Data Security

Facebook proactively searching for compromised user data

Facebook proactively searching for compromised user data

We see it a lot lately — some hacker makes a big data grab, then dumps the info in a dark corner of the web. The most recent victim of polarizing headlines about compromised data has been Dropbox. While claiming the username/password combinations taken were dated, they still faced a lot of furrowed brows at the data grab. Securing your own servers is a smart measure, but Facebook — perhaps the biggest data fish in the sea — is taking it a step further, and has taken to hunting in the deep waters.

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Whisper lashes out over “vicious lies” about user tracking

Whisper lashes out over “vicious lies” about user tracking

With every information breach that happens involving government surveillance, one thing become increasingly clear: privacy is often an illusion, at least when it comes to your digital life. Whisper is one app that operates under that privacy illusion, at least according to The Guardian, which posted a large piece today calling out the company for what it says are numerous privacy violations, including handing information over to the government and tracking some users. Now Whisper has fired back, lashing out at The Guardian and calling the claims "vicious lies".

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Google researchers discover SSL 3.0 bug

Google researchers discover SSL 3.0 bug

We've heard about a lot of bugs this year, not the least of which being the recent "Shellshock" bug. Now Google researchers have discovered a bug in SSL 3.0 that could allow hackers to nab user data. The discovery was detailed today in a report published by the team, which says they were able to breach the protocol using what they call a "POODLE" attack -- Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption attack. With this, they have recommended that SSL 3.0 be disabled to mitigate the problem.

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Millions of Dropbox credentials hacked from 3rd party services [UPDATE]

Millions of Dropbox credentials hacked from 3rd party services [UPDATE]

Just when you though Dropbox was in the clear, a storm suddenly rises to dump a rain of worries on the service's millions of users. As much as 7 million usernames and their corresponding passwords have reportedly been accessed, with a few of them "teased" with a pastebin posting. This incident comes shortly on the heels of yesterday's revelation of a bug in Dropbox's desktop client that lead to some data loss. Considering passwords are involved, this new development, however, has more frightening consequences.

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Kmart registers hacked, customers’ credit & debit cards numbers stolen

Kmart registers hacked, customers’ credit & debit cards numbers stolen

Retail chain Kmart has just announced that its in-store payment systems have been compromised for over a month now, and there is a strong chance that customers' credit and debit card numbers have been compromised. Details are still scarce at this point, but it is clear that Kmart joins recent retail victims Target and Home Depot in having their registers affected by malware.

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Blackphone is working on a secure tablet

Blackphone is working on a secure tablet

The world has turned its attention towards the issue of privacy in the digital age, particularly one where the government is known to spy on data through all sorts of insidious and legally dubious means. That reality has prompted many different products tailored towards keeping private data away from prying eyes: encrypted messaging platforms, locked down email services, and, of course, the Blackphone. The folks behind the latter device have revealed to CNBC that a tablet is now in the works.

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Panel says NSA surveillance is a threat to the Internet’s survival

Panel says NSA surveillance is a threat to the Internet’s survival

Imagine a future where a single unified Internet no longer exists, instead being replaced by locked down local versions that exist, primarily, to keep prying eyes away from data that is private. Such is one possibility posed by current government Internet surveillance, largely resting on the NSA's shoulders, according to a panel that recently gathered to discuss the issue. Senator Ron Wyden set up the discussion panel, and many big-name individuals from within the tech industry took part, including Google's Eric Schmidt and Microsoft's General Counsel Brad Smith. The topic is a serious one, and dire warnings were given.

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The Egg wants to be your personal portable web server

The Egg wants to be your personal portable web server

The folks behind the company Eggcyte are concerned about your privacy, and want to help you maintain it using a different method than most: with a portable personal web server called The Egg. Dubbed such due to its egg-like design, The Egg gives users their own Egg website where they can provide content for others to see and enjoy, sans having to upload to a social network or cloud service. Eggcyte says all of one's personal content and site details are contained with the Egg.

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USB vulnerability “fix” includes using epoxy

USB vulnerability “fix” includes using epoxy

The BadUSB vulnerability first detailed at Black Hat was just recently released to the public after a couple hackers reverse-engineered it and published on Github. That move was believed to be necessary for prodding manufacturers to come up with a solution, but it had the added effect of leaving USB users vulnerable. A patch will be difficult, it is believed, but until then a "fix" for the issue has been published that doesn't so much solve the vulnerability as it does remove certain avenues for infiltration.

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AT&T employee illegally accessed private customer data

AT&T employee illegally accessed private customer data

AT&T has just acknowledge that it had a data leak, but unlike most security breaches, this one happened from within its own ranks. In a letter to affected customers, the US carrier informed them that an employee violated the company's strict privacy and security guidelines and obtained customer account information, which unfortunately includes social security and driver's license numbers.

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