Massive Data Leaks Keep Happening Because Big Companies Can Afford to Lose Your Data

Massive Data Leaks Keep Happening Because Big Companies Can Afford to Lose Your Data

The 2018 Cost of a Data Breach Study from the Ponemon Institute and IBM pegs average costs per data breach globally at $3.86 million, including IT expenses, insurance, notification, and lost customers and business.

Microsoft Office Was Hackers' Favorite App Target This Year

Microsoft Office Was Hackers' Favorite App Target This Year

Kaspersky blocked 796.8 million attacks around the globe in Q1 2018, and the company found that one popular productivity suite was the victim of more than 47 percent of exploits: Microsoft Office.

The EU plans to test an AI lie detector at border points

The EU plans to test an AI lie detector at border points

According to New Scientist, some of these questions include “What’s in your suitcase?” and “If you open the suitcase and show me what is inside, will it confirm that your answers were true?” Travelers will answer while facing a webcam and the system will analyze and rate dozens of micro-gestures.

Facebook exodus: 44 percent of American users ages 18-29 have deleted app

Facebook exodus: 44 percent of American users ages 18-29 have deleted app

Pew surveyed more than 3,400 U.S. Facebook users in May and June, and found that a whopping 44 percent of those ages 18 to 29 say they've deleted the app from their phone in the last year.

Alibaba Used Shoppers' Data to Invent a Spicy Snickers Bar

Alibaba Used Shoppers' Data to Invent a Spicy Snickers Bar

Typically Mars spends two to three years developing a new product; the Spicy Snickers came together in less than one. Even better, the launch helped the China division meet its goal of having new products account for more than 10 percent of revenue, says Ian Burton, China president of Mars Wrigley Confectionary.

Privacy questioned in DNA-test boom

Privacy questioned in DNA-test boom

"We are getting very soon to the point that everyone will be potentially identifiable using this technique," said study author Yaniv Erlich, an assistant professor at Columbia University and the chief science officer at the consumer DNA testing firm MyHeritage.

With genetic-identity registries, it’s the end of anonymity as we know it

With genetic-identity registries, it’s the end of anonymity as we know it

Already, 60 percent of Americans of Northern European descent — the primary group using the genetic-genealogy sites — can be identified through such databases whether or not they’ve joined one themselves, according to a new study.

Ancestry Sites Could Soon Expose Nearly Anyone's Identity, Researchers Say

Ancestry Sites Could Soon Expose Nearly Anyone's Identity, Researchers Say

Thanks to new technology, the investigators in the Golden State Killer case isolated the genetic material that’s now collected by consumer genetic testing companies from the suspected killer’s DNA left behind at a crime scene.

DuckDuckGo hits new milestone of 30 million private searches per day

DuckDuckGo hits new milestone of 30 million private searches per day

DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, has reached a new milestone of 30 million direct searches a day, via Search Engine Journal. DuckDuckGo’s achievements are laudable, but it seems convenience and features are still more important than privacy to most people.

THE GOOD CENSOR – Google Growth Strategy: ‘Shift Towards Censorship’ to Appease Authoritarian Governments

THE GOOD CENSOR – Google Growth Strategy: ‘Shift Towards Censorship’ to Appease Authoritarian Governments

An 85-page briefing entitled “The Good Censor”, exclusively leaked to Breitbart News from within Google reveals that government requests for Google to censor content have nearly tripled since 2016, although it does not say that Google shouldn’t cooperate.

Genome Hackers Show No One’s DNA Is Anonymous Anymore

Genome Hackers Show No One’s DNA Is Anonymous Anymore

In fact, according to new research led by Erlich, published today in Science, more than 60 percent of Americans with European ancestry can be identified through their DNA using open genetic genealogy databases, regardless of whether they’ve ever sent in a spit kit.

Google + is shutting down after a massive data breach, sending shares down

Google + is shutting down after a massive data breach, sending shares down

Google is shutting down its beleaguered Google+ social network after it discovered a software bug that gave third-parties potential access to private user data, the company writes in a blog post.

The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy

The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy

By 2015, BitTorrent’s share of upstream traffic on these networks had dipped to 26.83 percent, largely thanks to the rise in quality, inexpensive streaming alternatives to piracy.

Workplace Wellness Plans Offer Big Incentives, But May Cost Your Privacy

Workplace Wellness Plans Offer Big Incentives, But May Cost Your Privacy

The decision casts uncertainty over what the appropriate upper limit for these types of financial incentives should be — specifically when employers offer them to workers to participate in programs that require clinical testing or the disclosure of their personal health data.

Three years later, Let’s Encrypt has issued over 380 million HTTPS certificates

Three years later, Let’s Encrypt has issued over 380 million HTTPS certificates

That means bloggers, single-page websites and startups alike can get an easy-to-install certificate for free — even news sites like TechCrunch rely on Let’s Encrypt for a secure connection.

Report: Anonymity could be the answer to feeling happier online

Report: Anonymity could be the answer to feeling happier online

Platforms like YouTube and Netflix, which focus on entertainment and content and largely eschew social interaction or personal identity, were the ones impacting their users in a positive way.

44 Percent of Americans 18-27 Have Deleted the Facebook App This Year, Poll Finds

44 Percent of Americans 18-27 Have Deleted the Facebook App This Year, Poll Finds

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, 54 percent of Facebook users ages 18 and older have adjusted their privacy settings in the wake of revelations that Facebook repeatedly failed to protect consumer data as it was shared and abused by a myriad of Facebook partners, including political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica.

• Chart: The Crimes Americans Worry About Most

• Chart: The Crimes Americans Worry About Most

That's according to a new Gallup poll which found that 67 percent of U.S. adults frequently or occasionally fret about having personal, credit card or financial information stolen by hackers.

T-Mobile was hit by a data breach affecting around 2 million customers

T-Mobile was hit by a data breach affecting around 2 million customers

T-Mobile has announced that on August 20th, the company was hit by hackers who were able to gain access to personal information from roughly 2 million customers, including the name, billing zip code, phone number, email address, account number, and account type of users.

Has the GDPR law actually gotten European news outlets to cut down on rampant third-party cookies and content on their sites? It seems so

A prequel report from RISJ, released a few weeks before the General Data Protection Regulation came into effect May 25, found that some news sites researchers looked at were worse than popular non-news websites when it came to third-party content.