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Five billion records exposed in open ‘data breach database’

More than five billion records were exposed after an Elasticsearch “data breach database” managed by a U.K.-based security firm and housing a trove of security incidents from the last seven years was left unprotected. “Data was very well structured,” wrote security researcher Bob Diachenko, who discovered the Elasticsearch instance, of the information, which included hashtypes,…

Bug leads Facebook to mark COVID-19 posts as spam

With concerns over coronavirus on the rise and in a political climate that can generously be described as “charged,” when Facebook began marking and removing posts linking to COVID-19-related articles as spam, many users on the social media platform began eyeing their friends lists with suspicion and even floating conspiracy theories. But the culprit it…

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Justice to drop charges against two companies indicted by Mueller

In an effort to protect government sources and investigative methods, Justice Department prosecutors will drop charges against two Russian companies, Concord Management and Concord Consulting, indicted by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller for financing operations behind interference in the 2016 presidential election. The two companies, along with Internet Research Agency and a cadre of 13…

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HHS attack amid coronavirus scare slows systems

As the U.S. ramped up its response to the coronavirus pandemic, a cyberattack on the Health and Human Services (HHS) Sunday night aimed to slow down the agency’s computer systems. The initiative didn’t make much of an impact. “Luckily it slowed, but didn’t break or compromise anything,” said Marty Puranik, CEO of Atlantic.Net. The attack…

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Bipartisan bill re-ups USA Freedom reauthorizations, aims at surveillance reform

The House Tuesday introduced bipartisan legislation that lawmakers touted as reforming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court (FISC) based on recent recommendations from the Justice Department inspector general (IG) and ends the government’s controversial domestic surveillance program, but which detractors say doesn’t represent reform at all. The bill, USA Freedom Reauthorization Act, bumps up congressional oversight…

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Australia’s privacy watchdog sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica

Facebook is facing a privacy lawsuit from Australia’s information commissioner over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. More than 300,000 Australians were affected by the when Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm used by both the Trump and Brexit Leave campaigns, violated Facebook policies by collecting the personal data from accounts of 87 million Americans and millions…

Coronavirus sparks phishing, disinformation, tabletop exercises and handwashing

It’s hard to tell who’s benefitting most from the coronavirus – Russia, hackers or hand sanitizer vendors, the latter of whom are at least trying to help stop the spread of the dangerous disease. A State Department official told Congress Thursday that Russian operatives are behind coronavirus conspiracy theories popping up on social media while…

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T-Mobile email vendor breach exposes info on customers, employees

A “sophisticated attack” at against T-Mobile’s email vendor gave an unauthorized third party access to some of the mobile provider’s employee email accounts that contained account information for T-Mobile customers and employees. The information may have included customer names and addresses, phone numbers, account numbers, rate plans and features, and billing information, the T-Mobile said in a…

J.Crew says year-old breach exposed customer account info

J.Crew notified a group of customers that an unauthorized third-party accessed their accounts nearly a year ago using their login credentials and obtained personal information, including the last four digits of payment card numbers, expiration dates, card types and billing addresses as well as order numbers, shipping confirmation numbers and shipment status. In a filing…

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