security
TaskRabbit is Back Online After Suspected Data Breach With Plans to Bolster Security 

TaskRabbit, the handyman-for-hire app, is back online after being intentionally taken down on Monday following an apparent data breach. Read More >>

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Facebook, Microsoft, and Dozens of Other Tech Firms Vow to Not Help Governments Wage Cyberwar

A coalition of leading tech companies on Tuesday made public a vow never to aid any government in offensive cyberwarfare, while also promising to increase information sharing about malicious code to stem the tide of cybercrime. Read More >>

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TaskRabbit, the Handyman-for-Hire App, Appears to Have Been Hacked

TaskRabbit, the mobile marketplace that matches freelance labour with local demand, has apparently been hacked. Read More >>

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Some Android Phones Are Hiding Missing Security Patches, Researchers Say

New phone-security research unveiled by researchers at a German hacking conference last week spells bad news for Android users. Read More >>

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Police Acquire iPhone-Cracking Tools, Proving FBI’s Effort to ‘Backdoor’ Encryption Is Dumber Than Ever

For more than a decade now, FBI directors have been ranting about investigators being cut off from prized intelligence sources thanks to the widespread adoption of digitally encrypted communications. The truth, of course, is that humanity’s ever-increasing reliance on the internet has given today’s Federal Bureau of Investigation access to more data than its disreputable predecessors would’ve ever dreamed possible. The notion that technology such as smartphones and the internet have made information-gathering more difficult is a view expressed solely by the FBI in an ominous scenario it likes to call “Going Dark.” Read More >>

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Researchers Unearth New Malware Designed to Make Cash Machines Spew Out Cash

Researchers have recently discovered new kind of “jackpotting” malware—the sole purpose of which is forcing cash machines to spit out huge volumes of cash. Read More >>

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Twitter Joins Facebook in Supporting Law That Rips the Veil Off of Political Ads

Ahead of the Zuckening on Tuesday afternoon, Twitter formally declared support for the Honest Ads Act, legislation crafted in the wake of the previous great social media scandal—Russian propagandists targeting American voters with fraudulent ads online during the 2016 presidential election. Read More >>

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Rise in Ransomware Attacks Actually Led to Fewer Exposed Records, IBM Discovers

It seems as if last year’s data breaches were characterised by increased regularity, yet somehow, according to the latest research from IBM Security, fewer records were actually exposed. Read More >>

privacy
How to Speed Up Your Internet and Protect Your Privacy With Cloudflare’s New DNS Service

Cloudflare has launched its own consumer Domain Name System (DNS) service that not only promises to keep your browsing history safe, but appears significantly faster than any other DNS service available. Read More >>

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Russian Accused of Hacking LinkedIn Extradited to US After 15-Month Detention in Prague

A Russian national accused of hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox, and Formspring, and possibly compromising the personal information of more than 100 million users, has been extradited to the United States, The New York Times reported on Friday. Read More >>

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ProtonMail Launches a Shorter Email Domain and Other New Features for Encryption Lovers

An encrypted email service widely used among journalists and political dissidents just got several new sick features, including, let’s be honest, the only thing we really care about: a shorter domain name. Read More >>

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Facebook Exec Who Wrote Terrorism and Death Are ‘Justified’ by Facebook’s ‘Growth’ Says He Was Just Trying to Be ‘Provocative’

In 2016, a top Facebook executive wrote an internal company memo that said Facebook may be used to coordinate terrorist attacks and that it might cause deaths from bullying, but that those effects were justified in the name of corporate growth. Read More >>

privacy
Grindr’s API Surrendered Location Data to a Third-Party Website—Even After Users Opted Out

A website that allowed Grindr’s gay-dating app users to see who blocked them on the service says that by using the company’s API it was able to view unread messages, email addresses, deleted photos, and—perhaps most troubling—location data, according to a report published Wednesday. Read More >>

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Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower Floats Wild Nairobi Poison Plot 

The Canadian whistleblower at the centre of recent international furor over the misuse of Facebook data told Parliament today that his predecessor may have been “poisoned” five years ago. Read More >>

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Facebook Unresponsive as Reports Say Zuckerberg Will Testify Before Congress

After two weeks of watching his company take it in the shorts for doling out the most intimate details of people’s lives like candy, Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly resigned himself to testify before Congress. But so far, Facebook isn’t saying anything about it publicly. Read More >>