No password required: Mobile carrier exposes data for millions of accounts

No password required: Mobile carrier exposes data for millions of accounts

Q Link Wireless, a provider of low-cost mobile phone and data services to 2 million US-based customers, has been making sensitive account data available to anyone who knows a valid phone number on the carrier’s network, an analysis of the company’s account management app shows.

Mark Zuckerberg is using Signal, according to phone number leaked in Facebook hack

Mark Zuckerberg is using Signal, according to phone number leaked in Facebook hack

In response to Walker's discovery, Signal had a little fun, tweeting a link to a story about Zuckerberg's Signal account, writing, "With the May 15th WhatsApp Terms of Service acceptance deadline fast approaching, Mark leads by example.".

SA’s info regulator is activating long dormant powers – ahead of a possible Facebook fight

SA’s info regulator is activating long dormant powers – ahead of a possible Facebook fight

The ban happens to cover exactly what the regulator feared: Facebook using personal information it previously gathered in new ways.That happens to be exactly what the regulator has warned Facebook not to do with the telephone numbers of South Africans collected by its Whatsapp service.

Privacy News Online: Weekly Review | March 26, 2021

Privacy News Online: Weekly Review | March 26, 2021

The problem is, the HTTP referrer header often holds private user data, such as user account information on a website or which articles you read.Privacy News Online is brought to you by Private Internet Access, the world’s most trusted VPN service.

Slouching towards dystopia: the rise of surveillance capitalism and the death of privacy

Slouching towards dystopia: the rise of surveillance capitalism and the death of privacy

It’s more a story about human nature, about how capitalism has mutated to exploit digital technology, about the liberal democratic state and the social contract, and about governments that have been asleep at the wheel for several decades.

Thousands of taxpayers' personal details potentially exposed online through councils' debt-chasing texts

Thousands of taxpayers' personal details potentially exposed online through councils' debt-chasing texts

Text messages sent by Telsolutions Ltd on behalf of a dozen local authorities contained shortlinks to webpages urging council tax defaulters to pay up – and in a dozen cases seen by The Register there was little or no authentication protecting personal data from prying eyes.

Backblaze on the back foot after 'inadvertently' beaming customer data to Facebook

Backblaze on the back foot after 'inadvertently' beaming customer data to Facebook

Backup specialist Backblaze has fixed an issue where a Facebook advertising pixel was "inadvertently" included on signed-in web pages – but users are concerned private filenames and sizes were also sent to the social media giant.

New CopperStealer malware steals Google, Apple, Facebook accounts

New CopperStealer malware steals Google, Apple, Facebook accounts

Previously undocumented account-stealing malware distributed via fake software crack sites targets the users of major service providers, including Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple.The KeyGenNinja site CopperStealer shows similar targeting and delivery methods with the SilentFade malware used to steal browser cookies and promote malicious ads via compromised Facebook accounts, leading to over $4 million in damages.

Privacy Talks | Interview with Alex Kehaya from Orchid VPN

Privacy Talks | Interview with Alex Kehaya from Orchid VPN

[7:04] – One question that I have, is why wouldn’t an average user just set up their own VPN if trust is such an issue?[13:20] – You mentioned those curated lists, that also allows people to choose from servers that provide them certain functionality, like Netflix in the US for instance.

52% of apps share your data – See the biggest offenders

52% of apps share your data – See the biggest offenders

It should be no shock that social media apps like Instagram, Facebook and YouTube collect the most of your information.Top 10 apps that collect data for their benefit: Facebook Instagram Klarna Grubhub Uber Uber Eats eBay Just Eat LinkedIn Twitter Image: pCloud.

Wombo.AI: What the ‘deepfake singing’ app is really doing with your photos

Wombo.AI: What the ‘deepfake singing’ app is really doing with your photos

All a person needs to do to turn someone into a singer is download the app, choose their image or take a new one, pick a song from a limited list, and then let the app do the work.

Internet Advocates Call on ISPs to Commit to Basic User Privacy Protections

Internet Advocates Call on ISPs to Commit to Basic User Privacy Protections

Today we are publishing an open letter calling on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon to publish a privacy notice for their DNS service that commits to deleting the data within 24 hours and to only using the data for providing the service.

Daring Fireball: T-Mobile Is Automatically Enrolling Cell Phone Customers Into Ad Tracking Based on Their Online Activity

Daring Fireball: T-Mobile Is Automatically Enrolling Cell Phone Customers Into Ad Tracking Based on Their Online Activity

Drew FitzGerald, reporting for The Wall Street Journal (News+ link): T-Mobile US Inc. will automatically enroll its phone subscribers in an advertising program informed by their online activity, testing businesses’ appetite for information that other companies have restricted.

Trump’s is one of 15,000 Gab accounts that just got hacked

Trump’s is one of 15,000 Gab accounts that just got hacked

The statement confirmed claims the WikiLeaks-style group made on Monday that it obtained 70GB of passwords, private posts, and more from Gab and was making them available to select researchers and journalists.

Judge rules that California can continue with its net neutrality law

Judge rules that California can continue with its net neutrality law

“Today’s federal court ruling allowing California to enforce our net neutrality law is a huge victory for open access to the Internet, our democracy, and our economy.

Many users will move from Google to DuckDuckGo due to privacy

Many users will move from Google to DuckDuckGo due to privacy

The moment people started to realize how their private data should be saved they started to use the DuckDuckGo search engine.Finally, if you privacy-minded person, this is the time to move to DuckDuckGo private search engine.

Fleeing WhatsApp for Better Privacy? Don't Turn to Telegram

Fleeing WhatsApp for Better Privacy? Don't Turn to Telegram

Mimoun, the founder of the digital security nonprofit Horizontal, asked the participants to list messaging platforms that they'd heard of or used, and they quickly rattled off Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Signal, and Telegram.

If you don't agree to WhatsApp's new terms, your account will eventually be deleted

If you don't agree to WhatsApp's new terms, your account will eventually be deleted

WhatsApp users who don't agree to the new terms and privacy policy by May 15, 2021, will have their accounts deleted eventually.WhatsApp users who don't agree to the new terms and privacy policy by May 15, 2021, will have their accounts deleted eventually.

Facebook's plan to encrypt messages will makes it easier to share child abuse images, say MPs

Facebook's plan to encrypt messages will makes it easier to share child abuse images, say MPs

Facebook has been branded 'hopelessly naive' over plans to encrypt its messaging apps, as MPs warned the move will make it 'even easier' for paedophiles to share child abuse images.

Social network Gab is down as its Twitter account disappears

Social network Gab is down as its Twitter account disappears

Screenshot by CNET Gab, a social media platform popular with right-wing users, stopped working Friday evening, with its website serving up an error message.A Gab Twitter account disappeared from the short-message service.

2020: Palantir Posts $1.1B Revenue, $1.17B Loss

2020: Palantir Posts $1.1B Revenue, $1.17B Loss

The data mining and analytics company Palantir (NYSE:PLTR) has posted its first annual earnings as a public company for the year 2020, reporting $1.1 billion in revenue and a net loss of $1.17 billion.

Hacked messages can be used as evidence in court

Hacked messages can be used as evidence in court

EncroChat’s instant messaging service was used by criminals around the world before it was hacked by French police.In a victory for prosecutors in their fight against organised crime the Court of Appeal ruled that communications obtained by French police by hacking into mobile phones were lawfully obtained.

Leak exposes CPF of 220 million Brazilians

Leak exposes CPF of 220 million Brazilians

The dfndr lab, a research laboratory for security of PSafe, identified on Tuesday (19) a leak in a database that exposed personal information 220 million people - practically the entire population of Brazil.

Privacy and digital ethics after the pandemic

Privacy and digital ethics after the pandemic

The NHS, in particular, gave Palantir all kinds of data about patients, employees and members of the public — from contact information to details of gender, race, work, physical and mental health conditions, political and religious affiliation, and past criminal offences10.Prominent among the many privacy challenges citizens face in the wake of the pandemic are data deals that might consolidate widespread surveillance as a requirement to access primary services and opportunities.

The EU must protect the right to privacy and not attack end-to-end encryption

The EU must protect the right to privacy and not attack end-to-end encryption

In response, these four leading European technology companies reject any attempts to use legal instruments to violate citizens’ privacy and stand up to protect the rights of people and businesses choosing end-to-end encryption.

WhatsApp loses millions of users after terms update

WhatsApp loses millions of users after terms update

The shift to more privacy-focused messaging apps had been building before WhatsApp’s public relations disaster, Ghodrati said.Apps like Signal, Telegram, Wickr, and WhatsApp offer privacy features ranging from end-to-end encrypted data transfer to ‘self-destructing messages’.”.

Opinion  -  With Online Terms of Service, What Happens When You Click 'Agree'? - The New York Times

Opinion - With Online Terms of Service, What Happens When You Click 'Agree'? - The New York Times

Ever since a 1996 ruling upholding this notion, companies have tested the limits of so-called shrink-wrap agreements through increasingly creative means, like hiding terms of service behind layers of hyperlinks, burying them in small print, forcing users to agree before they can get access to a previously downloaded app or making the terms binding when a customer simply opens a webpage.

Privacy On Social Media - It's Time to Stop Overthinking — Facts Overflow

Privacy On Social Media - It's Time to Stop Overthinking — Facts Overflow

Machine learning algorithms on these social media platforms are doing two tasks: displaying advertisements based on the user’s behavior and saving the user’s time by automatically doing what the user expects to do.

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Now not only will it be impossible for users to log into your server (youself included) unless they know your SSH private key but anyone who does try will be banned for a day.

Big brother: Germany's foreign intelligence service under pressure

Big brother: Germany's foreign intelligence service under pressure

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has admitted a Reporters Without Borders (RWB) complaint claiming that people are not properly protected against groundless and unjustified mass surveillance by Germany's foreign intelligence service, the BND.