22 Aug 2019

Companies Act to Defend Privacy of Kazakhstanis

Google and Mozilla this week took steps to undermine the efforts of the Kazakhstan government to intercept all HTTPS traffic within its borders. Kazakhstan started the practice last month. A report by Censored Planet found evidence that the government was ordering local Internet providers to enforce the installation of a

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20 Aug 2019

Organizations Expose Sensitive Data via Malware Analysis Sandboxes

Companies are leaking data by uploading sensitive files to online malware analysis sandboxes that verify if the documents are safe, but may also make them publicly accessible, a recent Cyjax study found. Researchers scrutinized three popular online malware analysis solutions, all of which let users access certain files that were

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19 Aug 2019

Trump Administration Moves To Reauthorize NSA’s Controversial Spying Program

Privacy advocates are sounding the alarm over a move by the Trump administration to reauthorize a highly controversial National Security Agency (NSA) program for collecting domestic calls and text messages. The program was established in 2001 under the Patriot Act to collect metadata on electric communications that could in theory

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19 Aug 2019

Kaspersky Antivirus flaw leaves millions open to online hack

A flaw in Kaspersky Antivirus put millions of users at risk by making it possible for websites to track the online activity of users without their consent, a security journalist has discovered. The software contained a module that injected JavaScript code onto web pages visited by Kaspersky users. The code

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14 Aug 2019

Facebook Paid Contractors to Transcribe Users’ Audio Chats

Facebook let hundreds of third-party contractors listen to snippets of user recordings, various insiders have said. The contractors were told to transcribe users’ conversations, but did not learn the purpose of their work nor how Facebook obtained the audio recordings. Last month, whistleblowers revealed similar practices at Apple and Google.

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13 Aug 2019

FBI proposal outlines plans for large scale collection of social media data

A new report by the Wall Street Journal indicates that plans by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to increase its monitoring of social media platforms in order to better anticipate and detect threats, may conflict with the privacy policies of Facebook and “possibly its attempts to comply with

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13 Aug 2019

4 Dating Apps Pinpoint Users’ Precise Locations – and Leak the Data

Researchers with Pen Test Partners have discovered that four popular dating apps with a total of 10 million users leak location data that can be used to track people almost in real-time. The researchers have developed a tool that combines location information from Grindr, Romeo, Recon and 3fun, and uses

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06 Aug 2019

There is widespread business confusion and ignorance about the upcoming CCPA regulation

A new ESET survey reveals that the vast majority of businesses are still completely unprepared for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which goes into effect on the first day of 2020. While a mere 11.8% of organizations know whether or not the CCPA affects them,  44.2% of businesses aren’t

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30 Jul 2019

Apple contractors ‘regularly hear confidential details’ on Siri recordings

Apple lets contractors listen to “a small portion of Siri requests” in order to “improve Siri and dictation,” the company acknowledged after a whistleblower working for the tech giant reported that Apple contractors routinely hear highly sensitive information that was accidentally recorded by the digital assistant. While Siri should only

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25 Jul 2019

Facebook Set For Major Privacy Overhaul Following Fine

Facebook has pledged to take a wholly different approach to security and privacy following the record $5 billion fine the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently imposed on the tech giant for violating the privacy of users in the context of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. While privacy advocates have expressed doubt

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