Privacy

Reddit's first transparency report shows user info provided for 58 percent of requests

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The online community website said it received 55 requests for user information in 2014 and provided some information in 58 percent of cases.

FTC settles with revenge porn site operator

FTC settles with revenge porn site operator

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The Federal Trade Commission has prohibited a revenge porn site operator from sharing nude photos, using deceptive tactics and revealing personal information.

StealthGenie spyware goes kaput following court ruling

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A U.S. district judge has decided to permanently end the advertising, marketing and sales tied to the spyware application.

Upatre, Dyre used in Univ. of Florida attack

Upatre, Dyre used in Univ. of Florida attack

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Hundreds of computers belonging to University of Florida students and faculty were infected with Upatre and Dyre in a multistage attack.

FTC publishes security recommendations for IoT device makers

FTC publishes security recommendations for IoT device makers

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A new report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides data security steps for businesses and promotes data minimization.

Researcher commandeers drone through Maldrone backdoor

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A security engineer from Citrix demonstrated the Maldrone malware that he built as a backdoor to control drones.

WikiLeaks requests information on staffers search warrant data requests

WikiLeaks requests information on staffers search warrant data requests

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WikiLeaks penned a letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt requesting more information about search warrants under which the company handed over WikiLeaks staffers' data.

Eleventh Circuit dismisses LabMD motion questioning FTC authority

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LabMD can challenge the FTC's enforcement authority in federal court once the agency comes to a final decision on the exposure of patient data.

Changes made to Healthcare.gov regarding personal data sent to third parties

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The Obama administration has scaled back the amount of personal information of Healthcare.gov users it sends to third parties.

DOJ settles fake Facebook page case, awards plaintiff $134K

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A woman accused a federal agent of using her cellphone data to create a fake Facebook page.

Most common passwords of 2014 released; '123456' tops list, again

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SplashData analyzed more than 3 million leaked passwords to determine the most popular, and therefore, the least secure.

GCHQ collected emails of journalists at major media orgs

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One of the affected media outlets, the Guardian, revealed the news.

Congressman asks Holder to review Christie's access to private E-ZPass data

Congressman asks Holder to review Christie's access to private E-ZPass data

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A New Jersey congressman has asked the Justice Department to investigate whether New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and a Port Authority official violated state privacy laws when they revealed E-ZPass data.

National Research Council finds no alternative for bulk data collection

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The National Research Council conducted a study to look into bulk data collection and whether an alternative technology could be more effective.

KL-Remote toolkits let criminals 'virtually mug' unsuspecting users

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A previously unpublished remote overlay toolkit offers an easy-to-use GUI and can be embedded in most common banking malware.

U.K.'s Cameron hints at ban on end-to-end encryption

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The U.K. prime minister contends there should be no "safe space" for terrorists to communicate on the internet.

Justice Dept. asks court to dismiss bulk of Twitter suit

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The Justice Department said the federal government has not violated Twitter's First Amendment rights by limiting disclosure of user data requests.

Chinese police department purchased spyware

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A police department in Wenzhou bought a coding machine and software used to plant trojans in jail-broken iPhones and Androids.

Obama to call for national breach notification law, student privacy bill

Obama to call for national breach notification law, student privacy bill

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Speaking to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), President Obama said he will propose a Personal Data Notification and Protection Act and a Student Data Privacy Act.

Declassified info shows FBI's role in warrantless surveillance increased

Declassified info shows FBI's role in warrantless surveillance increased

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A FOIA lawsuit by The New York Times stirred the Justice Department to make new information available.

Pro-ISIS Group hijacks Twitter accounts of local media outlets

Pro-ISIS Group hijacks Twitter accounts of local media outlets

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A group calling itself CyberCaliphate has claimed credit for the hack, which included militant messages and links to local and state government documents.

Manhattan District Attorney speaks out against default device encryption

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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a speech earlier this week that he thinks device-makers should be required to give law enforcement access to their users' data.

FTC chairwoman warns of IoT security and privacy risks

FTC chairwoman warns of IoT security and privacy risks

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FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez talked at the Consumer Electronic Show about the Internet of Things and the inherent privacy and security risks that come with the technology development.

HITRUST adds privacy controls to Common Security Framework

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The privacy controls will be added to version 7 of HITRUST's CSF due out later this month.

NY Jets linebacker charged with revenge porn

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After police responded to a domestic dispute they arrested NY Jet Jermaine Cunningham on three counts, including revenge porn and gun transport.

Dutch DPA investigating Facebook

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After slapping Google with a significant fine in December for violating the data protection act, the Dutch DPA has turned its attention to Facebook's new privacy policy.

FBI clarifies stingray policy, says court warrants not needed when used in public spaces

FBI clarifies stingray policy, says court warrants not needed when used in public spaces

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Two senators wrote a letter requesting more information about stingray use and the FBI's policies surrounding the devices.

Silent Circle names new CEO

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Silent Circle has appointed William Conner as CEO while founder Mike Janke becomes chairman of the board.

Gogo caught using fake Google SSL certificates

Gogo caught using fake Google SSL certificates

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On a recent flight, a Google engineer discovered that SSL certificates were being signed by Gogo, not Google.

Tor creators debate research saying 80 percent of dark web traffic attributed to child abuse sites

Tor creators debate research saying 80 percent of dark web traffic attributed to child abuse sites

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Although a recent study found that nearly 80 percent of anonymous network Tor's traffic was to child abuse sites, one of the network's original designers and various experts have said the staggering stat cannot be taken at face value.

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