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Airbnb Spying, a Monster Breach, and Intravenous Semen Injection: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Friends, I have some good news and some bad news. That bad news, if you missed our PSA last week, is that a colossal breach exposed nearly 773 million emails and more than 21 million passwords. This is not ideal, I know. And if you have not already, this is as good an opportunity as any to overhaul your personal…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, Smartphones, Drones, Psa, Split, Best Of Gizmodo


How to Stop Worrying About Every 'Mega' Password Breach That Comes Along

News of this week’s so-called “mega breach” might deeply trouble you. If so, that means it’s a perfect time to take control of your personal security. Yes, every company should be held responsible for practicing sloppy security, allowing your sensitive data to get into the wrong hands. But at this point, there’s…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, Pro Tips, Security Hygiene


Mother of All Breaches Exposes 773 Million Emails, 21 Million Passwords

There’s no shortage of data breaches these days, but this one should make you sit up and pay attention. The newly discovered “Collection #1" is the largest public data breach by volume, with 772,904,991 unique emails and 21,222,975 unique passwords exposed.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Passwords, Data, Data Breach, HIBP, Collection 1, Yes Youve Been Pwned


Critical Flaws Leave Some Government Access Cards Vulnerable to Attack

One of the nation’s leading purveyors of security access badges and plastic ID cards is scrambling to patch multiple vulnerabilities in its system, which could allow attackers to covertly enter secured buildings and obtain top-level access privileges, granting them the ability to modify a building’s list of authorized…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Welp, Brady Corp, Building Security, Identicard


Marriott Faces Massive Class-Action Lawsuit Over Hotel Reservation Data Breach

Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain operator, has been slapped with a class-action lawsuit over the data breach now said to affect upwards of 300 million people. The suit, brought by more than 150 past hotel guests, according to Vox, is at least the second to surface since the breach was disclosed in late…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, Marriott, Lawsuits, Vox, Marriott Breach


Marriott Faces Sprawling Class-Action Lawsuit Over Hotel Reservation Data Breach

Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain operator, has been slapped with a class-action lawsuit over the data breach now said to affect upwards of 300 million people. The suit, brought by more than 150 past hotel guests, according to Vox, is at least the second to surface since the breach was disclosed in late…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, Marriott, Lawsuits, Vox, Marriott Breach


Amazon's Ring Security Cameras May Have Let Employees Spy on Customers: Report

It shouldn’t be the case that inviting smart technology into our homes to safeguard against potential threats might instead lead to serious breaches of individual privacy, and yet reports of such violations of user trust are increasingly common. Now, Amazon’s Ring security cameras have come under fire for just that.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Science, Privacy, Ring, Security Cameras


House Dems' First Bill Would Dramatically Boost Election Security

The first bill introduced by House Democrats is a whopping 570-page voting reform package that offers, in part, significant financial support to state election agencies seeking to shore up their security through use of risk-limiting audits and the timely exchange of threat information. It would also require an…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, House, Bennie Thompson, Election Interference


Marriott Unsure How Many Hundreds of Millions of Guests Got Screwed by Data Breach

While downsizing the estimate of how many guests were impacted by the historic breach of its hotel reservation system, Marriott International on Friday announced that roughly 5.25 million unencrypted passport numbers are now among the sensitive data illegally obtained by hackers unknown.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, China, Marriott, Marriott International, Marriott Breach


Phishing Scam From Fake PayPal Account Was Promoted on Twitter

An account posing as PayPal used a paid promotion on Twitter to bait users into sharing their personal information under the guise that they were entering an end-of-year contest, The Next Web reported this week.Read more...
Tags: Security, Twitter, Science, Privacy, Paypal, Phishing Scams


Yet Another Weather App Accused of Collecting Too Much User Data

As data breaches and privacy concerns become a frighteningly common feature of our digital world, it’s increasingly important that we think critically about the kinds of apps with which we share our information. A new report from the Wall Street Journal finds that a popular weather app has been asking users for an…Read more...
Tags: Security, Apps, Weather, Science, Data, Wall Street Journal, Privacy And Security


Dual UPnP-Chromecast Exploit Allows Hacker to Hijack Devices, Force Any YouTube Video to Play

Hackers have discovered a bug that allows attackers to seize control of Google’s Chromecast media streaming player, making it possible to force the device into “playing any YouTube video they want—including videos that are custom-made,” TechCrunch reported on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Google, Network Security, Security, Science, Technology, Youtube, Cybersecurity, Chromecast, Hacking, Hackers, Routers, Networks, Exploits, Upnp


Trump: What If the Border Wall Was Actually a Row of Pointy Sticks

This week, the Oogie Boogie Man made of deflated basketballs currently residing in the Oval Office, Donald Trump, made good on his threat to shut down the federal government if Congress doesn’t approve $5.7 billion in funding for his U.S.-Mexico border wall project.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Congress, Mexico, Immigration, Infrastructure, Donald Trump, Border Wall, Oval Office Donald Trump, Sure Whatever, Pointy Sticks, Oogie Boogie Man


You Should Return the Amazon Echo You Bought and Get a Better Gift

So you bought a loved one an Amazon Echo. Maybe it was on sale, or maybe it was on someone’s list. But inevitably, an Echo is a bad gift. It’s also a lazy gift. But don’t worry. It’s not too late to return it and get a better gift.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Science, Spying, Hackers, Spies, Amazon Echo, Smart Speakers, More Like Ech No Amirite


Facebook: Giving Other Companies Access to Your Private Messages Actually Wasn't a Big Deal

Having rounded out the year with yet another bombshell report from the New York Times about Facebook’s mishandling of user data, the beleaguered social media company is now hitting back at claims that it allowed its partners to view Facebook users’ private messages.Read more...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Privacy, New York Times, delete Facebook


Do You Still Just Hand Over Your Data?

Sometimes it’s just easier to hand over your data instead of taking the ten seconds to Do the Right Thing. Logging into an app through Facebook, linking an app so it posts on Twitter, allowing a service to access your location at all times... In 2018, these are all privacy no-no’s and we all know better.Read more...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Science, Chatroom, Data Privacy


EU Diplomatic Comms Network, Which the NSA Reportedly Warned Could Be Easily Hacked, Was Hacked

The European Union’s network used for diplomatic communications, COREU, was infiltrated “for years” by hackers, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, with the unknown rogues behind the attack reportedly reposting the stolen communiqués to an “open internet site.”Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Technology, China, Eu, European Union, Cybersecurity, Hacking, Foreign Policy, New York Times, Diplomacy, Hackers, EU Diplomatic Comms Network Which the NSA


'Five Eyes' Spy Chiefs Agreed to Contain Huawei's Global Reach at Meeting in July: Report

At a meeting in Canada in July 2018, espionage chiefs from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.—all signatories to a treaty on signals intelligence, and often referred to as the “Five Eyes”—agreed to do their best to contain the global growth of Chinese telecom Huawei, the Wall Street Journal reported…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Technology, Nsa, China, Cybersecurity, Canada, Telecoms, National Security, MI5, Espionage, Cia, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Australia Canada New Zealand, Meng Wanzhou


Equifax Breach Was Just as Infuriating and Dumb as You Thought, New House Report Finds

House Republicans spent 14 months investigating the 2017 Equifax breach only to reach the same conclusions that virtually everyone else with a brain did in the immediate aftermath of the company’s disclosure. The breach was “entirely preventable,” lawmakers found, and the credit reporting agency’s shit management did…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, House, Equifax


Senator's 'Cyber Doctrine' Calls for U.S. to Redraw the Blueprint for Information Warfare

In a speech on Friday, Democrat Mark Warner, vice chairman of Senate Intelligence Committee, presented what he called “a new cyber doctrine,” advocating not only for a hardening of America’s digital infrastructure but for an approach to cyberwarfare that doesn’t hinge solely on mirroring adversaries’ use of offensive…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, China, Russia, America, Senate Intelligence Committee, Cyberwar, Mark Warner


A Few Things Facebook Forgot to Include in Its Year in Review

It’s been quite a year for Mark Zuckerberg and his friends at Facebook. You might even say that 2018 has been the single worst year in the company’s history. But you wouldn’t know it by reading “Facebook’s 2018 Year in Review.” The annual blog post leaves one with the impression that Facebook’s involvement in global…Read more...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Instagram, Whatsapp, Myanmar, Sheryl Sandberg, Cambridge Analytica, delete Facebook, Facebook Forgot


DHS Documents Show Secret Service Plan for Facial Recognition Test Around White House

The Secret Service is testing a facial recognition system in public areas of the White House and surrounding grounds with the stated goal of “identifying known subjects of interest prior to initial contact with law enforcement at the White House Complex,” according to Department of Homeland Security documents dug up…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Technology, Privacy, White House, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Secret Service, Department Of Homeland Security, Facial Recognition


Hackers Find Stolen NSA Exploit Useful Again, Compromise Tens of Thousands of Routers

A Microsoft exploit made public last year after being pinched from the National Security Agency has now been used by hackers to compromise more than 45,000 internet routers, according to researchers.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Microsoft, Routers, National Security Agency, Exploits, ETERNALBLUE


China Is Constantly Monitoring the Location of EV Drivers

This’ll surely give anyone concerned about privacy the creeps. More than 200 manufacturers—including Volkswagen, Ford, General Motors, BMW, and Tesla—submit precise locations of vehicles to the Chinese government, according to an eye-popping story from the Associated Press.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, China, General Motors, Tesla, Electric Cars, Car Technology, Associated Press Read, Volkswagen Ford General Motors BMW


Popular Massage App Left Sensitive User Data Exposed, Including Complaints About 'Dangerous' Customers: Report

Urban Massage, a wellness app that connects users with professional massage therapists, reportedly left a database open to public access, potentially exposing sensitive user and employee data—including complaints alleging sexual misconduct by “dangerous” users alongside their names and other personal information.Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Urban Massage, Dont Call It A Leak Or Else


DOJ Unseals Indictments of Eight People Allegedly Behind 3ve, Methbot Ad Scams

The Department of Justice has unsealed indictments against eight persons allegedly behind two separate massive digital advertising scams, 3ve and the charmingly named Methbot, the Verge reported on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Google, Security, Science, Technology, Crime, Cybersecurity, Scams, Hacking, Hackers, Department Of Justice, Doj, Justice Department, Methbot, Methbot And 3ve Sittin In A Tree C R I M I N G, 3ve


Video Shows Exact Moment Border Agent Realized 'Gender Reveal' Party Bomb Was a Bad Idea

The Arizona border patrol agent who used a firearm to detonate explosives during a “gender reveal” party in April 2017, sparking a wildfire which eventually spread across 47,000 acres and caused $8.2. million in damage, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a misdemeanor and received a sentence of five years’ probation…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Technology, Wildfires, Arizona, Explosives, Border Patrol, Firearms, Gender Reveal


Instagram Is Reportedly Down for Android Users Following Concerns Over Password Security

Dozens of Android users are reporting that the Instagram app isn’t working for them as of Saturday morning, with some posting about problems on mobile on Twitter since late Friday.Read more...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Science, Instagram, Bugs, Passwords


Instagram Is Reportedly Down for Android Users Following Concerns Over Password Security [Update]

Dozens of Android users reported that the Instagram app wasn’t working for them as of Saturday morning, with some posting about problems on mobile on Twitter late Friday. Instagram now says the issue is fixed.Read more...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Science, Instagram, Bugs, Passwords


Firefox Will Now Alert You When You Visit Hacked Sites

It can be hard to know if and when you might have been impacted by a data breach. That is, unless you’re a Firefox Quantum user. Today, Mozilla announced it’ll alert desktop users when they stumble upon a site that’s recently reported a breach.Read more...
Tags: Firefox, Security, Science, Data Breach, Mozilla, Firefox Quantum, Have You Changed Your Password Lately



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