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AWS server found unprotected exposing data on 48 million people

LocalBlox, a company that scrapes data from public web profiles, has left the details of over 48 million users on a publicly accessible Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 bucket. View Full Story ORIGINAL SOURCE: Bleeping Computer Read More »

Watch out users of Ad Blockers, there could be malware!

As if trying to navigate your online privacy wasn’t complicated enough, it turns out the adblocker you installed on your browser may actually be malware. Andrey Meshkov, the cofounder of ad-blocker AdGuard, recently got curious about the number of knock-off ad blocking extensions available for Google’s popular browser Chrome. View Full Story ORIGINAL SOURCE: Motherboard Read More »

With less than 50 days to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) deadline, are you ready for the change?

Mike McEwan, UK CEO,

It is virtually impossible to open a magazine or newspaper recently without reading something about GDPR but with little over a month until the introduction of the regulation on 25th May 2018, it seems few British people and businesses are prepared for its implications. Despite the new regulations being announced two years ago, there still appears to be a great ... Read More »

Employees responsible for 35% of ICO data security incidents since 2015

New analysis has found that over the last three years, 35% of all major data breaches were caused by negligent or malicious employees, costing the UK-based organisations involved almost £500,000 in fines from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). This study, carried out by global security software company Avecto, looked at all the breaches between August 2015 and January 2018, where the ICO ... Read More »

DHS Funds Tech to Root Out Malware in Government Mobile Apps

Federal agencies have built hundreds of mobile apps during the past decade, ranging from useful to educational to um, this. Many of those apps weren’t built with security in mind, however, and even apps that were built securely half a decade ago may now be riddled with unpatched vulnerabilities if no one’s been actively maintaining them. That means there’s a real danger that an app the government built ... Read More »

Google And Apple Absent From Cybersecurity Tech Accord That Facebook And Microsoft Signed

The Cybersecurity Tech Accord is a “watershed agreement” signed by 34 tech companies: ABB, Arm, Avast, Bitdefender, BT, CA Technologies, Cisco, Cloudflare, DataStax, Dell, DocuSign, Facebook, Fastly, FireEye, F-Secure, GitHub, Guardtime, HP Inc., HPE, Intuit, Juniper Networks, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Nielsen, Nokia, Oracle, RSA, SAP, Stripe, Symantec, Telefonica, Tenable, Trend Micro, and VMware. View full story ORIGINAL SOURCE: Read More »

Why G Suite admins should enable Gmail’s advanced anti-phishing and malware settings

In March 2018, Google added optional G Suite Gmail safety settings that affect how the system handles potentially problematic attachments, links, and external images, as well as how it processes unauthenticated or spoofed messages. Google always guards against malware in messages, however these settings offer additional protection. View full story ORIGINAL SOURCE: Tech Republic Read More »

Tens of thousands of Facebook accounts compromised in days by malware

Criminals have compromised tens of thousands of Facebook accounts in the past few days using malware that masquerades as a paint program for relieving stress.  “Relieve Stress Paint” is available through a domain that uses Unicode representation to show up as on search engines and in emails, researchers from security firm Radware said in a post published Wednesday morning. (This ... Read More »

Data firm leaks 48 million user profiles it scraped from Facebook, LinkedIn, others

Exclusive: Profile data was scraped without user consent or knowledge to “build a three-dimensional picture” on millions of people. A little-known data firm was able to build 48 million personal profiles, combining data from sites and social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Zillow, among others — without the users’ knowledge or consent. Localblox, a Bellevue, Wash.-based firm, says it “automatically ... Read More »

TaskRabbit is Back Online After Suspected Data Breach With Plans to Bolster Security

TaskRabbit, the handyman-for-hire app, is back online after being intentionally taken down on Monday following an apparent data breach. “While our investigation is ongoing, preliminary evidence shows that an unauthorized user gained access to our systems,” the company said. “As a result, certain personally identifiable information may have been compromised.” View full story ORIGINAL SOURCE: Read More »