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Ex-CIA engineer charged in ‘Vault 7’ leak

Last month when we learned that Joshua Schulte still had not been charged for allegedly providing CIA hacking information to Wikileaks despite being in custody for months, his family said he was a "scapegoat" for the data bungle. Today he was charged...

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Dixons Carphone discloses data breach affecting 5.9M payment cards, 105k of which were compromised

European electronics and telecoms retailer Dixons Carphone has revealed a hack of its systems in which the intruder/s attempted to compromise 5.9 million payment cards. In a statement  put out today it says a review of its systems and data unearthed the data breach. It also confirms it has informed the UK’s data watchdog the ICO, financial conduct regulator the FCA, and the police. According to the company, the vast majority of the cards (5.8M) were protected by chip-and-PIN technology — and it says the data accessed in respect of these cards contains “neither pin codes, card verification values (CVV) nor any authentication data enabling cardholder identification or a purchase to be made”. However around 105,000 of the accessed cards were non-EU issued, and lacked chip-and-PIN, and it says those cards have been compromised. “As a precaution we immediately notified the relevant card companies via our payment provider about all these cards so that they could take the appropriate measures to protect customers. We have no evidence of any fraud on these cards as a result of this incident,” it writes. In addition to payment cards, the intruders also accessed 1.2M records containing non-financial personal data — such as name, address or email address. “We have no evidence that this information has left our systems or has resulted in any fraud at this stage. We are contacting those whose non-financial personal data was accessed to inform them, to apologise, and to give them advice on any protective steps they should take,” the company adds. In a statement about the breach, Dixons Carphone chief executive, Alex Baldock, said: “We are extremely disappointed and sorry for any upset this may cause. The protection of our data has to be at the heart of our business, and we’ve fallen short here. We’ve taken action to close off this unauthorised access and though we have currently no evidence of fraud as a result of these incidents, we are taking this extremely seriously. “We are determined to put this right and are taking steps to do so; we promptly launched an investigation, engaged leading cyber security experts, added extra security measures to our systems and will be communicating directly with those affected

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AT&T imposes another $5 price hike on grandfathered unlimited data plans

Enlarge (credit: Chris Young ) AT&T is imposing another $5-per-month price increase on customers who have held onto a decade-old grandfathered unlimited data plan. The new price will be $45 a month. The data plan's price was $30 monthly for seven years until  AT&T raised it to $35  in February 2016. A second $5 bump brought the price to $40 a month in January 2017 . The third $5 increase in three years will kick in next month. "Customers who have a grandfathered $40 data plan will receive notifications of a $5 per month rate increase for the data plan," AT&T said in the price increase announcement . "The rate increase will take effect starting with the customer’s July, 2018 service." Read 7 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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GDPR panic may spur data and AI innovation

If AI innovation runs on data, the new European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations ( GDPR ) seem poised to freeze AI advancement. The regulations prescribe a utopian data future where consumers can refuse companies access to their personally identifiable information (PII). Although the enforcement deadline has passed, the technical infrastructure and manpower needed to meet these requirements still do not exist in most companies today. Coincidentally, the barriers to GDPR compliance are also bottlenecks of widespread AI adoption. Despite the hype, enterprise AI is still nascent: Companies may own petabytes of data that can be used for AI, but fully digitizing that data, knowing what the data tables actually contain and understanding who, where and how to access that data remains a herculean coordination effort for even the most empowered internal champion. It’s no wonder that many scrappy AI startups find themselves bogged down by customer data cleanup and custom integrations. As multinationals and Big Tech overhaul their data management processes and tech stack to comply with GDPR, here’s how AI and data innovation counterintuitively also stand to benefit. How GDPR impacts AI GDPR covers the collection, processing and movement of data that can be used to identify a person, such as a name, email address, bank account information, social media posts, health information and more, all of which are currently used to power the AI algorithms ranging from targeting ads to identifying terrorist cells. The penalty for noncompliance is 4 percent of global revenue, or €20 million, whichever is higher. To put that in perspective: 4 percent of Amazon’s 2017 revenue is $7.2 billion, Google’s is $4.4 billion and Facebook’s is $1.6 billion. These regulations apply to any citizen of the EU, no matter their current residence, as well as vendors upstream and downstream of the companies that collect PII. Article 22 of the GDPR, titled “Automated Individual Decision-making, including Profiling,” prescribes that AI cannot be used as the sole decision-maker in choices that have legal or similarly significant effects on users

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