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2018

December 26, 2018
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This midterm election, a steady flow of headlines and heated controversy focused not on political leanings or flipping seats (at least directly), but rather on the security and integrity of the voting process itself.

Russian interference in the 2016 election and increasing awareness of the vulnerability to hackers of virtually any computerized system led to a scramble for U.S. election officials to attempt to secure outdated, unreliable voting information systems and to provide some...

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December 21, 2018
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New Year’s Eve is truly a worldwide celebration associated with hundreds of different cultural traditions. In the U.S., people watch the ball drop in Times Square in New York City. Canadians embrace the winter with ice fishing and polar bear swims. Revelers swing flaming fireballs at Hogmany in Scotland. Romanians dress like bears and dance in the streets. The Germans eat donuts; the French eat crepes, and the Danes smash china for good luck.

No matter what your New Year’s Eve...

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December 19, 2018
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The U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) falls short of critical cybersecurity standards, according to an audit issued by the Department of Defense Inspector General.

The report issued by the Inspector General’s office details several basic lapses in security protocols at five separate locations, including:

A lack of multifactor authentication to access BMDS technical information... Read More
December 18, 2018
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The cyberattack on the Marriott hotel chain that exposed the information of up to 500 million guests was most likely conducted by Chinese state-affiliated hackers, according to a preliminary investigation.

Unnamed government sources for the New York Times and Washington Post familiar with the investigation of the breach have said that the methods utilized by the hackers, as well as the targeted data both suggest that the attacks are linked to the Chinese Ministry of State Security....

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December 17, 2018
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A bug on Facebook gave app developers unauthorized access to the photos of as many as 6.8 million users.

The bug, which affected Facebook’s photo API, was active from September 13 through September 25, when it was discovered by Facebook and fixed. September 25 was coincidentally the same day the company announced a massive security breach...

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December 13, 2018
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A group of fifteen U.S. Senators have introduced a federal privacy bill called the Data Care Act, which has set its sights on the implementation of nationwide privacy standards that would apply to websites, apps, and online content providers. The goal: safeguard consumer data.

“People have a basic expectation that the personal information they provide to websites and apps is well-protected and won’t be used against them,” said Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) who spearheaded the bill. “...

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December 12, 2018
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New York Times report about the ways smartphone apps track users and sell their location data (on a far greater scale than most customers realize) has gotten much deserved attention this week.

One data sample obtained by the Times showed records of a company updating users’ locations up to 14,000 times a day in 2017.

While many users allow location tracking on their mobile...

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December 10, 2018
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Hackers stole tens of millions of dollars from Eastern European banks in a campaign called “DarkVishnya.” The method deployed by the hackers relied on devices connected at the physical location of the targets, rather than attempting to breach networks remotely.

There were several steps to the hack. The first step involved planting in the target banks a device. There types were used: a netbook or equivalent laptop, an inexpensive micro computer favored by hobbyists called a Raspberry...

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December 7, 2018
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A trove of internal communications from senior level Facebook employees were released by a British parliamentary committee earlier this week. The documents were seized in late November, and span a period from 2012 to 2015. The documents were initially sealed in U.S. courts as part of an ongoing lawsuit against the social media giant.

Revelations from the communications include:

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December 5, 2018
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The Mozilla Foundation has released the second installation of *Privacy Not included, the organization’s annual privacy guide to internet-connected gifts. The list was started to promote the idea that privacy and security by design can and should be a major selling point.

Mozilla is the non profit organization behind the popular open source Firefox web browser. It released the guide to educate consumers about privacy and tech, by providing a list of connected...

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