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June 19, 2019
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The State of New York has passed a revision to its existing laws governing data breach notification requirements and consumer data protection.

The Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security (SHIELD) Act updates security laws to broaden the definition of data breaches and create higher standards for businesses handling the personal data of customers. The legislation was...

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June 17, 2019
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A deepfake account with possible connections to foreign espionage activity has been identified on LinkedIn.

“Katie Jones” purported to be a senior researcher for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Her well-connected profile on the professional social media site seemed legitimate, with connections that included a deputy assistant secretary of state and economist Paul Winfree, currently being considered for a seat on the Federal Reserve.

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June 13, 2019
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Online invitation service Evite notified users about a data breach of user data that included names, usernames, email addresses, passwords, and mailing addresses.

The company disclosed the breach following the release of the affected data on the dark web. A hacker claimed to have access to 10 million user accounts. 

“We became aware of a data security incident involving potential unauthorized access to our systems in April 2019. We engaged one of...

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June 11, 2019
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Maine has passed a bill prohibiting ISPs from using and selling the data of internet users within the state.

The Act to Protect the Privacy of Online Consumer Information is closely modeled on an Obama era FCC rule that prohibits internet service providers from collecting information on their customers. The rule was revoked in 2017.

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June 5, 2019
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Online activity by Russian trolls in the lead-up to the 2016 election was significantly more widespread than initially estimated, cybersecurity firm Symantec concluded.

Symantec announced their findings following the analysis of a dataset released by Twitter in October 2018. The data, consisting of 3,900 accounts and 10 million tweets linked to a Russian company known as the Internet...

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June 4, 2019
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At least 11 million public and private photographs were found on an unsecured database connected to an online photo sharing service.

Researchers from VPNMentor discovered an online database that they traced back to Theta360, a photo service specializing in panoramic photos taken with Ricoh-brand cameras. The unsecured data contained photographs, usernames, full names, and photo captions, including those marked by users...

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May 24, 2019
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Google announced a glitch that stored unencrypted passwords belonging to several business customers, a situation that had been exploitable since 2005.

In a blog post released this week, the company admitted the passwords of “some” of its G Suite customers had been stored on internal servers without cryptographic protection, also known as a hash.

“This issue has...

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May 21, 2019
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A leaked database has compromised the personal information of more than 49 million Instagram users, including celebrities and “influencers.”

The information was found on an unsecured database hosted on an Amazon cloud server and includes public-facing information from Instagram accounts as well as personal details, including email addresses and phone numbers. Techcrunch, the website that initially broke the story, traced the database back to Chtrbox, a social media marketing firm...

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May 17, 2019
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WhatsApp disclosed a major security vulnerability that allowed hackers to remotely install spyware on mobile devices.

The vulnerability, discovered earlier this month, allowed third parties to see and intercept encrypted communications. The spyware deployed has been traced back to NSO Group, an Israeli cyber company alleged to have ...

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May 15, 2019
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The U.S. Department of Justice announced that it has arrested and charged members of a major cybercriminal ring in connection with $2.4 million worth of wire fraud and identity theft.

The hacking group, called “The Community” primarily used social engineering (trickery) and SIM card hijacking to steal funds and cryptocurrency from their victims.

SIM swapping or hijacking is an attack that often...

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