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Snapchat Employees Reportedly Spied on Private Snaps

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The Memorial Day weekend begins on a dire note for constitutional protections. On Thursday, the US government indicted Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for violating the Espionage Act. This is the first time in modern history that the US has charged the publisher of sensitive materials rather than the person who leaked it. The charges stunned […]

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885 Million First American Financial Records Exposed Online

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After a solid decade of nonstop corporate data breaches and exposures, you’d think large organizations would have at least fixed the most basic and obviously damaging types of data mishandling. But there’s clearly still a long way to go. On Friday, independent security journalist Brian Krebs revealed that the real estate and title insurance giant […]

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The Danger in Assange’s Charges, a Memory Experiment, and More News

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DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images New charges against Julian Assange threaten all of the press, scientists have figured out how to alter emotional memories, and Memorial Day is coming. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Today’s Headlines Julian Assange’s charges put all of the press at risk New charges unveiled by […]

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The Julian Assange Espionage Act Charges Target Press Freedom

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On Thursday, the Department of Justice unsealed new charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Unlike the previous indictment—which focused narrowly on an apparent offer to help crack a password—the 17 superseding counts focus instead on alleged violations of the Espionage Act. In doing so, the DOJ has aimed a battering ram at the freedom of […]

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The Latest Julian Assange Indictment Is an Assault on Press Freedom

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On Thursday, the Department of Justice unsealed new charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Unlike the previous indictment—which focused narrowly on an apparent offer to help crack a password—the 17 superseding counts focus instead on alleged violations of the Espionage Act. In doing so, the DOJ has aimed a battering ram at the freedom of […]

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Study: Most enterprise IoT transactions are unencrypted

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Of the millions of enterprise-IoT transactions examined in a recent study, the vast majority were sent without benefit of encryption, leaving the data vulnerable to theft and tampering. The research by cloud-based security provider Zscaler found that about 91.5 percent of transactions by internet of things devices took place over plaintext, while 8.5 percent were […]

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Facial Recognition Has Already Reached Its Breaking Point

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As facial recognition technologies have evolved from fledgling projects into powerful software platforms, researchers and civil liberties advocates have been issuing warnings about the potential for privacy erosions. Those mounting fears came to a head Wednesday in Congress. Alarms over facial recognition had already gained urgency in recent years, as studies have shown that the […]

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Google Has Stored Some Passwords in Plaintext Since 2005

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It happened again: Google announced today that it’s the latest tech giant to have accidentally stored user passwords unprotected in plaintext. G Suite users, pay attention. Google says that the bug affected “a small percentage of G Suite users,” meaning it does not impact individual consumer accounts, but does affect some business and corporate accounts, […]

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Political Parties Still Have Cybersecurity Hygiene Problems

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In the three years since Russian operatives breached the servers of the Democratic National Committee and threw presidential politics into a state of perpetual chaos, countries around the world have been on notice to the threat of foreign interference in elections. But as the US prepares for another presidential election next year, and as the […]

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We Are Tenants on Our Own Devices

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A decade ago, Amazon abruptly deleted copies of George Orwell’s 1984 from the Kindles of its American customers. The move instantly evoked the “memory holes” in the novel’s totalitarian dystopia, and it inspired about equal measures of shock, outrage, and jokes. (If a fictional Amazon in a dystopian novel had performed the same mass deletion, […]