Weekly News Roundup 1/5/2017

Facebook and Google fall to phishing scam, AFP admits to breaching new metadata laws, BOSE is selling out on its own customers privacy.

Facebook and Google pay out on fake supply scam.

In this post from my other website, we find out how the two internet juggernauts fell victim to a Lithuanian fraudster employing phishing techniques to swindle Facebook and Google out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

The wannabe criminal was caught sending forged invoices, supply contracts and letters to the procurement departments and had initially collected many millions before the victims worked out what was going on. Fortunately, they were able to recoup most of the stolen funds and report it to the authorities who placed the scammer under arrest.

The original story on my website is here and on the BBC is here.

Australian Federal Police admit to breaking brand new Metadata retention laws.

In a very concerning turn of events less than a month after the Australian Government’s metadata retention laws came into effect, the AFP has admitted to breaching privacy laws by accessing the metadata of a journalist without a warrant.

The breach has attracted a lot of comment especially from privacy advocates stating that this is proof that metadata retention will result in breaches. The view that it is a matter of not if but when and that when came pretty quickly.

The original IT news story can be found here and there is a list of reasons why this is a big deal here.

Again, sticking with the privacy theme. BOSE makes news.

The high end audio name has been accused of collecting data on its customers and selling that information to third parties leading to a class action.

BOSE is accused of using the BOSE connect app on smartphones and tablets to collect user listening habitsĀ and private audio libraries and then transmitting that information to third parties without providing sufficient notice to the end users.

A similar case involving TV Maker Visio resulted in US$2.2 million in fines paid to the FCC for collecting and analyzing viewing habits of consumers without consent so the precedent is there that could see BOSE on the receiving end of a pretty hefty bill.

Currently an injunction is being sought after to block BOSE from further collection of data.