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MetroPCS website gave hackers easy access to 10 million subscribers’ data

MetroPCS website gave hackers easy access to 10 million subscribers’ data

It seems that poor security and engineering behind the website of US carrier MetroPCS would've allowed hackers to make off with the personal data of over 10 million subscribers. At least, until it was fixed just earlier this month. In a new report from Motherboard, it was revealed that a pair of security researchers discovered a bug in the MetroPCS website that left data including customer's addresses and their phone's serial number exposed to cybercriminals.

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Reddit banned in Turkey under internet censorship law

Reddit banned in Turkey under internet censorship law

The Turkish government seems to be continuing it crusade against internet platforms that enable the public to freely communicate, with the latest victim being Reddit. The entire site has been blocked in the country, with officials saying it violates Internet Law 5651, and users losing access sometime late Friday night. The law allows the government to ban websites found hosting "scandalous" content, including piracy, drugs, adult material, or criticism of Mustafa Ataturk, the nation's first president. However, it's not hard to imagine the law being used to censor criticism and free speech.

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Report: Facebook AI could alert parents when sharing kid pics

Report: Facebook AI could alert parents when sharing kid pics

Facebook could be working on a feature that would alert parents when they share a photo of their children on the social network. The feature seems to be geared toward safety, making parents aware, when applicable, that anyone can see the shared images of their children. This is part of Facebook’s larger work with deep learning and artificial intelligence, something that has been used to create other photo-centric features.

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Twitter intros ‘ScratchReel’ GIFs that rewind, fast-forward

Twitter intros ‘ScratchReel’ GIFs that rewind, fast-forward

Twitter has introduced, and in a relatively quiet manner, ‘ScratchReel’ GIFs, which are animated GIFs with an unusual feature: you can scrub back and forth through them by swiping your finger (or mouse, for those on desktop). Signs of the GIFs cropped up in recent weeks, likely as part of a test on Twitter's part, but can now be enjoyed by all. The company isn’t particularly vocal about the new feature, but it appears ScratchReel might be made possible thanks to Snappy TV.

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Facebook’s latest report shows jump in government requests

Facebook’s latest report shows jump in government requests

On Wednesday, Facebook released its newest government requests report, revealing an increase in government requests of both the blocking and snitching sort. This latest report spans the first half of 2015, and covers data on both the number of content that governments wanted restricted and how much data requests governments submitted. As well, this report also details any info that can be revealed about National Security Requests received from the US government during that period.

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Reddit ditches shadowbans, intros user profile suspensions

Reddit ditches shadowbans, intros user profile suspensions

Reddit has decided to do away with shadowbans and replace them with suspensions, the company announced this evening. Shadowbans, for those unfamiliar, is a punishment for those who break the rules; users who have been shadowbanned can still post, but only they can see their content. In substitution, Reddit has introduced a new type of account restriction, one that “increase transparency when handling users who violate Reddit’s content policy."

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Torch simplified WiFi router is a tool for parents

Torch simplified WiFi router is a tool for parents

Torch is an elegantly designed Wi-Fi router that aims to keep kids safe online and, subsequently, makes parents lives a little more simple. The router is designed to limit, monitor and otherwise enable parents to better control their kid’s access to the Internet, doing so through the promise of simple interfaces and ample tools. Parents are able to see things like how often a site is visited, recent activity, and more.

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Twitch boosts security with two-factor authentication

Twitch boosts security with two-factor authentication

Twitch is the latest company to give users an extra dose of security by adding two-factor authentication to user accounts. The company made the announcement on Monday, saying the new security feature is offered in partnership with Authy, which delivers push notifications to authorized smartphones rather than text messages, removing some of the hassle that comes with enabling two-factor authentication.

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Touchnote postcard app reveals customer data breach

Touchnote postcard app reveals customer data breach

Touchnote, a fairly popular postcards and greeting cards app, has announced that it suffered a data breach recently. The company made the announcement in a statement this evening, saying hackers made off with customer data, including names, home addresses, and email addresses. An investigation is currently underway; at this point the company is uncertain of how many users were affected.

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Verizon nixes deal with school WiFi program OmniLynx

Verizon nixes deal with school WiFi program OmniLynx

In an unfortunate turn of events, those who receive affordable Internet access through OmniLynx, a Huntsville, Alabama school system effort to provide low-cost WiFi in partnership Verizon, will have their service cut off on November 30. Why? Despite the program having only operated since this past January, Verizon has cancelled the partnership, citing some violation of the terms of agreement.

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Hackers say they’ve breached U.S. arrest records database

Hackers say they’ve breached U.S. arrest records database

The hacking group Crackas With Attitude, which previously infiltrated the personal email of CIA Director John Brennan, says it has breached a law enforcement portal through which one can access tools for law enforcement and arrest records, among other things. The breach is a serious one, and was accomplished via a vulnerability that hasn’t been detailed. One of the breached systems is a database containing U.S. arrest records.

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