Facebook acknowledges in was privy to Cambridge Analytica concerns before Guardian dossier

Facebook employees were aware of concerns about“improper data-gathering practices” by Cambridge Analytica months before the Guardian first reported, in December 2015, that the political consultancy had obtained data on millions from an academic. The concerns appeared in a court filing by the attorney general for Washington DC and were subsequently confirmed by Facebook. The new …

Facebook suffers severe outage, WhatsApp & Instagram reportedly affected too

Facebook appears to be recovering from a more than 14-hour disruption to all of its products that left them mostly inaccessible across the world. On Wednesday, people around the world found out when all three services experienced interruptions throughout the day. The company’s main social network, its two messaging apps and image-sharing site Instagram were …

Internet Overseer calls for for full DNSSEC deployment following ongoing and significant risk to infrastructure

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) – the keepers of the web’s address book – has warned that they believe there is “an ongoing and significant risk to key parts of the DNS infrastructure.” according to an announcement on Friday from ICANN, the DNS infrastructure is being targeted by ‘malicious activity.’ DNSSEC …

Aadhaar System leaks again: Indane Gas website, app leak put data of 6.7 million subscribers in jeopardy

Security Researcher Elliot Anderson has discovered a huge leak of Aadhaar numbers from Indane’s website as well as app. The leak has put Aadhaar number of 6.7 million people at stake. According to a report from TechCrunch, Indane Gas has apparently leaked the data of around 6.7 million subscribers through its website and app. The …

WinPot Malware could force infected ATMs to automatically dispense cash

Kaspersky Labs cybersecurity researchers have found an oddly amusing sample of ATM malware which turns financial theft into a slot machine-style game. On Tuesdaythe team explored the emergence of WinPot, an ATM hijacking malware family which first appeared in underground forums in March 2018. While simple in its core functionality, WinPot — named internally by …

How dating sites spy on you

Data: Ghostery; Note: Pre-registration includes homepage and registration pages. Post-registration includes onboarding and profile/search pages. Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios Handing over your personal data is now often the cost of romance, as online dating services and apps vacuum up information about their users’ lifestyle and preferences. Why it matters: Dating app users provide sensitive …

Remember ONAVO VPN? Facebook secretly pays teens to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that spies on them

According to a TechCrunch Report, Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone and web activity, similar to Facebook’s Onavo Protect app that Apple banned in June and that was removed in August. Facebook sidesteps the App Store and rewards …

Australia’s TPG Telecom dumps Huawei powered network due to ban

Australia’s TPG Telecom Ltd said on Tuesday it has abandoned building its mobile telephone network because it relied on Huawei Technologies Co Ltd equipment that has been banned by Australia’s government on security grounds. The nascent network is the first commercial casualty in Australia of the ban announced in August and comes as Western nations …

Facetime glitch Lets iPhone Users Eavesdrop, Apple disables group call feature

Apple has annnounced a patch to fix an embarrasing facetime snafu after news site 9to5Mac reported on a strange glitch in the company’s iPhones. The issue: It turns out that an iPhone user can call another iPhone user and listen in on that person’s conversations through the device’s microphone. Apple appears to have disabled the …

$1 million may have been stolen from the Ethereum Classic blockchain in a “51%” hack attack

An attack on the Ethereum Classic blockchain may have helped hackers steal around $1.1 million worth of the currency from other users, according to popular cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase. Ethereum what? Ethereum Classic is the original Ethereum blockchain. In 2016, to counter another, different kind of attack, Ethereum’s developers created a new version of the transaction history that returned …