The dating app Tinder suffered a pretty big vulnerability that left users' precise location open to snoops and other ne'er-do-wells. The issue was discovered by Include Security, which says users' precise location was vulnerable for between 40 and 165 days, unbeknownst to them.
It’s AT&T up next with their transparency report regarding the United States Department of Justice and the amount of demands they’ve been sent over the past year. These demands are of several different varieties, one category for National Security, another for U.S. Criminal & Civil Litigation Demands. While National Security demands are still stuck in the stacks between zero and nine-hundred and ninety-nine, localized crime searching is a bit more specific.
The SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center discovered a worm that affects older Linksys wireless routers after receiving multiple complaints from owners. The ISC, as it is called, published a write up about what it had discovered about the worm called TheMoon, as well as possible models at risk. Linksys has followed up the notification with a confirmation of the issue.
According to US officials that spoke with The Wall Street Journal, South Korea has fallen in line with US requests that sensitive communications be routed to bypass Huawei network equipment. The reason, as with similar movements that have happened elsewhere, revolves around US concern about possible spying.
Edward Snowden's breach of NSA data prompted a sweeping internal investigation into how he managed to pull off his mission. According to an agency memo acquired by the folks at NBC News, Snowden managed to access some of the data in part by stealing one of his coworker's passwords. That coworker has since been stripped of his security clearance and has resigned.
Today is the 11th annual Safer Internet Day, and upon it Microsoft has released its 2013 Computing Safety Index report, which details various means consumers take to stay safe online. Using the data from this latest report, the company has also augmented its Internet safety campaign of sorts called Safer Online, which invites Internet goers to hop on board.
Today's the day: The Day We Fight Back against mass surveillance. That's the message from the EFF, Free Press, Demand Progress, and other organizations fighting against the NSA's data collection powers, with Google the latest company to weigh in with its support in demanding government reform and that the US Congress pass the USA Freedom Act.
Google France has posted its public mea-culpa message as demanded by French authorities, conceding that privacy regulators in the country have fined it €150,000 for infringements. The message, which must be left visible for at least 48 hours and printed in a minimum of 13-point font and in the Arial typeface, was part of the punishment leveled by the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), with Google's protestations that it would cause irreparable damage to its reputation failing to convince an appeals court last week.
The first stages of President Obama's overhaul of NSA data collection have gone into action, placing limits on how easy it is for security services to monitor individuals, though new insider claims suggest only a fraction of the surveillance believed to be underway was actually taking place. For a start, if the NSA requires phone records, it must now get Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) approval on each occasion, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper writes.