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06/15/2022
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A pending privacy bill has data security ramifications. The Belarusian Cyber Partisans are back at it. And a U.S. marshal is in hot water. This is CyberScoop for June 15.

A win for data security

A requirement in privacy legislation up for markup in the House that companies minimize the data they collect could be a good step towards combatting identity fraud, experts say. “Today most identity crimes are fueled by data stolen in breaches,” James Lee, chief operating officer at the Identity Theft Resource Center told CyberScoop. “If you don’t have the data you can’t lose control of it.” Also of interest to security and privacy experts is the legislation's push for companies to be more conscious of baking privacy technologies into their products. “If you have privacy by design, you have better data security already, because then there are more levels of technologies in between, like encryption technologies, that protect users’ data,” said the Future of Privacy Forum's Bertram Lee. Congress has taken a big step towards addressing its decade-long dithering on privacy legislation but with some resistance in the Senate there is more discussion needed before a final vote. Tonya Riley reports.


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Things might get sticky between Belarus and Russia

The Belarusian Cyber Partisans, a hactivist collective bent on taking down Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, announced Tuesday that it had stolen 1.5TB of wiretapped phone calls from the Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs. In a YouTube video posted with the announcement the group played what it says are calls from the Russian embassy and consulate in Minsk, showing that Belarus' public loyalty toward Russia may only go so far. The group said it is not publishing conversations in full and hiding some data about call participants “out of respect for the personal conversations of people who are not connected with the dictatorship in Belarus,” according to a Google translation of the message. AJ Vicens writes.


U.S. marshal charged for improperly using controversial cell phone location tool

A deputy U.S. marshal has been charged with several crimes for illegally obtaining cell phone location information from a controversial law enforcement tool which provides the data. Adrian Pena, 48, of Del Rio, Texas, is accused of using the tool to find the cell phone locations or several personal contacts and then lying about it. Pena allegedly used the law enforcement tool, a service operated by Securus Technologies, to track down the contacts and their spouses after uploading fake documents to justify retrieving the data, prosecutors said. Suzanne Smalley has the story.


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