Legislators Express Concern About ANPR to FTC
Last week, U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan, urging her to reevaluate the FTC’s Proposed Rulemaking on Commercial Surveillance and Data Security. The senators wrote: “Without federal preemption, any new privacy rules issued by the FTC would only add to the existing ‘patchwork’ of state privacy laws and create an additional layer of requirements for businesses.” Their proposed solution? Wait for a federal privacy law.
Joint Advisory Warns Healthcare Sector of Extortion Scheme
The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released a Joint Advisory last week warning the healthcare sector about ransomware and extortion schemes being perpetrated by a group known as the Daixin Team. The group has targeted the healthcare sector since at least June 2022. Their tactics include eliciting ransom payments by encrypting their targets’ servers, holding data hostage, and threatening to release personal information to the public. According to the report, Daixin typically gains credentials via phishing schemes, or by exploiting vulnerabilities in unpatched VPN servers. “After obtaining access to the victim’s VPN server, Daixin actors move laterally via Secure Shell (SSH) and Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). Daixin actors have sought to gain privileged account access through credential dumping and pass the hash. The actors have [also] leveraged privileged accounts to gain access to VMware vCenter Server and reset account passwords for ESXi servers in the environment. The actors have then used SSH to connect to accessible ESXi servers and deploy ransomware on those servers. Read the full alert here.
Texas Sues Google Over Biometric Data Collection
Last week Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against Google, alleging that the tech firm has violated Texas’s biometric privacy law. The suit notes, “For more than a decade, Texas has prohibited companies from capturing Texans’ biometric data—including the unique characteristics of an individual’s face and voice—without their informed, advance consent. In blatant defiance of that law, Google has, since at least 2015, collected biometric data from innumerable Texans and used their faces and their voices to serve Google’s commercial ends.” These commercial ends, the suit claims, involve Google’s facial recognition tools and the faces it collected to improve that tool.
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