01 Jul 2021

LinkedIn’s 1.2B Data-Scrape Victims Already Being Targeted by Attackers

Just days after LinkedIn was targeted in another data-scraping attack consisting of 700 million LinkedIn profiles, the victims of the attack are being targeted by cybercriminals. The data scraping incident resulted in the trove of information being posted to a popular hacker forum. The vast amount of lifted data is

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29 Jun 2021

Attacks Erase Western Digital Network-Attached Storage Drives

Companies and individuals operating older models of Western Digital network-attached storage (NAS) drives suffered from what appears to be an attack that exploited a 2018 vulnerability. The exploit reset the drives to factory defaults and deleted data, according to customer comments and statements made by the company. Western Digital suspects

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29 Jun 2021

Google Play developer accounts to require 2FA and a physical address

Google is attempting to validate whether app developers are real people by changing the information requirements for people with Play Store developer accounts. Currently, developers simply need to provide an email address and phone number to create an account. Google plans to change the requirements to asking developers whether the

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22 Apr 2021

TikTok Sued Over Use of Minors’ Data

TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, is currently being sued for billions of dollars over allegedly mishandling and using data pertaining to minors. Internal company data from July 2020 found that 18 million of TikTok’s total 800 million worldwide users are aged 14 years or younger. The

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09 Feb 2021

Government Demands for Amazon Data Shot Up 800 Percent in 2020

Earlier this week, Amazon released a transparency report which revealed that government requests for user data increased by 800% between the first and second half of 2020. The company reportedly processed over 3,000 demands within the first six months of 2020 and over 27,000 in the second six months. Nearly

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03 Feb 2021

Singapore passes bill governing police use of contact tracing data

On Tuesday, Singapore passed new legislation that restricts law enforcement’s ability to access Covid-19 contact tracing data after extensive public backlash. The bill, called the Covid-19 Temporary Measures Amendment Bill, was passed under a Certificate of Urgency, which allows the government to speed up the adoption process for legislation considered

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12 Jan 2021

Millions of Social Profiles Leaked by Chinese Data-Scrapers

SocialArks exposed 318 million records from Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn in a misconfig of the cloud. Details for social-media influencers and celebrities from the U.S were among the public and personal profile data exposed. An ElasticSearch database owned by a Chinese social-media company, SocialArks, was misconfigured leading to the leak.

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12 Jan 2021

IoT Vendor Ubiquiti Suffers Data Breach

Internet of Things and Wi-Fi vendor Ubiquiti discovered a breach of one of its systems in the cloud yesterday. THe customers were advised to change their passwords and use multifactor authentication.  There is no evidence of breaching of any databases that contain personal information of users. The data that could

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11 Jan 2021

China brings in new law to fight Trump’s sanctions

China has created new rules that protect many of its companies from “unjustified” US sanctions. Chinese courts have been punishing companies that have complied with the restrictions applied by the United States. The New York Stock Exchange will be removing three Chinese telecommunications firms from an executive order signed by

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15 Jul 2020

This Secret $35 Million FBI Unit Mixes Facial Recognition With Big Data To Investigate America’s Most Horrific Crimes

A previously unknown forensics division within the FBI called the Multimedia Exploitation Unit (MXU) sifts through and analyzes video footage connected to terrorist attacks. This can include CCTV footage, witness video, or social media clips. For example, when the Boston Marathon bombing occurred in 2013, the FBI tasked 120 analysts

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