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New Campaign Aims To Ban Facebook’s Data Harvesting Practices

A coalition of over 40 organizations is calling for the federal government to shut down the tech giant’s current business model. The campaign, titled “How to Stop Facebook”, was launched Wednesday and aims to pass legislation that would strengthen data privacy protections. Protecting user data is at the heart of the movement, which argues that […]

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Verizon Customers At Risk of Underhanded Text Scam

A new phishing scam, similar to a recent attack that affected T-Mobile, has been sending victims unsolicited texts in order to steal data without them knowing. Verizon subscribers have reported a particular phone number associated with the malicious messages. Users reported the issue on Saturday, October 9th, when recipients received a notification about their bills […]

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Security Issues Found in Visa and Apple Pay

Bugs found in iPhone contactless payment mechanisms could result in fraudulent purchases on your account. Academics from the UK uncovered the technique, whereby attackers could bypass your smartphone’s lock screen to make transactions. According to research, when Visa cards are set up in Express Transit mode in an iPhone wallet, that’s when the vulnerability occurs. […]

New Security Vulnerabilities for iOS and MacOS

The flaws are also present in older devices, including earlier generations of iPhones and iPods. Three exploited zero-day security vulnerabilities were patched via an iOS 12.5.5 update from Apple in recent days. The discovery of the XNU kernel vulnerability was attributed to Google researchers, who likely found the flaw due to the effects it has […]

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Data Liability – Why Old Media May Cost You Thousands

Employees and clients may come and go throughout the lifetime of a business, but that doesn’t mean their data leaves with them. Billing documents, personal health information, and other records need to be kept electronically and digitally to comply with local, state and federal laws. While keeping data is necessary to prevent any legal issues, […]

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Got A COVID-19 Test From Walgreens? Sensitive Data Was Exposed

If you got tested for the coronavirus through the company’s pharmacy, your personal information may have been left unsecured on the web. Patient information such as names, phone numbers, addresses, emails and even positive or negative results were vulnerable to exploitation. Millions of people used Walgreens’ testing services over the course of the pandemic, and […]

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Data of 60 Million Fitness and Health Tracking Records Exposed

An online database left millions of wearable tech users exposed, including those who use Fitbit and Apple’s HealthKit. The records are said to come from GetHealth, a company who’s platform also takes health-related data from places like Misfit Wearables, Microsoft Band, Strava and Google Fit. Sensitive information was included in the data repository, including names, […]

WhatsApp Mods Can Read Your Encrypted Texts Under Special Circumstances

Your WhatsApp conversations may be less private than you think. While the Facebook-owned company states its messages are encrypted with the same encryption protocol as Signal, non-profit company ProPublica says WhatsApp has some practices that make it less secure. If a user reports private messages, images and videos as spam or abusive in nature, the […]

Job Application Software Is Filtering Out Quality Candidates

Workers looking for a new position may be getting snubbed by automated hiring systems. A report from the Harvard Business School suggests that employers who use software that scans resumes for them may inadvertently be turning away qualified candidates. Many individuals are rejected by the software, which is used by 75% of employers in the […]

Frightening Bill Allows Police To Control Devices/Data Without A Warrant

Surveillance is power. A recent bill passed by the Australian government allows local law enforcement access to people’s devices without a judge’s warrant. In particular, the The Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill 2020 gives the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) the following abilities: Data Disruption Warrant: Modification […]