Ms. Smith

Ms. Smith (not her real name) is a freelance writer and programmer with a special and somewhat personal interest in IT privacy and security issues. She focuses on the unique challenges of maintaining privacy and security, both for individuals and enterprises. She has worked as a journalist and has also penned many technical papers and guides covering various technologies. Smith is herself a self-described privacy and security freak.

Facebook secretly paid users $20 a month to use VPN spying app

Facebook secretly paid users $20 a month to use VPN spying app

After it was revealed that Facebook secretly paid people to use the Facebook Research VPN app, the social media site pulled the iOS version. But the Android version will continue.

Apple disables Group FaceTime after eavesdropping bug discovered

Apple disables Group FaceTime after eavesdropping bug discovered

A bug in Apple's Group FaceTime made eavesdropping easy. A patch is expected this week.

Top security and privacy TED Talks from 2018

Top security and privacy TED Talks from 2018

IoT security, insecure software, and data privacy are among the top security and privacy TED talks from 2018.

Privacy groups blast Google, IAB over data leak via ad auctions

Privacy groups blast Google, IAB over data leak via ad auctions

New evidence to an ongoing GDPR complaint shows how ad categories used by Google and the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) profile you and apply potentially sensitive labels to you.

Millions of financial records leaked from server not protected by password

Millions of financial records leaked from server not protected by password

Another day, another massive leak blamed on failing to password-protect a server. This time it's sensitive financial data in an Elasticsearch database.

Hijacked Nest camera blares warning about North Korean missiles headed to U.S.

Hijacked Nest camera blares warning about North Korean missiles headed to U.S.

A hacker hijacked a Nest security camera and blasted a warning about three North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles headed to Los Angeles, Chicago, and Ohio.

Data from smartwatch provided ‘key evidence’ against hitman

Data from smartwatch provided ‘key evidence’ against hitman

Police used data from a Garmin GPS watch to help get a man convicted for killing a crime boss known as Mr. Big.

Police can't force you to unlock your phone with face, finger or any biometrics

Police can't force you to unlock your phone with face, finger or any biometrics

A judge in California ruled that law enforcement officials can’t force people to unlock their smartphones with a finger or thumbprint, facial recognition, or even an iris.

Vulnerabilities found in building access system used by schools, governments

Vulnerabilities found in building access system used by schools, governments

Tenable Research discovered four zero-day vulnerabilities in IDenticard's PremiSys access control system, which is used by schools, governments, medical centers, and Fortune 500 companies. Currently no patches are available.

Wireless carriers still selling Americans’ real-time location data

Wireless carriers still selling Americans’ real-time location data

Wireless carriers didn't keep their promises, as American's real-time location data is still being sold by third parties and shady folks.

Ethereum Classic cryptocurrency suspended after attackers steal nearly $1.1M

Ethereum Classic cryptocurrency suspended after attackers steal nearly $1.1M

Coinbase de-listed Ethereum Classic (ETC) cryptocurrency after double spends of nearly $1.1 million were detected.

Australian emergency warning system hacked, thousands receive alerts

Australian emergency warning system hacked, thousands receive alerts

A hacker took control of Australia’s Early Warning Network and sent an alert to thousands that said their personal data is not safe.

Hacking skills on display at the 35th Chaos Communication Congress

Hacking skills on display at the 35th Chaos Communication Congress

35th Chaos Communication Congress had hackers spoofing a vein authentication system with a wax hand, showing off hardware wallet hacks, and outlining the first UEFI rootkit.

Hacker posts ransom demand on Dublin's Luas tram system site

Hacker posts ransom demand on Dublin's Luas tram system site

The website for Dublin’s tram system Luas was hacked, with the hacker threatening to leak the company’s private data if the ransom was not paid within the next five days.

Major US newspapers crippled by Ryuk ransomware attack

Major US newspapers crippled by Ryuk ransomware attack

All Tribune Publishing newspapers, as well as US-printed newspapers formerly part of Tribune, were hit with a cyber attack involving Ryuk ransomware.

Facebook let Netflix, Spotify read your private messages

Facebook let Netflix, Spotify read your private messages

Facebook offered user data to more than 150 companies, ranging from tech and entertainment companies to online retailers, automakers, and even banks.

Twitter bug may have been exploited by state-sponsored hackers

Twitter bug may have been exploited by state-sponsored hackers

A flaw in Twitter support forum API may have been exploited by state-sponsored hackers. Meanwhile, other hackers embedded code in memes posted on Twitter to give infected PCs instructions.

Sextortion group behind bomb threat spam campaign

Sextortion group behind bomb threat spam campaign

The mass-emailed bomb threats, which demanded bitcoin payments, seem to have come from a sextortion group.

Top 10 worst password FAILS of 2018

Top 10 worst password FAILS of 2018

The worst password offenders this year have been revealed. Top on the list: Kanye West's on-TV reveal of his iPhone password of 000000.

Researchers find over 40,000 stolen logins for government portals

Researchers find over 40,000 stolen logins for government portals

A phishing operation led to the theft of more than 40,000 login credentials for government services in 30 countries.

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