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Pennsylvania police warn an app may have been hacked to send fake speeding tickets.

DEA and ICE using surveillance cameras hidden in streetlights

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In a move that could stir up visions of an Orwellian-style government surveillance state, recently published government procurement data revealed the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have purchased an undisclosed number of covert surveillance cameras hidden inside streetlights to place around the country. Its unclear where or when either agency…

Plans include an open standard that would shrink users' dependency on passwords.

Biometrics and AI firm team up for first U.S. biometric database amidst criticism

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Biometrics firm SureID and AI-startup firm Robbie.AI are teaming up to launch the first U.S. biometric database. SureID has a nationwide network of fingerprint enrollment kiosks while Robbie.AI uses technology to authenticate using AI-based facial recognition and behavioral prediction that could be combined to create a nationwide biometric databased for consumer focused initiatives, according to…

Data breach compromises 64,000 Tomorrowland festival attendees

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Threat actors managed to access the information of 64,000 Tomorrowland festival-goers who attended the 2014 event in Boom, Antwerp, Belgium. Personal information including names, addresses, age, postcodes, and genders may have been compromised in the incident although this may be enough information to commit identity theft and other forms of fraud. “The managers of the…

The Privacy Professional: A Modern Day Renaissance Man

Omer Tene, VP & Chief Knowledge Officer, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Hollywood writers could not have scripted it better. Merely a month before the implementation date of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May this year, a data protection scandal roils the world. A whistleblower reveals the leakage of personal data from Facebook…

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Swedes inserting microchips under their skin

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Thousands of Swedes are possibly exchanging privacy for convenience by having microchips the size of a grain of rice embedded under their skin so they can do a variety of things – from accessing buildings and riding the rail to obtaining etickets for events. The chips, according to their supporters, are “largely protected from hacking,” NPR…

Kanye West’s poor iPhone password may be least of his worries

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Kanye West’s meeting with President Donald Trump revealed more to the world than the rapper’s political views after media personnel caught his iPhone PIN “000000” during a live broadcast. And while West has hopefully changed his PIN by now, cybersecurity experts warn his poor cybersecurity hygiene could lead to future problems for him down the…

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35 million voter records from 19 states found for sale on Dark Web

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More than 35 million voter records have been found for sale in a Dark Web forum containing information on voters from 19 states with prices ranging from $150 to $12,500. This information was tallied by Anomali Labs researchers working in conjunction with Intel 471 which reported the records contain voter data including full name, phone numbers,…

ACLU seeks Mass. police’s browsing history after tweet reveals possible monitoring of activist groups

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The ACLU on Tuesday announced that it officially filed a public records request seeking the bookmarks and browsing histories of every computer at the Commonwealth Fusion Center of Massachusetts, after a seemingly innocuous tweet sent by the state police last month may have inadvertently revealed recent intelligence gathering activities. Sent on Sept. 13, 2018 by the Fusion…

Samsung updates Smart TV privacy policy to clarify collection of user data

Sony TVs could allow attackers to hijack your living room

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Sony TV’s can be remotely exploited without any authentication by attackers due to three vulnerabilities spotted by Fortinet researchers, with one of the vulnerabilities being rated “Critical Severity” while the other two were rated “High Severity”. The critical vulnerability was a command injection attack which handles file names incorrectly when the user uploads a media file,…

Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery phishing attack results in data breach

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Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery, which operates in the Vancouver and Portland. Ore. metro areas, has reported a data breach which may have affected 2,800 patients and employees. On May 22, 2018, an unknown threat actor gained unauthorized access to an employee’s email account after it was compromised in a phishing email sent from the address of…

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