Why ‘PWNED!’ is appearing on some GPS smartwatches

Posted on April 6th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas We’re sort of accustomed to Google Maps shenanigans, but usually they’re funny, and/or cat-obsessed. Like, say, the New Zealand map-cat behemoth that was for a time stretching off one side of Auckland’s Hobson Bay Walkway over to where its head was nearly touching the northwestern section of the trail: a full 250 […]

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Facebook won’t ask for your email password any more

Posted on April 6th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas Facebook isn’t going to ask new users for their email password anymore, it said on Tuesday after a furious backlash. A Twitter user called out the practice on Sunday, calling it “a HORRIBLE idea from an #infosec point of view.” What Facebook called a “very small group of people” were getting prompted […]

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Hoax! Nope, hackers aren’t posting invisible sexual videos on your wall

Posted on April 5th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas Should you “share, share, share” the “urgent warning” that hackers are “posting sexual videos and pictures on your walls” that are completely invisible to you? No, you should not sharedy-sharedy-SHARE-share-share, because this latest viral Facebook copy-and-paste-me warning is just another social media sneeze, spreading its hoaxy germs in spite of the fact […]

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New law will punish social media companies for users’ violent content

Posted on April 5th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas In the wake of last month’s massacre at two mosques in New Zealand, Australia has passed sweeping legislation (PDF) that threatens huge fines for social media companies and jail time for their executives if they don’t promptly remove “abhorrent violent material” from their platforms. Such content includes videos depicting terrorist acts, murders, […]

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Broadband providers told to explain how they handle consumer data

Posted on March 30th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Tuesday demanded that the country’s largest broadband providers hand over their privacy policies and explain what data they collect from consumers, why, who they share it with, and how consumers can change or delete it. In launching this broad inquiry into consumer data-handling practices, the […]

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Firefox brings Lockbox password manager to Android’s autofill

Posted on March 30th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas Diehard Firefox user? Devoted resister of the Google-in-every-nook-and-cranny Android mobile environment? Mozilla to the rescue! On Tuesday, Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, announced that it’s brought its free password manager, Firefox Lockbox, to Android users, bringing what it says will be cross-platform happiness to Firefox users who have dozens, or even hundreds, […]

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Grindr up for sale amid US fears for Chinese-owned data

Posted on March 29th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas A Chinese gaming company is reportedly looking to offload the gay dating site Grindr due to US government concerns over its ownership, according to Reuters. Sources familiar with the matter told the news service that Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd., which picked up Grindr in 2016, is looking to sell it after […]

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FTC slams the phone down on quartet of robocallers

Posted on March 29th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas Some of us may think that an appropriate penalty for robocallers is to stuff them with burner phones and roast them up for Sunday dinner, in which case some of us are going to be underwhelmed with the news that the FCC has basically slapped some hands and tsk-tsk-ed them into promising […]

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Sacked IT guy annihilates 23 of his ex-employer’s AWS servers

Posted on March 22nd, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas An employee-from-hell has been jailed after he got fired (after a measly four weeks), ripped off a former colleague’s login, steamrolled through his former employer’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) accounts, and torched 23 servers. The UK’s Thames Valley Police announced on Monday that 36-year-old Steffan Needham, of Bury, Greater Manchester, was jailed […]

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Spycam sex videos of 1,600 motel guests sold to paying subscribers

Posted on March 22nd, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas We’ve heard before about hotel owners or Airbnb creep-hosts who’ve set up hidden webcams to capture videos of people having sex, but it seems there are also scumbags selling the live-streamed or prerecorded videos to paying subscribers. The Korea Herald reported on Wednesday that police have arrested two people for setting up […]

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