Tag: Computer Security

MGM Resorts Says Data Breach Exposed Some Guests’ Personal Information

MGM Resorts International, the casino and hotel giant, acknowledged on Wednesday that it was the victim of a data breach last year, the latest company to have the personal information of its customers exposed. MGM did not disclose the number of customers affected, but Under the Breach, a firm that monitors cybercrimes and provides intelligence […]

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Your Doorbell Camera Spied on You. Now What?

Has there ever been a tech product more polarizing than Ring? The internet-connected doorbell gadget, which lets you watch live video of your front porch through a phone app or website, has gained a reputation as the webcam that spies on you and that has failed to protect your data. Yet people keep buying it […]

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Chinese Hacking Is Alarming. So Are Data Brokers.

On Monday, the Justice Department announced that it was charging four members of China’s People’s Liberation Army with the 2017 Equifax breach that resulted in the theft of personal data of about 145 million Americans. The attack, according to the charges, was part of a coordinated effort by Chinese intelligence to steal trade secrets and […]

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Israeli Voters: Data of All 6.5 Million Voters Leaked

Israel’s Privacy Protection Authority said it was looking into what it called a “grave” security lapse by the maker of an app promoted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party that led to the exposure of personal data of all 6.5 million eligible voters in Israel, including full names and identity card numbers. […]

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The End of Privacy as We Know It?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher A secretive start-up promising the next generation of facial recognition software has compiled a database of images far bigger than anything ever constructed by the United States government: over three billion, it says. Is this technology a […]

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North Korea’s Internet Use Surges, Thwarting Sanctions and Fueling Theft

WASHINGTON — North Korea has vastly expanded its use of the internet in ways that enable its leader, Kim Jong-un, to evade a “maximum pressure” American sanctions campaign and turn to new forms of cybercrime to prop up his government, according to a new study. The study concludes that since 2017 — the year President […]

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Ransomware Attacks Grow, Crippling Cities and Businesses

SAN FRANCISCO — New Orleans’s city government crippled. A maritime cargo facility temporarily closed. Hospitals forced to turn away patients. Small businesses shuttered. The cause in each of these incidents: ransomware attacks. In recent years, hackers have taken to locking down entire computer networks and demanding payments to let users back into their systems. The […]

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Child-Welfare Activists Attack Facebook Over Encryption Plans

WASHINGTON — New opponents confronted Facebook on Wednesday as it moves forward with a plan to encrypt all of its messaging platforms: child welfare advocates who said that encryption would allow child predators to operate with impunity across the company’s apps. “Facebook has a responsibility to work with law enforcement and to prevent the use […]

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The Only Safe Election Is a Low-Tech Election

After Monday’s Iowa caucus debacle, I’ve decided that Americans should vote by etching our preferred candidate’s name into a stone tablet with a hammer and chisel. Or maybe by dropping pebbles into a series of urns, as the ancient Greeks did. Or possibly just by voting the way we voted for much of the 20th […]

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Move Fast and Break the Iowa Caucus

A transformative piece of technology is supposed to “disrupt” the unwieldy ways that came before it. On Monday evening, an app built to deliver quicker caucus results took the Silicon Valley term of art literally, contributing to massive delays in reporting the results in Iowa. Hours after the caucuses ended, the state Democratic Party, citing […]

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Iowa Will Be the First Test Case for 2020 Election Security

DES MOINES — Weeks before the Iowa caucuses and the start of the 2020 presidential election season, one of the few senior Democratic campaign staff members whose full-time job was guarding against hackers and stopping a repeat of 2016 quit in frustration. The campaign — in this case, Pete Buttigieg’s — simply did not care […]

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Phone Hacks Can Happen to Anyone. Here’s How to Protect Yourself.

The mobile phone belonging to Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, was allegedly hacked when he clicked a video sent through WhatsApp, essentially turning over control of his phone and all of its contents to the hackers. Compromising the security of the world’s wealthiest man is no mean feat. But hackers are […]

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Voting by Phone Gets a Big Test, but There Are Concerns

More than a million registered voters in the Seattle area can now cast a ballot for an obscure election using a smartphone or computer. Organizers are calling the pilot program the largest mobile voting effort in the country. Julie Wise, the director of elections in King County, said the election would be “a key step […]

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Jeff Bezos’s Phone Hack Should Terrify Everyone

If Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wants to chat on WhatsApp, politely decline. That’s the lesson from a series of reports this week based off a forensic examination of Jeff Bezos’s communications with the crown prince. The investigation — conducted at Mr. Bezos’s request by FTI Consulting — found that his phone had most […]

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