Facebook has set aside $3 billion from its first quarter profit to pay for what is likely to be a record-breaking fine from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. But will mega-fines lead to the reform of tech giants' questionable privacy and security practices?
Google is facing questions from Congress about Sensorvault, its database that stores the geolocation data of millions of Android users, which has sometimes been shared with police as part of criminal investigations.
Facebook has fixed a security vulnerability in its digital marketplace that could have been abused to identify the precise location of a seller, and by extension, their goods. Police warn that thieves regularly trawl location data to find the owners and locations of high-value items.
"Move fast and break things," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg once said of his company's internal motto. But regulators have been increasingly signaling to Facebook that when it comes to users' privacy and data security, too much remains broken.
A warning that a smartwatch marketed to parents for tracking and communicating with their children could be coopted by hackers leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. It also reviews how a DNS hijacking campaign is hitting organizations and how "dark patterns" trick users.
From blockchains and surveillance to backdoors and GDPR, a group of leading cryptographers rounded up the top cybersecurity and privacy matters of the day at the cryptographers' panel held at the recent RSA Conference 2019 in San Francisco.
In the past, the relationship between cybersecurity and privacy has been uneasy and even ill-defined. But today, in the post-GDPR era, the relationship is clear, and so is the legal and compliance path forward, says David Ruiz of Malwarebytes.
Dark patterns are out to get you. The term describes the practice of abusing usability norms to create user interfaces that trick users into divulging their personal details or sacrificing their privacy. Bipartisan legislation proposed in the U.S. Senate, however, would make malicious design illegal.
The lack of a strong security culture at Equifax - especially compared to its two main competitors - was a key factor contributing to its 2017 data breach that exposed the personal records of 145 million Americans, according to a 71-page Congressional report.
Two third-party Facebook application developers exposed users' personal information by leaving the data exposed without a password in unsecured Amazon Web Services S3 buckets, researchers from UpGuard say. One data set contained 540 million unsecured records, the report found.
Buyer beware: A new study shows used USBs offered for sale on eBay and elsewhere may contain a wealth of personal information that could potentially be used for identity theft, phishing attacks and other cybercrimes.
Britain's intelligence establishment warns that Chinese networking giant Huawei's "software engineering and cybersecurity processes" continue to be beset by unresolved "defects" and that improvements promised by the manufacturer have yet to be seen.
Brad Smith, Microsoft's chief legal officer, says Australia's encryption-busting law is causing companies and governments to look elsewhere to store their data. Microsoft hasn't changed it own local operations yet, but other companies say they're no longer comfortable storing data there, he says.