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Leak of >1,700 valid passwords could make the IoT mess much worse

List of unsecured devices lived in obscurity since June. Now, it's going mainstream.<p>Security researchers have unearthed a sprawling list of login …

What Happens When You Tell the Internet You're Pregnant

A month after I ordered prenatal vitamins on Amazon, I started hearing an ad on Spotify that featured the sound of a baby’s heartbeat. It was an ad …

Researchers report >4,000 apps that secretly record audio and steal logs

SonicSpy family of apps pose as benign programs. Behind the scenes, they spy on users.<p>A single threat actor has aggressively bombarded Android users …

Personal Info of 650,000 Voters Discovered on Poll Machine Sold on Ebay

When 650 thousand Tennesseans voted in the Memphis area, they probably didn’t expect their personal information would eventually be picked apart at a …

Roomba's Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder

The Roomba is generally regarded as a cute little robot friend that no one but dogs would consider to be a potential menace. But for the last couple …

Smart Homes

Drone dropped “tools” enabling inmate to escape, prison officials say

"We believe a drone was used to fly in the tools that allowed him to escape."<p>A South Carolina inmate used wire cutters and other "tools" like mobile …

Those who fell for the gag clause inserted into wifi terms and conditions committed to more than a month of community service<p>Do you read the terms and conditions? Probably not. No one does. And so, inevitably, 22,000 people have now found themselves legally bound to 1000 hours of community service, …

Lego

Google Says It Will Stop Scanning Your Emails to Serve Ads

Gmail is free, in part because Google has always scanned the contents of users’ inboxes in order to serve targeted ads. It’s a sleazy business model, …

I Gave Mattel My Email Address to Keep My Child Safe. They Used It to Send Me Spam.

Once I became a parent, I noticed for the first time that the products I was buying came with pre-addressed postcards. These postcards ask you to …

Personal data, including names, addresses, voter registration details and social media posts, made vulnerable because of improper security settings<p>A data trove owned by the Republican National Committee (RNC) containing personal details of nearly every registered voter in the US was left unsecured …

Security

Slip-triggered wearable robot twists elderly people’s hips to prevent falls

Prototype quickly learned people’s gaits and kicked in at a misstep.<p>With a slip and a twist, a robotic device that fits around an elderly person’s …

Alan Wake will be removed from digital stores after this weekend

Expiring music licenses means modern classic can no longer be sold for download.<p>If you missed out on 2010's <i>Alan Wake</i>—a game our reviewer called "a …

Don’t trust OAuth: Why the “Google Docs” worm was so convincing

You really think someone would just go on the Internet and tell lies?<p>An evil phishing worm masquerading as "Google Docs" took the Internet by storm …

More than 45,000 attacks recorded in countries including the UK, Russia, India and China may have originated with theft of ‘cyber weapons’ from the NSA<p>Global cyber-attack – live updates<br>• ‘Accidental hero’ finds kill switch to stop spread<p>A ransomware cyber-attack that may have originated from the …

Cybersecurity

This guy fixed his teeth by 3D printing his own plastic braces for $60

Amos Dudley had braces in middle school, but he didn't wear a retainer like he was supposed to, so his teeth slowly shifted back.<p>He didn't want to shell out thousands of dollars for a whole new round of braces, so the digital-design major decided to make his own.<p>On his blog, Dudley wrote that he …

Fitbit fitness tracker cracks Connecticut murder case

A Connecticut man accused in his wife's murder might have gotten away with it — if not for the victim's Fitbit fitness tracker and other electronic …

Unroll.me, the Email Unsubscription Service, Has Been Collecting and Selling Your Data

Yesterday, The New York Times went deep into some of Uber’s shady business practices. In the article, one small section revealed that one service …

Five Creepy Things Your ISP Could Do if Congress Repeals the FCC’s Privacy Protections

Why are we so worried about Congress repealing the FCC’s privacy rules for ISPs? Because we’ve seen ISPs do some disturbing things in the past to …

Advertisers look forward to buying your Web browsing history from ISPs

Ad groups thank Republican lawmakers for move to kill ISP privacy rules.<p>Six advertising industry trade groups yesterday thanked Republican lawmakers …

Free Data Isn't Free

On Thursday, Verizon proudly announced that it would begin offering “data-free streaming,” joining a growing number of carriers that are letting …

After escaping net neutrality probe, Verizon expands data cap exemptions

With net neutrality worries gone, FiOS TV goes "data-free" on Verizon Wireless.<p>Just a few weeks after escaping a net neutrality investigation into …

Creepy IoT teddy bear leaks >2 million parents’ and kids’ voice messages

Publicly accessible database wasn’t even protected by a password.<p>A maker of Internet-connected stuffed animal toys has exposed more than 2 million …

Amazon refusing to hand over data on whether Alexa overheard a murder

Amazon: Alexa and its users have a First Amendment right of protected speech.<p>Amazon is balking at a search warrant seeking cloud-stored data from its …

Police seek Amazon Echo data in murder case (updated)

Amazon's Echo devices and its virtual assistant are meant to help find answers by listening for your voice commands. However, police in Arkansas want to know if one of the gadgets overheard something that can help with a murder case. According to <i>The Information,</i> authorities in Bentonville issued a …

Smart Homes

Hackers who took control of PC microphones siphon >600 GB from 70 targets

Critical infrastructure, media, and scientists targeted by suspected nation-state.<p>Researchers have uncovered an advanced malware-based operation that …

What Happens When the Computer That Keeps You Alive Can Also Put You In Jail?

When Ross Compton’s Ohio home caught fire last September, the story he told police was that he grabbed a few things and rushed out of the house, …

Businessman is seeking damages of up to €45m from Uber over wife’s discovery of his extra-marital trips<p>An adulterous businessman in southern France is seeking damages of up to €45m (£38m) from Uber over his wife’s discovery of his extra-marital affair, according to reports.<p>The man, from the glitzy …

France

Vizio Fined for Spying on Users via Smart TVs, Selling User Data Without Consent

Vizio agreed on Monday to pay a fine of $2.2 million after it was caught secretly collecting user data and then selling personal user details to …

Smart TV

Privacy Paradox

Feel like you've got no control over your data?<br>Join our 5-day plan to take back your digital identity...<br>and maybe even your <i>soul</i>.<p>Start the week of challenges any time, and join thousands of other Note to Self podcast listeners.<p>Hear from The Bachelor's executive producer, Google's in-house …

Paradoxes

The Hidden Privacy Threat of ... Flashlight Apps?

When I downloaded the Flashlight app to my iPhone, I was in a jam. I was camping, I think. Or maybe a pen had rolled under my couch. I remember that …