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Google Analytics and GDPR

In April of 2016, members of the EU adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), aimed at strengthening data protection and privacy for all individuals within the EU. The regulation allowed for a two-year transition period, and becomes enforceable in May of this year, 2018.

There’s a lot to the GDPR (more than can be addressed in a single post at least) but one of the key provisions is that individuals have the right to request erasure of their data from a service provider. This means that many online and cloud service providers will need to have the ability to comply with these requests, even if they’re not based in the EU. Continue reading

Four Google Chrome extensions found to be malicious

Researchers from security firm ICEBRG found malicious extensions in the Google Chrome Web Store with more than 500,000 overall downloads. Firstly they discovered that “HTTP Request Header” extension were using for a click-fraud scam when they noticed unusual spike in outgoing network traffic. The extension visited advertising-related links in the Web from the infected machines to generate revenue from per-click rewards. Later they investigated another three Chrome extensions that did the same: Nyoogle, Stickies, and Lite Bookmarks.

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Meltdown and Spectre Security Vulnerabilities

Earlier this week, research published by the Project Zero security team at Google brought to public attention a group of security vulnerabilities affecting many modern processors. The vulnerabilities have been given the names Meltdown and Spectre, and could allow an attacker to read arbitrary locations in virtual memory (e.g. read data stored in memory belonging to other user or kernel processes).

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