Google Under Fire For Scanning Student E-mails
Feb05

Google Under Fire For Scanning Student E-mails

Internet giant, Google, has come under fire in a lawsuit filed by students in the San Jose federal court, alleging that their data had been collected for use in advertising purposes, according to Security Week. SafeGov reported on the claims that Google was targeting student users with advertising, even when ads weren’t set to be shown in schools back in 2014. They point out the key difference between Microsoft and Google: both...

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‘Spy Banker’ Attacks Facebook, Google Cloud Users
Dec12

‘Spy Banker’ Attacks Facebook, Google Cloud Users

A Trojan threat which has existed since 2009 has resurfaced recently attacking users of Facebook and Google Cloud services, using social engineering, to encourage them to install the Spy Banker script. According to Zscaler, who have been monitoring the Trojan in the wild, the attackers are offering users coupons and free downloads of popular software to entice them to run the offending script on their devices. They went on to list...

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Is Your New Credit Card Chip as Secure as You Think?
Nov17

Is Your New Credit Card Chip as Secure as You Think?

In a growing trend, more and more credit card manufacture are including new EMV chips in their plastic to help stop fraud during in-store purchases. In theory, the EMV chip in your new credit card uses a dynamically generated data code for each purchase, meaning that an attacker can’t simply use the same code over and over for future purchases. Unfortunately, while security is now improving for in-store purchases a recent study by ACI...

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Court Order Stops NSA Bulk Collection Weeks Earlier than Expected
Nov10

Court Order Stops NSA Bulk Collection Weeks Earlier than Expected

Yesterday, Judge Richard Leon released an order against the NSA forcing the agency to shut down its bulk telephone metadata collection program before the scheduled date of the 29th of November. Within his 43-page opinion Judge Leon noted that even though the program was already set to be shut down, he decided to end the program early, “because the loss of constitutional freedoms for even one day is a significant harm.” For years the...

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Apple Drops Banhammer on 256 Apps That Stole User Data
Oct20

Apple Drops Banhammer on 256 Apps That Stole User Data

In yet another user-privacy scandal, Apple has stated that they have kicked out hundreds of apps from their app store after finding them in violation of the company’s privacy policy. More specifically, Apple found that hundreds of apps were found to harbor Chinese advertising software that was able to steal “personally identifiable user information” from its users. In their press release Apple stated that, “We’ve identified a group of...

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