Privacy News, Articles and Updates

Hacker purportedly selling over 650,000 stolen medical records on dark web marketplace

Hacker purportedly selling over 650,000 stolen medical records on dark web marketplace

By

A hacker with the ominous nickname "thedarkoverlord" appears to have stolen more than 650,000 medical records from three separate healthcare institution databases, and has made them available for sale on the darknet online marketplace TheRealDeal.

Russian hackers likely plied 'soft underbelly' to access DNC servers

Russian hackers likely plied 'soft underbelly' to access DNC servers

By

A suspicious domain, misdepatrment[.]com, resembles a legitimate domain for technology services provider MIS Department Inc.,he which counts among its clients the DNC.

Provision in LinkedIn, Microsoft agreement hints at privacy protection

Provision in LinkedIn, Microsoft agreement hints at privacy protection

By

A brief privacy representation in the acquisition agreement between Microsoft and LinkedIn basically says the two companies will follow their own privacy policies and the law.

District court judge: FBI's hacking trick does not require warrant

District court judge: FBI's hacking trick does not require warrant

By

A U.S. District Court judge in Eastern Virginia presiding over a child pornography criminal trial has sided definitively with U.S. law enforcement in ruling that investigators do not need a warrant to remotely hack into suspects' computers.

CYBERCOM 'reluctant' to cut off Islamic State internet

CYBERCOM 'reluctant' to cut off Islamic State internet

The US Cyber Command is hesitant to shut down the Islamic State's online capability, and with apparently good reason

Senate fails to pass amendment expanding FBI's NSL authority, codifying lone wolf provision

Senate fails to pass amendment expanding FBI's NSL authority, codifying lone wolf provision

By

An amendment to the "Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act," which would expand the FBI's NSL authority failed to pass the Senate Wednesday.

Clinton Foundation possibly breached by Russian hackers who targeted DNC

Clinton Foundation possibly breached by Russian hackers who targeted DNC

By

Russian hacking groups may have broken into the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, though the organization has not confirmed those assertions, reports said.

Justice's Caldwell lauds Rule 41 changes, EFF, other orgs start campaign to thwart

Justice's Caldwell lauds Rule 41 changes, EFF, other orgs start campaign to thwart

By

Assistant AG Leslie Caldwell said amendments to Rule 41 don't run counter to the Fourth Amendment, while the EFF and other groups mobilized web operators and citizens to oppose the changes set to take affect December 16.

Guccifer 2.0 out - Cozy Bear, Fancy Bear hacked DNC, Fidelis analysis shows

Guccifer 2.0 out - Cozy Bear, Fancy Bear hacked DNC, Fidelis analysis shows

By

A comparative analysis by Fidelis Cybersecurity of malware samples provided by the DNC supported findings by CrowdStrike that a pair of intrusions were the handiwork of the Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear APT groups purported to have ties to Russian intelligence.

1.5M T-Mobile records likely exposed in Czech Republic

1.5M T-Mobile records likely exposed in Czech Republic

By

Customers are at risk of marketers using the data to approach them with unsolicited offers.

RSF presses for whistleblower protections in 'Sapin 2' bill

RSF presses for whistleblower protections in 'Sapin 2' bill

By

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has asked French senators to bolster the Sapin 2 bill's protections and address its flaws.

Brennan does not dispute that Twitter cut CIA off from its data service

Brennan does not dispute that Twitter cut CIA off from its data service

By

CIA Director John Brennan was asked about reports that Twitter has not made the Dataminr analytics service available to U.S. intelligence agencies, but has made the service available to a Russian news outlet.

House votes down warrantless surveillance ban following Orlando shootings

House votes down warrantless surveillance ban following Orlando shootings

By

The House voted against an amendment to a military spending bill that would have required law enforcement agencies to attain a warrant in order to search the electronic communications of Americans.

FBI "facing" questions over its facial recognition database

FBI "facing" questions over its facial recognition database

By

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has a few questions it would like the FBI to answer about its facial recognition database that contains 411 million photos.

Lone hacker reportedly takes credit for DNC intrusions, releases opposition files on Trump

Lone hacker reportedly takes credit for DNC intrusions, releases opposition files on Trump

By

A hacker called "Guccifer 2.0" claimed credit for breaking into the Democratic National Committee computer system and released the DNC's opposition research on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

After Orlando massacre, Clinton pledges 'intelligence surge,' solicits tech orgs' help

After Orlando massacre, Clinton pledges 'intelligence surge,' solicits tech orgs' help

By

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told a crowd in Cleveland that she would push tech companies to cooperate with government requests for help in tracking and identifying terrorists and foiling their plots.

DOJ report finds local police sought surveillance tech to blackmail city council

DOJ report finds local police sought surveillance tech to blackmail city council

By

As local law enforcement agencies increase efforts to make use of powerful surveillance technologies, the DOJ has issued a harsh report detailing a pattern of misconduct and corruption at the Calexico Police Department.

Twitter, HealthCare.gov top annual list of most trustworthy websites

Twitter, HealthCare.gov top annual list of most trustworthy websites

By

At one time ridiculed over lax cybersecurity, the federal health insurance exchange site HealthCare.gov scored second-highest out of approximately 1,000 websites in the Online Trust Alliance's eighth annual Trust Audit and Honor Roll.

Russian hackers access Trump files in DNC hack

Russian hackers access Trump files in DNC hack

By

Russian government hackers apparently broke into the Democratic National Committee (DNC) computer system and accessed the party's entire database on Republican candidate Donald Trump.

Microsoft acquisition of LinkedIn raises privacy questions

Microsoft acquisition of LinkedIn raises privacy questions

By

While Microsoft's $26.2 billion acquisition of data-rich LinkedIn will enhance business, the company has not yet said how it plans to protect the privacy of personal data of LinkedIn members.

Louisiana grapples with hurricanes, gators, now a hacker who posted data of 290K citizens on dark web

Louisiana grapples with hurricanes, gators, now a hacker who posted data of 290K citizens on dark web

By

A hacker has put drivers' license and other personal information on 290,000 of the bayou state's citizens for sale on the dark web.

For sale: 51M iMesh user accounts

For sale: 51M iMesh user accounts

By

A database of user accounts of the once popular video and music-sharing site iMesh has been made available on the dark web.

FBI creating an automated tattoo recognition project

By

The EFF has sounded an alarm over a joint project between the FBI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop automated tattoo recognition technologies.

Sen. Lee pulls electronic privacy legislation to shield it from controversial amendment

Sen. Lee pulls electronic privacy legislation to shield it from controversial amendment

By

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), one of the original sponsors of the ECPA Amendments Act of 2015, withdrew the bill today from the Senate Judiciary Committee after a proposed amendment threatened to defeat one of its key tenets.

Tech firms, civil liberty groups oppose email privacy amendment

Tech firms, civil liberty groups oppose email privacy amendment

By

Tech companies and privacy advocates are calling foul on a proposed amendment to an email privacy bill that that was originally intended to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).

Following social media site breaches, Netflix requires password resets

Following social media site breaches, Netflix requires password resets

By

Following several social media site breaches, Netflix said users whose passwords may have been compromised must change their login credentials.

Two-factor authentication added to IRS site

Two-factor authentication added to IRS site

By

The IRS has pumped up its web security by adding multifactor authentication to thwart cyberthieves eager for the trove of taxpayer information held in its databases.

 Sweet validation: Apple versus FBI

Sweet validation: Apple versus FBI

By

In nearly every great movement in history, there is a moment in which the proverbial tide turns. For CISOs trying to convince their higher-ups to invest in encryption and cybersecurity programs, that moment came when the FBI tried to force Apple to crack open an iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. And Apple refused.

Phishing campaign steals bitcoins from Mt. Gox victims

Phishing campaign steals bitcoins from Mt. Gox victims

By

Many Mt. Gox victims are falling prey once again, this time to phishing scammers, according to Cyren researchers who have observed spam messages emanating from the Kraken exchange.

ISIS warns members of fake Android apps aimed at spying on terrorist group

ISIS warns members of fake Android apps aimed at spying on terrorist group

By

Tech-savvy ISIS sent out an alert that an unknown source has released fake Android apps that the terrorist group fears may be used to spy on them.

RECENT COMMENTS

Sign up to our newsletters

FOLLOW US