03 May 2021

TurgenSec finds 345,000 files from Filipino solicitor-general’s office were breached

According to UK cybersecurity firm TurgenSec, roughly 345,000 sensitive files from the solicitor-general of the Phillippines have been leaked. Some of the information exposed pertains to ongoing legal cases, threatening the integrity of trials. The breached information was left publicly available, says TurgenSec. When TurgenSec discovered the security incident in

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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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22 Apr 2021

Data Breach at New England’s Largest Energy Provider

On March 16, New England’s largest energy provider, Eversource, discovered that one of its cloud data storage folders was misconfigured, allowing anyone to access the files rather than protecting them. The folder was created in August 2019 and stored information in an unencrypted format, making the data breach a prolonged

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16 Apr 2021

Google backs new security standard for smartphone VPN apps

Google has backed a new IoT security certification designed for mobile apps and VPNs, created by the Internet of Secure Things Alliance (ioXt). The program includes a mobile app profile, which consists of a set of security-related criteria by which apps can be certified for public use. The assessment also

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13 Apr 2021

1.3M Clubhouse Users’ Data Dumped in Hacker Forum for Free

Security researchers have found an SQL file containing the personal data of 1.3 million Clubhouse users available on a hacker forum for free. The information in the file includes names, user IDs, photo URLs, number of followers, dates the accounts were created, profile information, who invited the user to the

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06 Apr 2021

Data of Half a Billion Facebook Users Leaked

Cyber-intelligence agency Hudson Rock discovered a leak in which the personal information of half a billion Facebook users has been leaked online. The information exposed includes phone numbers, locations, birthdates, Facebook IDs, full names, and email addresses. The data was discovered on a website known to be used by hackers.

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05 Apr 2021

Trustwave Uncovers Vulnerability in Popular Website CMS

Cybersecurity firm Trustwave has uncovered a vulnerability in the website CMS, Umbraco. The organization posted about the bug, which is a privilege escalation issue, on their website earlier this week. The flaw allows for low privileged users to elevate themselves to the status of admin and reap associated benefits and

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31 Mar 2021

Intel Sued Under Wiretapping Laws for Tracking User Activity on its Website

A class-action suit in Lake County, Florida, alleges that Intel unlawfully intercepted communications without user consent. The claim is backed by the usage of analytics technology on Intel’s company website. Intel capitalizes on session-replay software to capture the interactions of people visiting the corporate homepage, a violation of user rights.

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31 Mar 2021

New poll shows Facebook’s severe trust problem

A new poll shows that Facebook is experiencing difficulties maintaining user trust. Facebook is often utilized as an echo chamber, a place to spread conspiracies, and a news source for more than half of all adult Americans. However, the Cambridge Analytica scandal has perhaps permanently tainted Americans’ view of Facebook

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24 Mar 2021

Security Analysis Clears TikTok of Censorship, Privacy Accusations

Security researchers at CitizenLab have conducted an extensive research investigation into TikTok’s source code, concluding that the code is in line with industry standards. TikTok has been widely criticized for poor privacy and data-sharing practices, censorship concerns, and national security risks as the app is owned by Chinese tech giant

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