Archive for January 21, 2019

Google Gets Slapped With $57 Million Fine For Violating The EU’s GDPR Regulations

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 21, 2019 by itnerd

You may recall that the EU was implementing a set of regulations called the GDPR which was meant to among other things, hold companies accountable for the data that they have. We now have our first big company who’s run afoul of these regulations. And surprise, it’s Google.

France’s top data-privacy agency, known as the CNIL, said Monday that Google failed to fully disclose to users how their personal information is collected and what happens to it. Google also did not properly obtain users’ consent for the purpose of showing them personalized ads, the watchdog agency said.

French regulators said Google’s business practices had run afoul of Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation. Implemented in 2018, the sweeping privacy rules commonly referred to as GDPR have set a global standard that has forced Google and its tech peers in Silicon Valley to rethink their data-collection practices or risk sky-high fines. The United States lacks a similar, overarching federal consumer privacy law, a deficiency in the eyes of privacy hawks that has elevated Europe as the world’s de facto privacy cop.

Despite Google’s changes to its business practices, the CNIL said in a statement that “the infringements observed deprive the users of essential guarantees regarding processing operations that can reveal important parts of their private life since they are based on a huge amount of data, a wide variety of services and almost unlimited possible combinations.”

The total cost to Google is 50 Million Euros which is about $57 Million USD. Not exactly a trivial amount of money. Google is apparently looking at this to determine what their “next steps” will be. Which I assume means that they’re going to fight this. Which doesn’t come as a shock as I am sure that Google does not want to be the poster child of bad behavior when it comes to the GDPR. The question is, how many other big companies will be in Google’s shoes and how expensive will that be before companies get the message and do the right thing which is to seriously protect customer data?

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A Reader Gets A Second Extortion Phishing Email From The Same Group Of Slimeballs

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 21, 2019 by itnerd

It seems that the person who sent me this extortion phishing email got a follow up to that. And it isn’t particularly creative. And like the last one a warning as some contents may be a bit graphic for some:

LAST WARNING [EMAIL ADDRESS REDACTED] !

You have the last chance to save your social life – I am not kidding!!

I give you the last 72 hours to make the payment before I send the video with your masturbation to all your friends and associates.

The last time you visited a erotic website with young Teens, you downloaded and installed the software I developed.

My program has turned on your camera and recorded your act of Masturbation and the video you were masturbating to.

My software also downloaded all your email contact lists and a list of your Facebook friends.

I have both the ‘[FILENAME REDACTED].mp4’ with your masturbatio and a file with all your contacts on my hard drive.

You are very perverted!

If you want me to delete both files and keep your secret, you must send me Bitcoin payment. I give you the last 72 hours.

If you don’t know how to send Bitcoins, visit Google.

Send 2000 USD to this Bitcoin address immediately:

[BITCOIN ADDRESS REDACTED]

(copy and paste)

1 BTC = 3470 USD right now, so send exactly 0.581065 BTC to the address above.

Do not try to cheat me!

As soon as you open this Email I will know you opened it.

This Bitcoin address is linked to you only, so I will know if you sent the correct amount.

When you pay in full, I will remove both files and deactivate my software.

If you don’t send the payment, I will send your masturbation video to ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES from your contact list I hacked.

Here are the payment details again:

Send 0.581065 BTC to this Bitcoin address:

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[BITCOIN ADDRESS REDACTED]

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You саn visit the police but nobody will help you.

I know what I am doing.

I don’t live in your country and I know how to stay anonymous.

Don’t try to deceive me – I will know it immediately – my spy ware is recording all the websites you visit and all keys you press.

If you do – I will send this ugly recording to everyone you know, including your family.

Don’t cheat me! Don’t forget the shame and if you ignore this message your life will be ruined.

I am waiting for your Bitcoin payment.

Raguel

Anonymous Hacker

P.S. If you need more time to buy and send 0.581065 BTC, open your notepad and write ’48h plz’. I will consider giving you another 48 hours before I release the vid, but only when I really see you are struggling to buy bitcoin.

Now I know it’s the same slimeball or group of slimeballs behind this because both emails came from the same domain which is d.anonymous-hacking.ga. Except that the domain doesn’t exist. So that’s a lie. I’ll be doing some work to find out the real source of this today and post an update. The rest of this email is a near carbon copy of the last one. Except that it is signed as follows:

Raguel

Anonymous Hacker

If you post your name, how can you be anonymous? I get it is likely a fake name. But that seems pretty dumb as it affects the credibility of this email. Seeing as its not credible, it’s yet another scam email that you should delete should you receive it. Expect an update when I trace back where these slimeballs are from.

UPDATE: Another thing that I noted is that the the above email and the one that came before it have different Bitcoin addresses in them. So that makes the sentence “This Bitcoin address is linked to you only, so I will know if you sent the correct amount.” is another lie as you would think they would be the same. It also further highlights that this email is bogus.

UPDATE #2: Here is an update to this story with additional details.