Items tagged with Privacy

Yahoo is the latest major US corporation dealing with the fallout of a data breach that happened two years ago. Some might say that Yahoo's heartburn is well-deserved, though, as the company could have handled things better back in the day, which would have led to a better outcome right now. As we covered on Thursday, Yahoo suffered a major breach back in 2014 that resulted in some 500 million user accounts having their information compromised. However, it's only just recently that users have learned of this, so that's the first major criticism of Yahoo but it goes deeper. Yahoo has said that... Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire whiz kid who created the most popular social networking site on the planet, puts tape on his system's webcams. While that might sound paranoid to some, it's a common privacy measure against hackers who might be trying to spy on you or your company. Zuckerberg is far from alone—James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), uses a piece of tape on his personal laptop's webcam and recommends that everyone else does as well. "There's some sensible things you should be doing, and that's one of them," Comey said during a recent conference at... Read more...
When most people buy a sex toy, they're usually not too overt about it. In fact, the mere thought of someone intercepting that package on your doorstep and noting what might be inside is something that could cause serious embarrassment. Sex is unquestionably one of the most private things to most people, so when one customer found out that a vibrator company was fetching a bit more information than anyone would want exposed, she decided to pursue legal action. The company in question is Canada-based Standard Innovation, and despite its name, its practices seem anything but "standard." The user,... Read more...
Researchers from the Negev Cyber-Security Research Center at Ben-Gurion University recently released a terrifying piece of news. It explains that if a malicious entity decided to craft malware that infected only a few thousand mobile phones, it would be possible to cripple an entire 911 system. That means legitimate calls couldn't make it through, and staffers manning the lines would be inundated with fake calls. The research published last week reveals that in most states, if as few as 6,000 mobile phones were infected with malware that serves no other purpose but... Read more...
In the world of pornography, Brazzers is about as de facto a name as it gets. Even if you don't indulge in what the adult entertainment offers, Brazzers is a recognizable name thanks to the fact that it's become its own meme. But it's hard to tell, just how big is Brazzers? Well, as we now learn, it's big enough to have attracted a staggering 800,000 people to its Web forum. We probably don't need to tell you that traditional forums are less popular than ever, so to have that kind of count in 2016 is quite something. Sadly, we find this out because of yet another breach, with all 800,000 accounts... Read more...
As unfortunate as it is, it's really hard nowadays to be shocked at the thought of someone getting infected with malware, or even a piece of ransomware (which can now even affect Linux). It is still possible to get shocked though, with Betabot proving it for us. This piece of malicious software doesn't just fetch user data from an infected machine, it also infects the machine with ransomware. Oy. Betabot is arguably one of the worst types of malware out there, as it's effective at getting through security protections to find and take financial information, and then lock the machine up type before... Read more...
If you operate a Web server that runs on Linux, we're here to give you a bit of a prod in case you haven't updated it in a while. A piece of ransomware called FairWare is floating around, and as you'll soon see, its name is ironic as it's anything but "fair". Reports are coming in of users who have been struck with this awful type of malware, although it doesn't seem clear at this point exactly how the infection takes place. It's also not clear if this is some sort of automated attack -- one that simply scans the internet at large and infects where it can -- or if the attacks are focused. Either... Read more...
Earlier this week, WhatsApp made the surprising move to begin sharing user information with its parent company, Facebook. WhatsApp's original stated goal was to know “as little about you as possible”, but that mantra seems to have been thrown out the window in an effort to further increases Facebook’s booming mobile ad revenue. WhatsApp didn’t make any qualms about the benefits of such a move, writing on Thursday, “By connecting your phone number with Facebook's systems, Facebook can offer better friend suggestions and show you more relevant ads if you have an account with them. For example, you... Read more...
We hear about hacks and attacks on web services all of the time, and often, there's a big reason behind it. The attackers either want to fetch information for their financial gain, or just to simply cause havoc. In this latest case involving Epic Games' forums, it appears to be the latter. In a new blog post, Epic says that it believes its Unreal Engine and Unreal Tournament forums have been compromised, with the attackers gaining access to email addresses and other information. Fortunately, no passwords were included, whether salted or not. This points to a smart design: while the bulk of the... Read more...
Internet providers are still hashing out issues with the FCC. In particular, Comcast is currently defend its “pay-for-privacy” model to the FCC [PDF]. Comcast has even contended that  “the FCC has no authority to prohibit or limit these types of programs.”So what exactly is the “pay-for-privacy” system? Essentially, companies like Comcast offers discounts to customers in exchange for allowing ISP's to use their data. Comcast then floods these customers with various behaviorally-targeted ads. Customers who prefer privacy over pricing are charged a premium.Several weeks ago a number of lawmakers... Read more...
Law enforcement officials found a way to unlock a murder victim's Samsung Galaxy S6 by using specially printed copies of fingerprints on file from a previous conviction. It wasn't easy thwarting Samsung's biometric security, but with the help of Anil Jain, a professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State University, the detectives assigned to the case were ultimately successful in tricking the phone's fingerprint recognition.It took several tries and pricey equipment for this to work. The detectives brought the phone and a copy of the victim's fingerprints to Jain with the hope... Read more...
If you're a SwiftKey user and have been experiencing some oddities lately: you're not alone. Due to a bug, some SwiftKey users have been receiving some downright bizarre recommendations, including phrases that they never use. Even worse? The software also predicted names and email addresses of other users! Once this discovery was made, the company behind the software took swift (sorry) action to pull some of its services offline; namely, the cloud-related bits. The company says that the vast majority of users were unaffected by this issue, which is a little reassuring as the software has millions... Read more...
So you’ve finally made the decision to upgrade to Windows 10. Congratulations! You put up the good fight and held out for a year, but with the prospects of paying $119 now staring you in the face, there are likely millions of people like you around the globe in the same situation. However, the move to Windows 10 also comes with some words of caution as well. As you might have already heard over the past year, Microsoft ruffled the feathers of users that value their privacy with Windows 10. So, to that end, we have a guide that is dedicated to helping you navigate these murky waters to... Read more...
The Internet is littered with memes describing awkward moments and perhaps now someone will make a new one describing that awkward moment when a service that prides itself on anonymity mistakenly shares your email address without thousands of others. So it goes with Glassdoor, an online portal where employees past and present can leave anonymous reviews of companies.Glassdoor is a popular and handy website for any job seeker considering employment at a particular firm. It's filled with useful information, a lot of it anecdotal in terms of being user reviews, but also what kind of compensation to... Read more...
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