topics of the Report are international data transfers and in fact in 2021 the EDPB adopted updated recommendations as a consequence of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s decision in the so-called Schrems II case....

The Italian Computer Security Incident Response Team has released an overview of the recent Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that occurred starting from 11 May this year. First of all, the type of DDOS attacks used is identified, in particular the “Slow HTTP” attack, then the operating technique of this attack is described and...

UNICEF invited governments and companies to pilot test UNICEF’s Policy Guidance on AI for Children and openly share the outcome of the trial. Scope of the pilot testing is to improve the Guidance and inspire others to implement more child-centred AI. Four key insights emerged from this piloting initiative. UNICEF has published the individual findings from...

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