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Whistleblowers at risk when using US government websites

More than two dozen U.S. government websites should be urgently upgraded to use encryption, as whistleblowers are potentially at risk, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

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AT&T's data breach settlement called a 'slap on the wrist'

The punishment AT&T received this week from the U.S. government for its sloppy protection of customer data is peanuts and won't scare other companies into taking stronger security measures, some cybersecurity experts said.

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Welcome to the Internet of Things. Please check your privacy at the door.

Several things can happen to your IoT data, and most of them are bad. Here are the biggest things you need to worry about.

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Edward Snowden: Don't censor your d**k pics

HBO's John Oliver grilled Snowden during a sit-down interview in Russia

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Lost in the clouds: Your private data has been indexed by Google

Each day millions of people across the globe create backups of their files. These backups are supposed to offer a measure of assurance that their files are safe and easily recovered if needed. But that's not entirely true.

Lost in the clouds: 7 examples of compromised personal information

While having instant access to your information via the cloud is a major bonus to productivity and convenience, there's a risk that the security trade-off will be too high.

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Microsoft rolls back commitment to Do Not Track

Microsoft today rolled back its commitment to the nearly-dead "Do Not Track" standard, saying it would no longer automatically switch on the signal in its browsers.

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Wider use of HTTPS could have prevented attack against GitHub

The unique attack method used to disrupt the code-sharing site GitHub over the last week could have been prevented if more websites enabled encryption, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said Wednesday.

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Big data collection makes it hard for you to remain anonymous

One of the challenges of Big Data collection is maintaining personal privacy. One way to do that is with 'de-identification' - eliminating personally identifiable information. It can be done effectively if those doing the collection...

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Slack boosts security after data breach

Slack, a popular start-up focused on collaboration in the workplace, said on Friday that a database storing user profile information was compromised in February. The incident lasted four days, but the company said that only a small...

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Tech companies call on US to end bulk collection of metadata

The provision in the Patriot Act that allows for the bulk collection of metadata expires in June.

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Dell support tool put PCs at risk of malware infection

Attackers could have remotely installed malware on systems running a flawed Dell support tool used to detect customers' products. A security researcher discovered the flaw in November and reported it to the PC manufacturer, which...

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Google catches bad digital certificates from Egyptian company

Google said Monday an Egyptian company issued digital certificates that could have been used to intercept data traffic to its services, which did not appear to have been abused.

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Twitch resets account passwords after hack

Users of the popular game streaming service Twitch were told they'd have to reset their stream keys and reset their passwords on Monday, after the San Francisco-based startup reported unauthorized access on some accounts.

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Are smart cars putting our safety at risk?

Smart cars are savvy, technologically advanced, and computerized devices connected to navigation and entertainment systems, but they also record personal data and have the potential to be hacked. Who owns that information?

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Opera buys VPN service to help protect user privacy

Acquiring SurfEasy will help protect the privacy of Opera's 350 million users, the company said

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GoDaddy accounts vulnerable to social engineering and Photoshop

GoDaddy serves more than 13 million customers, who in turn place 59 million domains under the registrar's management. On Tuesday, my personal account at GoDaddy was compromised. The attacker was able to gain control over my account...

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OpenSSL mystery patches due for release Thursday

New versions of OpenSSL will be released on Thursday to patch several security vulnerabilities, one of which is considered highly serious, according to the OpenSSL Project Team.

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