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Facebook leveraged user data as bargaining chip, considered selling to allies


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leveraged user data as a bargaining chip to fend off competitors and considered selling access to friendly companies, giving privacy short shrift along the way. Even as he was promising to make privacy a priority, a pledge he renewed in the face of the Cambridge Analytica scandal and a string of…

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Russia targeted Sanders supporters on Twitter to sway support to Trump


“Bernie bros” weren’t the only ones who tweeted furiously about Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential campaign. Russian trolls on Twitter targeted Sanders supporters in an effort to sway them toward candidate Donald Trump, according to researchers at Clemson University.  Pointing out that the tweets occurred at a “higher volume than people thought,” Darren Linvill,…

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Hackers publish info on FBI National Academy alum


Hackers posted personal information on FBI, Secret Service and other federal employees as well as police officers nicked from three websites associated with the FBI National Academy (FBINAA). “We believe we have identified the three affected Chapters that have been hacked and they are currently working on checking the breach with their data security authorities,”…

Assange arrested on hacking charge and removed from embassy, to be extradited to U.S.


After seven years holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested on behalf of the U.S. on conspiracy to conduct computer intrusion on the United States, according to an indictment unsealed this morning. U.K. special police entered the embassy and forcibly removed a bedraggled Assange, who shouted and resisted…

Barr to probe origins of Russia counterintelligence investigation


Attorney General William Barr told lawmakers he was putting together a team to look into how the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation Finto Presidential Donald Trump came to be. “I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer…

Warren bill would send execs to jail for data breaches


Executives at companies like Equifax who “negligently permit or fail to prevent” an incident that affects personal data may have to spend time in the slammer if Congress passes the Corporate Executive Accountability Act. Under the bill, introduced by presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., CEOs could get as much as one year in prison…

Trump boots Secret Service chief in DHS shakeup


A day after Kirstjen Nielsen was reportedly dismissed as Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary, President Trump abruptly fired the director of the U.S. Secret Service (USSS), Randolph “Tex” Ailes and named USSS Assistant Director of the Office of Protective Operations James Murray to replace him. “United States Secret Service director Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles has…

DHS Secretary Nielsen resigns


Kirstjen Nielsen, whose background in cybersecurity sparked praise when she was named Department of Homeland (DHS) Secretary, reassigned Sunday. “This afternoon I submitted my resignation to @POTUS and thanked him for the opportunity to serve in his administration. It’s been an honor of a lifetime to serve with the brave men and women of @DHSgov,”…

Motel 6 to pay $12M for sharing guest info with ICE


Motel 6 will pay a $12 million settlement to Washington state after employees at several of the chain’s locations shared information – without a warrant – on 80,000 guests in the state with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over a two-year period. “Motel 6’s actions tore families apart and violated the privacy rights of tens…

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VoterVoice database leaks email addresses, messages to elected officials


An unsecured database at VoterVoice exposed a trove of personal information, including more than 300,000 unique email addresses, home addresses and phone numbers of people who have sent messages to legislators or participated in campaigns around hot political topics through “the grassroots advocacy system.”    “In a leak that has an eerie resemblance to the…

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