Telex: EU accuses Russia of crippling its satellites, Cybercrime cost over $6 trillion, Clearview AI stops selling its facial recognition technology to the US

– The EU accuses Russia of having paralyzed its satellites. To prepare for the invasion of Ukraine, Russia carried out cyberattacks in order to disrupt the activity of the European telecommunications satellites KA-SAT, operated by the American Viasat. “The cyberattack took place an hour before Russia’s unprovoked and unwarranted invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, facilitating military aggression. This cyberattack had a significant impact causing interruptions and disruptions in communication with several public entities, companies and users in Ukraine, and affected several EU member states,” says a CP. These attacks notably blocked the functioning of the Internet services of the operators Nordnet (Orange) and Bigblu (Eutelsat).

– Cybercrime cost more than $6 trillion in 2021. As the Cybertech Europe 2022 event is currently taking place in Rome, Alessandro Profumo, CEO of aircraft manufacturer Leonardo, said that “in 2021 the total cost of cybercrime exceeded $6 trillion. A fifth of these attacks targeted Europe”. It is based in particular on figures from the Italian Association for Computer Security (Clusit). Faced with the lack of cyber experts (estimated at more than 200,000 in Europe) and the lack of coordination at European level, the way is clear for cybercriminals. The war in Ukraine has also amplified the number of attacks as well as their intensity. The IMF has spoken out on this subject, raising several fears about possible attacks on financial systems and their negative impact on global financial stability.

– Clearview AI stops selling its facial recognition technology in the US. Following an agreement reached with a federal court in Illinois, Clearview AI must stop licensing its facial recognition technology to American companies. In 2020, the company was pilloried after its database of billions of faces extracted from social media was hacked. The American Civil Liberties Union had filed a lawsuit against Clearview AI, arguing that all of these images were used without consent, in violation of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act. Clearview AI customers include the Chicago Police Department and the State of Illinois.

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