Password & Digital Identity/Privacy News

Facebook-backed Jio leaked trove of coronavirus app data because it didn’t have a password

A security lapse in Reliance Jio‘s coronavirus symptom checker exposed the results of millions of folks who took the tests. As first reported by TechCrunch, while the data was largely anonymized in nature, bad actors could’ve taken advantage of it and published all the information.

A cybercrime group operating since mid-2019 has breached the email accounts of high-ranking executives at more than 150 companies, cyber-security firm Group-IB reported today.

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Your Notes App Could Be Giving Away All Your Secrets

The last few months have been littered with high-profile webcam security breaches, with creeps on the internet hacking into live feeds and even talking directly to children. A lot of the stories have revolved around Amazon Ring products, but some Google Nest owners were recently hit by a ‘sextortion’ scam too.

Consumers Would Sell Their Data, Online Privacy For Monthly Fee

Clearview AI, The Company Whose Database Has Amassed 3 Billion Photos, Hacked

Clearview AI, the company whose database has amassed over 3 billion photos, has suffered a data breach, it has emerged. The data stolen in the hack included the firm’s entire customer list–which will include multiple law enforcement agencies–along with information such as the number of searches they had made and how many accounts they’d set up. 

 

Facebook Dating delayed in Europe over data privacy concerns

Facebook Dating, the company’s in-app dating feature, was initially set to roll out to European users on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. However, the rollout has since been delayed to an unknown date after privacy regulators raised concerns about Facebook Dating’s compliance to new data privacy rules in the European Union.

A dirty dozen of Bluetooth bugs threaten to reboot, freeze, or hack your trendy gizmos from close range

A trio of boffins at Singapore University this week disclosed 12 security vulnerabilities affecting the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) SDKs offered by seven system-on-a-chip (SoC) vendors.

 

Google to tell you if any of your passwords have been hacked, here’s how to use the feature

Every year, February 11 is celebrated as Safer Internet Day. To mark this day, tech giant Google has shared a password checkup feature that can help users to test how strong or weak their passwords are on variety of parameters.

Facebook employees reportedly feel guilty that the company didn’t fix a known security risk fast enough 

Facebook was repeatedly warned about a security risk that was taken advantage of in a hack involving 50 million accounts in 2018, and failed to fix it in time, according to a report by the Telegraph’s Laurence Dodds.

 

Security News This Week: Pro-trump Trolls Flooded the Iowa Caucus Phone Lines

The week kicked off with the Iowa caucuses, which went very poorly, in so many ways! We’ll talk about a few of them below, but the main takeaway is that adding unvetted technology to the voting process—or anything—rarely makes things better. Other states, please take note! Actually, Nevada and New Hampshire already have. It’s a start.

Chinese Government Hackers Charged With Massive Equifax Hack

Four members of the Chinese military have been indicted over the huge hack of credit agency Equifax, which led to the personal data of nearly 150 million Americans’ information being stolen in 2017

 

Indian Cops Have Been Asked to Spy on Students’ WhatsApp Groups

This series of directives were given out at a recent annual conference in Pune, which was attended by top police officers from across India, and addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Scotland makes inroads in digital identity project

The Scottish government has reported progress in its digital identity service project, as it moved into a 10-week development and testing cycle of a prototype.

Most Android phones can be hacked via Bluetooth right now: What to do

Hey, Android users: You might not want to use Bluetooth in public for a while, because there’s a serious flaw that could let anyone within Bluetooth range — say, in a subway car, on a busy street or in a parking lot — wirelessly hack your device without your knowledge.

Can You Trust DNA Companies With Your Data?

It’s pretty remarkable that DNA tests are a normal part of life in the 21st century. For a reasonable fee you can learn all about your ancestry and genetic traits. Of course, mailing saliva to a tech startup so they can analyze your DNA also sounds like a dystopian sci-fi movie. How safe is it to trust these companies with your genetic data?

How to Stop Reusing Passwords for Good

Take a moment to consider how much of your life is happening online: shopping, ordering food, banking, booking travel—even just talking to friends! The average person has gone from having a few accounts to over 150. And because each activity has its own login and “unique” password (or really just some variation of p@ssw0rd or Pa$$woRd?), online life has become a lot less convenient, and more like an infinite loop of forgotten password clicks.

Google Chrome’s password protection will alert you if your accounts have been hacked

Basically, Google’s browser will now let you know if any of the sites you log into using your Google credentials have been compromised. Given that data breaches and hacks are happening every other week nowadays it’s a case of when rather than if your details get exposed.

 

 

This Crafty Malware Makes You Retype Your Passwords So It Can Steal Them

Detailed by cybersecurity researchers at Fortinet, the Metamorfo banking trojan has targeted users of over 20 online banks in countries around the world including the US, Canada, Peru, Chile, Spain, Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico.

6 Simple Steps for Hardening your WordPress Security

Having a secure WordPress site does not need to be a challenge. Hardening a website means adding security layers to reduce the risks of attacks and hacks.