In case you missed the I.T. and Tech stories hitting the headlines this week, our trusty roundup is here again, to bring you right up to date. This week saw tech giant Apple in hot water with the Chinese media, UK food delivery service customers being vulnerable to cyber-attack and businesses using the cloud are failing to keep their customers’ data safe.
Food delivery service users at greatest risk from hackers
A report this week has claimed that delivery and restaurant brands such as Deliveroo, Domino’s, Papa John’s and Nando’s are among those most targeted by hackers. The report said that the hacking of accounts among such brands is “rife”, and criminals are teaming up to access customer details.
Researchers found that cybercriminals are sharing ‘cheat sheets’ for hacking tools used to break through site defences at scale, with the food delivery sector one of the most popular targets. Individuals who use these services have been listed as ‘vulnerable to account takeover’, and it seems that UK users are particularly at risk of having their accounts hacked.
It claims that millions of accounts could be vulnerable; all the hackers need to do is obtain stolen email addresses and password combinations. They can then combine them with cheat sheets and feed them into hacking tools. When they find a match, they are able to break into the service posing as the victim.
Businesses failing to secure data
A new study into data security has found that two thirds of businesses are failing to secure the data they have stored in the cloud. It says that 48% of all corporate data is now stored in the cloud, however a mere 32% of these take a security-first approach with such data. The report has also found that less than a third of organisations believe it’s their responsibility to keep data safe at all.
This is compounded by the fact that more and more companies plan to use the cloud. Almost half have a multi-cloud strategy, opting for the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and IBM.
Despite this, a huge number of organisations still see it as a security and compliance risk, particularly when saving consumer data. Having said that, not all businesses believe that it is entirely their obligation to keep the data safe – around one third believe that the responsibility should be shared with the cloud providers, and another third believe that keeping data safe is entirely the cloud provider’s job.
Apple removes Hong Kong tracking app from App Store
Apple has this week removed an app from the App Store which protesters in Hong Kong have allegedly used to track police movements and tear gas use. The tech giant cited that the app, HKmap.live violated its rules as it had "been used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents".
When the app – which uses data from protesters on the ground – was initially developed, Apple had rejected it from its store. When it later appeared on the App Store, the official Chinese media issued a sharply worded response.
However, the removal then came after "concerned customers in Hong Kong” contacted Apple. The company issued a statement saying: "We have verified with the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau that the app has been used to target and ambush police."
It went on to say, "criminals have used it to victimise residents in areas where they know there is no law enforcement".
Although the app has been removed from Apple’s App Store, a web version remains active and another version is also available on Google Play. Read more here.
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