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February 8, 2019
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The Chinese government-linked hacking group APT10 is continuing its campaign against US and European businesses with increasingly sophisticated tactics and strategies, warn officials from the Department of Homeland Security.

The group is thought to be responsible for recent cyber-espionage campaigns against a U.S. law firm, an international apparel company, and...

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February 7, 2019
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A recent leak compromised the personal data of all 4,557 active students at the California State Polytechnic University Science School.

This was not a case of hackers gaining access through illicit means or an accidental exposure of an unsecured database. The data was inadvertently sent in a spreadsheet as an email attachment by a university employee. It included names, home and email addresses, gender, ethnicity, as well as academic performance.

“It was somebody making an...

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February 5, 2019
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This Valentine’s Day, you may be looking forward to hearts and flowers from a new love interest or a long-awaited date with your spouse. You certainly won’t expect someone you care about committing fraud using your identity.

Unfortunately, familiar fraud is all too common. More than 1 million children experience identity theft annually, and two-thirds know the perpetrators.[1] Seniors, college students, spouses, significant others and online daters are...

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February 1, 2019
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Facebook knowingly misled children into spending money to play games on its ad platform, according to a set of unsealed court documents reported by Reveal News.

The documents revealed that Facebook allowed, and in some cases encouraged, developers for online games like Angry Birds and Petville to charge children on their parents’ credit cards, a practice the...

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January 30, 2019
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The recent data leak of the Oklahoma Security Commission that compromised 17 years’ worth of FBI investigations, the NGO leak of 4 million internship applications, and the...

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January 28, 2019
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It’s Data Privacy Day, so here are a few quick and easy data privacy related activities you can do to protect your identity and finances:

Check your privacy settings on social media: Between Cambridge Analytica, Google +, and many other social... Read More
January 28, 2019
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Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, is the go-to story for Data Privacy Day with its new “user-friendly” tool called Replica, which allows city planners see “how, when, and where people travel in urban areas.”

The Intercept’s explainer details a troubling use of consumer data. “Thanks for all you do,” could be Replica initiative’s tagline, since it seems...

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January 25, 2019
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Trojan horse-based malware attacks and spyware rose sharply in 2018 as ransomware-based attacks declined, according to a new report published by Malwarebytes.

One of the larger threats outlined in the report was the Emotet Trojan, a sophisticated malware program capable of data theft, network monitoring, and propagating itself onto other vulnerable systems, and...

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January 24, 2019
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The personal data of 4 million applicants for internships at a non-profit organization was exposed in a breach.

The data included the applicants’ names, email addresses, gender, and personal essays and was exposed via a misconfigured database called Elasticsearch on the website of AIESEC, a “youth-run” non-governmental organization with over 100,000- members worldwide. The data leak was initially found by Bob Diachenko of SecurityDiscovery.com on Shodan, an IoT-...

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January 23, 2019
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A Google offshoot is trying to teach people to be more circumspect about phishing attempts.

Jigsaw, an incubator owned by Google parent company Alphabet, has released an online quiz that displays examples of phishing emails side by side with legitimate ones and asks users to guess which is which. The quiz uses real-world phishing campaigns, including the Russian hack that gained access to the email account of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager....

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