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Unprotected MongoDB database exposes 763M unique email addresses, ‘business intel’


Verifications.io has taken down an unprotected MongoDB database found by researchers last week to contain 150GB-worth of plaintext marketing data including 763 million unique email addresses and various corporations’ revenue data. “This is perhaps the biggest and most comprehensive email database I have ever reported. Upon verification I was shocked at the massive number of…

Facebook’s Zuckerberg commits to privacy-focused platform


Facebook will pivot toward privacy over the next few years, “building a privacy-focused messaging and social networking platform” that includes end-to-end encryption, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday. Maintaining that “the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure and their…

Perimeter has changed, not disappeared (video)


For all the talk that the perimeter has faded away, Juniper Networks Vice President of Security Business and Strategy Samantha Madrid contends that it has just shifted instead. Madrid also told SC Media Executive Editor Teri Robinson that it’s time for companies bent on security to bust the silo mentality.

FBI’s Wray says cyberthreats ‘bigger than government’


Nation-state actors may not have brought the same chaos and disruption to bear during the 2018 midterms as Russian operatives did in the 2016  presidential election, but the U.S. is still under a relentless onslaught of cyberattacks and malign information efforts by foreign entities, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Tuesday. “We’ve not seen in the…

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NSA quietly abandons controversial surveillance program


For the past six months the National Security Agency has not been collecting metadata on Americans’ calls and texts domestically, marking the quiet end to a controversial surveillance program enacted by the 2001 Patriot Act., a congressional aide said Saturday. “The administration actually hasn’t been using it for the past six months because of problems…

Teen racks up more than $1M in bug bounties on HackerOne platform


A self-taught 19-year-old white hat hacker has amassed more than $1 million in bug bounties on the HackerOne platform. Buenos Aires resident Santiago Lopez, has become the first person to cross that threshold on HackerOne, according to a HackerOne blog post. “I am incredibly proud to see that my work is recognized and valued. Not just…

Orgs detecting breaches quicker, attackers more persistent


Although attackers are more persistent than ever, organizations are getting better at detecting breaches – on average discovering the intrusions about a week earlier. The median time lapse between the beginning of a breach and its detection in 2017 was 57.5 days but in 2018 that gap narrowed to 50.5 days, according to FireEye’s 2019…

Musical.ly’s $5.7M FTC fine largest yet under COPPA


Musical.ly, the social networking app now known as TikTok, illegally gathered and used children’s personal data, and must now pay a $5.7million fine for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said Wednesday. The operators of Musical.ly, which allows users to make and share short, lip-synced videos, “knew many…

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