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Ikea's TaskRabbit investigating cybersecurity incident

Ikea's freelance labor marketplace task rabbit temporarily shut down its app and website amid the investigation of a "cyber-security incident"

Should LinkedIn follow Facebook's lead in data restriction controls?

Facebook's recent announcement to update its data restriction policies has prompted some researchers to turn other social media platforms to review their data practices as well.

DHS acknowledges unauthorized foreign Stingray use in Washington D.C.

The United States government for the first time publicly acknowledged the existence of what appear to be stingray devices used by foreign intelligence in the U.S. capital region

Panera breach neglected since 2017, may have exposed data of millions

The personal data of what may have been nearly seven million customers was left exposed for eight months before being pulled offline today.

Equifax sent erroneous letters to breach victims

During the aftermath of the massive data breach which compromised the data of nearly 150 million consumers, Equifax notified some people using inaccurate letters.

Leaked Documents claim Cambridge Analytica Affiliate Gave Facebook Data to John Bolton

A whistleblower has released documents bolstering claims the U.K. company at the center of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytical scandal didn't destroy user data.

Airbnb China announces it will share user data with government

Airbnb is notifying its users in China that the company will share guest's information with authorities to comply with national laws and regulations.

U.K. police mobile device extraction tech raises eyebrows, study

U.K. police are secretly deploying technology which allows them to download all of the content and data from someone's phone on a questionably legal basis.

Nearly 1/3 of tech workers will delete Facebook accounts amid scandal, study

Amid the recent Facebook scandal, a recent study found 31 percent of tech workers said they will delete their accounts on the popular social media platform.

San Diego is suing Experian over data breach

The city San Diego is suing Experian over the data breach that compromised millions of records including those of 250,000 people in San Diego.

Phishing Madness? Ohio State University phishes students to teach security

Although it couldn't manage to outscore Gonzaga in the NCAA March Madness Tournament, Ohio State looked to gain brownie points teaching cybersecurity.

Selfies sold alongside personal info pose new threats to wallets

Cybercriminals are selling selfies alongside their data dumps on Russian language dark web forums offering potential buyers more options to exploit victims.

Cellebrite competitor GrayKey raises security concerns with iPhone unlocking device

A product made by Cellebrite competitor GrayKey is raising security concerns over a standalone device capable of unlocking iPhones.

Judge rules U.S. breach victims can sue Yahoo

A federal judge in California Friday ruled Yahoo must face many of the claims brought against the firm in a lawsuit over the company's massive data breaches.

MoviePass removes 'unused' location-tracking features from iOS app

MoviePass removed the "unused" location features that tracked its customer's movements too closely without first gaining informed consent.

Report: Age verification tool for porn sites raises privacy concerns in UK

The UK-based digital watchdog organization Open Rights Group is expressing concern that an age verification tool for pornography sites could potentially expose users' sensitive data, according to a report from the BBC.

Healthcare sector's biggest threats come from insiders, report

Healthcare is the only industry in which internal threat actors are the biggest threat to an organization, according to a recent study.

USPS introduces snail mail alerts to help secure Informed Delivery service

Having recently introduced a new "Informed Delivery" service that could potentially allow snoops to read scanned images of another person's or business' mail, the U.S. Postal Service is reportedly now sending out snail mail notifications to individuals to make sure that they knowingly have been signed up for the program.

Chase 'glitch' grants customers access to random accounts

Multiple Chase Bank customer accounts were exposed after what was described as a "glitch" granted customers looking to log into their own accounts access to the accounts of random customers instead.

Software vendor found placing malware in its own product

The company FlightSimLabs found itself in the odd position of having to remove malware it had installed on some versions of its software as part of the digital rights management package after it was discovered by a Redditor.

Report: Number of cyber incidents doubled in 2017, yet 93 percent could easily have been prevented

Out of nearly 160,000 reported cyber incidents affecting businesses in 2017, 93 percent could have been prevented by following basic security measures such as regularly updating software, blocking fake email messages, using email authentication, and training employees, a new report claims.

Not-so-super Sonic? Sega apps leak data to suspicious servers, says research lab

Three Sonic the Hedgehog games for Android devices that collectively have been downloaded well over a hundred million times are reportedly leaking users' geolocation and device data to uncertified servers, thereby posing a privacy threat.

Senate passes FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act

The House passed the bill January 11 even after a pair of contradictory tweets from President Trump over his take on the proposed legislation momentarily threw lawmakers into confusion over his position.