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Security researchers have discovered tens of millions of accounts from a third-party version of Telegram that were leaked online in another cloud misconfiguration. Bob Diachenko and the Comparitech team found the exposed data on March 21. It had been posted to an Elasticsearch cluster, password-free, by a group called “Hunting system” in Farsi. Although the...
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Just a month after shipping version 73 of its Firefox browser, Mozilla has released version 74 with a range of privacy and security enhancements. These include a privacy tweak to the way it handles the WebRTC multimedia streaming protocol. Mozilla had promised some of its changes months or even years ago, but an unexpected addition...
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Today, the chancellor Rishi Sunak announced his first budget as part of Boris Johnson’s Conservative Government, promising that more than £5bn will be invested into Britain’s digital infrastructure. This investment, Sunak said, will provide gigabit-capable internet for the country’s most rural areas and increase 4G coverage to 95% within the next five years. In response,...
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To celebrate International Women’s Day we invite you to this all-female splinter episode. We discuss privacy, biometrics, machine learning, social media, getting into cybersecurity and, of course, what it’s like to be a woman in tech. Host Anna Brading is joined by Sophos experts Hillary Sanders, Michelle Farenci and Alice Duckett. Listen now! Source link
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Users looking for a privacy-focused browser might want to consider Brave first, according to a study published this week. Douglas Leith, professor of computer systems at Trinity University, examined six browsers for his report – Web Browser Privacy: What Do Browsers Say When They Phone Home? He found that Brave’s Chromium-based browser is the least likely...
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Mozilla has said it plans to make a privacy technology called DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) the default setting for US users of Firefox within weeks. As our previous coverage explains, DoH encrypts Domain Name System (DNS) queries, which browsers use to resolve website addresses to their underlying numeric IP addresses. Normally, these requests are sent in the...
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Security researchers have discovered a publicly exposed cloud database containing personal data and behavioral profiles on 120 million Americans. Security company UpGuard found the misconfigured Amazon S3 bucket on February 3 this year, eventually tracing it back to market analysis company Tetrad. Around half of the 747GB trove appears to have been sourced from client...
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The future of security and privacy should be focused on the person and the impact upon them. Speaking to Infosecurity at the DigiCert Security Summit in San Diego, DigiCert CEO John Merrill said that security is about privacy and trust, and who is on the other side, and there is more awareness of privacy thanks...
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Today is Data Privacy Day. As we say every year, Data Privacy Day is more than just a 24-hour period when you try to keep safe online. It’s a day to think about changes you can make in your digital life that will keep you safer today, and tomorrow, and the day after, and the...
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Far from protecting the security and privacy of Safari users as advertised, Apple’s much-vaunted Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) could leave them exposed to a raft of privacy issues, including – ironically – being tracked. That’s the surprising conclusion of a group of Google researchers who this week published a short but sharp proof-of-concept analysis of...
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Each day in the US, more than 3,000 15- to 18-year-olds attempt suicide. According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s the second most prevalent cause of death among adolescents aged 15-19 years. Online services could help to prevent that and other types of harm that are befalling kids, but they...
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Microsoft briefly exposed call center data on almost 250 million customers via several unsecured cloud servers late last year, according to researchers. Bob Diachenko spotted the major privacy snafu a day after databases across five Elasticsearch servers were indexed by the BinaryEdge search engine on December 28. Each contained a seemingly identical trove of Microsoft...
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Hong Kong is set to follow the lead of European regulators in applying tougher penalties for data protection infractions, following a serious breach at airline Cathay Pacific in 2018. Proposed amendments to the regional government’s Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, which cited the GDPR, would see fines levied as a percentage of global turnover, according to...
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Google has temporarily disconnected Xiaomi’s IP cameras from its Home Hub service after a user reported that he was seeing images from other people’s devices. Google’s Home Hub is the company’s answer to Amazon’s Echo – a connected home automation display controlled via the GUI and a voice assistant. You can use it to control...
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