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New technique can manipulate encrypted Fitbit data

Fitbit devices are prone to vulnerabilities which could enable an attacker to access personal information and even create false activity records.

Report: Without safeguards, Internet and IoT may create surveillance states in near future

A catastrophic worldwide cyberattack and the emergence of an IoT-enabled surveillance state were among the chief security and privacy fears expressed by experts polled for a new report about the internet and its future impact.

Motel 6 to revamp privacy, data sharing policies after Phoenix locations send guest info to ICE

Every morning like clockwork, Motel 6 employees at two Phoenix locations would audit guest records and send the information to immigration officials.

Justice Department: Google won't challenge overseas warrants

Google has silently stopped challenging most warrants from U.S. judges in cases involving data requests stored in overseas servers.

Trump associates unmasked in probe of UAE prince's NYC trip

The prince met in December with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, who recently resigned as the president's adviser and other Trump officials

ACLU, EFF sue DHS over electronic device searches at border

The suit was filed on behalf of 10 U.S. citizens and a lawful permanent resident, most of them Muslim or people of color, whose devices were searched as they reentered the country after business or personal trips.

Sessions, Coats call for reauthorization of FISA

The U.S. Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence penned a letter to the Congressional majority and minority leadership urging them to permanently reauthorize Title VII of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is set to expire at the end of this year.

Apple iPhone X swaps Touch ID for 'Face ID' facial recognition unlock

Apple is swapping fingerprint verification for face recognition software in the newly revealed iPhone X, a move the company says is more secure.

Staffer with access to Ted Cruz's Twitter responsible for porn 'like'

The post, which was up only briefly, raised speculation that the senator had been hacked.

Apple iOS 11 makes it harder for law enforcement to access data

Apple appears to have not buried the hatchet with law enforcement and is doubling down on its privacy beliefs with the latest iOS 11.

Instagram buys up Doxagram domains to stop hackers

The move likely won't boot the hackers offline as the companies hope since the Doxagram already has taken up residence on the dark web.

21 EU members not complying with court ordered privacy rules: report

The global privacy advocacy group Privacy International has found that 21 European Union members continue to retain personal data despite going against both their own and EU legal mandates.

MLB: Red Sox used Apple watches to steal, transmit pitching signs

The conclusion is the culmination of a two-week investigation launched after the New York Yankees lodged a complaint with the MLB commissioner and provide video that showed suspicious activity in the Boston dugout.

Lenovo settles privacy charges with FTC, 32 states

The VisualDiscovery software created "serious security vulnerabilities" for those laptop users because it served as a man in the middle between and even encrypted websites.

'Doxagram' searchable database of pilfered info on Instagram users back up and running

Hackers, who exposed photos of Selena Gomez and other celebrities after exploiting a bug that Instagram has since said it fixed, initially aimed their scraper at accounts with one million or more followers but them expanded their efforts.

Report: Uber to discontinue post-ride tracking of app users

Uber Technologies will no longer track its app users' physical locations once a ride ends, Reuters has reported.

Hackers leak nude pics of actress Dakota Johnson

The actress, daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffin, is considering joining the ranks of other celebrities who are suing the website that posted the pictures, reports said.

Court tells DreamHost to hand over data on DisruptJ20 visitors, limits scope of gov't request

Thursday's ruling, which reduced the time period specified by the search warrant, had D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin toeing a thin line between free speech and investigators' needs in probing Inaugural Day protests.

Blumenthal: Committee should release transcript of testimony on Trump dossier

Glenn Simpson talked to Senate Judiciary Committee staffers behind closed doors for 10 hours Tuesday about the dossier his firm drafted from research gathered from former MI6 agent Christopher Steele.

Justice agrees to narrow DreamHost warrant for disruptj20.org data

DreamHost called the government's actions a "huge win" for privacy but says there are still First and Fourth Amendment arguments to be made.

Latest leak of hacked celebrity photos includes images of Tiger Woods and Lindsay Vonn

A website known for publishing images stolen from celebrity's hacked accounts has struck again, this time reportedly posting intimate photos of Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn, Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart, Katharine McPhee and Stella Maxwell.

Top 10 Security Challenges for 2017

The first half of 2017 has not exactly been a ride in the park for cybersecurity professionals.

Justice presses DreamHost for info on visitors to Trump protest site

A court in the District of Columbia authorized a search warrant for information on those who partipated in or organized a January 20 protest that erupted in violent confrontation and resulted in more than 200 arrests.

GoDaddy, Google shut down neo-Nazi site

GoDaddy gave the Daily Stormer 24 hours to find another host after the neo-Nazi site violated its rules, but Anonymous moved more swiftly. By afternoon Google had also yanked the site's registration.

Judges disfavor Microsoft Ireland decision in two cases pitting Google against DOJ

A pair of federal judges have separately issued rulings or statements in the last two weeks that struck a blow against Google in its attempt to block the U.S. Department of Justice from accessing customer data stored overseas.

Dating apps that collect personal details may attract scammers, researchers warn

Users of online dating apps could end up the target of spear phishing and social engineering scams, especially when these services make one's personal information accessible to virtually anyone, Trend Micro researchers have warned.

Almost 900 Bloomberg terminal chat room users doxxed

More than 800 Wall Street workers using an anonymous Bloomberg business terminal chat room were doxxed when an email containing their names and email addresses was sent to the chat room participants.

FBI gains exemption on releasing biometric data

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) received permission from the Justice Department exempting the agency from having to disclose the biometric information it stores.