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March 12, 2019
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Citrix, a major network software company, had its internal network compromised by what appears to be an international hacking campaign.

The company was alerted to the cyberattack by the FBI earlier this month.

“While not confirmed, the FBI has advised that the hackers likely used a tactic known as password spraying, a technique that exploits weak passwords. Once they gained a foothold with limited access, they worked to circumvent additional layers of security,” announced...

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March 8, 2019
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The National Security Agency has stopped a controversial domestic surveillance program, according to a senior congressional aide.

The program monitored the metadata of domestic calls in bulk (including dates, locations, times, and parties involved) in an effort to identify potential terrorist activity. While it was implemented by the Bush administration shortly after 9/11, the program continued collecting information over the next eight years, and was renewed by the Obama...

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March 5, 2019
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A newly enacted Vermont law offers a glimpse at companies engaged in the compiling and selling of individual user data.

Under H.764 (Act 171), third-party data brokers (companies with no prior relation or interaction with consumers) are required to register with the state. Other requirements include disclosing whether consumers can opt out from their data collection, if there are any restrictions on how data is...

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March 1, 2019
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The Federal Trade Commission fined the popular social media and video sharing service TikTok a record $5.7 million for illegally collecting the personal data of children under 13.

TikTok, known until recently as Musical.ly, allowed users to upload brief videos of themselves lip-syncing popular songs and boasted at least 65 million users in the United States, a “significant percentage,” according to the FTC ...

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February 27, 2019
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The infrastructure at the core of the internet is vulnerable to attack from state-sponsored hackers, its governing body warned

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), charged with overseeing Domain Name Systems (DNS), published an announcement that companies have moved too slowly to adopt security standards that would have mitigated several recent large-scale cyberattacks.

DNS is the...

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February 25, 2019
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An undisclosed number of TurboTax customer accounts have been compromised in a credential stuffing attack.

“Based on our investigation,” a notice told affected users, “…an unauthorized party may have accessed your account by using your usemame and password combination that was obtained from a non-Intuit source. The unauthorized access occurred [on/from] [date/date range]. By...

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February 21, 2019
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As Brexit looms, the UK and the EU can still agree that Facebook needs to be reined in.

A report published earlier this month by the U.K. Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee likened the social media company to “‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law.” The committee came to the conclusion that Facebook knowingly violated U.K....

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February 18, 2019
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A new report revealed that two federal task forces committed to securing the 2020 elections lost resources and personnel–both budgets drastically reduced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Both task forces were part of the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) and were formed in response to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

“One of the task forces is now half the size it was a few months ago… [t]he other task force also shrank significantly...

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February 18, 2019
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Facebook’s long string of privacy scandals may (finally) have some meaningful repercussions by way of a multi-billion dollar fine from the Federal Trade Commission.

The social media giant has been under investigation by the FTC since March 2018 in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which affected 87 million users and may have been a pivotal influence in the 2016 election...

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February 11, 2019
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A phishing campaign targeting credit unions and other financial institutions recently found its way into the email inboxes of anti-money laundering officers.

Credit unions and banks are both required by the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) to report potential money laundering operations and to dedicate at least two staff members to ensure compliance. The phishing emails seemed to specifically target the accounts of these BSA officers, which raises the concern that a database containing their...

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