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April 20, 2017
Hacker group Shadow Brokers released data that appears to show that the NSA penetrated deep into the finance infrastructure of the Middle East. The published documents, if legitimate, show how U.S. intelligence compromised elements of the global banking system by hacking into Dubai’s EastNets,...
April 13, 2017
A man who assumed the identity of a baby who died in 1972 was arrested on charges of Social Security fraud and aggravated identity theft after the child’s aunt discovered the ruse through Ancestry.com. Prosecutors said Jon Vincent stole Nathan Laskoski’s identity after escaping from a halfway house...
April 06, 2017
Over a 24-hour period, top U.S. cyber defenders engaged in a pitched battle with Russian hackers who had breached the unclassified State Department computer system and displayed an unprecedented level of aggression that experts warn is likely to be turned against the private sector. Whenever...
March 30, 2017
Two bold pronouncements—one in the United States and the other in the U.K.—have poured kerosene onto the flickering debate about privacy vs. the need for surveillance. First came President Trump’s executive order, issued March 6, signaling that travelers entering the U.S.—including attorneys with...
March 30, 2017
Congress sent proposed legislation to President Trump that wipes away landmark online privacy protections. In a party-line vote, House Republicans freed Internet service providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast from protections that had sought to limit what companies could do with...
March 23, 2017
When you give away an old cell phone, you may be handing over a lot of personal information—even if you think you’ve cleared your phone. “It is a treasure trove for identity theft,” said Anthony Serapiglia, assistant professor of computing and information systems at St. Vincent College. Serapiglia...
February 23, 2017
A serious bug in Cloudflare’s software caused such sensitive data as passwords, cookies and authentication tokens to spill in plaintext from its customers’ websites, a blow for the content delivery network, which offers enhanced security for more than 5 million websites. Anyone who noticed the...
February 16, 2017
For a long time, hackers have been stymied when they get malicious code running on a victim’s machine and have to figure out where in the computer’s memory that code has ended up. Now a team of Dutch researchers has found a technique that undermines that so-called address space layout randomization...
February 09, 2017
The ability of companies to transfer everything from payroll files to social media posts to the U.S. from Europe could be in jeopardy. Tech executives and European officials worry that the Trump administration might consider removing existing privacy protections for Europeans. Strict privacy laws...
February 02, 2017
Some 15.4 million consumers were victims of identity theft or fraud last year, says a report from Javelin Strategy & Research. That’s up 16 percent from 2015, the highest figure recorded since the firm began tracking fraud instances in 2004. Card-not-present fraud—transactions made online or...