The price of compromised account logins as traded on the dark web

Can you put a price tag on the security of your online accounts? Hackers certainly can and a new report shows the average price they’re willing to pay for compromised account logins traded on the dark web. Researchers at Privacy Affairs analyzed hundreds of recent listings on the dark web, where hackers routinely exchange stolen …

Big Brands advertising boycott of Facebook officially kicks off

A big advertising boycott of Facebook officially kicks off on Wednesday. What brands are pausing spending, what do they want, and what impact is this having on the world’s biggest social network? Ford, Adidas, Starbucks, Unilever — the roll call of companies joining the advertising boycott against Facebook includes some of the world’s biggest household …

6,000 coronavirus-related web domains registered in a week, many are malware loaded

More than 6,000 Covid-19 and coronavirus-related web domains have been registered in the past week, security researchers say, with large numbers of them malign. According to a report released by software company Check Point, in the past three weeks alone, more than 2,200 of these new sites were found to be suspicious and 93 were …

Google Bans Employees From Using Zoom over security concerns

Google has advised its employees to stop using Zoom, the teleconferencing service, on company-issued devices, BuzzFeed News reports. The company emailed employees that had Zoom’s desktop app installed on their computers, advising them that Zoom did not meet the company’s security protocols and would be blocked by company servers starting this week. “We have long …

Safaricom seeking to monetise customer location data in its massive customer base

According to a local daily, Safaricom is seeking to pre-qualify suppliers of a location tracking and intelligence platform, and has invited bids for the service that would help the operator to build profiles of customers based on their locations and telephone usage. This could be signalling the telecoms firm’s plan to monetise data in its …

Project Nightingale Trouble: Google secretly accessed millions of Americans’ health records

Google has reportedly secretly gathered millions of patient records across 21 states on behalf of a health care provider, in an effort dubbed “Project Nightingale,” reports The Wall Street Journal. Neither the provider’s doctors nor patients were made aware of the effort, according to the report. The Wall Street Journal’s Rob Copeland wrote that the …

Broadcom acquires $10.7 billion stake in Symantec’s enterprise security portfolio

Broadcom is buying Symantec’s enterprise security business for $10.7 billion, the companies announced Thursday. The deal effectively splits Symantec in two, with Broadcom taking ownership of its entire enterprise security portfolio and the Symantec brand name. Symantec will retain its consumer-facing product portfolio, which includes the the LifeLock identity-protection brand and Norton antivirus software. The …

Amazon’s cloud computing business is slowing down

The company posted its second-quarter earnings today (July 25), and Amazon Web Services (AWS), its cloud-computing division, generated $8.3 billion in the quarter, a jump of more than 35% over the same quarter last year. Cloud services, a business Amazon originally entered to support its own infrastructure, has become incredibly fruitful for the online retailer. …