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Assange indicted on 17 counts under Espionage Act

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was indicted Tuesday on 17 counts of violating the rarely invoked Espionage Act for the 2010 procurement and publication of classified documents nicked by former Army Private and intelligence officer Chelsea Manning. The charges leveled against Assange, seen as courageous whistleblower by proponents and a criminal by critics, have raised concerns…

Chinese-made drones could transmit flight data back to makers, gov’t, DHS CISA warns

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warned in a Monday alert that drones made in China might be transmitting flight data back to their makers that the Chinese government can access. Noting the drones “contain components that can compromise your data and share your information on a server accessed…

Unsecure Chtrbox AWS database exposes data on 49 million Instagram influencers, accounts

An unsecured Chtrbox database hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and discovered by security researcher Anurag Sen has exposed the records of more than 49 million Instagram influencers. Data scraped from the accounts include bios, account details like number of followers, location information, email addresses, phone numbers and profile pictures as well as a calculated…

ACLU backs Calif. legislation to curb facial recognition tech with body cams

Just days after San Francisco became the first city to ban the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement and government agencies, a coalition led by the ACLU of California is backing a bill that would “prevent the use of face surveillance and other biometric surveillance technology with police body cameras and similar devices”…

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Hackers add bogus scores to Trump’s U.S. Golf Association account

Hackers accessed President Trump’s U.S. Golf Association account and added four fake golf scores for games allegedly played at two courses. After being alerted to media reports, “as we dug into the data it appears someone has erroneously posted a number of scores on behalf of the GHIN user,” Golfweek cited Craig Annis, the managing…

Hackers access, steal info from 460K Uniqlo Japan online accounts

Hackers stole data, including partial credit card numbers, on 460,000 Uniqlo Japan online customers in an incident that took place between April 23 and May 10. “We deeply apologize to our customers and pledge to prevent this from happening again,” according to a statement from Fast Retailing Co., the parent of Uniqlo and GU Japan, which…

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San Francisco vote could lead to facial recognition ban

With its Board of Supervisors poised to vote today, San Francisco may become the first city in the U.S. to ban police and city agencies from using facial recognition technology. The use of facial recognition technology has become more prevalent in recent years with proponents praising its importance in helping law enforcement solve crime and…

Federal bill to curtail CBP PII reveals, Illinois tackles digital assistant eavesdropping

A bipartisan group of Senators plan to introduce a bill that would stop U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from selling the PII of citizens who move out of the country. The bill, sponsored by Senators Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Gary Peters, D-Mich., addresses a loophole that allows CBP to sell certain pieces of personal…

Google unveils new controls for automatically deleting data after 3 or 18 months

Google on Wednesday announced an upcoming, privacy-friendly feature that will automatically delete user location history and web and app activity data after a specified period of time. The new controls will be rolled out in the coming weeks, Google revealed in a blog post authored by David Monsees, “Search” product manager, and Marlo McGriff, “Maps”…

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