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Baltimore PD overstepping its bounds with aerial surveillance: ACLU

Baltimore PD overstepping its bounds with aerial surveillance: ACLU

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Baltimore police have been running an aerial surveillance program capable of tracking people and cars since early 2016, which is being paid for not by the city, but an unnamed private citizen and all of this has been done without public input.

Data breach hits Whitehead Nursing Home in Northern Ireland

Data breach hits Whitehead Nursing Home in Northern Ireland

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A laptop taken home by an employee of the Whitehead Nursing Home was stolen.

Ashley Madison taken to task over security issues in Aussie, Canadian report

Ashley Madison taken to task over security issues in Aussie, Canadian report

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A joint investigation by the Canadian and Australian governments looking at the hack of the adult dating site Ashley Madison found it lacked the safeguards needed to protect the personal information of its customers.

HHS' Office for Civil Rights instructs its investigators not to overlook smaller breaches

HHS' Office for Civil Rights instructs its investigators not to overlook smaller breaches

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In a revision of its policies, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights has instructed its regional offices to place more of an emphasis on investigating smaller health-care data breaches that affect fewer than 500 individuals.

Coalition opposes effort to collect social media data of visa applicants

Coalition opposes effort to collect social media data of visa applicants

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Privacy groups have opposed a proposal by DHS that would collect information about the social media presence and online activities of visa-waiver program visitors to the U.S.

Records exposed of 650K patients at Bon Secours

Records exposed of 650K patients at Bon Secours

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Patient records were compromised at Bon Secours, a nonprofit health care provider.

Suspect nabbed in London for breach at Sage

Suspect nabbed in London for breach at Sage

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An employee of enterprise software firm Sage has been apprehended by police in London following a breach last week.

WikiLeaks postings of Turkish emails included active links to malware

WikiLeaks postings of Turkish emails included active links to malware

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WikiLeaks' practice of delivering unfiltered information to its readers backfired after a researcher discovered that its collection of leaked Turkish government emails contained over 300 active links to malware files hosted on the controversial site.

Guccifer 2.0 publishes new DCCC docs about Florida districting plans

Guccifer 2.0 publishes new DCCC docs about Florida districting plans

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The persona known as Guccifer 2.0 published DCCC documents related to Florida primaries that provide detail into a re-districting effort that the hacker says shows congressional primaries are "becoming a farce."

Google's Duo enters video calling market, offers end-to-end encryption

Google's Duo enters video calling market, offers end-to-end encryption

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Google launched a video-calling app, Duo, to go up against Apple's FaceTime, Facebook's Messenger, Skype and other apps for video conversations.

Is the EU to blame for further prompting privacy issues with OTT services?

Is the EU to blame for further prompting privacy issues with OTT services?

The European Commission to looking to tighten its regulatory grip on US-based tech companies which are slowly replacing traditional telcos in the services they provide.

Researcher spots 'Freebooting' vulnerability in Facebook tool

Researcher spots 'Freebooting' vulnerability in Facebook tool

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NETMYSOFT Chief Technical Officer Laxman Muthiyah spotted a vulnerability on Facebook's Rights Manager platform which allows Freebooting.

'Video jacking' attack allows attacker to see what you see

'Video jacking' attack allows attacker to see what you see

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Aries Security researchers' "video-jacking" attack highlight yet another attack vector to consider when charging phone in unfamiliar locations.

EPA IG won't release report on cybersecurity practices

EPA IG won't release report on cybersecurity practices

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The EPA has 30 systems that contain personally identifiable information (PII), according to the At a Glance summary of the inspector general's report.

Volkswagen bug: 100M vehicles vulnerable to door unlocking hack

Volkswagen bug: 100M vehicles vulnerable to door unlocking hack

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Nearly 100 million Volkswagen vehicles are affected by a vulnerability that would allow an attacker to remotely and discretely unlock a car without a key.

Google, NYU reveal business model of unwanted software bundles

Google, NYU reveal business model of unwanted software bundles

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Google and the NYU conducted a yearlong study into the business practices of those who pay vendors to install unwanted software in their install bundles.

Pokemon GO CEO linked to Google 'Wi-Spy' privacy scandal

Pokemon GO CEO linked to Google 'Wi-Spy' privacy scandal

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Even after quelling the initial privacy issues that arose from the launch of Pokemon Go, Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke has a spotted history

Millions of Russians' personal data may be put at risk

Millions of Russians' personal data may be put at risk

A planned national database of personal data on Russian citizens could become a magnet for criminal cyber-attacks warn analysts.

Facebook hit with hoax scams purporting terror incidents and celebrity deaths

Facebook hit with hoax scams purporting terror incidents and celebrity deaths

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Facebook users are being lured into giving up their credentials in response to alarming messages about terror incidents and celebrity deaths.

Connected car vulnerabilities could be reduced with an ounce of prevention

Connected car vulnerabilities could be reduced with an ounce of prevention

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IOActive researchers found that half of the cyber vulnerabilities in connected vehicles could grant an attacker full or partial control of a vehicle.

Groups oppose EU funding of Romanian intelligence agency's facial recognition data program

Groups oppose EU funding of Romanian intelligence agency's facial recognition data program

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European privacy groups have voiced opposition to a planned surveillance data project that would significantly expand the technology capabilities of Romania's domestic intelligence service.

Newkirk medical records breach impacts 3.3M, Blue Cross Blue Shield customers affected

Newkirk medical records breach impacts 3.3M, Blue Cross Blue Shield customers affected

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Newkirk Products, Inc. has begun notifying approximately 3.3 million people, including Blue Cross Blue Shield customers, of a data breach.

More bad vibes: Researchers find sex toy streams user data

More bad vibes: Researchers find sex toy streams user data

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Two New Zealand researchers discovered that one of the most popular connected adult toys on the market sends user data back to its manufacturer.

Gov't thinks it has right to data, Lavabit founder says

Gov't thinks it has right to data, Lavabit founder says

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Lavabit founder Ladar Levison warned a Def Con audience that there's no law on the books protecting privacy.

67% of Windows users in the UK lean toward a swap to Mac

67% of Windows users in the UK lean toward a swap to Mac

Some 67 percent of the UK public who use the Windows operating system on a regular basis would at least consider switching from Windows to Mac due to privacy concerns.

Chinese phone maker launches privacy-focused device, raising suspicions

Chinese phone maker launches privacy-focused device, raising suspicions

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Chinese mobile device manufacturer Gionee launched a privacy-focused device that includes an encryption chip.

Panasonic Avionics kicking off bug bounty program

Panasonic Avionics kicking off bug bounty program

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Panasonic Avionics Corporation developed a bug bounty program through HackerOne.

Battery status indicators used to track user behavior

Battery status indicators used to track user behavior

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A battery status API, intended to allow site owners to serve low-power versions of sites and web apps, is being used to track users.

Expect spike in cyberattacks during Brazil Olympics

Expect spike in cyberattacks during Brazil Olympics

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The upcoming contest could prove more problematic than ever for IT security professionals.

Jason Bourne: Cyberespionage theme wasn't all movie magic

Jason Bourne: Cyberespionage theme wasn't all movie magic

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SCMagazine.com reviewed the Jason Bourne film and spoke with a few cyberpros to see how feasible a few cyber elements of the film were.

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