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1.5m Users Hit By New Facebook Privacy Breach As Extent Of Data Misuse Exposed

Facebook’s alleged data misuse hit the headlines (again) on Thursday as Business Insider revealed that the company had “harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent when they opened their accounts.” The privacy breach came to light when a security researcher questioned why Facebook was asking for email passwords when …


Investors Are Betting Early On Cybersecurity Startups

In an increasingly digital world, startups, small businesses, and large corporations have at least one problem in common: ensuring the security of the data they store. We also know that security is top of mind for VCs, too—but likely more for the returns than the actual protection. According to Scale Venture Partners’s 2018 cyber report, …


Should cyber-security be more chameleon, less rhino?

Billions are being lost to cyber-crime each year, and the problem seems to be getting worse. So could we ever create unhackable computers beyond the reach of criminals and spies? Israeli researchers are coming up with some interesting solutions.   The key to stopping the hackers, explains Neatsun Ziv, vice president of cyber-security products at …


Cyber-attacks ‘damage’ national infrastructure

A growing number of cyber-attacks on key installations have successfully put systems out of action over the past two years, a study has revealed. A survey of security professionals in six countries, including the UK, by the Ponemon Institute found 90% had been hit by at least one successful attack. Staff in the utilities, energy, …


The Cybersecurity 202: Arrest at Mar-a-Lago spotlights simple but pervasive threat of thumb drives

The arrest of a Chinese citizen carrying a malware-infected thumb drive at Mar-a-Lago is a reminder that digital threats don’t always arrive via email or complex hacks.   Sometimes they’re hand delivered.   When Yujing Zhang was arrested at President Trump’s Florida resort Saturday, she was carrying four cellphones, a laptop, an external hard drive …


UK watchdog slams Huawei over ‘serious’ cybersecurity vulnerabilities

A UK government cybersecurity watchdog has once again raised serious concerns about Huawei’s security practices, the Financial Times reports. The report comes from the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board, an organisation set up by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre to evaluate the security risks posed by using Huawei’s equipment in critical …


The Cybersecurity 202: Michael Cohen investigators relied on controversial cell-tracking device

FBI agents wanted to search Michael Cohen’s hotel room, but didn’t know which room he was in. So, they used a controversial device that captured his cellphone’s location.   The revelation — included in a trove of search warrant documents released Tuesday in the case of President Trump’s former personal lawyer — sheds some light …


Why The Citrix Breach Matters — And What To Do Next

Over the weekend, it has emerged that Citrix has been hit by hackers in attacks that potentially exposed large amounts of customer data.   On March 6, 2019, the FBI contacted Citrix with the news that international cyber criminals had likely gained access to the internal Citrix network. The firm says in a statement that …


How one teenager is making millions by hacking legally

his is 19-year-old Santiago Lopez from Argentina.   He’s the first millionaire bug-bounty hacker, which means he gets paid to find glitches in the software of some of the world’s biggest companies.   Mr Lopez made his money on the world’s biggest ethical hacking platform: HackerOne.   BBC News’ Joe Tidy has been to see …


Russian ex-cyber security chief gets 22-year sentence for treason

A court in Moscow on Tuesday sentenced a senior Russian cyber intelligence official and an executive at a cybersecurity firm to lengthy prison sentences on treason charges.   Moscow’s District Military Court, which has been hearing the top-secret case for nearly two years behind closed doors, sentenced Col. Sergei Mikhailov, former deputy head of the …