Clubhouse Replied: No Hack Involved, Personal Data is Publicly Available

Clubhouse Replied: No Hack Involved, Personal Data is Publicly Available

While the risks are still valid and not fixed, the personal data of 1.3 million Clubhouse users has been posted online on a popular hacker forum, according to a Saturday report from Cyber News.

DuckDuckGo Announces Plans to Block Google’s FLoC

DuckDuckGo Announces Plans to Block Google’s FLoC

Google launched FLoC less than two weeks ago, and DuckDuckGo is already planning to block it in the DuckDuckGo search engine and Chrome browser extension.Chrome users will be opted out of FLoC when they use the DuckDuckGo search engine regardless of whether they have the browser extension installed.

Facebook Had Years to Fix the Flaw That Leaked 500M Users’ Data

Facebook Had Years to Fix the Flaw That Leaked 500M Users’ Data

That incident differs from the more recent Facebook controversy, in which attackers were able to "scrape” Facebook by enumerating batches of possible phone numbers from more than 100 countries, submitting them to the contact import tool, and manipulating it to return the names, Facebook IDs, and other data users had posted on their profiles.

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg Phone Number Leaked; Uses Signal App

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg Phone Number Leaked; Uses Signal App

A security researcher, allegedly with access to leaked data reveals, Mark Zuckerberg uses the Signal app.Users switched to Signal app over privacy concerns with the Whatsapp policy that is stated to come into effect from May 2021.The database of private information and stolen phone numbers of 533M Facebook users was posted to the Hackers forum and is publically accessible.

Wi-Fi devices set to become object sensors by 2024 under planned 802.11bf standard

Wi-Fi devices set to become object sensors by 2024 under planned 802.11bf standard

SENS is envisioned as a way for devices capable of sending and receiving wireless data to use Wi-Fi signal interference differences to measure the range, velocity, direction, motion, presence, and proximity of people and objects.

Apple, Google Both Track Mobile Telemetry Data, Despite Users Opting Out

Apple, Google Both Track Mobile Telemetry Data, Despite Users Opting Out

Mobile device-tracking by Apple and Google take center stage in a report revealing that, despite both allowing users to opt out of sharing telemetry data – they do anyway.

Eye tracking can reveal an unbelievable amount of information about you

Eye tracking can reveal an unbelievable amount of information about you

"Our analysis of the literature," reads the paper's abstract, "shows that eye tracking data may implicitly contain information about a user’s biometric identity, gender, age, ethnicity, body weight, personality traits, drug consumption habits, emotional state, skills and abilities, fears, interests, and sexual preferences.".

Research shows Google collects 20x more data from Android than Apple collects from iOS [U]

Research shows Google collects 20x more data from Android than Apple collects from iOS [U]

A Google spokesperson told Ars Technica that the company disagrees with this research as it considers essential that both iOS and Android devices send and receive data to the companies behind them, which helps them keep their software up to date and check that everything is working as expected.

Google collects 20 times more telemetry from Android devices than Apple from iOS

Google collects 20 times more telemetry from Android devices than Apple from iOS

Leith from Trinity College at the University of Dublin, analyzed traffic originating from iOS and Android devices heading to Apple and Google servers at various stages of a phone’s operation, such as data shared: on first startup following a factory reset;when a SIM is inserted/removed;when a handset lies idle;when the settings screen is viewed;when location is enabled/disabled;when the user logs in to the pre-installed app store.

• Chart: Personal Data: Instagram Is a Real Tattletale

• Chart: Personal Data: Instagram Is a Real Tattletale

As the following chart shows, Instagram is most likely to share your personal information with third parties for advertising purposes.

Smartphones share our data every four and a half minutes, says study

Smartphones share our data every four and a half minutes, says study

He said the devices not only collected data about handset activity, but also about handsets nearby; when a user connects to a wifi network the WiFi MAC addresses of other devices on the network are sent to Apple.

Microsoft Edge could soon share browsing data with Windows 10

Microsoft Edge could soon share browsing data with Windows 10

You may check Menu > Settings > Profiles to see if the new "Share browsing data with other Windows features" option is provided.The description reads:When turned on, Microsoft Edge will connect local browsing data from this profile with the rest of Windows.

Ex-Google Employees Build New Search Engine

Ex-Google Employees Build New Search Engine

Neeva isn’t saying that it doesn’t collect any information when it talks about user privacy; it says that you can trust it to keep your data safe and not pass it on to advertisers or third parties.

Personal data of Line users in Japan disclosed to Chinese development firm

Personal data of Line users in Japan disclosed to Chinese development firm

Line, whose app is used by over 86 million people in Japan, says in its data protection guideline that customers' personal information can be transferred overseas.The app operator said it had reported the matter to the government's Personal Information Protection Commission and will soon set up a third-party panel to investigate the incident.

DuckDuckGo Calls Out Google Search for 'Spying' on Users After Privacy Labels Go Live

DuckDuckGo Calls Out Google Search for 'Spying' on Users After Privacy Labels Go Live

DuckDuckGo claims that Google "wanted to hide" the information that it collects, which is why Google took so long to roll out support for App Privacy labels.

New Browser Attack Allows Tracking Users Online With JavaScript Disabled

New Browser Attack Allows Tracking Users Online With JavaScript Disabled

Although these methods exploit a covert timing channel in the CPU cache, the new attack devised by Ben-Gurion researchers targets a cache-based side-channel in modern web browsers.This string search is followed by a request for a CSS element that requires DNS resolution from the malicious server.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 12, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: March 12, 2021

Brave Browser announces Brave Search: a privacy conscious alternative to Google.That’s because the bill provides an opt-out framework where tech companies are allowed to take and use your data by default and will only stop when you opt out.

Ethical hackers are earning more than $1 million during the pandemic

Ethical hackers are earning more than $1 million during the pandemic

A specialist from Romania started working with online security at HackerOne two years ago and, even with a short time in his career, managed to raise $ 2 million in services.

2020 was a ‘record-breaking’ year in US school hacks, security failures

2020 was a ‘record-breaking’ year in US school hacks, security failures

This disruption continues, and while the report acknowledges the "heroic" efforts of IT staff, the analysis also says that "school district responses to the COVID-19 pandemic also revealed significant gaps and critical failures in the resiliency and security of the K-12 educational technology ecosystem.".

Brave Browser announces Brave Search: a privacy conscious alternative to Google

Brave Browser announces Brave Search: a privacy conscious alternative to Google

Brave Browser, the secure and private browser launched by Brendan Eich in 2018, has recently announced the acquisition of Tailcat and the release of their Google Search alternative: Brave Search.Brendan Eich emphasizes that Brave Search (and the Browser behind it) will not treat its users or its users’ data the way that Google does.

How to poison the data that Big Tech uses to surveil you

How to poison the data that Big Tech uses to surveil you

In a new paper being presented at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency conference next week, researchers including PhD students Nicholas Vincent and Hanlin Li propose three ways the public can exploit this to their advantage: Data strikes , inspired by the idea of labor strikes, which involve withholding or deleting your data so a tech firm cannot use it—leaving a platform or installing privacy tools, for instance.

Thousands of Android and iOS Apps Leak Data From the Cloud

Thousands of Android and iOS Apps Leak Data From the Cloud

Zimperium ran automated analysis on more than 1.3 million Android and iOS apps to detect common cloud misconfigurations that exposed data.

Research finds 14% of mobile apps leave user data in unsecured servers

Research finds 14% of mobile apps leave user data in unsecured servers

App developers rely on third-party servers to simplify data storage, but new research indicates that these servers are often left with little to no security over sensitive data.The issue lies in developers who do not secure their server, so any and all app categories are affected.

DuckDuckGo – The Privacy Browser of The Future

DuckDuckGo – The Privacy Browser of The Future

This is where the DuckDuckGo privacy browser become a useful tool for internet searching.And, just like in Google, the DuckDuckGo privacy browser provide quick answers for some questions in its infobox usually placed first on a search results page.

Brave acquires search engine to offer the first private alternative to Google Search and Google Chrome on both mobile and desktop

Brave acquires search engine to offer the first private alternative to Google Search and Google Chrome on both mobile and desktop

“The only way to counter Big Tech with its bad habit of collecting personal data is to develop a robust, independent, and privacy-preserving search engine that delivers the quality users have come to expect.

How Apple's locked down security gives extra protection to the best hackers

How Apple's locked down security gives extra protection to the best hackers

But the 1% of top hackers are going to find a way in and, once they’re inside, the impenetrable fortress of the iPhone protects them.”Bill Marczak, Citizen Lab. Despite these difficulties, Stortz says, modern computers are converging on the lockdown philosophy—and he thinks the trade-off is worth it.

Google Analytics: Stop feeding the beast

Google Analytics: Stop feeding the beast

Think of Google as a kind of Godzilla that slurps up data about its users at one end and craps out gold ingots at the other.

A new browser extension blocks any websites that use Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Amazon

A new browser extension blocks any websites that use Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Amazon

The Economic Security Project is trying to make a point about big tech monopolies by releasing a browser plugin that will block any sites that reach out to IP addresses owned by Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Amazon.

Chinese spyware code was copied from America's NSA: researchers

Chinese spyware code was copied from America's NSA: researchers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese spies used code first developed by the U.S. National Security Agency to support their hacking operations, Israeli researchers said on Monday, another indication of how malicious software developed by governments can boomerang against their creators.

Google Finally Adds App Privacy Labels to Gmail App

Google Finally Adds App Privacy Labels to Gmail App

Google today quietly added App Privacy labels to its Gmail app, marking the first of its major apps to receive the privacy details aside from YouTube.