21 Feb 2020

Over 2000 UK Government Devices Go Missing in a Year

According to new data published by the Freedom of Information (FOI), over 2,000 mobile devices used by UK government employees have gone missing over the past year. The organization also claimed that a significant number of the devices were unencrypted. Between the period of June 1, 2018, and June 1,

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21 Feb 2020

New Mexico Sues Google for Mining Children’s Data

The state of New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against tech giant Google for allegedly using its Google for Education platform to harvest private data from students under the age of 13. The program includes free Google Chromebooks and access to the G Suite for Education service, offering students access

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28 Jan 2020

FBI Releases Alert on Iranian Hackers’ Defacement Techniques

A flash security alert was issued by the FBI’s Cyber Division earlier this month, including an indication of compromise from recent defacement attacks perpetrated by Iranian threat actors. The Cybersecurity and Information Security Agency (CISA) also published an alert on the same day to provide information on safeguarding websites from

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27 Jan 2020

Privacy Firm Finds Unsecured Cannabis Patient Information

An internet privacy firm, vpnMentor, claims it was able to access private personal information of more than 30,000 medical marijuana patients, recreational pot customers and dispensary employees spanning several states. The company stated that they were searching for unsecured data online. The database has since been secured. VpnMentor published a

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24 Jan 2020

Google: Flaws in Apple’s Private-Browsing Technology Allow for Third-Party Tracking

Apple designed technology to keep its customers safe and prevent them from being tracked when they search the web, but according to Google researchers, the preventative technology is riddled with security flaws. Google researchers found that Safari’s Intelligent Tracking Program allows third parties to track people’s browsing behavior. The Financial

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22 Jan 2020

Biometric ID a worry but still acceptable to Australians

A newly published report released by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) investigated Australians’ opinions on the use of biometric technologies to confirm their identity. The research concluded that the vast majority of Australians are concerned about their privacy and the storage of their biometric data. 83% of those surveyed

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15 Jan 2020

Study says Grindr, OkCupid, and Tinder breach GDPR

A recent study reported that dating apps such as Grindr, OkCupid, and Tiner are spreading user information including sexual preferences, behavioral data, and precise location to advertising companies. These methods of advertising may violate privacy laws, according to the Norweigan Consumer Council. The Council found that the apps shared personal

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08 Jan 2020

UK Man Jailed for Using RAT to Spy on Women

A UK man named Scott Cowley was sentenced to jail in Liverpool Crown Court earlier this week after pleading guilty to violating the UK Computer Misuse Act and Sexual Offences Act. Cowley used a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) to spy on various women via their webcams. RAT, notorious for its

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19 Dec 2019

Lawmakers Demand Answers on Facial Recognition Deployments in Public Housing

On Wednesday, eight Democratic lawmakers pressed the Housing and Urban Development Department to publicly address concerns on the use of facial recognition technology on federally assisted housing facilities. The lawmakers called on the department to review its policies, claiming the current policies may violate fundamental privacy and civil liberty rights.

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17 Dec 2019

Hackers Could Use Smart Displays to Spy on Meetings

Security firm Forescout discovered that touchscreen smart TVs from DTEN contain recently-exposed flaws that leave them susceptible to hackers. The vulnerability lies within the popular conferencing service Zoom, and hackers could compromise the service to bug conference rooms and lift video footage or notes written on the digital whiteboard feature.

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