Social Security numbers stolen in defense agency data breach

Social Security numbers stolen in defense agency data breach

Department of Defense spokesperson Charles Prichard confirmed Thursday the agency had detected a breach of personally identifiable information on a system it hosts, and was in the process of notifying those affected by letter.

Everything you need to know about the “Right to be forgotten”

Everything you need to know about the “Right to be forgotten”

Of course, given competing interests and the hyper-connected nature of the Internet, the right to be forgotten is much more complicated than an individual simply requesting that an organization erase their personal data.

Russian Pleads Guilty to Running 'CardPlanet' to Sell Stolen Credit Cards

Russian Pleads Guilty to Running 'CardPlanet' to Sell Stolen Credit Cards

Besides Cardplanet, Burkov also masterminded a separate invite-only forum website for elite cybercriminals where they advertised stolen personal identity information, malicious software, and other illegal services, like money laundering and hacking services.

Personal identification - People can now be identified at a distance by their heartbeat

Personal identification - People can now be identified at a distance by their heartbeat

The stress of telling a falsehood can alter someone’s heartbeat, so it could improve lie-detection technology, according to Wang Chen-chia, an engineer at Brimrose, another firm working on heartprint vibrometry.

List of Top 10 Worst Passwords of 2019

List of Top 10 Worst Passwords of 2019

Nowadays, there many online tools are also available to generate complex passwords with multiple combinations.According to the data from last year breaches, there were around 200 most popular passwords used by online users.

Hackers steal data for 15 million patients, then sell it back to lab that lost it

Hackers steal data for 15 million patients, then sell it back to lab that lost it

Canada’s biggest provider of specialty laboratory testing services said it paid hackers an undisclosed amount for the return of personal data they stole belonging to as many as 15 million customers.LifeLabs said that its investigation so far indicates that the accessed test results were from 2016 or earlier and belonged to about 85,000 customers.

India may force social media platforms to offer user verification - government sources

India may force social media platforms to offer user verification - government sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s proposed new privacy bill may require large social media platforms to offer an identity-verification option, a potentially precedent-setting effort to rein in the spread of “fake news”, two government sources told Reuters on Thursday.

Porn, public transport and other dubious justifications for using facial recognition software

Porn, public transport and other dubious justifications for using facial recognition software

Last month the joint standing committee on intelligence and security told the government it needed to rethink its plans for a national facial verification database built off people’s passport and driver’s licence photos.

The Fear of Biometric Technology in Today’s Digital World

The Fear of Biometric Technology in Today’s Digital World

With access to biometric data, hackers can easily steal someone’s identity or even use and tamper the private information that could be detrimental to someone’s life.The security issues regarding biometric data focus on how sensitive information is captured, stored, processed, transmitted, and accessed.

Australia proposed using facial recognition technology for online gambling and pornography age verification

Australia proposed using facial recognition technology for online gambling and pornography age verification

The Australian government’s Department of Home Affairs has proposed using facial recognition for online age verification for pornography and gambling websites visited by Australians as an update to Australia’s National Identity Security Strategy.

Anti-surveillance mask lets you pass as someone else

Anti-surveillance mask lets you pass as someone else

It's one of three products made by the Chicago-based artist's URME Surveillance, a venture dedicated to "protecting the public from surveillance and creating a safe space to explore our digital identities.".

40 Major Music Festivals Have Pledged Not to Use Facial Recognition Technology

40 Major Music Festivals Have Pledged Not to Use Facial Recognition Technology

In perhaps the biggest victory, Ticketmaster took a step back from a surveillance technology company that it invested in last year with plans to develop a facial scan for concertgoers faces instead of having them wait in lines to enter a venue.

Yahoo could owe you $358 or more as a part of its data breach settlement

Yahoo could owe you $358 or more as a part of its data breach settlement

At the end of month, Yahoo announced that if you had an account any time between Jan.1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2016, and are a resident of the US or Israel, you are part of the settlement class and can file a claim for part of the $117,500,000 settlement fund.

Opinion | Stop Surveillance Humanitarianism

Opinion | Stop Surveillance Humanitarianism

For humanitarian organizations, monitoring and collecting data are essential for delivering the right amount of aid to the right people at the right place and time.International organizations that deploy large-scale identity collection systems can become the largest data brokers in a crisis region.

Dan Larimer’s Game-Changing Facial ID Verification

Dan Larimer’s Game-Changing Facial ID Verification

Dan Larimer’s futuristic facial recognition network idea could solve decades old problems of identity that transcend blockchain itself.The new patent could solve major problems like identity theft which have collectively cost it’s victims over $107 billion the last 6 years.

Group sex app leaks locations, pics and personal details. Identifies users in White House and Supreme Court

Group sex app leaks locations, pics and personal details. Identifies users in White House and Supreme Court

We’ve seen some pretty poor security in dating apps over recent years; breaches of personal data, leaking users locations and more.We contacted 3fun about this on 1st July and asked them to fix the security flaws, as personal data was exposed.

An Easy Way to Block Email Impersonation Attacks on Businesses

An Easy Way to Block Email Impersonation Attacks on Businesses

DMARC rules are then applied to either reject or quarantine messages that fail authentication checks. DMARC is not a silver bullet that will stop all email impersonation and phishing attacks.

Equifax Data Breach Settlement

Equifax Data Breach Settlement

In September of 2017, Equifax announced a data breach that exposed the personal information of 147 million people. If your information was exposed in the data breach , you can file a claim at for the benefits described below.

Permission-greedy apps delayed Android 6 upgrade so they could harvest more user data

Permission-greedy apps delayed Android 6 upgrade so they could harvest more user data

Android app developers intentionally delayed updating their applications to work on top of Android 6.0, so they could continue to have access to an older permission-requesting mechanism that granted them easy access to large quantities of user data, research published by the University of Maryland last month has revealed.

Synthetic identity theft is the fastest-growing financial crime in the U.S.

Synthetic identity theft is the fastest-growing financial crime in the U.S.

A new kind of identity theft that combines stolen personal data with fabricated information is on the rise, and it’s helping more digital thieves ruin Americans’ credit without fear of detection, according to a new white paper from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Amazon Prime Day: Stay Safe While Shopping Online

Amazon Prime Day: Stay Safe While Shopping Online

While there are so many good deals going on this day it is easy to lose your mind and encounter some security issues like phishing attacks, identity theft, fake products, fake reviews.

Technology is Eroding the Ability To Move Around the Physical World Anonymously

Technology is Eroding the Ability To Move Around the Physical World Anonymously

This is happening because computers are getting better at spotting patterns in data, and the cost of capturing data that contain patterns about human beings is plummeting. It's easy to grasp that a computer can remember what your face looks like, because humans can do that too (not that well though).

Digital ID Verification – The Key to Developing Intelligent Security Systems

Digital ID Verification – The Key to Developing Intelligent Security Systems

With the increased advancement in intelligent systems, businesses can now implement systems that are able to verify users in real-time, all the while lending better security to transactions.

Passbase  -  Blog - Identity Checking - Why Digital Identities Drive Security And Privacy

Passbase - Blog - Identity Checking - Why Digital Identities Drive Security And Privacy

In today's hyper-connected world, aspects that cover user verification, reducing fraud, checking identity theft and enabling identity checking services are some of the main focus points for businesses, regulators and government bodies. For businesses, identity theft means losses, highlighting the need for companies to cautiously leverage identity checking services and identity card checking for user verification.

New tool helps travelers avoid airlines that use facial recognition technology

New tool helps travelers avoid airlines that use facial recognition technology

Activist groups Fight for the Future, Demand Progress and CREDO on Wednesday unveiled a new website called , which shows users what airlines use facial recognition to verify the identity of passengers before boarding.

Abusing the GDPR to get someone’s intimate personal data.

Abusing the GDPR to get someone’s intimate personal data.

In other words: by only knowing your name, date of birth and home address; a criminal, your angry sister, your ex-partner or a disgruntled colleague is able to get all that personal information listed above and abuse it in any way possible.

Facial Recognition in Identity Verification

Facial Recognition in Identity Verification

There is no doubt that facial recognition systems have greatly improved the accuracy and efficiency of security verification processes while reducing labour costs, as the technology excels at detecting small but unique facial features that would be overlooked by human eyes.

Redditor allowed to stay anonymous, court rules

Redditor allowed to stay anonymous, court rules

The Electronic Frontier Foundation fought on behalf of Reddit commenter Darkspilver, a Jehovah's Witness who posted public and internal documents from The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society online.

Microsoft Launches Decentralized Identity Tool on the Bitcoin Blockchain

Microsoft Launches Decentralized Identity Tool on the Bitcoin Blockchain

York Rhodes, a programme manager on Microsoft’s Blockchain Engineering Team, mentioned to CoinDesk that the Microsoft team has been working for a year on a key signing validation software founded on public networks like Bitcoin or Ethereum, and one that can handle a great number of throughput than the underlying Blockchain on which it is run.

Twitter accidentally shares user location data with advertising partner

Twitter accidentally shares user location data with advertising partner

Twitter Inc said on Monday it may have accidentally collected and shared location data of some users accessing its app through Apple devices with an advertising partner.