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Homeland Security issues rare emergency alert over ‘critical’ Windows bug – TechCrunch

Homeland Security issues rare emergency alert over ‘critical’ Windows bug – TechCrunch

Homeland Security’s cybersecurity advisory unit has issued a rare emergency alert to government departments after the recent disclosure of a “critical”-rated security vulnerability in server versions of Windows.The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, better known as CISA, issued an alert requiring all federal departments and agencies to “immediately” patch any Windows servers vulnerable to the so-called Zerologon attack by Monday, citing an “unacceptable risk” to government networks.It’s the third emergency alert issued by CISA this year.The , rated the maximum 10.0 in...

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A bug in Joe Biden’s campaign app gave anyone access to millions of voter files – TechCrunch

A bug in Joe Biden’s campaign app gave anyone access to millions of voter files – TechCrunch

SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA – SEPTEMBER 11: A political poster favoring U.S. presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris is placed on a front lawn September 11, 2020 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)A privacy bug in Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s official campaign app allowed anyone to look up sensitive voter information on millions of Americans, a security researcher has found.The campaign app, , allows Biden supporters to encourage friends and family members to vote in the upcoming U.S. presidential...

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Fearing coronavirus, a Michigan college is tracking its students with a flawed app – TechCrunch

Fearing coronavirus, a Michigan college is tracking its students with a flawed app – TechCrunch

Image Credits: (TechCrunch composite) / Getty ImagesSchools and universities across the United States are split on for the fall semester, thanks to the ongoing pandemic.Albion College, a small liberal arts school in Michigan, it would allow its nearly 1,500 students to return to campus for the new academic year starting in August. Lectures would be limited in size and the semester by Thanksgiving rather than December. The school said it would test both staff and students upon their arrival to campus and throughout the academic year.But less than two weeks before students began arriving on...

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Researchers say a breathalyzer has flaws, casting doubt on countless convictions

Researchers say a breathalyzer has flaws, casting doubt on countless convictions

Byfor| May 10, 2018 -- 12:00 GMT (05:00 PDT)| Topic:DUI under fire? Police breathalyzer code is flawed, say researchersThe source code behind a police breathalyzer widely used in multiple states -- and millions of drunk driving arrests -- is under fire. It's the latest case of technology and the real world colliding -- one that revolves around source code, calibration of equipment, two researchers and legal maneuvering, state law enforcement agencies, and Draeger, the breathalyzer's manufacturer. This most recent skirmish began a decade ago when Washington state police sought to replace its...

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DoorDash Confirms Data Breach Affected 4.9 Million Customers, Workers and Merchants

DoorDash Confirms Data Breach Affected 4.9 Million Customers, Workers and Merchants

DoorDash has confirmed a data breach. The food delivery company said in a blog post Thursday that 4.9 million customers, delivery workers and merchants had their information stolen by hackers. The breach happened on May 4, the company said, but added that customers who joined after April 5, 2018 are not affected by the breach. It’s not clear why it took almost five months for DoorDash to detect the breach. DoorDash spokesperson Mattie Magdovitz blamed the breach on “a third-party service provider,” but the third-party was not named. “We immediately launched an investigation and outside...

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Silicon Valley is Terrified of California's Privacy Law. Good.

Silicon Valley is Terrified of California's Privacy Law. Good.

Silicon Valley is terrified.In a little over three months, California will see the widest-sweeping state-wide changes to its privacy law in years. California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) kicks in and rolls out sweeping new privacy benefits to the state’s 40 million residents — and every tech company in Silicon Valley.California’s law is . It state consumers a right to know what information companies have on them, a right to have that information deleted and the right to opt-out of the sale of that information.For California residents, these are extremely powerful provisions that allow...

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