IT’S THE LAW (05/03/2022)

India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) just set a strict new directive applicable to data centers, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Virtual Private Networks (VPN), Cloud Service providers, crypto exchanges and others that serve as intermediaries. Effective from late June, organizations will be required to maintain logs containing specified customer data for minimum 5 years, report cyber incidents of concern to CERT within 6 hours, and to respond requests for data CERT-In may impose for “protective and preventive” reasons.

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Have you requested a loan? Sought financial aid? Tried online gambling?

May 3, 2022

None of my business, really, unless you decide to tell me. But Meta feels it’s crucial for them to know -- and they don’t mind not asking! In fact, in a joint study, non-profit newsroom The Markup and Mozilla privacy platform Rally found Meta snapping up a mass of sensitive data with its Pixel tool. Pixel helps itself to snippets of HTML code, then tracks you around the Web. This crafty tool did so with a mass of FAFSA college student aid data – regardless of whether the users had logged in.  Meanwhile, a Facebook document leak revealed that because it builds systems with open borders, it doesn't know what data it has, and can't find out!

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Pop culture and malware – a perfect diabolical match

May 3, 2022

Surfshark’s research of the most popular keywords in nine categories shows just how vulnerable we are. Most dangerous popular search term for malware – “Robert De Niro” at 54.1% results of potential malware). “Kate Winslet” came in at 52.6%, and the game, Mortal Combat, at 46.5%. Scarier still for some will be to learn that sweet film “Finding Dory” cruised in at 46.7%, and even Tom Hanks came in high at 51.6%. The report shows which terms are key targets – and how to stay safer.

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Salesforce Buys for Automated Customer Service

September 22, 2023

Salesforce is buying, which builds low-code, AI-powered e-commerce customer service agents.  You might have thought Salesforce could already do that, but presumably Airkit does it better.  It doesn’t hurt that the company founders sold a previous business to Salesforce, the company was partly funded by Salesforce Ventures, and the product is already listed on AppExchange.  Price was not announced.

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