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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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December 4, 2018
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Email accounts of four top officials at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) were successfully hacked during the 2018 midterm elections.

The NRCC announced the hack on Tuesday through spokesman Ian Prior, and attributed it to “an unknown entity.”

“[U]pon learning about the intrusion, the NRCC immediately launched an internal investigation and notified the FBI, which is now investigating the matter,” said Prior.

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December 3, 2018
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Data 114 million business and individuals has been discovered in an unprotected database. Among the information exposed was the full name, employer, email, address, phone number and IP address of 56,934,021 individuals, and the revenues and employee counts for up to 25 million business entities.

Hackenproof, the Estonian cybersecurity company that found the data trove online, announced their discovery on their ...

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November 30, 2018
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Facebook has shuttered its so-called war room that was created to stop foreign interference in elections, according to a Bloomberg report.

The “room” is a metaphor. The project was comprised of 24 teams totaling 24,000 people, and was originally set up to review activity by foreign entities that tried to distribute misinformation ahead of this year’s U.S....

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November 26, 2018
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The U.K. parliament seized a set of internal documents from Facebook ahead of a major hearing with seven countries scheduled later this week regarding the ongoing, now outlawed, practices of user data by the company.

The documents reportedly feature several confidential emails between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and several senior executives at the company on the topic of privacy and data controls.

The head of a now-defunct software development...

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November 19, 2018
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Microsoft’s flagship Office suite has been gathering user data in violation of the European Union’s GDPR, Dutch regulators have determined.

Telemetry information harvested from versions of Office 2016 and Office 365 (including the web-based version) included content from documents and email subject lines, and was sent without informing or receiving consent from EU-based users to US-based servers. The potential for the collection and storage of confidential data was...

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November 14, 2018
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The still undecided race for governor of Georgia exposed a number of election security vulnerabilities and problems in the state’s election processes, revealing one of the most poorly secured and maintained systems in the country.

As part of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference, Georgia was revealed to be a target. In other news, the state’s entire database of 6.7 million voters was shown by a cybersecurity researcher to be poorly...

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November 7, 2018
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HSBC sent a letter to an unknown number of U.S. customers of the bank on November 2, notifying them that their personal information may have compromised in a data breach. The letter said that online accounts had been accessed by unauthorized users between October 4, 2018 and October 14, 2018.

The letter warned that information breached may include, “full name, mailing address, phone number, email...

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November 5, 2018
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The international soccer league FIFA announced it had been hacked earlier this year and is bracing itself for a potential data breach.

This latest cyber incident marks the second major successful hack on the organization, the first reported in 2017. That attack was attributed to a Russian hacking group alternately called Fancy Bear and APT28.

News of this new hack was made public after FIFA documents were published on a website called...

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