Uber Is Getting a New Privacy Policy

Uber has rightfully taken heat for its past privacy overreaches: tracking riders after they get dropped off, tracking Lyft drivers, tracking and circumventing law enforcement, tracking critical journalists. Lots of tracking in situations where people expected not to be tracked! Read More >>

Here Are the First Concrete Numbers Showing How Rarely Twitter Takes Action on Abusive Behaviour Reports

Twitter has struggled to rein in harassment on its platform for years, but in January, the company pledged to finally get serious about the problem. “We didn’t move fast enough last year; now we’re thinking about progress in days and hours, not weeks and months,” Ed Ho, Twitter’s general manager of consumer product and engineering, promised. Twitter has rolled out a slew of updates since then, designed to stifle abusive behaviour. But the company has been quiet about how often it takes action when accounts are reported for abuse, and reporting by BuzzFeed revealed that harassing tweets often enjoy a long and happy life on the platform. Read More >>

The Fight Over DRM Standards for Streaming Video Is Over and Big Business Won

A fight over the future of video streaming has been brewing for years—and it finally came to a head today, with a major electronic privacy organisation bowing out of the consortium that sets standards for the web. Read More >>

Citing Russian Ties, America Boots Kaspersky Software From Government Agencies

American government agencies are now banned from using software created by the Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab and will have to begin removing Kaspersky products from their systems within three months, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced recently. Read More >>

Waymo Scores Key Legal Win, Will Get to See Super Secret File Made About Some of Its Former Employees

Waymo, the self-driving car company spun out of Google, just scored a major win in its ongoing legal battle against Uber. Waymo is suing the ride-hailing company, claiming that a former Waymo employee stole trade secrets about its autonomous vehicle technology and took them to Uber, where Uber then incorporated them into its own cars. Read More >>

iPhone X Face ID Raises Some Scary Questions—Here Are Some Answers

Apple announced today that its newest phone, the ten-year anniversary iPhone X (or iPhone Ten, if you prefer), will unlock using facial recognition—and people are already panicking about it. But it seems like Apple has anticipated a lot of the concerns and we might not need to freak out quite yet. Read More >>

Bluetooth Security Flaws Impacting ‘Billions of Devices’ Come With Some Serious Caveats

Leaving your phone or computer’s Bluetooth on all the time has never been a good idea, but now researchers at the cybersecurity firm Armis are claiming to have discovered a series of vulnerabilities that allow them to silently hack devices over Bluetooth. Read More >>

How Apple’s New Face ID Works

Apple is rolling out facial recognition to unlock its new iPhone X, as has been rumoured for months and confirmed in leaks over the weekend. Read More >>

Google’s Safe Web Surfing Tool Is Quietly Protecting Apps Like Snapchat Too

When Google’s Safe Browsing tool is working at its best, it’s invisible—a silent barrier between you and all the malware, phishing attempts, and other goblins lurking on the web. But every once in a while, you’ll see a glaring red warning when you try to visit a website that tells you to get the hell out of there. Read More >>

‘Critical’ Security Flaw Found In Plugin Used by Everyone From the IRS to Vodafone

A newly-discovered vulnerability in a popular open-source framework could put major companies’ data at risk of theft or deletion, according to researchers who revealed the bug. Read More >>

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Hackers Steal Personal Information of 143 Million Americans in One Attack

Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the US, revealed today that it has suffered a massive data breach at the hand of hackers. The stolen data includes names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, and other personal information for 143 million Americans. Read More >>

Russian Trolls Spent Over £76,000 on Facebook Advertising Around the US Election

Facebook announced today that it sold $100,000 (~£76,400) worth of adverts to a sketchy network of fake Russian accounts between June 2015 to May 2017, a period spanning the 2016 US presidential election cycle. The adverts often mentioned particular political issues, like LGBT rights or gun control, but rarely mentioned a specific political candidate or the US presidential election. Read More >>

Google Engineer Dismissed the Importance of Stolen Self-Driving Car Documents

Google’s self-driving car company Waymo sued Uber in February, claiming that Anthony Levandowski, a former Waymo engineer, stole 14,000 documents detailing Waymo’s lidar systems before accepting a job with Uber’s self-driving car programme. Read More >>

If Grandma Has a Pacemaker, Please Take Her in For a Firmware Update

The Food and Drug Administration announced this week that 465,000 pacemakers installed in the US have a security vulnerability that could be exploited to make the device operate too quickly or deplete its batteries, and these devices need firmware updates to keep them from getting hacked. Read More >>

Google Removes 300 Apps Used to Launch DDoS Attacks From Play Store

Google has removed roughly 300 apps from its Play Store after security researchers from several internet infrastructure companies discovered that the seemingly harmless apps—offering video players and ringtones, among other features—were secretly hijacking Android devices to provide traffic for large-scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Read More >>