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Social Engineered hacked, user data leaked, dumped on rival site

User data from Social Engineered, which bills itself as a forum for the “Art of Human Hacking,” was leaked in mid-June and posted on a rival site. “Mybb had a vulnerability yet again and the site got breached along other websites using Mybb,” Social Engineered founder, Snow101, confirmed in a blog post. “We moved over…

Jury awards Minneapolis officer punitive damages for illegal searches of her DMV records

A federal jury last week awarded a Minneapolis policewoman $585,000 after determining that fellow city employees, including other law enforcement officers, repeatedly accessed her DMV records without any legal justification. Officer Amy Krekelberg originally filed suit in a Minnesota federal district court in 2013, alleging multiple violations of the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act from 2009…

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ACLU tells Ga. Supreme Court Fourth Amendment should apply to personal data stored by cars

Fourth Amendment protections should apply to personal data in a car’s Event Data Recorder, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will argue before the Georgia Supreme Court today. The state’s high court is hearing oral arguments in Mobley v. State, which challenges law enforcement’s warrantless search and seizure of data gleaned from the so-called blackbox…

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Venmo transaction scraped in privacy warning to consumers

A year after being called out for a feature that exposed customers’ transactions, Venmo continues to leak hundreds of millions of transactions. Independent researcher Dan Salmon was able to scrape together millions of Venmo transactions over the course of six months and warned users to set their payments to private after privacy researchers warned the…

Instagram testing simpler method to retrieve hacked accounts

Instagram is in the process of making it easier for its users to recover hacked accounts. The Facebook-owned social media site today began testing an in-app method, essentially a two-factor authentication tool, that will be triggered either when Instagram notes the user is having trouble logging in or by the user clicking “need more help”…

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ACLU warns security cameras could lead to surveillance

Millions of security cameras become equipped with “video analytics” and other AI-infused technologies that allow computers not only record but “understand” the objects they’re capturing, they could be used for both security and marketing purposes, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) warned in a recent report ,“The Dawn of Robot Surveillance.” As they become more…

Telegram blames China for DDoS disruptions during Hong Kong unrest

Telegram pointed the finger at Chinese state-sanctioned actors yesterday after a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack overwhelmed its servers as protests were taking place in Hong Kong. “We’re currently experiencing a powerful DDoS attack, Telegram users in the Americas and some users from other countries may experience connection issues,” the encrypted messaging service said…

Travelers’ photos stolen after CBP subcontractor breached

Photos of travelers and vehicles crossing U.S. borders were taken from a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) subcontractor through a cyberattack, the agency said Monday. “CBP learned that a subcontractor, in violation of CBP policies and without CBP’s authorization or knowledge, had transferred copies of license plate images and traveler images collected by CBP to…

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