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While the UN laughed at Trump, hackers chortled at the UN's lousy web application security

The United Nations has been hit with two damning data leak allegations in as many days. The global organization has seen researchers uncover a pair of flaws that had left a number of its records, and those of its employees, accessible to hackers online. Word of the first issue came out yesterday when security researcher …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Sep 2018

Cookie clutter: Chrome saves Google cookies from cookie jar purges

If you tell Google's latest version of Chrome to delete all of its cookies – surprise, you may still end up with Google cookies on your computer. Christoph Tavan, CTO of publishing biz Contentpass, pointed out this week that when netizens tell the browser to remove all cookies from their machines, Chrome 69 keeps users logged …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Sep 2018
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Twitter: Don't panic, but we may have leaked your DMs to rando devs

Twitter is in full damage control mode after disclosing that it may have inappropriately exposed some unlucky twits' private tweets and direct messages to strangers. The 280-character shoutfest admitted on Friday that a bug present in one of its APIs from May 2017 to September 10, 2018, could have caused some messages to leak …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Sep 2018
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Trend Micro tools tossed from Apple's Mac App Store after spewing fans' browser histories

Updated A bunch of Trend Micro anti-malware tools have vanished from Apple's Mac App Store – after they were spotted harvesting and siphoning off users' browser histories. Dr Cleaner, Dr Antivirus, and App Uninstall – utilities owned by the Japan-headquartered security house and distributed on the Mac App Store – are no longer …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Sep 2018
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It looks like tech-savvy drivers will have to lead connected car data purge

The privacy issues thrown up by connected cars don't seem to be going anywhere soon. Drivers of cars from BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz have reported that previous owners retain unfettered access to the data and controls of connected cars after resale. The problem is international and extends to hire cars due to …
John Leyden, 7 Sep 2018
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Apple to require privacy policy on all apps

Apple will require all apps developers to include a privacy policy that outlines what they will do with their users' data, starting October 3. The new policy was announced this week on the company's developer forum and will affect all apps, including those under testing. As well as requiring a policy to exist, Apple also notes …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Aug 2018
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Mozilla changes Firefox policy from ‘do not track’ to ‘will not track’

Mozilla says it will soon be modifying its Firefox browser to block all user tracking on websites by default. “In the near future, Firefox will, by default, protect users by blocking tracking while also offering a clear set of controls to give our users more choice over what information they share with sites,” said Mozilla VP …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Aug 2018
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ABBYY woes: Doc-reading software firm leaves thousands of scans blowing in wind

Document-reading software flinger ABBYY exposed more than 203,000 customer documents as the result of a MongoDB server misconfiguration. The AWS-hosted MongoDB server was accidentally left publicly accessible and contained 142GB of scanned documents including over 200,000 scanned contracts, memos, letters and other sensitive …
John Leyden, 29 Aug 2018
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Muslim American woman sues US border cops: Gimme back my seized iPhone's data!

An American woman is suing the US government's Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection to get the data border agents copied from her phone. Rejhane Lazoja said that when she landed at Newark Liberty International Airport on February 26 after a nine-hour transatlantic flight, she was subjected to a secondary …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Aug 2018
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Facebook pulls 'snoopy' Onavo VPN from Apple's App Store after falling foul of rules

Facebook has pulled its data-snaffling Onavo VPN from Apple's App Store after the iGiant said the tech violated recently tightened rules. Onavo is a free VPN app that pipes user traffic through Facebook systems under the pretext of protecting surfers from malware-tainted websites and other threats. The app, which the social …
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2018
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Big Tech turns saboteur to cripple new California privacy law in private

Technology companies are fighting a behind-the-scenes battle in California to undermine new privacy legislation before it comes into effect. The California Consumer Privacy Act was approved back in June following an extraordinary game of chicken between grassroots campaigners and lawmakers. It will give new rights to the state …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Aug 2018
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Connected car data handover headache: There's no quick fix... and it's NOT just Land Rovers

The perils of previous owners retaining unfettered access to the data and controls of connected cars after resale is a wider problem across the industry, The Register has discovered. We have confirmed that BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan may all have much the same issue as Jaguar Land Rover, the focus of our recent article on …
John Leyden, 21 Aug 2018

Prenda lawyer pleads guilty to moneyshot honeypot scheme

One of the attorneys behind notorious copyright operation Prenda Law has just agreed to plead guilty to a pair of felony counts. Paul Hansmeier agreed on Friday to a deal [PDF] that will see him take convictions on one count conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. In …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Aug 2018
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I wish I could quit you, but cookies find a way: How to sidestep browser tracking protections

Browsers' built-in tools that crumble web cookies that track you around the internet can be bypassed or rendered ineffective by malicious websites. In a paper presented at the USENIX Security Symposium this week, a trio of researchers from KU Leuven in Belgium describe how they developed a framework to analyze the enforcement …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Aug 2018
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Mozilla-endorsed security plug-in accused of tracking users

A security plug-in for the Firefox browser is under fire after users discovered it was collecting and uploading their online activity. The outcry began after Mozilla featured the Web Security extension on its blog with a post titled "Make Your Firefox Browser a Privacy Superpower." The plug-in, developed by German company …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Aug 2018
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Hi-de-Hack! Redcoats red-faced as Butlin's holiday camp admits data breach hit 34,000

Updated Holiday camp and British institution Butlin's has admitted 34,000 visitor records have been compromised. Guest names, holiday dates, postal addresses, email and telephone numbers have been exposed. Butlin's said payment card details are not at risk. The breach was the result of staff responding to a phishing email that posed …
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2018
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Probe Brit police phone-peeking plans, privacy peeps plead

The UK's snooping watchdog has been urged to investigate whether the country's coppers have a legal basis to suck up mobile phone data – or if it would constitute state hacking. Privacy International said it had made a formal complaint about the lack of legal clarity around the police's ability to slurp data off people's …
Rebecca Hill, 3 Aug 2018
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UK.gov ploughs cash into creaky police technology

The British government has sunk £100m into efforts to link up cops’ IT systems, boost resource-sharing and develop digital forensics. The UK's police forces have been battling to improve outdated systems for years. Multiple annual reports into the state of policing have concluded that cops lag far behind in their use of tech, …
Rebecca Hill, 2 Aug 2018

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