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North Korean hackers behind attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges, South Korean newspaper reports

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s spy agency said North Korean hackers were behind attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges this year in which some 7.6 billion won ($6.99 million) worth of cryptocurrencies were stolen, a newspaper reported on Saturday.<p>FILE PHOTO: A coin representing the bitcoin …

North Korea

Mozilla's ultra-private mobile browser just got a big update

Mozilla has released Firefox Focus 4.0. The newest version of Mozilla’s privacy-focused mobile browser comes with several enhancements, including a fully customizable autocomplete that lets you create shortcuts to individual websites, and the ability to add alternative search engines.<p>The biggest …

Software

Net neutrality is dead

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today voted to end Obama-era net neutrality protections. Voting along party lines, the ballots were cast as expected with the Republican-controlled FCC ending the Title II classification and effectively handing control of the internet to ISPs like …

Internet

Why Cryptojacking Is The Next Big Cybersecurity Threat

Meet the Internet’s latest menace. Hackers and penny-pinching website hosts are hijacking people’s computers to “mine” cryptocurrency. And we’re not …

EU to intervene in Microsoft's U.S. Supreme Court data protection case

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is to make a submission to the U.S. Supreme Court in its hearing of the U.S. Department of Justice's appeal against a ruling which prevented prosecutors from gaining access to emails held by Microsoft in Ireland.<p>The case has attracted significant attention …

U.S. Supreme Court

The 5 Biggest Tech Scandals of 2017

2017 has been a year with no small share of controversy across many different industries and sectors.<p>The tech world in particular has been no stranger to scandal, finding itself at the epicenter of a series of major headlines drawing the public eye (and ire).<p>In a recent study, Instamotor has …

Travis Kalanick

8 things to worry about if your company wants to track your location

“No, I don’t think that’s such a big deal, I have no problem with the app running on my private phone,” said my friend back when his company (one of the biggest oil companies in the world) decided to ‘gift’ all of their employees a shiny new app meant to track them while at work. He was new at the …

Meditation

Yet another NSA intel breach is discovered on AWS. It's time to worry.

Once again the US government displays a level of ineptitude that can only be described as ‘Equifaxian‘ in nature. An AWS bucket with 47 viewable files was found configured for “public access,” and containing Top Secret information the government designated too sensitive for our foreign allies to …

Security

The electricity used to mine bitcoin this year is bigger than the annual usage of 159 countries

• <b>New bitcoin is created by computers solving complex cryptographic problems, a process known as "mining."</b>• <b><br>PowerCompare.co.uk says the amount of electricity used by computers mining bitcoin so far this year eclipses the annual usage of countries like Ireland and most African countries.</b>• <b><br>Bitcoin's</b> …

Bitcoin

Data breach hits Department of Social Services credit card system

Exclusive: Data includes employees’ names, user names, work phone numbers, work emails and system passwords<p>The Department of Social Services has written to 8,500 current and former employees warning them their personal data held by a contractor has been breached.<p>In letters sent in early November …

Security

Google is receiving Android users' locations even location services are off

This is bad. Google actively receives location data from Android users even when location services have been switched off.<p>Starting from early 2017, Android phones have been gathering addresses of nearby cellular towers and sending this data back to Google, Quartz reports. The most troubling part is …

Google

The Avoidable Mistakes Executives Continue to Make After a Data Breach

The past few years have taught us that companies <i>will</i> be breached and consumer data <i>will</i> be stolen. Last year was a record year for data breaches, and 2017, so far, has seen its fair share of high-profile cyberattacks. Still, top executives continue to stumble in the way they respond to an attack, …

Security

The iOS 11 privacy and security settings you need to know about

Chances are that you haven't purchased the iPhone X yet, but you're probably already running the shiny new iOS 11. And yup, this is a great …

iOS

Open Banking Starts With Opening Bank Culture

BNYMellon is finding that its drive to transform the bank through digitization requires significant cultural change, and open source software is a significant part of that. An active member of the Symphony Software Foundation, the bank is starting cautiously.<p>“We recently open-sourced our first …

BNY Mellon

Founder of web browser Opera says worried about online privacy

LISBON (Reuters) - People should worry about online data collection by technology companies because it gives them unparalleled insight into users lives, the creator of one of the biggest web browsers, Opera, said on Thursday.<p>Jon von Tetzchner said the situation was already comparable to George …

Software

Paradise Papers: Leaks Show Wilbur Ross Hid Ties to Putin Cronies

Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary in the Trump administration, shares business interests with Vladimir Putin’s immediate family, and he failed to clearly disclose those interests when he was being confirmed for his cabinet position.<p>Ross — a billionaire industrialist — retains an interest in a …

Corruption

Russia funded Facebook and Twitter investments through Kushner investor

Institutions with close links to Kremlin financed stakes through investor in Trump son-in-law’s venture, leaked files reveal<p>Two Russian state institutions with close ties to Vladimir Putin funded substantial stakes in Twitter and Facebook through an investor who later acquired an interest in a …

Russia

America doesn't trust Facebook

It’s hard to love Facebook — but it’s harder to imagine life without it. A <i>Verge</i> survey found that among the big five tech companies, Facebook had the lowest percentage of people who liked its products and services. But among those who did like it, more people said they greatly enjoyed using …

Facebook

Researchers warn of new botnet that could take down the internet

Security group Check Point Research claims to have discovered a rapidly growing and evolving botnet which they believe could eventually take down the …

Watch out Google! Blockchain will set us free from data tyranny

Credit: RF Clipart<p>Do you know how much data you actually own?<p>You would think it would be a lot, right? We’re constantly feeding the internet with our personal information, traits, habits, and characteristics — so at least some of that data should belong to us personally.<p>That would be the case in a …

Big Data

South Africa’s biggest data breach affects over 30 million citizens — and nobody knows where it came from

“They’ve [Dracore] fucked up in a seriously large scale here. They’ve collected an enormous volume of data and I’m not sure the owners of that data ever gave their consent. That may still be legal, but the backlash will be severe. They then published that data to a web server with absolutely zero …

Wi-Fi security has been breached, say researchers

This is your Wi-Fi on KRACK<p>At about 7AM ET this morning, researchers revealed details of a new exploit called KRACK that takes advantage of vulnerabilities in Wi-Fi security to let attackers eavesdrop on traffic between computers and wireless access points. The exploit, as first reported by <i>Ars</i> …

Wi-Fi

Facebook tracks scary-specific details about your life. Here's what it knows

As the saying goes: “if you aren’t being sold, you are the product.” Nowhere is this more true than on Facebook.<p>The social network boasts nearly two billion users, and offers a staggering amount of free content that keeps most of us engaged hours each day. And in the future, it’s looking to further …

Facebook

A phony ad-blocking Chrome extension infiltrated Google's official Web Store

A phony AdBlock Plus extension was listed in Chrome’s official Web Store up until today, with more than 30,000 people having downloaded it. Anonymous cybersecurity personality @SwiftOnSecurity called attention to the fake extension and pointed out that imposters, like this fake AdBlock Plus, …

Google

Former MI5 spy: We must fight for digital privacy

We live in a society where shadowy figures influence what makes the news, who goes to jail, and even who lives or dies.<p>We live in a system where corporations and the state work together to take control of our information, our communications, and potentially even our future digital souls.<p>So we do …

Surveillance
Small Business

Google Makes Big Concession in Europe to Avoid More Antitrust Fines

Google will treat its own shopping service the same as rivals when they bid for ads at the top of a search page, the firm said on Wednesday, as it …

The most valuable data tech companies collect about you

The privacy debate tends to focus on how big companies handle "private" information like Social Security Numbers, credit histories, financial …

Chrome plugin exploited Tinder privacy bug to track your friends' location

Remember Tinder Social – the group meeting feature that got the popular dating app in trouble for outing its users to their Facebook friends? It turns out that, in addition to this, Social had another glaring privacy issue that made it possible for Tinder users to track their Facebook friends – and …

Tinder

Apple starts collecting browsing data in Safari using its differential privacy tech

Today’s public release of macOS High Sierra brings with it some key updates to Safari — including the ability to disable cross-site cookie tracking and turn off autoplaying ads. Arriving alongside those features is a less publicized new addition to Apple’s proprietary browser: data collection. The …