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Breach at One of Europe's Biggest PC Superstore Chains Exposes 5.9 Million Payment Cards Breach at One of Europe's Biggest PC Superstore Chains Exposes 5.9 Million Payment Cards

Dixons Carphone, one of Europe’s largest electronics retailers, disclosed a data breach on Wednesday involving 5.9 million payment cards and 1.2 million personal records.

Apple's New Privacy Guidelines May Get Facebook's Awful Onavo VPN Off the App Store Apple's New Privacy Guidelines May Get Facebook's Awful Onavo VPN Off the App Store

Apple’s new App Store privacy guidelines restricting apps that collect data on users’ friends—specifically, the address books of iPhone users—already seemed to be in large part a response to Facebook’s sprawling Cambridge Analytica data scandal. But the company could also be targeting Facebook’s Onavo Protect VPN…

New Jersey Man Sues Pornhub for Ad Using His Money-Flashing Selfie New Jersey Man Sues Pornhub for Ad Using His Money-Flashing Selfie

Pornhub has taken a strong stance against deepfakes, because the porn site understands that the machine-learning-generated videos that swap out performers’ faces with someone else’s are non-consensual. But a recent lawsuit accuses the company of running a person’s face in an advertisement without their consent.

Surprise, Facebook Reportedly Gave Companies Your Friends' Data After It Said It Wouldn't Surprise, Facebook Reportedly Gave Companies Your Friends' Data After It Said It Wouldn't

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but it looks like Facebook may have been sharing more of your data than you thought it was. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the social network cut deals with a number of companies to provide access to user records and friend data even after its policy change that…

Apple Isn't Your Friend Apple Isn't Your Friend

Apple has been steadily positioning itself as the anti-Facebook for a while now, and between verbal jabs aimed at the social media giant and privacy-focused product decisions, the patient goodwill campaign seems to be working. Unfortunately, Apple isn’t going to save us, and now’s the time to keep your guard up.

Trump Is Saving China's ZTE for Some Reason and Congress Can't Do Jack Shit About It Trump Is Saving China's ZTE for Some Reason and Congress Can't Do Jack Shit About It

Chinese telecom ZTE faced almost certain death after the Department of Commerce slapped it with a seven-year ban on purchasing or using parts from US manufacturers earlier this year amid allegations it violated sanctions on North Korea and Iran. In May, the company ceased business operations—only to soon be brought…

Paul Manafort Learns That Encrypting Messages Doesn't Matter If the Feds Have a Warrant to Search Your iCloud Account Paul Manafort Learns That Encrypting Messages Doesn't Matter If the Feds Have a Warrant to Search Your iCloud Account

Federal prosecutors have accused Paul Manafort of witness tampering, alleging that he used WhatsApp and Telegram in an attempt to coordinate his testimony with old business associates. Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, may have thought that he was being sneaky by using encrypted chat apps, but Manafort…

Apple Declares War on 'Browser Fingerprinting,' the Sneaky Tactic That Tracks You in Incognito Mode Apple Declares War on 'Browser Fingerprinting,' the Sneaky Tactic That Tracks You in Incognito Mode

Apple is rolling out some new and much-welcomed privacy protections for Safari that it says will prevent third parties from tracking you, particularly when you’re already doing everything you can to fly under the radar.

Telegram CEO Says Apple Has Stopped Blocking Updates Amid Struggle With Russian Authorities Telegram CEO Says Apple Has Stopped Blocking Updates Amid Struggle With Russian Authorities

Apple has apparently relented and let encrypted text and voice service Telegram proceed with an update to make its app compliant with Europe’s new GDPR privacy protections, just days after CEO Pavel Durov alleged Apple was preventing Telegram from releasing updates worldwide at the behest of Russian censors.

This Paper Shredder Upgraded With a Scary-Powerful Motor Looks Like It Could Rip Off an Arm

Destroying sensitive documents using a paper shredder is a long and boring process because most of the machines are woefully underpowered. Destruction is supposed to be fun, so a gifted Danish hardware hacker upgraded a run-of-the-mill shredder with a 44,400-RPM brushless motor, letting the machine tear through a page…

Papua New Guinea to Block Facebook for a Month, Might Launch State-Run Alternative Papua New Guinea to Block Facebook for a Month, Might Launch State-Run Alternative

Papua New Guinea, a nation of over 8 million, has announced that it will shut down Facebook for a month. The PNG government says that the shutdown will give it time to assess the spread of objectionable content on the site like porn and fake news. The government also said that it’s exploring the creation of its own…

Vermont Passes First-of-Its-Kind Law to Regulate Data Brokers Vermont Passes First-of-Its-Kind Law to Regulate Data Brokers

Earlier this week, Vermont became the first state in the nation to enact a law that will regulate data brokers that buy and sell personal information in an attempt to add a new layer of accountability to the massive, data-trading companies that often operate without much oversight.

Your Worst Alexa Nightmares Are Coming True Your Worst Alexa Nightmares Are Coming True

What’s the most terrifying thing you can imagine an Amazon Echo doing? Think realistically. Would it be something simple but sinister, like the artificially intelligent speaker recording a conversation between you and a loved one and then sending that recording to an acquaintance? That seems pretty bad to me. And…

New PGP Encryption Exploits Are Being Discovered Almost Every Other Day New PGP Encryption Exploits Are Being Discovered Almost Every Other Day

For more than a week, PGP developers have been rapidly working to patch critical flaws in the legacy encryption protocol used for sending and receiving secure emails; a tool that’s widely relied upon by lawyers, journalists, dissidents, and human rights advocates, many of whom operate at the highest levels of risk in…

Dozens of American News Sites Blocked in Europe as GDPR Goes Into Effect Today Dozens of American News Sites Blocked in Europe as GDPR Goes Into Effect Today

The European Union’s digital privacy law, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), officially went into effect today. But some websites in the U.S. have decided to block their services entirely rather than adhere to the new regulations. Dozens of American newspapers are currently blocked in Europe and…

Mark Zuckerberg Played Parliament for Fools and They're Pissed Mark Zuckerberg Played Parliament for Fools and They're Pissed

For a moment, Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance before members of the European Parliament looked like it was going to be a very bad day for the Facebook CEO. Then he started answering questions, a flood of pablum spewed from his mouth, and everyone got angry.

This Phone Tracking Company's 'Demo' Tool Let You Track Almost Anyone in the U.S. in Real Time This Phone Tracking Company's 'Demo' Tool Let You Track Almost Anyone in the U.S. in Real Time

A troubling flaw in phone tracking company LocationSmart’s demo tool, used to advertise its services, let anyone take advantage of an easily exploited flaw to track phones from America’s top four carriers without the user’s consent or knowledge, according to KrebsOnSecurity. The demo site was reportedly taken down…

A Shady Company Offering Police Cellphone Location Data Was Reportedly Just Hacked A Shady Company Offering Police Cellphone Location Data Was Reportedly Just Hacked

A hacker has reportedly provided journalists with login credentials and other data stolen from the servers of Securus, a company that was recently revealed to be selling cellphone location information to U.S. law enforcement agencies without a warrant.

The DOJ and FBI Are Now Reportedly Investigating Cambridge Analytica The DOJ and FBI Are Now Reportedly Investigating Cambridge Analytica

Cambridge Analytica, the shady UK-based election firm that shut down after it allegedly partnered with an app to scrape data on at least 87 million Facebook users without their consent and months of ensuing controversy, is rapidly seeing its problems grow worse. Already embroiled in trouble with authorities in the UK,…

Amazon Echo That Records Kids Draws Concern From U.S. Lawmakers Amazon Echo That Records Kids Draws Concern From U.S. Lawmakers

U.S. lawmakers are raising concerns over the Amazon Echo Kids Edition, a hands-free, voice-controlled hockey puck of a device that reads bedtime stories, plays Disney tunes, and programs our offspring to be tactful and courteous when interacting with artificial intelligent machines—a useful survival skill to impart in…

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