Google News Lab lecture with Marek Miller – Fake News Debunking

Today I was in a fascinating lecture. The Lithuanian Journalism Center organized the talk conducted by Marek Miller, a journalist, and member of the Google News Lab team. Google News Lab is a part of Google News Initiative project. The primary purpose is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs and help them to drive innovation in news.

The topic of this lecture “Fact checking options and tools.” Marek Miller introduced methods and tools for journalists to identify fake news. I’m not a journalist, but the topic of the lecture was very interesting for me because it is partly related to cybersecurity and useful to my Master Thesis I am currently working on.

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Sensitive data theft from Lithuanian plastic surgery clinic

Sensitive data leakage is a significant problem in the modern world. The most commonly stolen data contains personal identification data, logins to electronic banking accounts, etc. But the recent data theft case in Lithuania has caused great public resonance. One of the Lithuanian plastic surgery clinics suffered a hacker attack. Surgery clinic personnel did not detect the attack on time. Data loss discovered when hackers posted a part of the stolen data on the Darknet site.

It appears that hackers managed to download the whole database with personal data of all clinic clients. More than twenty-four thousand customers listed in this database. The database includes names, surnames, personal identification numbers, phone numbers, addresses, emails, all plastic surgery, and medical data. Moreover, the database contains all photos made before and after plastic surgeries. It made this security breach way more dramatic.

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