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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 …

Information Security

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

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 rational world, …

Big Data

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

Earlier on 18 October 2017, the team at iAfrikan and I published all the details we knew at the time regarding what we thought was South Africa’s largest-ever data breach. This was after I had called Troy Hunt, the security consultant, researcher and founder of have i been pwned?, who had initially …

Security

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

Facebook Is the Least Trusted Tech Company...And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?<p><b>1 — Survey: Facebook is the big tech company that people trust least.</b><p>With Facebook being scrutinized for its handling of data privacy, ad targeting, and propaganda recently, people …

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 …

Google

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 …

Machine Learning

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 …

Information Security

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 …

Privacy

Ethereum will match Visa in scale in a ‘couple of years’ says founder

The mind behind Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, is matter-of-fact about the crypto. In short, he believes what interviewer Naval Ravikant called “brain virus” is the true future of security and economics and, with the right incentives, Ethereum can replace things like credit card networks and even …

Bitcoin

Facebook’s open source React library is increasingly worrying devs

<i>Update: Facebook has announced it intends to re-license React under the MIT license. Details here.</i><p>Facebook is in the middle of a fraught battle. No, it’s not over the pernicious tide of fake news surging onto our newsfeeds, nor is it about privacy issues on the platform. Rather, it pertains to how …

Open Source Software

What your Facebook privacy settings mean -- and why you should care

It’s all fun and games on Facebook until you accidentally post something meant for “Friends only” to your public profile. How can you prevent something like that from happening?<p>Facebook offers some pretty in-depth privacy options, if you take advantage of them. In case you’ve never really looked at …

Facebook

Google’s new privacy dashboard makes it easier to see what Google knows about you

Also: how big is an exabyte?<p>Google will soon be rolling out design changes to its user-facing privacy and security dashboard, in an attempt to make it more touchscreen-friendly and more clear to users which Google products are storing their data.<p>In other words, Google is giving you a new spoon with …

Google

How to freeze your credit after a data breach

Or before<p>Yesterday, Equifax announced that hackers stole half of the US population's Social Security numbers in what will likely end up being one of the worst data breaches to ever affect the country. If you're one of the victims, you might consider freezing your credit. Here's information on how …

Identity Theft

Elon Musk says AI 'most likely cause' of World War III

Elon Musk is predicting the future again, like he does. This time, the eccentric billionaire and CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and others, took to Twitter to wax poetic about our pending demise at the hands of artificial intelligence (AI).<p>The Twitter rant started with a <i>Verge</i> article. In the piece, Verge …

Artificial Intelligence

Google made a tiny error and it broke half the internet in Japan

When an ISP makes a tiny mistake, the outcome could have immense repercussions – and this is precisely what happened in Japan last week.<p>Last Friday, half the internet in the country suddenly shut down after the Big G accidentally botched a Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) around noon local time. The …

Internet

Bots Are Scraping Your Data For Cash Amid Murky Laws And Ethics

LinkedIn says a startup that scrapes its user profiles is like a hacker. Resolving the issue may fall to the Supreme Court, but larger questions linger.<p>Is the data you share publicly on social networking sites like an announcement in a public place, where speech and information gathering are …

Privacy

A sketchy Satoshi has popped up to promote his new blockchain

There’s no proof, but lots of bizarre claims<p>Last night, <i>The Verge</i> and at least three other outlets received an email from someone claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious inventor of bitcoin. The email we received was brief and to the point: “I met with the SEC yesterday. I am ready to …

Bitcoin

The future of your data could rest in the outcome of LinkedIn vs HiQ case

While you were worried about net neutrality this summer, an artificial intelligence company named HiQ got itself tangled up in a legal battle with LinkedIn. The Microsoft owned social media platform this June demanded HiQ, an AI startup, cease and desist scraping data from its website. HiQ took …

Privacy

U.S. judge says LinkedIn cannot block startup from public profile data

By | SAN FRANCISCO<p>SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Monday ruled that Microsoft Corp's (MSFT.O) LinkedIn unit cannot prevent a …

LinkedIn loses legal right to protect user data from AI scraping

A Judge today ruled that an analytics company has the right to scrape data from LinkedIn (LI). HiQ, the data gatherer, has been processing publicly available data from LI and using it to train AI models, until May when LI demanded it stop.<p>Scraping is a data-gathering process that pulls relevant …

Copyright

UK citizens to get more rights over personal data under new laws

New legislation will give people right to force online traders and social media to delete personal data and will comply with EU data protection<p>People will get a new right to force social media companies and online traders to delete their personal data under laws to be brought forward by the …

Privacy

FaceApp removing 'ethnicity filters' after outrage

FaceApp, the popular photo-filter application, said it is removing new "ethnicity filters" after angry users condemned the update as racist.<p>The feature prompted users to alter selfies with "black," "Indian" and "Asian" filters. It gained widespread attention this week as social media lit up with …

Racism

Groep vrouwen dreigt met rechtszaak tegen Google om discriminatie | NU - Het laatste nieuws het eerst op NU.nl

Dat schrijft <i>The Guardian</i>. Advocaat James Finberg stelt dat zestig vrouwen die zich bij de zaak hebben aangesloten. Zij zeggen minder te verdienen dan …

Government to strengthen UK data protection law - GOV.UK

• Public to have greater control over personal data - including right to be forgotten<br>• New right to require social media platforms to delete information …

UK's tough new 'right to be forgotten' legislation protects users by imposing huge fines

Britain’s data protection legislation could soon see its most significant overhaul in years, under proposals outlined by the current May government.<p>The biggest feature is that citizens will be able to ask online services to delete their data — particularly if it was posted when they were children. …

Privacy

10 Members of Congress rake FCC over the coals in official net neutrality comment

How and to what extent the FCC should regulate internet access has been a hot question for years, and the present administration holds opposite views than the previous one, resulting in a proposal to eliminate 2015’s Open Internet Order. But Congress (or at least a few of its members) isn’t going …

Internet