Data Security

ProtonMail’s new tool encrypts your top secret email contacts

ProtonMail’s new tool encrypts your top secret email contacts

ProtonMail, the encrypted email service for individuals who are concerned about data privacy and security, has just announced a new encrypted contacts manager that secures your potentially sensitive contact details. The feature is most useful for those with contacts they must keep secure, such as journalists who don't want their sources exposed to potentially prying eyes.

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Germany issues ban on children’s smartwatches, urges parents to destroy them

Germany issues ban on children’s smartwatches, urges parents to destroy them

The sale of kids' smartwatches have just been banned in Germany, as the country's telecommunications regulator has labelled them as essentially "spying devices." While the wearables, designed for kids aged 5 to 12, often look like toys, they're designed to allow parents to remotely listen in on the child's environment via the watches' microphone, all without notice, in turn offering the same functionality as a wiretap.

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Critical Microsoft database breach was kept secret from the public

Critical Microsoft database breach was kept secret from the public

Back in 2013, Microsoft suffered a rather critical security breach. The company's internal bug reporting database was compromised, giving those who hacked into it access to a list of unresolved bugs and vulnerabilities within Windows. That's worrying enough on its own, but then comes the realization that Microsoft actually kept details of the breach from the public.

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KRACK hack means every WiFi device is at risk

KRACK hack means every WiFi device is at risk

It isn't often we hear of a vulnerability that could potentially affect every device you own, but a new type of attack being detailed today could very well do that. Described as key reinstallation attacks (KRACK, for short), these new exploits "work against all modern protected WiFi networks." That, in case you were wondering, is bad news.

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Surprise! The Equifax breach somehow just got worse

Surprise! The Equifax breach somehow just got worse

Equifax's massive data breach - which put the personal information of nearly 150 million Americans at risk - doesn't really seem like it can get much worse. Of course, we're learning today that making such a challenge is a foolish thing indeed, as it has gotten worse. How bad is it? That depends on how you feel about potentially being exposed to malware.

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Equifax update: More victims than households in the USA

Equifax update: More victims than households in the USA

Equifax announced today that 2.5-million previously uncounted US-based victims were "potentially impacted" by their data breach. While Equifax continues to call them "customers", the vast majority of these users were victimized by the credit company itself, seeking out and purchasing their personal info before holding it in a series of insecure web-connected locations. Thus far the Equifax data breach puts 145.5-MILLION US citizens in the "potentially impacted" category.

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This Blockchain phone is unreal: Sirin Labs, Solarin, and FINNEY

This Blockchain phone is unreal: Sirin Labs, Solarin, and FINNEY

Sirin Labs' FINNEY device was announced this week as the world's first blockchain smartphone. Inside the data provided by the company (Sirin Labs) we've gotten a fair idea of what could work, what will be difficult, and what will be downright impossible to accomplish. This is a realistic look at what's going to happen with this device and the rest of the FINNEY device family in the near future.

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Equifax team accidentally sent some people to a phishing website

Equifax team accidentally sent some people to a phishing website

Equifax has been heavily criticized over its decision to use a separate website for its data breach info, and it just demonstrated the reason why: it is easy for people to get the address mixed up with other similar websites set up by scammers or anyone else. Some Equifax team members were spotted erroneously pointing concerned people to a phishing website with a domain name similar to the official one Equifax is using.

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ACLU and EFF sue DHS over warrantless gadget searches at border

ACLU and EFF sue DHS over warrantless gadget searches at border

Controversy over warrantless laptop and smartphone searches at the border abound, and now the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are going after the Department of Homeland Security over it. Both organizations have filed a lawsuit against the DHS on behalf of 11 people -- 10 US citizens and one green card holder -- who were subjected to these warrantless devices search when attempting to enter the US from abroad.

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Verizon, ATT, T-Mobile, Sprint team up (for mobile security)

Verizon, ATT, T-Mobile, Sprint team up (for mobile security)

Here's something you probably weren't expecting: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have announced that they're all joining forces. No, they aren't coming together to summon some kind of 4G LTE demon that will end the world as we know it, but rather to work on a new mobile authentication solution. The new group they've formed is called the Mobile Authentication Taskforce, and while that name may be a bit silly, the group serves an important purpose.

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Equifax security breach 2017: The Fine Print [UPDATED]

Equifax security breach 2017: The Fine Print [UPDATED]

Equifax members sought information today after the credit reporting firm revealed an unprecedented company-wide security breach. There are approximately 323.1 million people in the United States according to the United State Census Bureau's 2016 census. Equifax announced that their cybersecurity incident (read: hack) impacted approximately 143 million US-based users.

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Instagram hackers now selling millions of users’ data

Instagram hackers now selling millions of users’ data

Earlier this week, hackers took advantage of an Instagram bug to target the accounts of celebrities and verified users, even gaining access to Selena Gomez's, but it turns out they also managed to make off with personal information for roughly six million other users. When Instagram came forward admitting their glitch was responsible (and had subsequently been fixed), they said that the breach was limited to verified accounts; but it's become clear the attack is much more widespread than expected.

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