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Internal documents show how Facebook decided to put in a feature that collected call and SMS data without users knowing

ReutersMark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO and chairman. Internal Facebook emails released on Wednesday by British Parliament reveal the discussions leading to the “log scraping” practice that collected call and SMS text logs from Facebook users on Android devices. Facebook initially planned to make the practice an “opt-in” feature that gave users a choice, and even then […]

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Quora hit by data breach affecting around 100 million users

Quora has been targeted by hackers in a data breach affecting around 100 million of its users. The Mountain View, California-based company that operates the question-and-answer website said on Monday that it recently discovered unauthorized access to its computer systems. Data that “may have been compromised” includes account information such as name, email address, and […]

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Marriott Hacking Exposes Data of Up to 500 Million Guests

Supported by Marriott Hacking Exposes Data of Up to 500 Million Guests ImageMarriott International acknowledged on Friday that an “unauthorized party had copied and encrypted information” belonging to about 500 million customers on its Starwood reservations system.CreditCreditMauritz Antin/EPA, via Shutterstock By Nicole Perlroth, Amie Tsang and Adam Satariano Nov. 30, 2018 The hotel chain asked […]

Emerging Tech

T-Mobile bets big on low-band 5G, completes its first data transmission

While U.S. carriers have long been in a cutthroat race in their quest to be the first to offer 5G, November has been a particularly busy month. Earlier this month, Verizon announced it has completed its first 5G transmission using the Moto Z3 and forthcoming 5G Moto Mod. A week later, T-Mobile completed the world’s first […]

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USPS fixes online flaw that exposed the data of 60 million customers

Hobvias Sudoneighm The United States Postal Service (USPS) has patched a security flaw that allowed anyone with an account at usps.com to view the account details of any of the 60 million people signed up to the service. In some cases, the flaw even allowed for changes to be made to those accounts. In a […]

Gears & Gadgets

Windows 10 October 2018 Update is back, this time without deleting your data

Enlarge / This message, shown during Windows upgrades, is going to be salt in the wound. Just over a month since its initial release, Microsoft is making the Windows 10 October 2018 Update widely available today. The update was withdrawn shortly after its initial release due to the discovery of a bug causing data loss. […]

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HSBC bank confirms US data breach

HSBC has said some of its US customers’ bank accounts were hacked in October. The lender said that the perpetrators may have accessed information including account numbers and balances, statement and transaction histories and payee details, as well as users’ names, addresses and dates of birth. The BBC understands the firm believes that fewer than […]

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Powerful data privacy legislation drafted by Democratic senator from Oregon

Data privacy has been a hot topic this year, with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation in Europe. The GDPR obliged tech companies to be more transparent about what user data they were collecting, and to give users options to view or delete their data. But legislation in the U.S. has not […]

Gears & Gadgets

Garmin Vivosmart 4 review: An affordable band for easy fitness, SpO2 data

Enlarge Valentina Palladino Fitness tech companies, particularly Fitbit and Garmin, want to monitor the level of oxygen in your blood. It’s a metric that could help spot signs of sleep apnea and other breathing-related problems, so companies have been scrambling to perfect their SpO2 sensors and incorporate this data into their ecosystems in a meaningful […]

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Tim Cook Warns That Personal Data Is Being 'Weaponized Against Us'

Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, warned Wednesday that personal data is being “weaponized against us” and called for more regulation of digital privacy. Speaking at the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Brussels, Cook said: “As far back as 1890, future Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis published an article in the Harvard […]

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Hackers target major airline in data breach affecting nearly 10M customers

Cathay Pacific has revealed details of a massive hack that’s seen the personal data of nearly 10 million of its customers stolen. The major international airline, which operates out of Hong Kong and flies to seven U.S. cities, said on Wednesday it had discovered unauthorized access “to some of its information systems containing passenger data of […]

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Iranians masqueraded as foreign journalists to push political messages online, new Twitter data shows

The Twitter logo is displayed on an iPhone screen. (Alex FLynn/Bloomberg News) Tony Romm Staff writer covering technology policy October 17 at 9:07 AM Twitter accounts originating in Iran masqueraded as foreign journalists and concerned U.S. citizens in their attempt to push political messages on the social media site until they were suspended earlier this […]

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Facebook says millions of users had phone numbers, search history and location data stolen in recent hack

Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) Brian Fung Policy reporter focusing on telecommunications, media, cryptocurrencies and competition October 12 at 2:46 PM An online attack that forced Facebook to log out 90 million users last month directly affected 29 million people on the social network, the company said Friday as it released […]

Gears & Gadgets

Windows 10 October 2018 Update no longer deletes your data

Enlarge / Your precious documents, after installing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. shaorang Microsoft has figured out why the Windows 10 October 2018 Update deleted data from some systems and produced a fixed version. The severity of the bug caused the company to cease distribution of the update last week; the fixed version is […]