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Illinois governor vetos amendment to breach notification bill

Illinois governor vetos amendment to breach notification bill

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner called a recent breach notification amendment a "significant departure from the data protection laws of other states."

Ashley Madison's Noel Biderman ousted as CEO

Ashley Madison's Noel Biderman ousted as CEO

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ALM CEO Noel Biderman may be the latest victim of the massive AshleyMadison.com hack with the company announcing his immediate resignation today.

Dark website Agora closes over Tor vulnerability suspicions

Dark website Agora closes over Tor vulnerability suspicions

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Agora, one of the largest online black market sites, halted operations after concerns arose of vulnerabilities in Tor's hidden service.

German intelligence agency delivers data to NSA in exchange for software use

German intelligence agency delivers data to NSA in exchange for software use

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In exchange for the use of the NSA's XKeyscore software, Germany's intelligence agency gives information on its targets to the U.S. agency.

License plate reader helps spot Virginia killer, but privacy issues remain

License plate reader helps spot Virginia killer, but privacy issues remain

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Virginia killer Vester Lee Flanagan II, a.k.a., Bryce Williams was tracked down Wednesday with the help of a license plate reader Wednesday, but larger issues surrounding security and individual freedom still worry privacy advocates.

5th Circuit: Online bullying prevented fair trial for NOPD officers post-Katrina

5th Circuit: Online bullying prevented fair trial for NOPD officers post-Katrina

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Five police officers accused of shooting unarmed civilians post-Katrina say they did not get a fair trial in part because "adverse online comments" by prosecutors created an "air of bullying," an appeals court ruled.

License plate reader data could be potential hacking target

License plate reader data could be potential hacking target

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The Oakland Police Department said it will now only hold data gathered with its automatic license plate reader (ALPR) devices for six months, which could prove beneficial to the privacy of the vehicle owners who came across the device's path.

Researcher claims AT&T injecting ads into free Wi-Fi hotspot connections

Researcher claims AT&T injecting ads into free Wi-Fi hotspot connections

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Researcher Jonathan Mayer documented AT&T injecting ads over HTTP connections on its free Wi-Fi hotspot.

Global think tank calls for global digital privacy

Global think tank calls for global digital privacy

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The Diplomatic Council is calling for more transparency regarding government surveillance across the world.

Judge grants father in custody case access to ex-wife's Facebook profile

Judge grants father in custody case access to ex-wife's Facebook profile

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In a first of its kind ruling in New York state, a Westchester Supreme Court justice said a man can use information from his ex-wife's Facebook page as evidence in a child custody battle.

Privacy issues spur torrent trackers to ban Windows 10 users

Privacy issues spur torrent trackers to ban Windows 10 users

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Torrent trackers are reportedly banning Windows 10 users due to concerns that the operating system is sharing user data with Microsoft.

Canadian privacy agency investigates Avid Life Media, Ashley Madison breach

Canadian privacy agency investigates Avid Life Media, Ashley Madison breach

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Canada's primary privacy watchdog group and other international entities are investigating the Ashley Madison data breach after stolen data has continued to surface online.

Twitter blocks API access for Diplotwoops website

Twitter blocks API access for Diplotwoops website

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Twitter blocked API access for Diplotwoops, which collected deleted tweets from politicians, diplomats and embassies.

UK agency demands Google take down links under 'right to be forgotten'

UK agency demands Google take down links under 'right to be forgotten'

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The UK's Information Commissioner's Office ordered Google to remove links to webpages detailing a minor crime and the company's prior removal of links related to the offense.

Former State Department employee charged in sextortion

Former State Department employee charged in sextortion

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A former London-based State Department worker has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with an online hacking and sextortion scheme.

Hackers post Ashley Madison's customer details online

Hackers post Ashley Madison's customer details online

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A hacker group posted 9.7 gigabytes of data in apparent retaliation for the site allegedly claiming to delete customer details for a fee, but then not doing so.

Mozilla looks to improve Firefox's private browsing feature

Mozilla looks to improve Firefox's private browsing feature

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Mozilla has entered the pre-beta phase for testing an improved private browsing feature in Firefox.

Partnership between NSA and telecoms pose both security and privacy risk, experts say

Partnership between NSA and telecoms pose both security and privacy risk, experts say

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Leaked Edward Snowden documents reveal that up until at least 2013, the U.S. government held intimate ties with AT&T and to a lesser extent Verizon.

ALERT: Snowden docs show AT&T 'highly collaborative' in NSA spy program

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AT&T provided access to emails and tech assistance to the NSA, the New York Times reported.

Hillary Clinton's private email server turned over to the FBI

Hillary Clinton's private email server turned over to the FBI

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server was handed to the FBI after investigators found it contained messages that were later classified top secret.

Facebook rescinds Harvard student's internship for creating map app

Facebook rescinds Harvard student's internship for creating map app

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Facebook withdrew an internship offer from a Harvard student after her created an app to exploit a flaw in Facebook Messenger.

Windows 10 shares user data with Microsoft, even after disabling settings

Windows 10 shares user data with Microsoft, even after disabling settings

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Microsoft's Windows 10 allows for certain data-sharing settings to be disabled, but in some cases, turning them off does nothing to stop the sharing.

Yahoo malvertising actors turn attention to AdSpirit

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Researchers at Malwarebytes uncovered a malvertising campaign against AdSpirit.de, similar to the one used recently on Yahoo.

Twitter transparency reports now account for trademark violations and email privacy practices

Twitter transparency reports now account for trademark violations and email privacy practices

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The social media company integrated two new verticals into its biannual transparency report.

FTC: Morgan Stanley not at fault over released information

FTC: Morgan Stanley not at fault over released information

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Morgan Stanley dodged a bullet this week when the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ruled the firm did not violate security protocols concerning a breach earlier this year.

Researcher generates thousands of phone numbers, matches them to Facebook accounts

Researcher generates thousands of phone numbers, matches them to Facebook accounts

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A researcher has developed an algorithm that exploits a flaw in a Facebook privacy setting to link cell phone numbers to Facebook accounts.

RAT AlienSpy found on phone of dead Argentinian prosecutor

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Security Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire revealed that RAT AlienSpy was used to spy on the phone of Alberto Nisman.

Black Hat 2015: USA Freedom Act sparks debate

Black Hat 2015: USA Freedom Act sparks debate

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The USA Freedom Act inspired a spirited debate on government surveillance at Black Hat USA 2015.

China announces plans to install police units at internet companies

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The Chinese government plans to embed cybersecurity police units into major Chinese internet companies.

UConn School of Engineering cyberintrusion originated in China

UConn School of Engineering cyberintrusion originated in China

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UConn has repaired a vulnerability exploited by hackers to gain access to servers in its School of Engineering and, while the university found no evidence of data theft, it has notified users whose information may have been compromised.

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