Facebook admits it stored ‘hundreds of millions’ of account passwords in plaintext

Facebook admits it stored ‘hundreds of millions’ of account passwords in plaintext

Facebook confirmed Thursday in a blog post, prompted by a report by cybersecurity reporter Brian Krebs, that it stored “hundreds of millions” of account passwords in plaintext for years. Both companies said passwords were stored in plaintext and not scrambled.

Streaming site Kanopy exposed viewing habits of users, researcher says

Streaming site Kanopy exposed viewing habits of users, researcher says

In a blog post, Paine said the server contained between 25-40 million daily logs, which he said could have identified all the videos searched for and watched from a user’s IP address.

Facebook stored hundreds of millions of passwords unprotected

Facebook stored hundreds of millions of passwords unprotected

According to security reporter Brian Krebs, who cited a “senior Facebook insider”, “access logs showed some 2,000 engineers or developers made approximately nine million internal queries for data elements that contained plaintext user passwords”.

Facebook employees had access to millions of user passwords

Facebook employees had access to millions of user passwords

stored up to 600 million user account passwords without encryption and viewable as plain text to tens of thousands of company employees, according to a report Thursday by cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs.

A Few Simple Steps to Vastly Increase Your Privacy Online

A Few Simple Steps to Vastly Increase Your Privacy Online

We'll switch up your browser and search engine, add some plugins to block surveillance, and get a little technical with DNS servers.

Uber used secret spyware to try to crush Australian start-up GoCatch

Uber used secret spyware to try to crush Australian start-up GoCatch

Uber developed spyware code-named Surfcam in its Sydney office in 2015Surfcam scraped data on competitors' cars to allow Uber to poach driversUber used Surfcam to steal drivers from start-up GoCatch The spyware program, code-named Surfcam, was deployed against Australian start-up rideshare company GoCatch, which was backed by high-profile investors including billionaire James Packer and hedge fund manager Alex Turnbull.

It's Scary How Much Personal Data People Leave on Used Laptops and Phones, Researcher Finds

It's Scary How Much Personal Data People Leave on Used Laptops and Phones, Researcher Finds

Frantz amassed a respectable stockpile of refurbished, donated, and used hardware: 41 desktops and laptops, 27 pieces of removable media (memory cards and flash drives), 11 hard disks, and six cellphones. Screenshot: Josh Frantz / Rapid7 Only two of the devices were erased properly, he said: a Dell laptop and a Hitachi hard drive.

Cambridge Analytica Secrets Allegedly Covered Up by Trump Campaign Veterans

Cambridge Analytica Secrets Allegedly Covered Up by Trump Campaign Veterans

“It's about searching for the answers and triggering accountability.”— David Carroll Carroll’s team hope the High Court judge will fire the administrator and pass the case to government receivers who would then appoint a new administrator willing to investigate legal breaches at Cambridge Analytica and five other interrelated companies.

Amazon's Rekognition software lets cops track faces: Here's what you need to know

Amazon's Rekognition software lets cops track faces: Here's what you need to know

Civil liberties groups such as the ACLU have already raised concerns about the speedy adoption of facial recognition tech among US law enforcement agencies and the potential for its abuse, particularly against immigrants and people of color.

Login With Facebook, Google or AT&T? Thanks, but No Thanks

Login With Facebook, Google or AT&T? Thanks, but No Thanks

There's more: Project Verify is better than the Facebook and Google SSOs because it's going to be checked against your mobile SIM card, phone number, user credentials, account tenure and phone account type (info only your wireless carrier has).

Antitrust case against Google similar to Microsoft's: Mississippi AG

Antitrust case against Google similar to Microsoft's: Mississippi AG

"We attorneys general have authority under consumer protection acts to do both," Hood said on "The Exchange." "So it'll be a multifaceted suit or, hopefully, we can get a settlement if we can get some agreement with them." Several state attorneys generals recently spoke about their willingness to go after the likes of , Google and other tech giants in interviews with The Washington Post .

A huge trove of medical records and prescriptions found exposed

A huge trove of medical records and prescriptions found exposed

According to a brief review of the data, the faxes contained a host of personally identifiable information and health information, including medical records, doctor’s notes, prescription amounts and quantities, as well as illness information, such as blood test results.

Google’s Nest fiasco harms user trust and invades their privacy

Google’s Nest fiasco harms user trust and invades their privacy

But, following a trust-shattering move by Google last month regarding its Nest Secure product, consensus on one issue has emerged: Companies shouldn’t ship products that can surreptitiously spy on users.

The unauthorized sale of your health data is coming to an end

The unauthorized sale of your health data is coming to an end

Data brokers then aggregate this deidentified health information and sell it to third party buyers; for example Adam Tanner of the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science estimates that a large pharmaceutical company might pay between $10 million and $40 million per year for data, consulting and services from Iqvia alone.

This is how age verification will work under the UK's porn law

This is how age verification will work under the UK's porn law

"The user verifies their email address and then chooses an age verification option from our list of third party providers, using options such as SMS, credit card, passport, or driving licence," a spokesperson for AgeID explains.

Don’t be fooled: the main beneficiary of Mark Zuckerberg’s apparent embrace of privacy is Facebook, not you

Don’t be fooled: the main beneficiary of Mark Zuckerberg’s apparent embrace of privacy is Facebook, not you

Facebook says it will use end-to-end encryption for its private messaging – certainly good news for people living in countries with repressive governments that spy on their citizens.

WhatsApp founder warns world to ‘delete Facebook’ immediately

WhatsApp founder warns world to ‘delete Facebook’ immediately

Both Mr Acton and Mr Koum had tried to find a way to monetise WhatsApp without bombarding users with adverts (file photo) FACEBOOK'S PRIVACY DISASTERS December 2018: Facebook comes under fire after a bombshell report discovered the firm allowed over 150 companies, including Netflix, Spotify and Bing, to access unprecedented amounts of user data, such as private messages.

Google's work in China benefiting China's military: U.S. general

Google's work in China benefiting China's military: U.S. general

REUTERS/Aly Song “The work that Google is doing in China is indirectly benefiting the Chinese military,” Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Crypto investor Claims He Got Stolen with $70K In Coinomi

Crypto investor Claims He Got Stolen with $70K In Coinomi

Share Cryptocurrency investor Warith Al Mawali affirmed that he was the victim of a theft as he lost $70K in life savings due to a Coinomi security flaw , according to a Reddit post.

Firefox Send — Free Encrypted File Transfer Service Now Available For All

Firefox Send — Free Encrypted File Transfer Service Now Available For All

Mozilla has finally launched its free, end-to-end encrypted file-transfer service, called Mozilla has finally launched its free, end-to-end encrypted file-transfer service, called Firefox Send , to the public, allowing users to securely share large files like video, audio or photo files that can be too big to fit into an email attachment.

'Yelp for conservatives' MAGA app leaks users data

'Yelp for conservatives' MAGA app leaks users data

ZDNet has contacted 63red and its founder about Baptise's findings earlier today so the company can take action and update its app to protect users' data.

Pandora's Box: Another New Way to Leak All Your Sensitive Data

Pandora's Box: Another New Way to Leak All Your Sensitive Data

Much like AWS S3 buckets, these files can be shared to anyone with the link, restricted to those within your company (Box Enterprise), or to specific users. Companies using Box Enterprise get their own sub-domain, and documents saved on Box can be shared to anyone with the unique URL.

Facebook's Fake Pivot To Privacy

Facebook's Fake Pivot To Privacy

Consider two kinds of platforms owned by Facebook, the company – the town square version, e.g. Facebook, the original social network for broadcasting widely, and the living room version, e.g. a messaging subsidiary, such as WhatsApp, which narrowcasts to a select audience.

Russia blocks encrypted email provider ProtonMail

Russia blocks encrypted email provider ProtonMail

Russia’s crackdown on the internet intensified in 2014 when it ratified a law ordering tech companies operating in the country to store Russian data within its borders.

You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, but It Didn’t Forget You

You May Have Forgotten Foursquare, but It Didn’t Forget You

“Harry spends a lot of time in Midtown, sometimes goes to parks, and rides the subway,” Crowley says, looking over the data Foursquare has assembled from the person’s use of popular apps and geotagging services.

China’s electric cars are government spies

China’s electric cars are government spies

Though the Volkswagen chief doesn’t explicitly say it, for automakers, providing electric-car data to China’s one-party government is just another cost of doing business in the country.

John Oliver says he’s going to ‘unleash hell’ on FCC by creating his own robocalls

John Oliver says he’s going to ‘unleash hell’ on FCC by creating his own robocalls

Let’s dance, you and I.” Don’t miss: Here’s why you’re getting so many spam phone calls This isn’t the first time Oliver has slammed AT&T or the FCC.

Dozens of companies leaked sensitive data thanks to misconfigured Box accounts

Dozens of companies leaked sensitive data thanks to misconfigured Box accounts

Security researchers have found dozens of companies inadvertently leaking sensitive corporate and customer data because staff are sharing public links to files in their Box enterprise storage accounts that can easily be discovered.

Data breach in Michigan may have exposed personal, medical information of 600,000 people

Data breach in Michigan may have exposed personal, medical information of 600,000 people

The business that hackers targeted, Wolverine Solutions Group, a health care company that partners with health plans and hospital systems, said that it has begun notifying clients whose information was compromised by the breach.

Zuckerberg’s new privacy essay shows why Facebook needs to be broken up

Zuckerberg’s new privacy essay shows why Facebook needs to be broken up

In “ A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking ,” a 3,200-word essay that Zuckerberg posted to Facebook on March 6, he says he wants to “build a simpler platform that’s focused on privacy first.” In apparent surprise, he writes: “People increasingly also want to connect privately in the digital equivalent of the living room.” Sign up for The Download Your daily dose of what's up in emerging technology Zuckerberg’s essay is a power grab disguised as an act of contrition.

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