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Senator urges Uber to add in-app location tracking controls

Senator urges Uber to add in-app location tracking controls

US Senator Al Franken has fired off a letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick urging the company to update its privacy policy and add in-app controls regarding its recently announced background location tracking. Though Franken says it seems the update is “well-intentioned,” he expresses concern about the change and urges Uber to ‘amend [its] privacy statement to reflect the company’s public assurances and justifications related to the most recent app update.”

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FBI agrees with CIA that Russia hacked election to benefit Trump

FBI agrees with CIA that Russia hacked election to benefit Trump

Last week the CIA released a report saying that it concluded Russia had carried out cyber attacks in an effort to disrupt the US's presidential election and tip the scales to benefit Donald Trump. Following an earlier request from President Obama for an investigation into the matter, the FBI now agrees with the CIA's assessment, as does the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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Germany to Yahoo users: switch to a different email provider

Germany to Yahoo users: switch to a different email provider

Many people have a Yahoo email account from years ago, but no longer use it. Those who do still use their Yahoo email account, though, are being encouraged to switch to a different provider in light of Yahoo's second massive data breach disclosure. Germany's Federal Office for Information Security, more commonly called BSI, has advised existing Yahoo email users to switch to a different provider. The agency heavily criticized Yahoo, accusing it of failing to protect its users.

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Now you can fix your Netgear router vulnerability with firmware update

Now you can fix your Netgear router vulnerability with firmware update

A few days back we talked about a serious security vulnerability in some of the popular Netgear routers. This security flaw allowed nefarious users to use unauthenticated web pages to pass form input directly to the command-line interface. That gave the potential for a remote attacker to inject arbitrary commands that could be executed by the system.

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Senate report on smart toys raises privacy concerns

Senate report on smart toys raises privacy concerns

A new Senate report has detailed privacy and security concerns related to so-called ‘smart toys’ — that is, Internet-connected toys for children. These toys may gather information related to children, possibly including things like their names and other details, which could then be vulnerable to data thieves. The primary concern highlighted in the report tends to be identity theft, with some worrying that vulnerable personal data on children can be used to open financial accounts and other damaging things.

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Yahoo reveals (another) breach: more than 1 billion user accounts affected

Yahoo reveals (another) breach: more than 1 billion user accounts affected

Yahoo has disclosed yet another data breach, this one affecting more than a billion user accounts. This follows the company’s announcement of a different data breach a few months ago, something the company — at this time, at least — believes is an entirely separate matter from the newly disclosed issue. This latest data breach is said to have happened back in August 2013, and included a bunch of account data being stolen.

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Evernote will “look at your data” (how to opt out)

Evernote will “look at your data” (how to opt out)

Privacy in saved information in Evernote might not be what it used to be come January 2017. According to the company itself, they'll be updating their service to "process and take action on [your thoughts] - to think." If that weren't creepy enough, they're also updating their privacy policy which now includes an opt-out provision which says Evernote Engineers wont "look at your data to improve the service."

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These Netgear routers can be hacked: What you need to do

These Netgear routers can be hacked: What you need to do

Netgear has detailed a new security vulnerability in three of its Nighthawk routers, and leaving that vulnerability unchecked may lead to some particularly nasty consequences for users. The vulnerability affects Nighthawk R6400, R7000, and R8000 routers, and could potentially allow attackers to inject arbitrary commands that are then carried out by the system. For the moment, Netgear hasn't offered a fix for the issue.

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Keyless-entry cars can be stolen with this new ‘mystery hack’

Keyless-entry cars can be stolen with this new ‘mystery hack’

As cars become more and more reliant on computers and operating systems, not just in their engines but in the ways drivers interact with them, they continue to be susceptible to hacks and other software-based attacks. The latest example comes from the US's National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), which has identified a new tool that can allow thieves to unlock cars equipped with keyless-entry, start the engine, and simply drive off.

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AirDroid updated to fix major security holes

AirDroid updated to fix major security holes

Last week it was reported that AirDroid, the popular app that allows Android users to read/send messages and remotely access files on their device from a PC/Mac, has been plagued with several security holes over the last several months. Security research firm Zimperium detailed how hackers could easily gain access to users' information and Android device. Fortunately that news spurred AirDroid's developers to take action, as fixes are now available for both the mobile app and PC/Mac clients.

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CIA report says Russia interfered with election in effort to help Trump

CIA report says Russia interfered with election in effort to help Trump

Only yesterday it was revealed that US President Obama has ordered an investigation into the effects Russian cyber attacks had on this year's election, however it appears the CIA has already made its own assessment, determining that the goal was to benefit Donald Trump. Both the Washington Post and NY Times have reported that the CIA has already briefed senators on its conclusion, noting that it was "clear" Russia wanted to see Trump get into the White House.

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Obama orders review of hacks during Trump Clinton election cycle

Obama orders review of hacks during Trump Clinton election cycle

The White House has ordered an investigation into hacking done to disrupt the 2016 Presidential Elections here in the United States. This order from President Obama came not long after Trump's most recent Time Magazine interview in which he said he does not believe the U.S. intelligence community in their assessment that Russia attempted to affect the outcome of this year's Presidential Election. Word of an investigation directed by President Obama came through Lisa Monaco, the Obama's top counterterrorism adviser, earlier today.

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