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Security Summary – March 2018 Our short monthly review summaries important news and blog posts, which focus on IT security, cloud computing and privacy protection.

1. Facebook risks daily penalties of 250,000 Euro due to data protection offences A Belgian court has ruled that Facebook must stop monitoring Internet users outside of its social network and delete already collected data. Failure to comply can result in penalties of up to 250,000 Euro per day. Source: heise.de

2. Austrian government goes all in on surveillance In the future, anyone going around their daily business in a public space in Austria must expect to be observed by the state. This also applies to every car driver – and in case of suspicion to users of WhatsApp and Skype. Source: heise.de

3. Kremlin hackers may be behind Pyeongchang hack According to US intelligence, Kremlin hackers were responsible for cyber-attacks targeting the Winter Olympics in South Korea earlier this month. The hackers apparently compromised as many as 300 computers linked to the games. Source: infosecurity-magazine.com

4. Cyber criminals break Amazon Key With the uploading of a video on Twitter, hackers claim to demonstrate how they have found a way to outsmart the intelligent Amazon Key door lock. The smart home solution is designed to allow parcel carriers access to apartments when their owners are out. Source: computerworld.ch

5. Hackers take charge of the treatment of hospital patients Increase in networking, unprotected medical devices and outdated IT make hospitals vulnerable to cyber-attacks: The “Wanna Cry” attacks, which hit the British NHS hard, might only mark the beginning. Source: NZZ

6. WhatsApp co-founder invests 50 mio. USD into encrypted messaging End-to-end encrypted messaging app Signal has become the security community’s gold standard for surveillance-resistant communications. After years with a non-profit approach, the people behind signal announce the establishment of Signal Foundation and receive 50 mio. USD cash injection from WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton. Source: wired.com

7. Every fourth covers web or mobile camera A recent survey made by Bitkom shows that approximately 25% cover their webcam or smartphone camera in order to prevent spying. According to Bitkom, the concern is valid. If a device is infected with harmful software, its camera can be activated without the user’s knowledge. Source: heise.de

8. Over 50,000 security certificates could be revoked The security community is on alert after Trustico, a reseller of security certificates for server, triggered a revocation requirement for over 50,000 certificates issued by DigiCert. Trustico allegedly proved that at least 23,000 of the certificates in question were compromised by sending DigiCert an email with the unencrypted private keys. Another 27,000 certificates are still suspected to be compromised. Source: heise.de