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Ashley Madison boots CEO Biderman in bid to save company

Ashley Madison boots CEO Biderman in bid to save company

The CEO of Ashley Madison’s parent company Avid Life Media has, with the agreement to the company, resigned from his position. The company recently suffered a massive data hack that exposed intimate details on millions of users, some of which have resulted in job loss, extortion attempts, lawsuits, and unconfirmed suicides, among other things. Biderman was the primary focus of the second data dump, which included several gigabytes of his personal email.

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Facebook details new effort to stop video piracy

Facebook details new effort to stop video piracy

Facebook is ramping up its video efforts, and part of any effort is adequate management — in the case of videos, it’s rights management. Today in a statement, the social network said that some of its content partners have complained of third-party users swiping their videos and uploading them without permission, among other things. This has prompted Facebook to take a look at its rights management for videos and ways it can be improved. That work has been ongoing, and leads to today’s statement: the social network says that it has established the foundation of that rights management, and it’ll be using audio fingerprinting to help put the squeeze on unauthorized video uploading, as well as video matching technology and more.

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North Dakota Police to use weaponized drones

North Dakota Police to use weaponized drones

A bill in North Dakota called Bill 1328 was originally intended to prevent law enforcement from being able to weaponize drones. Before the bill was passed into law, the verbiage was modified to ban the drones from being fitted with lethal weapons. That means no drones for police in North Dakota with guns or missiles, but less than lethal weapons are ok.

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Spaniard claims to have cracked unbroken code from WWII

Spaniard claims to have cracked unbroken code from WWII

Anyone who has studied WWII knows that coded messages played a huge part in getting information between different locations securely. There were all sorts of codes ranging from Native Americans who spoke in their native tongue, which the Axis powers couldn't decipher, to German Enigma machines that kept communications secure during the war, until Allies broke the code.

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Silk Road competitor Agora closes over Tor vulnerability

Silk Road competitor Agora closes over Tor vulnerability

The government may have taken down Silk Road (and its successor Silk Road 2.0), but that underground market was merely a drop in the ocean, and one of its biggest competitors, Agora, remains live. Or, at least, it did until just recently. The darknet market has been taken offline by its administrators over fears that a security flaw could allow its servers to be located. The concerns revolve around a security issue with the Tor network detailed last month by MIT.

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IRS hit with lawsuit over recent taxpayer data hack

IRS hit with lawsuit over recent taxpayer data hack

The massive IRS data breach has resulted in a lawsuit from affected taxpayers. The hack was announced in May, and affected about 330,000 (or more) taxpayers who used the IRS’ “Get Transcript” service. The hackers, who are said to have originated from Russia, made off with sensitive personal details, including social security numbers and home addresses. Using this information, the hackers then spoofed tax paperwork and were able to steal millions in refunds.

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McAfee claims Ashley Madison breach ‘was an inside job’

McAfee claims Ashley Madison breach ‘was an inside job’

On Monday, John McAfee published a long statement claiming he knows who is behind the Ashley Madison hack, and that it wasn't some faceless collective of hackers. Rather, he says a "lone female operative" who worked for the site's parent company Avid Life Media is to blame, and that he is "confident" in saying so. McAfee is, of course, the founder of the anti-virus software by the same name, and in the recent past was living life briefly as a fugitive amidst murder claims and more.

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Court: FTC can sue companies for failing to protect customer data

Court: FTC can sue companies for failing to protect customer data

Wyndham Worldwide Corp. must face a case against it from the Federal Trade Commission, a US appeals court has ruled. The case is in regards to Wyndham’s alleged failure to protect its customers’ data. In both 2008 and 2009, Wyndham suffered three cyberattacks that ultimately left in excess of 619,000 card accounts vulnerable. Many consumers were then hit with fraudulent charges after the Russian hackers behind the breach disseminated the stolen information.

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$377k Ashley Madison hack bounty amid suspected suicide link

$377k Ashley Madison hack bounty amid suspected suicide link

The hackers behind the huge Ashley Madison leak now have a bounty on their heads, with the company behind the affairs dating site announcing a CA$500,000 reward for catching them. Avid Life Media announced the half-million fund - approximately $377k - this morning in Toronto, promising a big cash jackpot for anybody who can provide information that leads to a successful arrest and prosecution. The offer comes amid unconfirmed reports that two suicides have been linked to the embarrassing leak.

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Android lock patterns analyzed, deemed predictable

Android lock patterns analyzed, deemed predictable

The other day I picked up a co-workers phone lying on the desk and noticed that you could clearly see the greasy smudges on the screen of the phone highlighting the lock pattern of the device. I probably could have been into that phone in a few minutes. As it turns out Android lock patters are somewhat predictable according to a graduate student who has been studying them.

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Windows 10 claimed to phone home despite privacy settings

Windows 10 claimed to phone home despite privacy settings

If you still don't think that Windows 10 is a privacy disaster in the making, then this latest detective work might. At least, if you actually subscribe to it. According to Czech website aeronet.cz, Windows 10 has been doing some rather dubious communication with Microsoft servers in places and instances where it doesn't make sense to do so. In short, even if you have disabled all possible privacy-infringing settings, the OS will still be sending some of your private data, without your knowledge and definitely without your consent.

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