Browser Extensions Siphon Private Data From 4M Users, Then Leak It

Be careful around shady browser extensions. They might be collecting and leaking your most private data. Eight browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox were recently shut down after a security researcher uncovered how they were secretly sending users’ private data to a marketing intelligence firm. The data collected is pretty disturbing. The extensions were able to read and copy shareable web links from users’ browser sessions, including reports to people’s…

July 19, 2019
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Why Google Can’t Solve the Privacy Paradox

Android is a mature, extremely functional OS. It’s great. The perennial question for new versions is: What’s next? The task is convincing people they want or need some new design or set of features—and then delivering on those expectations. Recently, for example, Google pushed the narrative that we are spending too much time on our phones. And the next version of Android included excellent Digital Wellbeing features, which might actually…

July 19, 2019
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Instagram to Send Warnings Before Disabling Your Account

Are you behaving badly on Instagram, or are objections to your posts unwarranted? Going forward, the Facebook-owned app will provide warnings about impending account bans and give you a chance to appeal photo deletions. A policy update means Instagram will notify people when their accounts are on the verge of being banned, according to a company blog post. It’s also tweaking the way it decides to disable an account. “Under…

July 18, 2019
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UK MPs Call for End to Government Facial-Recognition Trials

The UK’s House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee has called for the police and other authorities to halt facial-recognition trials due to concerns over the technology’s accuracy and inherent bias. “There is growing evidence from respected, independent bodies that the ‘regulatory [gap]’ surrounding the use of automatic facial recognition has called the legal basis of the trials into question. The Government, however, seems to not realize or to concede…

July 18, 2019
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Email Scammers Are Earning $300M/Month in US

If you’ve ever wondered why online scams continue to appear in the news, it’s because they are so lucrative. How lucrative? Over $300 million is being earned every month in the US alone by email scammers. As The Register reports, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), is a department of the US Treasury focused on safegurading the financial system from illicit use, combating money laundering, and promoting national security using…

July 18, 2019
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Data of Nearly All Bulgarians Stolen in Cyberattack

The data of 5 million Bulgarians has been compromised after a major cyberattack on the National Revenue Agency (NRA), the country’s tax reporting service. According to Capital, a weekly newspaper in Bulgaria, 57 folders were sent to the country’s media on Monday. That information contained over a million rows of PINs, names, addresses, and earnings, including that of several Capital journalists and Bulgaria’s finance minister. There’s also a folder containing…

July 17, 2019
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Thiel Accuses Google of Being Infiltrated by Chinese Intelligence

Mike Pence, Donald Trump, and Peter Thiel in Dec. 2016 (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel used an appearance at the National Conservatism Conference to accuse Google of treason and suggest that the firm is aiding the Chinese military. The proclamation caught the attention of President Trump, who vowed on Twitter to “take a look.” Thiel took issue with Google’s decision not to work with the…

July 16, 2019
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Instagram Flaw Could’ve Let Hackers Break Into Your Account

A security researcher uncovered a bug in Instagram’s account recovery process that could’ve been used to break into people’s accounts. Researcher Laxman Muthiyah found the bug while investigating how the social media app lets you regain access to your account in the event that you’ve forgotten your password. To prove your identity, Instagram can send a six-digit random code to your smartphone via SMS message. You’ll then be asked to…

July 16, 2019
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UK Police Need to Put the Brakes on Facial Recognition

Britain has a close relationship with security cameras. London alone has one of the highest ratios of surveillance cameras per citizen in the developed world. Estimates from 2002 put the number of surveillance cameras in Greater London at more than 500,000; around 110 are used by the City of London Police, according to data obtained through a 2018 Freedom of Information request. Being recorded apparently is not enough; London’s Metropolitan…

July 13, 2019
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Ransomware Attackers Demand $2 Million From NYC College

(ROB ENGELAAR/AFP/Getty Images) A New York City-based college has been hit with a ransomware attack, and hackers are demanding the school pay roughly $2 million in bitcoin to free the infected computers. The attack struck Monroe College on Wednesday morning, causing its main website and email system to go down, according to The New York Daily News. It’s unknown which ransomware strain struck the college or how the attack was…

July 12, 2019
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