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Here are the 5 most important takeaways from the US Senate's grilling of SolarWinds, Microsoft, CrowdStrike and FireEye over what could be the biggest cyberattack in history

Here are the 5 most important takeaways from the US Senate's grilling of SolarWinds, Microsoft, CrowdStrike and FireEye over what could be the biggest cyberattack in history

The word "Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Senators grilled top tech executives about the sprawling SolarWinds cyberattacks during a hearing Tuesday that brought widespread support for new cooperation between the cybersecurity industry and government.The Intelligence Committee hearing was the Senate's first inquiry into the that compromised hundreds of US companies and nine major government agencies. Hackers implanted into widely used software distributed by SolarWinds, which the cybersecurity firm FireEye in...

Feb 23
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Employees at home are being photographed every 5 minutes by an always-on video service to ensure they're actually working — and the service is seeing a rapid expansion since the coronavirus outbreak

Employees at home are being photographed every 5 minutes by an always-on video service to ensure they're actually working — and the service is seeing a rapid expansion since the coronavirus outbreak

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Something is loading.Loading...Working from home can make it feel like managers have less direct supervision over workers. But an always-on video-conference tool changes that by automatically snapping webcam pictures of employees every few minutes.Companies across the world have been forced to abandon offices in favor of working from home in recent weeks to try to slow the spread of coronavirus, which has sickened in the US alone.In order to keep...

March 23, 2020
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The US military reportedly bought location data mined from a popular Muslim prayer app to track users for 'counterterrorism'

The US military reportedly bought location data mined from a popular Muslim prayer app to track users for 'counterterrorism'

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Muslim Pro, a prayer app with over 98 million downloads, reminds users about daily prayers and provides readings from the Quran. The company calls it "The most popular Muslim app." It also tracks users' location and sells that location data to brokers — and the US military is one of the buyers, according to a .Muslim Pro is one of hundreds of smartphone apps that make money by . (The US military bought Muslim Pro's data through one of those third-party data...

November 16, 2020
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California just passed a major privacy law that will make it harder for Facebook and Google to track people and gather data

California just passed a major privacy law that will make it harder for Facebook and Google to track people and gather data

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.270 to win51 to control218 to controlA new law passed by California voters in the November election will set an unprecedented standard for digital privacy in the US, making it harder for big tech companies like Facebook and Google to track people's data.The Consumer Privacy Rights Act, also known as Proposition 24, was in California as of Wednesday morning, with 56% of voters supporting the measure and over three-quarters of ballots counted.The law will...

November 4, 2020
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Fake voting websites are being set up to confuse people and mislead voters, FBI warns

Fake voting websites are being set up to confuse people and mislead voters, FBI warns

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Cybercriminals are setting up fake voting websites to spread misinformation and confuse people ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election, the FBI last week. While the FBI didn't disclose specific fake websites, cybersecurity researchers have identified examples of the scam in action.Some fake sites aim to mislead voters to influence the election, while others try to use interest around voting to steal people's passwords. They imitate official election sites...

October 8, 2020
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Facebook's former director of monetization says Facebook intentionally made its product as addictive as cigarettes — and now he fears it could cause 'civil war'

Facebook's former director of monetization says Facebook intentionally made its product as addictive as cigarettes — and now he fears it could cause 'civil war'

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Facebook's former director of monetization Tim Kendall says he had a role in making Facebook as addictive as cigarettes — and worries that Facebook could be just as damaging to its users.In a testimony before the House Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee published Thursday, Kendall accused Facebook of building algorithms that have facilitated the spread of misinformation, encouraged divisive rhetoric, and laid the groundwork for a "mental health...

September 24, 2020
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Facebook says it has already helped 2.5 million Americans register to vote — more than it did in 2016 and 2018

Facebook says it has already helped 2.5 million Americans register to vote — more than it did in 2016 and 2018

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Facebook estimates that it has helped more than 2.5 million Americans register to vote through Instagram, WhatsApp, and the Facebook app, the company Monday. That total surpasses the 2 million people it helped to register in both 2016 and 2018, according to Facebook's numbers. Facebook's goal is to help get 4 million people registered to vote before the November 3 election. The company recently a "voting information center" that appears at the top of...

September 21, 2020
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Facebook pledged to fight misinformation about climate change. Then it suspended a slew of environmentalist groups.

Facebook pledged to fight misinformation about climate change. Then it suspended a slew of environmentalist groups.

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Last week, Facebook announced a raft of meant to spread awareness of climate change and fight misinformation that denies the existence of global warming.This week, several high-profile environmentalist groups said their Facebook pages were suspended without warning. Climate activist groups including , , and were locked out of their Facebook pages over the weekend, unable to post updates or send messages. The activist groups also said hundreds of individuals'...

September 23, 2020
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A sheriff launched an algorithm to predict who might commit a crime. Dozens of people said they were harassed by deputies for no reason.

A sheriff launched an algorithm to predict who might commit a crime. Dozens of people said they were harassed by deputies for no reason.

A central Florida sheriff built an algorithm meant to predict which people in his jurisdiction were likely to commit a crime in the future.But according to a six-month investigation published this week by , the high-tech tool deployed by the Pasco Sheriff's Office didn't lead to a reduction in violent crime — instead, 21 families singled out by the algorithm said they were routinely harassed by deputies, even when there was no evidence of a specific crime.In September 2019, deputies showed up at 15-year-old Rio Wojtecki's door because the algorithm had determined Rio was one of the county's...

September 10, 2020
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533 million Facebook users' phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online

533 million Facebook users' phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online

The word "Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Get the new Insider app - now available with updated featuresTwo crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.A user in a low level hacking forum has published the phone numbers and personal data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users for free online.The exposed data includes personal information of over 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, including over 32 million records on users in the US, 11...

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