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JetBlue flight evacuated after photo of suicide vest sent to crew, passengers via AirDrop

A Tampa-bound JetBlue flight waiting for takeoff at Newark Airport was evacuated after members of the crew and some passengers received a photo of a suicide vest via Apple’s AirDrop. Although the source of the photo is unknown, someone nearby – potentially a passenger, according to a report in the New York Daily News –…

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Rickygate: Puerto Rican governor’s private chat group messages leaked on Telegram

Protest continue after inflammatory and derogatory messages from Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló’s private group chats were leaked and published by The Center for Investigative Journalism using Telegram. The nearly 900 pages of exchanges published in an incident dubbed “Rickygate” are laced with homophobic remarks, including some aimed at singer Ricky Martin, and insulting comments…

Computer password inventor Fernando Corbató dies at 93

Pioneering computer scientist Fernando “Corby” Corbató, regarded as the inventor of the computer password and a key contributor in the development of time-sharing computer systems, died last Friday, July 12, in Newburyport, Massachusetts at the age of 93. Corbató’s Compatible Time-Sharing System (CTSS) allowed multiple users to work on a computer simultaneously, according to an…

ICE, FBI using driver’s license photos, without permission, for facial recognition searches

Driver’s license photos have been used, without users’ permission, by agents with the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for facial recognition searches. While their efforts were ostensibly aimed at tracking criminals, the information could be used on citizens who have not committed crime. “Law enforcement’s access of state databases” is “often done in…

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Hong Kong protesters fear gov’t use of facial recognition, surveillance tech

Fear that the government will draw facial recognition technology from its arsenal of digital surveillance tools to identify protesters in Hong Kong has prompted some to take evasive action to diminish or eliminate their digital footprints. Some protesters are deleting posts on social media as well as shutting off their phones’ location tracking features, even…

Exposed Orvibo database leaks two billion records

More than two billion user logs containing information on Chinese home solutions company Orvibo’s customers were leaked after a database was left exposed. The company sells a portfolio of 100 smart solutions to manage energy and security systems, such as lighting systems, home entertainment devices and HVAC, in homes, offices and hotel rooms via a…

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Gay dating app fined $240,000 for leaking nudes and other personal data

The makers of the gay dating app Jack’d was fined $240,000 by the New York Attorney General’s Office for leaking private data and nude photos.  Online Buddies, Inc. was charged with failure to protect private photos of users of its ‘Jack’d’ dating application, and the nude images of approximately 1,900 users in the gay, bisexual,…

Cloud provider PCM hacked, customer info likely stolen for gift card scam

Hackers accessed emails and file sharing systems of some customers of cloud provider PCM Inc. During a May 2019 intrusion, hackers nicked administrative credentials that the cloud vendor uses for managing customer accounts in Microsoft Office365 and appeared to want to use stolen information to perpetrate gift card fraud in a scheme that resembled a…

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