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October 8, 2018
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Google announced that it will be shutting down consumer use of the long-ailing social platform Google+ after it was revealed that a security bug dating back more than six months was not disclosed by the company.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google may have opted not to disclose the bug at least in part to avoid regulatory scrutiny, though the platform,...

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October 5, 2018
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A China-linked hacking group is currently on the attack, targeting cloud service providers and managed service providers (MSP) in the U.S., warned the U.S. government and multiple cybersecurity firms.

The hacking group, known as Cloudhopper, APT10 and Red Leaves, has in the past focused, primarily but not exclusively, on theft of intellectual property and cyber espionage operations targeting high-tech industries including telecommunications and manufacturing....

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October 4, 2018
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Apple’s iOS 12 update includes a workaround that can allow a hacker to access a device’s photos and contacts without having the passcode to unlock it.

It does not, however, allow unauthorized users full access to the device, and executing the workaround isn’t exactly an easy thing to do. Security research Jose Rodriguez recently posted a Youtube video showing how to exploit a bug in Siri, the iPhone’s voice assistant with a relatively convoluted ...

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October 1, 2018
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West Virginia has released a mobile app for voting in the 2018 midterm elections in a limited number of counties. The app utilizes blockchain technology and multifactor authentication, and it is primarily intended to enable military members living abroad the opportunity to cast a ballot.

Advocates for the technology extoll the ability for overseas voters to have a more reliable means of voting. West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner has been pushing for the...

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September 20, 2018
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An email server containing “sensitive but unclassified” data belonging to the State Department was breached, the government agency announced earlier this month. The information included personally identifiable information of an undisclosed number of employees who have since been notified.

While the breach itself is relatively minor, it highlights the relative lack of progress made by the department to enact more rigorous security measures, despite repeated hack...

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September 19, 2018
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Email systems used by some county election officials lack rudimentary security settings and are vulnerable to hacking, according to a recent survey conducted by the nonprofit investigative newsroom, ProPublica.

Propublica’s findings include eleven offices protected by only a login and password. Election security best practices suggest 2-Factor authentication for sensitive...

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September 17, 2018
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New Mexico’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against a popular children’s app developer as well as Google and Twitter’s online ad platforms for allegedly violating the privacy of children under the age of 13, the New York Times has reported.

The app named in the lawsuit, Fun Kid Racing and its developer, Tiny Lab Productions, are accused of sharing the data of children with five separate online advertising companies. If proven in court, this would mean a violation of COPPA (...

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September 13, 2018
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Drastic times call for drastic measures, and it seems like EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker feels we’ve entered the dire zone when it comes to extremist content. He’s called for a fine penalizing websites that allow extremist content on their platforms for longer than an hour.

In an annual State of the Union address, Juncker indicated that too little had been done in the three months internet firms had been given to remove radical posts in a timely way. The proposed fine...

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September 12, 2018
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The Government Accountability Office released a report detailing last year’s massive Equifax data breach and how hackers were able to infiltrate the company’s systems to gain access to the personal information of at least 145.5 million individuals.

According to the report, the hackers took advantage of a recently announced vulnerability in a web server technology called Apache Struts, which Equifax failed to patch or address and that left their systems vulnerable for weeks...

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September 10, 2018
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Only 34.5 % of the approximately 500 professionals responsible for compliance to the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) report maintaining practices that are in keeping with the regulation, a recent Deloitte poll.

According to the poll...

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