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DHS-Funded Researchers Say They've Found Security Flaws in Phones With All Major Carriers DHS-Funded Researchers Say They've Found Security Flaws in Phones With All Major Carriers

Department of Homeland Security-funded research by Virginia-based security firm Kryptowire has allegedly discovered major security flaws in numerous phones, according to a report on cybersecurity site Fifth Domain.

Judge Rules Discord Must Turn Over Account Data of Neo-Nazis in Charlottesville Planning Server Judge Rules Discord Must Turn Over Account Data of Neo-Nazis in Charlottesville Planning Server

A subpoena against chat service Discord could reveal the identities of many of the neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other far-right organizers involved in the planning of the disastrous 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville that resulted in widespread violence, three deaths, and scores of injuries.

Facebook: Hey Can We Pretty Please Maybe Have Lots of Your Banking Information Too? Facebook: Hey Can We Pretty Please Maybe Have Lots of Your Banking Information Too?

Facebook is looking to gobble up users’ financial information, including such tidbits as “card transactions and checking-account balances,” as part of its relentless effort to swallow up yet more of the web, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Lawsuit: Sweeping Biometric Data Collection Keeps Immigrant Children Locked Up Longer Lawsuit: Sweeping Biometric Data Collection Keeps Immigrant Children Locked Up Longer

A class-action lawsuit filed against several U.S. government officials claims a newly updated policy expanding the collection of biometric and biographical data is unjustly resulting in the prolonged imprisonment of unaccompanied immigrant children and potentially aiding immigration enforcement agencies in the capture…

Facebook Starts Showing You How Much Time You Waste on Facebook Facebook Starts Showing You How Much Time You Waste on Facebook

Facebook is finally releasing its time-management feature, which will definitely not make you feel bad about yourself.

Report: The SamSam Ransomware Has Extorted $5.9 Million, and One Person Might Be Behind It Report: The SamSam Ransomware Has Extorted $5.9 Million, and One Person Might Be Behind It

A recent review by UK cybersecurity firm Sophos in partnership with cryptocurrency firm Neutrino has concluded that the crew—or possibly one extremely proficient black hat hacker—behind the SamSam ransomware attacks have rolled in at least $5.9 million in ransom payments, according to BleepingComputer.

U.S. Lawmakers Call for Investigation Into Use and Abuse of Face Recognition Tech U.S. Lawmakers Call for Investigation Into Use and Abuse of Face Recognition Tech

Less than a week after a damaging report exposed substantial flaws in facial recognition technology marketed to law enforcement by Amazon, five Democratic lawmakers are calling for an investigation into the commercial and government use, and potential abuse, of the technology.

Canadian Malls Secretly Tracked Shoppers' Age, Gender Using Facial Recognition Technology Canadian Malls Secretly Tracked Shoppers' Age, Gender Using Facial Recognition Technology

Shoppers at the Chinook Centre, a mall in Calgary, Canada, have been unwittingly scanned by face recognition software.

Outbound Facebook Infosec Chief Alex Stamos Wrote a Note to Staff Urging Major Reforms Outbound Facebook Infosec Chief Alex Stamos Wrote a Note to Staff Urging Major Reforms

Facebook’s departing chief information security officer Alex Stamos, whose upcoming exit has been known for months, wrote a note to staff in March amid the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal urging them to reconsider the site’s approach to privacy, BuzzFeed News reported on Tuesday.

Great, Now Facebook Is Investigating Potential Data Misuse by Something Called 'Crimson Hexagon'  Great, Now Facebook Is Investigating Potential Data Misuse by Something Called 'Crimson Hexagon' 

Facebook may have stumbled through its Cambridge Analytica user privacy scandal largely unscathed so far—the yet-to-be-determined outcome of four separate federal investigations notwithstanding—but its pivot to publicly talking a big game on cracking down on data misuse continues.

Hack Can Turn Robotic Vacuum Into Creepy Rolling Surveillance Machine Hack Can Turn Robotic Vacuum Into Creepy Rolling Surveillance Machine

Buying a robotic vacuum cleaner probably sounds like a great idea. Who the hell likes to vacuum? But if it was marketed as an internet-connected device with a microphone and camera that wanders your house at all hours of the day, you should probably skip out.

It's Time to Pretend We're Shocked by Yet Another Voter File Data Breach It's Time to Pretend We're Shocked by Yet Another Voter File Data Breach

A security researcher has, yet again, discovered thousands of U.S. voter files with a minimal amount of effort. Given that over the past year virtually every registered U.S. voter has been exposed by one data breach or another, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to feign our surprise.

Florida Man Jailed for Failing to Unlock His Phone Florida Man Jailed for Failing to Unlock His Phone

What started as a routine traffic stop has quickly escalated into a civil rights case in a Florida courtroom after a man was put behind bars this week for failing to unlock his phone.

Should Your Family Be Able to Inherit Your Facebook Messages? Should Your Family Be Able to Inherit Your Facebook Messages?

This week, a German federal court ruled that Facebook must give the mother of a dead 15-year-old access to her entire account. They’re not just talking about access to a memorial page, either. The mother gets access to everything, including private messages. In Germany, the judges decided, heirs should be able to…

Facebook's 'Maximum Penalty' in UK for Cambridge Analytica Is Chump Change Facebook's 'Maximum Penalty' in UK for Cambridge Analytica Is Chump Change

Facebook, the social media giant that recently clocked in at a total valuation of nearly $600 billion, may soon face the maximum penalties UK authorities have available to punish the company for its role in the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal. And—drumroll, please—it’s $664,000.

Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Is a Disaster for Net Neutrality, Great for the NSA Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Is a Disaster for Net Neutrality, Great for the NSA

On Monday night, President Donald Trump announced his second Supreme Court nominee of his term: the DC Court of Appeals’ Judge Brett Kavanaugh. On a range of issues—but particularly net neutrality, the principle that service providers should be required to treat all data on their networks equally—he is likely to be a…

Workout Data From Fitness App Used to Identify Government Spies and Military Personnel Workout Data From Fitness App Used to Identify Government Spies and Military Personnel

In the latest incident of seemingly innocuous data sharing leading to potentially dangerous exposure, the popular fitness app and activity trackers Polar Flow has been revealing the location of military and government personnel working at sensitive locations, according to ZDNet.

Facebook Stock Hits All-Time Record High Despite Ongoing Screw-Ups Facebook Stock Hits All-Time Record High Despite Ongoing Screw-Ups

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the social media giant gave access to the data of up to 87 million users to an app partnered with an ultra-sketchy election data firm, still isn’t totally resolved, with news breaking this week investigators from four agencies are looking into Facebook’s conduct. But…

The DOJ, FBI, SEC, and FTC Are All Now Investigating Facebook's Role in Cambridge Analytica Scandal The DOJ, FBI, SEC, and FTC Are All Now Investigating Facebook's Role in Cambridge Analytica Scandal

The federal investigation into Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal—in which prior versions of Facebook’s advertising API allowed the shady election data firm to partner with an app to harvest data on at least 87 million users without their consent—has expanded to include a multi-agency inquiry into the…

Capital Gazette Shooting Suspect Was IDed Using Controversial Facial Recognition Database Capital Gazette Shooting Suspect Was IDed Using Controversial Facial Recognition Database

Law enforcement officers in Maryland used facial recognition technology to identify the suspected shooter believed to be responsible for killing five staff members and injuring at least two others in the offices of newspaper company Capital Gazette on Thursday.

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