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June 8, 2018
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Facebook’s privacy violations and data leaks at this point are becoming so frequent that the company might want to consider scheduling regular news conferences to discuss the latest and greatest security facepalms.

The latest: Facebook accidentally set the default data sharing settings for 14 million users to “public” for all new posts. In short, what was meant to be posted to a circle of friends was posted to the internet, and the world at large.  

“We recently found a bug...

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June 7, 2018
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Assuming this is not a case where other shoes will be dropping with the thud of carefully manipulated damage control, MyHeritage did everything right.

First, they were urgent. They released news of the event the day they found out that 92,283,889 user email addresses coupled with hashed passwords associated with personal MyHeritage accounts had been found on an outside server. The statement was clear and detailed.

Second, MyHeritage was transparent...

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June 4, 2018
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Another day, another news story about Facebook’s privacy practices.The list of recent stories should be enough to spell the end for most companies, but Facebook abides.

By now you would have to be a monk living in a cave underneath the lost city of Atlantis to have missed the Cambridge Analytica story, wherein Facebook data belonging to 50 million users was used to influence the United States presidential ...

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May 29, 2018
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The FBI has advised owners of internet routers worldwide to reboot their devices in order to disrupt and help better identify a malware-driven botnet called VPNFilter.

"Owners are advised to consider disabling remote management settings on devices and secure with strong passwords and encryption when enabled. Network devices should be upgraded to the latest available versions of firmware," the FBI said in their alert.

VPNFilter is thought to have...

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May 22, 2018
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A ballot initiative was recently proposed in California to give consumers privacy rights similar to those granted by the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. The initiative, called the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, would make it possible for residents of the state to find out how businesses handle their personal data, including...

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May 22, 2018
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The EU’s new data privacy regulation contains many pitfalls. We think you should be most aware of these three.

Enforcement of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation just days away.

You're probably aware of the impact this will have on your company. But has your team fully considered the full scope of the regulation's nuances and devised a plan to come into compliance by May 25, 2018?

That's exactly what we've been doing for our...

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May 18, 2018
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U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Edward Markey (D-MA) have formally requested the FTC to begin an investigation into Google for tracking the location of Android users.

The request follows news originally reported by Quartz, that Google’s location services are actively tracking Android users with a very high degree of detail and sophistication, and the...

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May 16, 2018
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It would be easy to confuse recent news that data belonging to 3 million Facebook users was exposed online with the Cambridge Analytica debacle that involved 87 million users. Both stories have their origin stories among researchers at Cambridge University.

This compromise was unearthed by investigative reporters at New Scientist who found that the data from millions of Facebook users who had used a popular personality app developed by researchers from Cambridge University had been...

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May 11, 2018
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KnowB4’s chief hacking officer Kevin Mitnick released a video that should send shudders down the spine of anyone using 2-factor authentication.

Implementing a standard attack mode, in this case a spoofed invitation to connect from LinkedIn, Mitnick demonstrates how a hacker can bypass the multi-factor authentication bydint of session recording malware.

This hack captures all the information needed for an account takeover: user name, password and the authenticated session cookie...

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May 7, 2018
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Do you? Currently and depending on who is speaking, there are varying and frequently opposing answers – even among experts – leaving consumers grasping for a better understanding of what it means for them. This is a significant problem that creates some serious issues that need to be addressed as an industry. Perhaps a discussion about the current definitions and categorizations doesn’t t go far enough in addressing these issues, but there has to be starting point. It’s a beginning but not...

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