A week in security (May 6 – 12)

A roundup of security news from May 6–12, including breaches, privacy, financials, takedowns, and new ransomware tactics.

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Mozilla urges Apple to make privacy a team sport

Mozilla is currently pushing Apple into placing extra barriers between iPhone users and online advertisers. Why? Because, according to Mozilla, it could work, which could benefit users everywhere.

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Mysterious database exposed personal information of 80 million US households

A large database accessible online containing a huge amount of records has been found by researchers. The question is: who does it belong to, and what is it for?

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Consumers have few legal options for protecting privacy

Amidst never-ending headlines about data breaches, data misuse, and opaque data-sharing agreements from major companies, users have few legal options to actually protect their privacy in court. Instead, they rely on technology.

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US Congress proposes comprehensive federal data privacy legislation—finally

The United States might be the only country of its size to lack a comprehensive data privacy law protecting its citizens’ online lives. That could change this year.

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Facebook’s plain text misstep, and other password sins

Yes, Facebook’s recent error in password handling was egregious. But there’s more than one way to abuse user data. We take a look at various missteps in credential management and how businesses can improve practices.

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A week in security (March 18 – 24)

A roundup of cybersecurity news from March 18–24, including Facebook’s privacy pivot, password reuse, new research on hospital phishing attacks, infected iPhone apps, and more.

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Researchers go hunting for Netflix’s Bandersnatch

New research from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras explains how popular Netflix interactive show Bandersnatch could fall victim to a side-channel attack and expose users’ choices.

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Facebook’s history betrays its privacy pivot

Facebook’s self-proclaimed pivot to privacy faces a fierce opponent—Facebook’s own history.

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Reputation management in the age of cyberattacks against businesses

A business’s reputation takes years to build. With the current climate of data breaches, destroying it can take only seconds. What can businesses do to protect their brands from fallout following a cybersecurity incident? We answer these questions and more.

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