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BB 14: Online Privacy Tools and Practices

Online Privacy Tools and Practices<p>Topics in order<p>Modern consumer expectations<br>• Password Managers<br>• VPN & Tor<br>• Browser settings & Plug-in for …

Anonymous Declares Cyber War on ISIS. Why It Matters

After claiming responsibility for the Paris terrorist attacks last week, ISIS has a new foe.<p>Hacker collective Anonymous posted a video Saturday on …

The Two Questions You Need to Ask Your Data Analysts

Data scientists are in high demand. McKinsey predicts a need for 1.5 million new data professionals in the U.S. alone. As these droves of analysts join organizations, it’s critical that they know how to talk with managers about their findings. But the burden for good communication doesn’t just fall …

TalkTalk hack: boy arrested over alleged cyber-attack is bailed

MP urges press to respect privacy of 15-year-old after he was released by police in County Antrim, Northern Ireland<p>A teenage boy who was arrested in Northern Ireland as part of the investigation into the alleged cyber-attack on TalkTalk has been released, police have said.<p>Scotland Yard said the …

DOJ dismisses Apple’s arguments against decrypting iOS communications

The U.S. government rejected Apple’s arguments in federal court that unlocking iOS devices for police would damage the tech giant’s public image and …

Breach analytics: The next billion-dollar investment opportunity

The security market is clearly red hot, as evidenced by the continued investment into — and related valuation of — numerous startups in the field.<p>However, while rapidly maturing segments, including the endpoint detection and response (EDR) space, have garnered most of the headlines, the more …

Big Data

We’re sitting on a big data time bomb

$114 billion. That’s how much global organizations will spend on big data in 2018, an increase of more than 300 percent in just five years. But how much of that is money well spent?<p>Over the past 10 or so years, we’ve seen widespread adoption of new approaches for managing big data such as Mapreduce …

Apple pulls hundreds of apps that collected personal data

Apple recently suffered a rare breakdown of its App Store review policies. Because of that lapse, a couple hundred apps that used private APIs to collect personal information from users made its way into the App Store -- but Apple has confirmed that it pulled the offending apps. Analytics service …

Apps

China is already breaking its cybersecurity agreement, says report

In September, President Obama signed a groundbreaking agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping, agreeing that "neither country's government will conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property." Less than a month later, cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike is claiming China …

The security dangers of home networks

Most companies take reasonable steps to protect their networks from virus attacks, but one area of vulnerability that is often overlooked is …

Apple pulls insecure content blockers from App Store

Apple has removed a small number of content blockers from the App Store, with the blockers said to pose a security risk to its user base. The removed …

Netgear router exploit detected

<b>A security researcher in the US has said his Netgear router was hacked after attackers exploited a flaw in the machine.</b><p>Joe Giron told the BBC that he discovered altered admin settings on his personal router on 28 September.<p>The compromised router was hacked to send web browsing data to a malicious …

Security News This Week: The US Won't Force Companies to Build It Backdoors—For Now

This week, journalist Matthew Keys was found guilty of aiding members of Anonymous to hack his former employer. Verizon will limit its ‘zombie …

People are freaking out about terrorists using a popular secure messaging app — here’s why it’s not a big deal

The militant Islamist organisation has been using a new feature in the app — the ability to make public "channels," akin to a Facebook page — to spread its message to more than 4,500 subscribers (and counting). The Yemeni branch of Al-Qaeda also apparently has a Telegram channel, as do some other …

Privacy

New York Court Orders Apple to Unlock their Security on an iPhone (& Judge Defers Ruling in Surprising Twist)

Late last year we posted a report titled "The DOJ's War with Apple & Google Heating up over Encryption." In that report we noted that a top official …

The White House Backs Down On Phone Encryption

In a victory for tech firms, the Obama administration will not force firms to breach the security of their products in order to provide information to law enforcement.<p>The decision comes after a year after encryption introduced on iPhones and some Android phones sparked a debate between law …

Australian prime minister runs private e-mail server, uses Confide and Wickr

Perhaps we should be celebrating not censuring this tech-savvy politician.<p>Australia's new prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has confirmed that he is …

LogMeIn buys LastPass password manager for $110 million

LogMeIn promises to preserve LastPass brand, with expanded capabilities.<p>The maker of LastPass, a popular password manager, is being acquired by …

Five things to know to avoid getting hacked

Cyber attacks are now so common that many people are desensitized about the danger of their personal data falling in the hands of criminals.<p>That’s …

Jailbreaks wanted: $1 million dollar iPhone hacks

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.<p>The cybersecurity firm Zerodium announced on Monday that it will reward $1 million to anyone able to crack …

Wikipedia founder defends decision to encrypt the site in China

This summer, Wikipedia switched to encrypted HTTPS for all users, preventing ISPs from seeing which pages a user was visiting or injecting traffic into the stream. But while the change offered new security for visitors, it also offended Chinese censorship authorities, which had grown accustomed to …

LinkedIn open-sources FeatureFu, a machine learning library

LinkedIn today is announcing the release of new open-source software for machine learning called FeatureFu. It’s meant to help programmers with the process of feature engineering, which involves creating high-quality new data based on existing data that algorithms can use to work …

60+ Free Books on Big Data, Data Science, Data Mining, Machine Learning, Python, R, and more

<b>By Brendan Martin,</b> (LearnDataSci).<p>Pulled from the web, here is a great collection of eBooks. While every single book in this list is provided for …

Data Science

Mozilla says hacker compromised Bugzilla and used stolen ‘security-sensitive’ info to attack Firefox users

Mozilla today detailed a security attack on its bugtracker and testing tool Bugzilla, as well as the steps it is taking to mitigate a repeat incident. In short, a hacker compromised the service, stole security-sensitive information, and used it to attack Firefox users.<p>Bugzilla is open-source …

Ad blocking in Apple’s iOS 9 highlights rift over ads with app publishers

Apple has warned developers that, in the name of privacy and user preference, it is adding ad-blocking capability in its upcoming release of iOS 9 software, which is expected to arrive with new iPhones as early as Sept. 9. And that’s creating some tension with Google, mobile marketing companies, …

Serious bug causes “quite a few” HTTPS sites to reveal their private keys

Exploiting RSA implementation flaw allows attackers to impersonate HTTPS sites.<p>According to a security researcher for Linux distributer Red Hat, …

Android ransomware uses XMPP chat to call home, claims it’s from NSA

Improved Simplocker lurks disguised as legitimate Flash or video player app.<p>A new variant of mobile ransomware that encrypts the content of Android …