PERSONAL DATA

Everyone’s heard of identity theft where someone pretends to be you, but what about pretending to be no one? Enter the world of synthetic identity fraud. In card security, the latest thinking is a three-pronged approach to protect all points of the transaction process. In other news, IP addresses might be personal data. The EU is set to decide soon, which could have profound implications for the internet at large.

INFOSEC

Another week, another bug. This one affects Linux/Unix and is the near-ubiquitous tool wget. Surprisingly though, it didn’t generate its own brand (à la Heartbleed, Shellshock and POODLE). Some enterprising ne’er-do-wells moved sensitive company data out of a company via video. Quite clever, as the videos still played. Android 5.0, annoyingly called Lollipop, is soon due and promises much beefed-up security, thanks to SE Linux.

US NEWS

People, it seems, care more about Google snooping on them than they do the NSA – which really just seems like common sense. There are many things to fear in life: death, taxes, ebola, but a Gallup poll recently discovered that an American’s greatest fear was having their card data stolen. They’d better catch up with the rest of the world with chip-and-pin, then. This follows on from a report that nearly half of all Californians had their personal data breached. In terms of numbers, that’s roughly equivalent to a quarter of the UK population. Many people.