Leaky Database Reveals Horrifying GPS Surveillance of China’s Uyghur Muslims

A misconfigured online database has exposed new details of China’s tyrannical surveillance apparatus, which the country’s government has used to further suppress one of its most persecuted populations. Read More >>

US Lawmakers Quiz Apple CEO Over FaceTime Eavesdrop Bug

A FaceTime bug that allowed virtually anyone to listen in on others when using the Group feature has drawn the interest of US lawmakers who want to know more about what Apple is doing to secure its users’ privacy. Read More >>

US Department of Justice Charges Huawei, Alleging Fraud, Obstruction of Justice, and Theft of Trade Secrets

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday announced two indictments against the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, which it said is accused of theft of trade secrets, obstructing justice, and lying to banks over its alleged non-compliance with U.S. sanctions against Iran. Read More >>

Data Leak in Singapore Exposes HIV Status of 14,000 Locals and Foreign Visitors

Medical records and contact information belonging to thousands of HIV-positive Singaporeans and foreign visitors to the southeast Asian city state have been leaked online, according to an alert issued by the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH). Read More >>

Google’s Plan to Limit Ad Blockers on Chrome Riles Developers

Top developers of ad-blocking and anti-tracking software are raising the alarm over potential changes coming to Chrome that were recently disclosed in a public Google document. As a result, at least one company is now threatening potential legal action. Read More >>

Google Fined £44 Million for Burying Privacy Terms Where Users Won’t Find Them

Google has been fined $56.8 million (£44 million) by privacy regulators in France, marking the country’s first use of the tough new privacy rules enacted in Europe last year. Specifically, the company is accused of violating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by using, without proper consent, the private data of users to craft personalised ads; and by burying key privacy disclosures pages deep amid oceans of text. Read More >>

How to Stop Worrying About Every ‘Mega’ Password Breach That Comes Along

News of this week’s so-called “mega breach” might deeply trouble you. If so, that means it’s a perfect time to take control of your personal security. Read More >>

Marriott Faces Massive Class-Action Lawsuit Over Hotel Reservation Data Breach

Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain operator, has been slapped with a class-action lawsuit over the data breach now said to affect upwards of 300 million people. The suit, brought by more than 150 past hotel guests, according to Vox, is at least the second to surface since the breach was disclosed in late November. Read More >>

Microsoft Refuses to Answer Key Questions About Child Porn in Bing’s Search Results

Microsoft’s Bing search engine is facing heat for reportedly including images of child pornography in its search results. The issue was described on Thursday by TechCrunch, which said it commissioned a study on the images propagated by Bing from AntiToxin Technologies, an Israeli startup focused on online safety, in response to an anonymous tip. Read More >>

Marriott Unsure How Many Hundreds of Millions of Guests Got Screwed by Data Breach

While downsizing the estimate of how many guests were impacted by the historic breach of its hotel reservation system, Marriott International on Friday announced that roughly 5.25 million unencrypted passport numbers are among the sensitive data illegally obtained by hackers unknown. Read More >>

Researcher Distributes Tool That Enables Mass-Hijacking of Google Chromecast Devices

A method a pair of hackers used this week to hijack thousands of Google Chromecast devices is, for those who hadn’t figured it out already, now plain as day. Read More >>

Twitter Hackers Hijacked New Accounts After Company Claims It Fixed Bug

Twitter is claiming to have resolved a bug that allowed a group of London-based security researchers to post unauthorised tweets to the accounts of British celebrities and journalists. But the hackers who initially disclosed the vulnerability says that’s complete rubbish. Read More >>

Equifax Breach Was Just as Infuriating and Dumb as You Thought, New US Government Report Finds

Members of the US House of Representatives spent 14 months investigating the 2017 Equifax breach only to reach the same conclusions that virtually everyone else with a brain did in the immediate aftermath of the company’s disclosure. The breach was “entirely preventable,” lawmakers found, and the credit reporting agency’s shit management did absolutely nothing to shield consumers from this mess. Read More >>

Hackers Find Stolen US Government Exploit Useful Again, Compromise Tens of Thousands of Routers

A Microsoft exploit made public last year after being pinched from the US National Security Agency has now been used by hackers to compromise more than 45,000 internet routers, according to researchers. Read More >>