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Tech big dogs enrolling in Privacy Shield

Tech big dogs enrolling in Privacy Shield

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Google and Dropbox are the latest U.S. tech giants to register with the Privacy Shield.

Tesla security updates includes code signing feature

Tesla security updates includes code signing feature

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Tesla has releases a major firmware update in response to a video posted by a group of Chinese researchers that displayed a series of vulnerabilities the electric car company's vehicles.

69% of office professionals in the UK hoard data

69% of office professionals in the UK hoard data

Over three-quarters (77 percent) of IT decision makers worldwide are now more concerned about the impact of data hoarding than they were a year ago.

Facebook can no longer share data of German users on WhatsApp

Facebook can no longer share data of German users on WhatsApp

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Facebook has been banned from collecting and storing the data of German users on its messaging app, WhatsApp.

'Lock Down Your Login' campaign urges authentication, furthers CNAP

'Lock Down Your Login' campaign urges authentication, furthers CNAP

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The campaign fulfills a CNAP mandate to promote internet safety and security.

Cross border computer probes gets nod in Switzerland

Cross border computer probes gets nod in Switzerland

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The Swiss intelligence service received permission to begin tapping phones and monitoring emails following a vote in the nation's parliament and approval by a public referendum.

Cities planning transparency laws for police surveillance tech

Cities planning transparency laws for police surveillance tech

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Eleven cities are organizing local legislation intended to make the procurement and use of surveillance technologies by local police departments more transparent.

Google reverses Allo policy, raising ire of privacy groups

Google reverses Allo policy, raising ire of privacy groups

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The version of Allo that Google released on Wednesday will indefinitely store messages until they are manually deleted by the user.

324K Regpack users' info compromised when decrypted files placed on public-facing server

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Independent Security Researcher Troy Hunt spotted a database containing the information of nearly 324,000 Regpack accounts.

North Korea has only 28 registered domains, leak shows

North Korea has only 28 registered domains, leak shows

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Security engineer Matt Bryant posted details of North Korea's registered domains after a misconfigured nameserver revealed details.

Video: ISF's Durbin advises orgs to protect mission critical info assets

Video: ISF's Durbin advises orgs to protect mission critical info assets

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Information Security Forum Managing Director Steve Durbin sat down with SCMagazine.com Executive Editor Teri Robinson to discuss how organizations can better protect their mission critical information assets.

Following hacks, State Democrats warned Wikileaks may be a source of infection

Following hacks, State Democrats warned Wikileaks may be a source of infection

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The Association of State Democratic Chairs sent an email to its members advising them to avoid Wikileaks as a precaution against malware infection, especially after several state officials had their accounts hacked, Politico reported.

Sixth Circuit: Nationwide insurance co.'s breach victims have standing to sue

Sixth Circuit: Nationwide insurance co.'s breach victims have standing to sue

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A federal Appeals Court has reinstated a class-action lawsuit against insurance company Nationwide after concluding that individuals whose personal data was exposed in a 2012 breach have sufficient standing to sue.

U.S. judge will release records of surveillance device usage

U.S. judge will release records of surveillance device usage

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A federal district judge for the District of Columbia ruled on Friday that the court would begin publishing information about federal prosecutors' use of pen registers and trap and trace devices.

Uber, Airbnb, Dropbox, and others form coalition to evaluate vendor cyber risks

Uber, Airbnb, Dropbox, and others form coalition to evaluate vendor cyber risks

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VSA coalition forms with the goal of streamlining the vetting process that businesses use for evaluating vendors' cybersecurity risks.

Researcher demos how FBI could've easily unlocked San Bernardino iPhone sans Apple

Researcher demos how FBI could've easily unlocked San Bernardino iPhone sans Apple

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A Cambridge University researcher recently published a paper demonstrating how the FBI could have easily unlocked the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone.

Instagram joins with other social media sites, adds offensive language elimination tool

Instagram joins with other social media sites, adds offensive language elimination tool

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Instagram has become the latest social media giant to take on hate speech with the release of a new tool that will allow its users to limit what appears on their pages.

FBI director uses tape over his webcams, says you should too

FBI director uses tape over his webcams, says you should too

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Recent actions by FBI director James Comey suggest we should all be using tape over our webcams.

Sites associated with both presidential contenders spring leaks

Sites associated with both presidential contenders spring leaks

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Data theft knows no boundaries. Personal information has been siphoned out from databases connected to both presidential campaigns.

Are our data centres insecure?

Are our data centres insecure?

Vectra Networks is claiming that attackers are turning their attention to data centres. Are our data centres as secure as we think they are?

ACLU campaign pushes Obama to pardon Snowden

ACLU campaign pushes Obama to pardon Snowden

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On the eve of the release of "Snowden," the ACLU's Ben Wizner said the civil rights organization had joined forces with Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to persuade President Obama to pardon the whistleblower.

FBI sweep: It's a search, get a warrant, says fed judge

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A court in Texas handed down a ruling that is likely to set a precedent for government access to hard drives.

Leaked Stingray documents reveal features and ease of use

Leaked Stingray documents reveal features and ease of use

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Using mass surveillance software without a warrant is almost as easy as installing Skype.

WADA confirms Fancy Bear behind attack on anti-doping database

WADA confirms Fancy Bear behind attack on anti-doping database

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The Russian espionage group Tsar Team, aka Fancy Bear, got into the ADAMS system through an account created by the International Olympic Committee for the 2016 Rio Games.

FTC solicits public response on consumer data disposal

FTC solicits public response on consumer data disposal

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday issued a request for public comment on its rule regarding Disposal of Consumer Report Information and Records.

New RAA ransomware variant performs own encryption, attacks businesses

New RAA ransomware variant performs own encryption, attacks businesses

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The ransomware RAA, which incorporates the information-stealing trojan Pony, has evolved to more effectively target companies, encrypting victims' files and stealing their data, most likely to infect their business contacts via spear phishing.

Canadian data sharing deal with EU could be illegal under European Law

Canadian data sharing deal with EU could be illegal under European Law

A top EU lawyer has concluded that the EU-Canada PNR agreement which oversees the transfer of information on flight records between the two countries goes against the EU Charter Fundamental Human Rights.

Wells Fargo Bank fined $185M, fires 5,300 staffers over fake account scam

Wells Fargo Bank fined $185M, fires 5,300 staffers over fake account scam

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Wells Fargo Bank was fined $185 million for a five-year long scam that saw bank employees illegally creating fake accounts and email addresses and apply for credit and debit cards to meet sales goals and earn commissions.

Leaked Rambler data highlights long-term risk post-breach

Leaked Rambler data highlights long-term risk post-breach

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100 million user passwords from a 2012 breach at Russian internet giant Rambler were leaked online.

Oregon credit union sues Noodles & Company over breach

Oregon credit union sues Noodles & Company over breach

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Oregon credit union filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday against Noodles & Company on behalf of other financial institutions affected by a POS breach at the restaurant chain.

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