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Security bugs let these car hackers remotely control a Mercedes-Benz – TechCrunch

Security bugs let these car hackers remotely control a Mercedes-Benz – TechCrunch

Few could ever forget back in 2015 when security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek remotely on a highway with a Wired reporter at the wheel.Since then, the car hacking world has bustled with security researchers looking to find new bugs — and ways to exploit them — in a new wave of internet-connected cars that have only existed the past decade.This year’s Black Hat security conference — albeit virtual, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic — is no different.Security researchers at the Sky-Go Team, the car hacking unit at Qihoo 360, found more than a dozen vulnerabilities in a...

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Amazon says police demands for customer data have gone up – TechCrunch

Amazon says police demands for customer data have gone up – TechCrunch

Amazon has said the number of demands for user data made by U.S. federal and local law enforcement have increased more during the first half of 2020 than during the same period a year earlier.The disclosure came in the company’s , published Thursday.The figures show that Amazon received 23% more subpoenas and search warrants, and a 29% increase in court orders compared to the first half of 2019. That includes data collected from its Amazon.com retail storefront, Amazon Echo devices and its Kindle and Fire tablets.Breaking those figures down, Amazon said it received:The number of requests to...

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Alcohol delivery service Drizly hit by data breach – TechCrunch

Alcohol delivery service Drizly hit by data breach – TechCrunch

Online alcohol delivery startup has told customers that it was hit by a data breach.In an email to customers obtained by the company said that a hacker “obtained” some customer data. The hacker took customer email addresses, date-of-birth, passwords hashed using the stronger bcrypt algorithm, and in some cases delivery address, the email read.As many as 2.5 million Drizly accounts are believed to have been stolen. TechCrunch obtained a portion of the data, including several accounts of Drizly staff members. We verified the data against public records. The portion of data we obtained also...

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CBP says it’s “unrealistic” for Americans to avoid its license plate surveillance – TechCrunch

CBP says it’s “unrealistic” for Americans to avoid its license plate surveillance – TechCrunch

has admitted that there is no practical way for Americans to avoid having their movements tracked by its license plate readers, according to its latest privacy assessment.CBP published — three years after its first — to notify the public that it plans to tap into a commercial database, which aggregates license plate data from both private and public sources, as part of its border enforcement efforts.The U.S. has a massive network of license plate readers, typically found on the roadside, to collect and record the license plates of vehicles passing by. License plate readers thousands of...

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TikTok says it saw a rise in government demands for user data – TechCrunch

TikTok says it saw a rise in government demands for user data – TechCrunch

Late last year, parent company ByteDance joined the raft of American tech giants that publish the number of government demands for user data and takedown requests by releasing its own numbers. The move was met with heavy skepticism, amid concerns about the app maker’s links to China, and accusations that to U.S. national security, a claim it has repeatedly denied.In its second and most recent transparency report, published today, TikTok said it received 500 total legal demands, including emergency requests, from governments in the first half of the year, up 67% on the previous half.TikTok...

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How Have I Been Pwned became the keeper of the internet’s biggest data breaches – TechCrunch

How Have I Been Pwned became the keeper of the internet’s biggest data breaches – TechCrunch

launched in late 2013, he wanted it to answer a simple question: Have you fallen victim to a data breach?Seven years later, the data-breach notification service processes thousands of requests each day from users who check to see if their data was compromised — or pwned with a hard ‘p’ — by the hundreds of data breaches in its database, including some of the largest breaches in history. As it’s grown, now sitting just below the 10 billion breached-records mark, the answer to Hunt’s original question is more clear.“Empirically, it’s very likely,” Hunt told me from his home on Australia’s...

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US government agency warns of fresh Palo Alto VPN security flaw – TechCrunch

US government agency warns of fresh Palo Alto VPN security flaw – TechCrunch

The U.S. government is warning that foreign nation-state hackers will “likely attempt” to exploit a new “critical”-rated security vulnerability found in a number of widely used network appliances, which if exploited could allow an attacker to break into a company’s network with relative ease.That’s from US Cyber Command, a division of the Dept. of Defense and former sister-agency to the NSA, which said enterprises should patch their vulnerable devices as soon as possible.Please patch all devices affected by CVE-2020-2021 immediately, especially if SAML is in use. Foreign APTs will likely...

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A domestic violence help app backed by Dr. Phil exposed victims’ distress recordings – TechCrunch

A domestic violence help app backed by Dr. Phil exposed victims’ distress recordings – TechCrunch

Back in 2013, Robin McGraw, wife of U.S. television personality Dr. Phil, launched an app to help domestic violence victims covertly signal for distress. It was quickly heralded as for those in harm’s way., which claims , is disguised to look like an innocuous news reading app that domestic violence victims can use to alert friends and family to abuse or danger. When a victim taps the top bar of the app three times, the app can alert trusted contacts with a prewritten message, a prerecorded voice note, and the victim’s precise location by text message to indicate that they need help or are...

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Apple’s iOS 14 will give users the option to decline app ad tracking – TechCrunch

Apple’s iOS 14 will give users the option to decline app ad tracking – TechCrunch

A new version of iOS wouldn’t be the same without a bunch of security and privacy updates. on Monday announced a ton of new features it’ll bake into iOS 14, expected out later this year with the release of new iPhones and iPads.Apple said it will allow users to share your approximate location with apps, instead of your precise location. It’ll allow apps to take your rough location without identifying precisely where you are. It’s another option that users have when they give over their location. Last year, Apple allowed users to so that apps can’t track a person as they go about their...

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Oracle’s BlueKai tracks you across the web. That data spilled online – TechCrunch

Oracle’s BlueKai tracks you across the web. That data spilled online – TechCrunch

wondered why online ads appear for things that you were just thinking about?There’s no big conspiracy. Ad tech can be creepily accurate.Tech giant Oracle is one of a few companies in Silicon Valley that has near-perfected the art of tracking people across the internet. The company has spent a decade and billions of dollars buying startups to build its of users’ web browsing data.One of those startups, which Oracle bought in 2014, is barely known outside marketing circles, but it amassed one of the largest banks of web tracking data outside of the federal government.BlueKai uses website...

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Microsoft pitched its facial recognition tech to DEA, new emails show – TechCrunch

Microsoft pitched its facial recognition tech to DEA, new emails show – TechCrunch

tried to sell its facial recognition technology to the Drug Enforcement Administration as far back as 2017, according to newly released emails.The American Civil Liberties Union through a public records lawsuit it , challenging the secrecy surrounding the DEA’s facial recognition program. The ACLU shared the emails with TechCrunch.The emails, dated between September 2017 and December 2018, show that Microsoft privately hosted DEA agents at its Reston, Virginia office to demonstrate its facial recognition system, and that the DEA later piloted the technology.It was during this time that...

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Honda’s global operations halted by ransomware attack – TechCrunch

Honda’s global operations halted by ransomware attack – TechCrunch

Honda has confirmed a cyberattack that brought parts of its global operations to a standstill.The company said in a brief statement Tuesday that the attack caused production issues outside of its headquarters in Japan. “Work is being undertaken to minimize the impact and to restore full functionality of production, sales, and development activities,” according .It follows from the company, now pinned to the top of its Twitter feed, stating that its customer service and financial services are “unavailable” due to the attack.At this time Honda Customer Service and Honda Financial Services are...

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A new Java-based ransomware targets Windows and Linux – TechCrunch

A new Java-based ransomware targets Windows and Linux – TechCrunch

Security researchers have discovered a new kind of ransomware that uses a little-known Java file format to make it more difficult to detect before it detonates its file-encrypting payload.Consulting giant KPMG’s incident response unit was called in to run the recovery effort at an unnamed European educational institute hit by a ransomware attack. BlackBerry’s security research unit, which partners with KPMG, analyzed the malware and published its findings Thursday.BlackBerry’s researchers said that a hacker broke into the institute’s network using a remote desktop server connected to the...

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Reddit, Twitter challenge US rules forcing visa applicants to disclose their social media handles – TechCrunch

Reddit, Twitter challenge US rules forcing visa applicants to disclose their social media handles – TechCrunch

and have filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging a U.S. government rule change compelling visa applicants to disclose their social media handles.The lawsuit, brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute at the Brennan Center for Justice and law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, seeks to undo both the State Department’s requirement that visa applicants must disclose their social media handles prior to obtaining a U.S. visa, as well as related rules over the retention and dissemination of those records.Last year, the State Department for their current and former social...

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How to decode a data breach notice – TechCrunch

How to decode a data breach notice – TechCrunch

Over the years I’ve seen hundreds, probably thousands, of data breach notifications warning that a company’s data was lost, stolen or left online for anyone to grab.Most of them look largely the same. It’s my job to decode what they actually mean for the victims whose information is put at risk.Data breach notifications are meant to tell you what happened, when and what impact it may have on you. You’ve probably already seen a few this year. That’s because most U.S. states have laws that compel companies to , like a data breach, as soon as possible. Europe’s rules , and fines can be a...

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Senate narrowly rejects plan to require a warrant for Americans’ browsing data – TechCrunch

Senate narrowly rejects plan to require a warrant for Americans’ browsing data – TechCrunch

Senators have narrowly rejected a bipartisan amendment that would have required the government first obtain a warrant before accessing Americans’ web browsing data.The amendment brought by Sens. (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT) — — would have forced the government to first establish probable cause — or reasonable suspicion of a crime — to obtain the warrant. That’s a far higher bar than what’s required under existing law, which under the Patriot Act permits the bulk collection of Americans’ browsing records.But the amendment fell short by one vote of the required 60 votes to pass the...

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Security lapse exposed Jio coronavirus self-test records – TechCrunch

Security lapse exposed Jio coronavirus self-test records – TechCrunch

Since the start of the outbreak, governments and companies have scrambled to develop apps and websites that can help users identify COVID-19 symptoms.India’s largest cell network Jio, a subsidiary of Reliance, launched its coronavirus self-test symptom checker, just before the Indian government imposed a to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. The symptom checker allows anyone to check their symptoms from their phone or Jio’s website to see if they may have become infected with COVID-19.But a security lapse exposed one of the symptom checker’s core databases to the internet...

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