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Passwordstate customers complain of silence and secrecy after cyberattack

It has been over three months since Click Studios, the Australian software house behind the enterprise password manager Passwordstate, warned its customers to “commence resetting all passwords.” The company was hit by a supply chain attack that sought to steal the passwords from customer servers around the world. But customers tell TechCrunch that they are still without answers about the attack. Several customers say they were met with silence from Click Studios, while others were asked to sign ...
Tags: Security, Government, Tech, Cybercrime, United States, Computing, Orion, Phishing, Signal, Computer Security, Solarwinds, U S, CSIS, Passwordstate, Supply Chain Attack, Mark Sandford


A Silicon Valley VC firm with $1.8B in assets was hit by ransomware

Advanced Technology Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm with more than $1.8 billion in assets under its management, was hit by a ransomware attack in July that saw cybercriminals steal personal information on the company’s private investors, or limited partners (LPs). In a letter to the Maine attorney general’s office, ATV said it became aware of the attack on July 9 after its servers storing financial information had been encrypted by ransomware. By July 26, the ATV learned that dat...
Tags: Google, Boston, Tech, Cisco, Fbi, Maine, Social Security, Silicon Valley, Signal, Belden, ATV, Menlo Park California, Silicon Valley VC, Advanced Technology Ventures, Mike Carusi, Natasha Mascarenhas


Google will require employees on its campuses to get vaccinated as it delays its office return. It's the first mega-cap tech giant to do so.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaking during a developers conference. Stephen Lam/Reuters Google is pushing its return-to-office plan to October 18, it told employees on Wednesday. The company had previously told employees they would be expected back in September. Employees who do return will need to be vaccinated, the company said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Google is delaying its return-to-office plans in response to a surge in coronavirus cases, the company announced o...
Tags: Apple, Google, US, Trends, New York Times, Tim Cook, Delta, Sundar Pichai, Signal, Cnbc, Alphabet, Pichai, Reuters Google, Tech Insider, Stephen Lam, Josh Lipton


Calgary’s parking authority exposed drivers’ personal data and tickets

If you parked your car in one of the thousands of parking spots across Calgary, there’s a good chance you paid the Calgary Parking Authority for the privilege. But soon you might be hearing from the authority after a recent security lapse exposed the personal information of vehicle owners. The parking authority oversees about 14% of the paid parking spots in the Calgary region, and lets drivers pay to park their cars by a parking kiosk, online, or through the phone app by entering their vehicle’...
Tags: Security, MetroMile, New York, Privacy, Tech, Spokesperson, Data Breach, Automotive, Transport, Parking, Volkswagen, Driver, Calgary, Signal, Parkmobile, Computer Security


Calgary’s parking authority exposed driver’s personal data and tickets

If you parked your car in one of the thousands of parking spots across Calgary, there’s a good chance you paid the Calgary Parking Authority for the privilege. But soon you might be hearing from the authority after a recent security lapse exposed the personal information of vehicle owners. The parking authority oversees about 14% of the paid parking spots in the Calgary region, and lets drivers pay to park their cars by a parking kiosk, online, or through the phone app by entering their vehicle’...
Tags: Security, MetroMile, New York, Privacy, Tech, Spokesperson, Data Breach, Automotive, Transport, Parking, Volkswagen, Driver, Calgary, Signal, Parkmobile, Computer Security


Moving fast and breaking things cost us our privacy and security

Denis Mars Contributor Share on Twitter Denis Mars is the CEO and co-founder of Proxy, which designs and builds privacy-first, human-led, identity technologies. Over the years, I’ve had a front-row seat to the future of technology. In my role at Y Combinator as director of admissions, I saw hundreds of startup pitches. Many shared a particular attribute: They followed the path of quickly growing users and monetizing the data ...
Tags: Security, TC, Facebook, Column, Privacy, Opinion, Tech, Social Security, Data Protection, Silicon Valley, Signal, Data Security, Computer Security, Digital Identity, Denis Mars


This tool tells you if NSO’s Pegasus spyware targeted your phone

Over the weekend, an international consortium of news outlets reported that several authoritarian governments — including Mexico, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates — used spyware developed by NSO Group to hack into the phones of thousands of their most vocal critics, including journalists, activists, politicians and business executives. A leaked list of 50,000 phone numbers of potential surveillance targets was obtained by Paris-based journalism nonprofit Forbidden Stories and Amnesty Interna...
Tags: Iphone, Android, Security, Microsoft, Mexico, Government, Tech, Cisco, European Union, Smartphones, Whatsapp, Spyware, Software, Hungary, Morocco, Paris


Nym gets $6M for its anonymous overlay mixnet to sell privacy as a service

Switzerland-based privacy startup Nym Technologies has raised $6 million, which is being loosely pegged as a Series A round. Earlier raises included a $2.5M seed round in 2019. The founders also took in grant money from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research fund during an earlier R&D phase developing the network tech. The latest funding will be used to continue commercial development of network infrastructure which combines an old idea for obfuscating the metadata of data packets at the tra...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Snowden, Nsa, China, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Tor, Switzerland, Aws, Vpn, Ed, Ethereum, Signal


A new ‘digital violence’ platform maps dozens of victims of NSO Group’s spyware

For the first time, researchers have mapped all the known targets, including journalists, activists, and human rights defenders, whose phones were hacked by Pegasus, a spyware developed by NSO Group. Forensic Architecture, an academic unit at Goldsmiths, University of London that investigates human rights abuses, scoured dozens of reports from human rights groups, carried out open-source research and interviewed dozens of the victims themselves to reveal over a thousand data points, including de...
Tags: Washington Post, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Tech, Spain, United States, Laura Poitras, Enrique Peña Nieto, United Arab Emirates, Amnesty International, Pegasus, Montreal, University of Toronto, Signal, Mohammed bin Salman


10 things in tech: Amazon sought to buy Signal, Facebook lawsuit, Cisco salaries revealed

Signal CEO Moxie Marlinspike. Steve Jennings/Getty Images Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. Amazon nearly bought Signal instead of Wickr. Amazon announced it was buying Wickr, an encrypted messaging app on Friday, but sources said it mulled a bid for Signal. Why the idea fizzled out.2. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, canceled himself in 2018 in order to work on his own behavior. We spoke with the man hims...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Cisco, Tesla, Nasa, Jack Dorsey, Signal, Shopify, Musk, Dorsey


Android is now encrypting your RCS texts

Google is rolling out a bunch of new updates for Android users related to privacy and usability. Here’s what you’ll be getting: End-to-end encryption for RCS RCS messages are getting end-to-end encryption support on Google’s Messages app. Apps like WhatsApp and Signal use this tech to keep your conversations private, so no one can see them. Currently, this feature is available to those who have access to RCS messaging and only for one-to-one chats. Plus, you’ll need to enable the chat feature in...
Tags: Google, Startups, Signal, RCS, Plugged


Facebook, WhatsApp, Google and other internet giants comply with India’s IT rules

Google, Facebook, Telegram, LinkedIn and Tiger Global-backed Indian startups ShareChat and Koo have either fully or partially complied with the South Asian nation’s new IT rules, according to two people familiar with the matter and a government note obtained by TechCrunch. India’s new IT rules, unveiled in February this year, required firms to appoint and share contact details of representatives tasked with  compliance, nodal point of reference, and grievance redressals to address on-ground conc...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, Government, India, Tech, Whatsapp, Pakistan, Delhi, Tiger Global, New Delhi, Signal, Koo


How to block a number on your smartphone or landline to stop spam calls and texts

There are multiple ways you can block numbers on any smartphone or landline. Marko Geber/Getty Images You can block a number to stop receiving all incoming calls or texts from that phone number. To block a number on an iPhone or Android, you can use your device's Phone app. To block a number on a landline, contact your service provider or use a call-blocking device. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Tired of being asked about renewing your car's warranty...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Android, Samsung, Trends, Facetime, Signal, Tech Insider, Spam Calls, Tech Reference, Tech How To, Devon Delfino, Smartphones (Reference, Block calls, Block numbers, Marko Geber Getty


Skiff, an end-to-end encrypted alternative to Google Docs, raises $3.7M seed

Imagine if Google Docs was end-to-end encrypted so that not even Google could access your documents. That’s Skiff, in a nutshell. Skiff is a document editor with a similar look and feel to Google Docs, allowing you to write, edit and collaborate in real-time with colleagues with privacy baked in. Because the document editor is built on a foundation of end-to-end encryption, Skiff doesn’t have access to anyone’s documents — only users, and those who are invited to collaborate, do. It’s an idea th...
Tags: Google, Security, Startups, Technology, Yahoo, Tech, Ceo, Encryption, Cryptography, End-to-end Encryption, Software, Google-docs, Sequoia Capital, Jerry Yang, Signal, Operating Systems


US towns are buying Chinese surveillance tech tied to Uighur abuses

This story was reported in partnership with video surveillance news site IPVM. At least a hundred U.S. counties, towns, and cities have bought China-made surveillance systems that the U.S. government has linked to human rights abuses, according to contract data seen by TechCrunch. Some municipalities have spent tens of thousands of dollars or more to buy surveillance equipment made by two Chinese technology companies, Hikvision and Dahua, after the companies were added to the U.S. government’...
Tags: Florida, Hollywood, London, Congress, California, China, US, Tech, Beijing, United Nations, New Orleans, Muslim, Louisiana, Biden, Xinjiang, North Carolina


A guide to end-to-end encryption, the system that keeps your transmitted data and communication secure

End-to-end encryption ensures your messages can only be read by you and the recipient(s). Teera Konakan/Getty Images End-to-end encryption secures messages before they're sent and decrypts them only after arriving at a recipient's device. This is different from encryption-in-transit, when messages may be decrypted at the server before going to a final destination. There are several messaging apps that use end-to-end encryption, including Signal, Telegram, and WhatsApp. Visit Ins...
Tags: Google, Security, Email, Server, Trends, Communication, Data, Cybersecurity, Whatsapp, End-to-end Encryption, Messages, Hackers, Telegram, Signal, Metadata, Dave Johnson


Reklamy, których nie zobaczysz w social mediach

Wojny między Signalem a WhatsAppem ciąg dalszy Nie od dzisiaj wiadomo, że nasze dane w Sieci nie są do końca prywatne. Osoby korzystające z portali społecznościowych, powinny o tym wiedzieć w szczególności. Samo zalogowanie się i kliknięcie „Lubię to” pod postem jednego z obserwowanych profili, jest monitorowane i rejestrowane przez platformy takie jak chociażby Facebook oraz działający na tej samej zasadzie Instagram. Tak samo komunikator WhatsApp, który należy do Facebooka, automatycznie zbie...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Sales, Signal, Blog Seo, Lew, Bo, Samo, Sieci, Sieci nie, Pierwszy, Signal org Facebook, Signala, Signalu


Months-long Twitter Backlash Had Zero Impact on WhatsApp's User Base

An anonymous reader shares a report: It's safe to say WhatsApp didn't have the ideal start to 2021. Less than a week into the new year, the Facebook-owned instant messaging app had already annoyed hundreds of thousands of users with its scary worded notification about a planned policy update. The backlash grew fast and millions of people, including several high-profile figures, started to explore rival apps Signal and Telegram. Even governments, including India's -- WhatsApp's biggest market b...
Tags: Facebook, India, Tech, Signal


WhatsApp, growing despite backlash, clarifies May 15 policy update deadline

It’s safe to say WhatsApp didn’t have the ideal start to 2021. Less than a week into the new year, the Facebook-owned instant messaging app had already annoyed hundreds of thousands of users with its scary worded notification about a planned policy update. The backlash grew fast and millions of people, including several high-profile figures, started to explore rival apps Signal and Telegram. Even governments, including India’s — WhatsApp’s biggest market by users — expressed concerns. (In the ca...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, India, Tech, Whatsapp, Telegram, Signal


WhatsApp is growing despite months-long backlash over policy update

It’s safe to say WhatsApp didn’t have the ideal start to 2021. Less than a week into the new year, the Facebook-owned instant messaging app had already annoyed hundreds of thousands of users with its scary worded notification about a planned policy update. The backlash grew fast and millions of people, including several high-profile figures, started to explore rival apps Signal and Telegram. Even governments, including India’s — WhatsApp’s biggest market by users — expressed concerns. (In the ca...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, India, Tech, Whatsapp, Telegram, Signal


WhatsApp is doing fine despite months-long backlash over policy update

It’s safe to say WhatsApp didn’t have the ideal start to 2021. Less than a week into the new year, the Facebook-owned instant messaging app had already annoyed hundreds of thousands of users with its scary-worded notification about a planned policy update. The backlash grew fast and millions of people, including several high-profile figures, started to explore rival apps Signal and Telegram. Even governments, including India’s — WhatsApp’s biggest market by users — expressed concerns. (In case o...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, India, Tech, Whatsapp, Telegram, Signal


WhatsApp, growing despite backlash, relaxes May 15 policy update deadline

It’s safe to say WhatsApp didn’t have the ideal start to 2021. Less than a week into the new year, the Facebook-owned instant messaging app had already annoyed hundreds of thousands of users with its scary worded notification about a planned policy update. The backlash grew fast and millions of people, including several high-profile figures, started to explore rival apps Signal and Telegram. Even governments, including India’s — WhatsApp’s biggest market by users — expressed concerns. (In the ca...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Privacy, India, Tech, Whatsapp, Telegram, Signal


Signal Tried To Use Instagram Ads To Display the Data Facebook Collects and Sells. Facebook Banned Signal's Account.

Privacy-oriented messaging app Signal tried to run a very candid ad campaign on Facebook-owned Instagram, but it wasn't meant to be. From a report: Signal explained how it went down in a blog post Tuesday. The idea was to post ads on Instagram which use the data an online advertiser may have collected about users, and basically show the user what that data might be for them. "You got this ad because you're a teacher, but more importantly you're a Leo (and single). This ad used your location to s...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Moscow, Leo, Signal, According to Signal


10 things in tech you need to know today

Elaine Thompson/AP Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. Bill and Melinda Gates reportedly didn't sign a prenup. With nearly $150 billion at stake, they will split their property according to a "separation contract" they've agreed to instead. Bill Gates is the fourth-richest person in the world; here are 11 facts that show just how wealthy he really is.2. A Silicon Valley realtor said the exodus from th...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Washington, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Bill Gates, San Diego, Silicon Valley, Toyota, Bill, Seattle


Signal said Facebook shut down its advertising account after the privacy-focused messaging app tried to buy Instagram ads showing how the social media giant collects data

Signal CEO Moxie Marlinspike. Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch Signal said it tried to buy Instagram ads that would show users how Facebook targets them. The ads would display personal information about users that Facebook uses when targeting ads. But Signal said Facebook responded by shutting its account down. See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook blocked ads that Signal wanted to buy that would show Instagram users the data that Facebook collects from them, ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Elon Musk, Media, Instagram, Advertising, Trends, Social Media, Tesla, Data Privacy, Signal, Moxie Marlinspike, La Jolla, Tech Insider, Democratic Sen Elizabeth Warren, Katie Canales


Detroit-based Signal Advisors raises $10m Series A led by General Catalyst

Signal Advisors is building a specialized financial platform for financial advisors, and the company is announcing it raised a $10 million Series A led by Brian Ru and Hemant Taneja at General Catalyst. This funding is on top of the $6 million seed round it raised in 2020 from Detroit Venture Partners, Ludlow Ventures, General Catalyst, and others. In a released statement, new board member and managing partner at Michigan-based Annox Capital Robert Mylod, puts it well: “We’ve seen a lot of capi...
Tags: TC, Tech, Michigan, Detroit, Signal, Patrick Kelly, Hemant Taneja, Signal Advisors, Brian Ru, Annox Capital Robert Mylod, Pat Kelly Co Founder


10 things in tech you need to know today

SpaceX Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. SpaceX is launching four astronauts into Earth's orbit today. From liftoff early this morning to an ocean splashdown six months later, here's how the journey will go.2. It's possible to turn on Tesla Autopilot with nobody behind the wheel, Consumer Reports showed. Following a crash that killed two men in Texas, the firm's engineers proved just how sim...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spacex, Texas, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Travis Kalanick, WeWork, Mars, Signal


Signal's CEO Just Hacked the Cops' Favorite Phone Cracking Tool and Became a Legend

Cellebrite, which is a favorite of law enforcement agencies across the U.S., sells software designed to unlock phones and extract their data. Police frequently use it to gather evidence from seized devices. In the past, the company has received criticism for its willingness to sell to pretty much any…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Software, Computing, Signal, Moxie Marlinspike, Mobile App, Secure Communication, Cellebrite, Cross Platform Software, Computer File, Application Software, Cryptographic Software, Technology Internet, Computer Security Software


Signal CEO Hacks Cellebrite iPhone Hacking Device Used By Cops

FlatEric521 shares a report: Moxie Marlinspike, the founder of the popular encrypted chat app Signal claims to have hacked devices made by the infamous phone unlocking company Cellebrite, which has famously worked with cops to circumvent encryption such as Signal's. In a blog post Wednesday, Marlinspike not only published details about the new exploits for Cellebrite devices but seemed to suggest that Signal's code could be theoretically altered to hack Cellebrite devices en masse. "We were surp...
Tags: Tech, Signal, Cellebrite, Marlinspike


Grocery startup Mercato spilled years of data, but didn’t tell its customers

A security lapse at online grocery delivery startup Mercato exposed tens of thousands of customer orders, TechCrunch has learned. A person with knowledge of the incident told TechCrunch that the incident happened in January after one of the company’s cloud storage buckets, hosted on Amazon’s cloud, was left open and unprotected. The company fixed the data spill, but has not yet alerted its customers. Mercato was founded in 2015 and helps over a thousand smaller grocers and specialty food stores ...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Food, Ecommerce, New York, Technology, California, Cloud Storage, Cloud Computing, Boston, Los Angeles, Tech, Data Breach, Chicago, United States, Computing



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