Subject: SCN Daily News (HTML) Monday, 08 July 2019
Date: 08/07/2019, 10:41

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Monday, 08 July 2019

Huawei Firmware Backdoors Discovered

The potential to hack Huawei products and use them as a tool for espionage by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), or by any hacker for that matter, is now better understood thanks to an investigation carried out by specialists with Finite State and ReFirm Labs.

Link: Taiwan News

UK Forensics Firm Confirm Paying Cyber-Attack Ransom

The firm in question, Eurofins Scientific, confirmed payment of the ransom following what was referred to as a 'significant' cyber-attack on their systems. With them reportedly holding around 70,000 forensic records, however, it's more than a little disturbing.

UK Police have confirmed that they stopped using the company while the attack was being resolved. That doesn't really make me feel much better about it though.

Link: eTeknix

Gov't Urges 7-Eleven to Take Preventive Measures after 7Pay Fraud

One of two Chinese men arrested on suspicion of attempted fraud paid 730,000 yen ($6,750) to buy 146 cartons of electronic cigarette cartridges at a Seven-Eleven outlet in Tokyo, using stolen IDs for the new smartphone payment service "7pay," police said the same day.

Link: Japan Today

Watching Me, Watching You - IoT Camera Hacks Surge

Trend Micro recently reported that it blocked 5 million hacking attempts of IP-connected cameras in just the last 5 months. This means that a hell of a lot of people are trying to hack into Internet-connected cameras. But why?

Link: Mondaq

First Crypto Currency Destination on Playa de Palma

PLAYA de PALMA will soon be the first European tourist destination set up to trade in crypto currency, it has been claimed.

An agreement has been signed between Palma Beach and Criptoarea for a pilot programme that will allow people to spend their online 'virtual' currencies in the area.

Link: Euro Weekly News

Workplace Biometric Scanning: Emerging Issues in Employment Law

In Australia, the rising use of workplace fingerprint scanning devices to collect biometric data has raised some important privacy issues for employers.

In a recent decision of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission, Jeremy Lee v Superior Wood Pty Ltd [2019] FWCFB 2946, an employee was found to have been unfairly dismissed for refusing to use a fingerprint scanner to record on-site attendance. There is no doubt that this case raised 'important, novel and emerging issues'1 surrounding the collection of employee data in the workplace.

Link: Lexology

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