A batch of documents meant to be kept under court seal lays bare Facebook's strategic brokering of access to user data to reward partners and punish potential rivals. The material also demonstrates Facebook's views at the time on privacy and the risks of leaking data.
Next to corporate communications that claim that "your security is important to us," any website post titled "security update" portends bad news. So too for question-and-answer site Quora, which says a hack exposed 100 million users' personal details, including hashed passwords and private content.
The Black Hat Europe information security conference returns to London, featuring 40 research-rich sessions covering diverse topics, including politically motivated cyberattacks, recovering passwords from keyboards thanks to thermal emanations, hacking Microsoft Edge and detecting "deep fakes."
Marriott's mega-breach underscores the challenges companies face in securing systems that come from acquisitions as well as simply storing too much consumer data for too long, computer security experts say. Meanwhile, the hotel giant has yet to answer many pressing data breach questions.
Will Marriott be the first organization that lost control of Europeans' personal data to feel the full force of the EU's General Protection Regulation? With GDPR in full effect since May, organizations with data security practices face the potential of massive fines.
The Marriott hotel chain has announced its Starwood guest reservation database has been hacked, potentially exposing up to 500 million accounts. The unauthorized access to the database started in 2014, the company says.
Another day, another "Have I Been Pwned" alert, this time involving 44.3 million individuals' personal details found in unsecured instances of Elasticsearch, which appear to have been left online by Data & Leads, a Toronto-based data aggregation firm.
A federal grand jury has indicted two Iranians for allegedly waging SamSam ransomware attacks on more than 200 entities, including Atlanta and other municipalities and six healthcare organizations. They collected $6 million in ransoms and caused more than $30 million in losses to victims, U.S. prosecutors allege.
Consumer organizations in seven countries plan to file complaints alleging that Google is violating the EU's General Data Protection Regulation via its location, web and app activity tracking, in what could be a blow to the search giant's lucrative but data-hungry targeted advertising business.
Uber has been slammed with $1.2 million in fines by U.K. and Dutch privacy regulators for its cover-up of a 2016 data breach for more than a year. The breach exposed millions of drivers' and users' personal details to attackers, whom Uber paid $100,000 in hush money and for a promise to delete the stolen data.
Automotive smartphone apps that can be used to unlock or start a car pose new risks that must be managed, says Asaf Ashkenazi of Inside Secure, a mobile security firm, who provides risk mitigation insights.
A court has preliminarily approved Lenovo's proposal to pay $7.3 million to settle a consolidated class action lawsuit filed over its preinstallation of Superfish adware onto laptops purchased by 800,000 consumers. Superfish, which has dissolved, already reached a $1 million settlement agreement.
A British lawmaker has obtained sealed U.S. court documents to reveal internal Facebook discussions about data security and privacy controls, as Parliament probes Facebook and other social media firms as well as Russian interference and fake news.