Privacy News, Articles and Updates

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.

In a pair of contradictory tweets, Trump blasts, praises FISA

President Trump initially contradicted a White House statement supporting FISA with a tweet ripping the act as potentially having been used to spy on his campaign, then clarified his support for the legislation in a second tweet.

Mole on Trump team fed FBI info, Steele worried about political influence on FBI, Fusion GPS head says

Defying her GOP counterparts on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein made public the testimony of the CEO of Fusion GPS, the firm that hired former British spy Christopher Steele, author of the controversial Trump dossier.

FTC fines VTech toy firm over data breach

The Federal Trade commission fined toy firm VTech $650,000 as part of a settlement for violating a U.S. children's privacy laws.

NYPD requests Google turn over teen's digital history

The New York City Police Department has subpoenaed Google requesting the entire online history of a Staten Island teenager, according to a New York Post report.

India's 1.2 billion citizen national database reportedly breached

India's national ID database containing the information of nearly 1.2 billion people was breached with cybercriminals selling access to the information for $8.

Privacy of location tracking device owners threatened by 'Trackmageddon' flaws

A slew of online services used to manage GPS- and GSM-based location tracking devices have been found vulnerable to flaws that could allow attackers to hijack these devices and reveal their owners' past and current locations.

State Dept. releases Abedin emails found on Weiner laptop

The discovery of the emails on disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner's computer prompted former FBI Director James Comey to renew a probe of Hillary Clinton's email.

Firefox tests in-browser breached site notifications

Firefox is testing out a warning system that will notify users when they visit sites that have been breached.

Study: 90 percent of top cryptocurrency apps carry security and privacy risks

A study of 90 cryptocurrency mobile applications available on Google Play found that 90 percent of them contain security vulnerabilities or privacy risks.

In historic decision, FISA court allows NSA surveillance transparency lawsuit to continue

The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ruled that there is sufficient standing to proceed with a lawsuit that could require the court to publicly reveal the justifications behind the NSA's electronic surveillance program.

Legislation adding privacy protections to FISA passes through committee

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved the USA Liberty Act, which reauthorizes Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, but with new privacy protections.

Former Yahoo Chief Executive Mayer testified before Congress, blamed Russia

Former Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer apologized on Wednesday for the two massive data breaches at Yahoo

Americans worry about cybercrime more than they worry about car theft

American's are worrying more about becoming victims of cybercrime far more than they are worrying about becoming victims of conventional crimes.

Texas National Guard spent $373,000 on stingray equipment

The Texas National Guard last year spent more than $373,000 to install two of its DRT 1301C "portable receiver systems" in two RC-26 secretive surveillance aircraft.

Celebgate 3.0? WWE stars Paige and Jojo nudes leaked

WWE diva Paige has once again had her intimate photos leaked just a few weeks after a third man plead guilty for hacking into celebrity accounts.

Facebook asks users to send nudes to prevent revenge porn

Facebook is asking users to submit their nudes in a preemptive strike to combat revenge porn.

Bug in anti-malware defenses mistakenly blocks users' Google Docs files

Google issued a public apology on Thursday after a bug mistakenly caused its defenses against malware, phishing, and spam to block some users' access to Google Docs files.

Apple's machine learning can spot bra pics

A Twitter user is warning girls that Apple's machine learning is capable of categorizing images of women in their intimate apparel that are saved to a device.

Researchers surveil mobile users using just $1,000 worth of targeted ads

University of Washington researchers were able to surveil individual users using less than $1,000 worth of targeted advertising.

Mueller interviewed security pro who claimed to be recruited by GOP operative for Russian collusion

The investigator interviewed Matt Tait, who has maintained that the late Peter W. Smith solicited his help in locating deleted emails that he thought Russian hackers may have obtained from Hillary Clinton's private email server.

DHS will order agencies to adopt DMARC, https

DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke, will release a binding order requiring agencies to comply with DMARC plan within 30 days and https within 120 days.

Coalition, including ACLU, write House committee to oppose USA Liberty Act

The coalition says the bill, meant to replace Section 702 of FISA, doesn't adequately protect Americans against government surveillance.

Former Congressional IT pro Awan wiped phone before FBI arrest

Imran Awan wiped his iPhone just hours before the FBI arrested him at Dulles Airport as he waited to board a flight to Pakistan.

NFL player personal data found on open Elasticsearch server

NFL players may not mind having their views on social issues known, but they are probably not happy that a publicly accessible database has been found containing private information on about 1,100 players and their agents.

6,000 Atlanta Public School employees possibly compromised

Federal investigators have warned the Atlanta Public School system that all 6,000 of its employees may have had their personal information compromised due to a phishing scam.