TikTok exploited Android security vulnerability to grab MAC addresses, maybe for ad tracking, no way to opt out — stopped in November, WSJ reports

“The tactic, which experts in mobile-phone security said was concealed through an unusual added layer of encryption, appears to have violated Google policies” Read the rest

US accuses Chinese hackers of targeting COVID-19 research

Hackers working for China's government targeted firms working on coronavirus vaccines, and stole hundreds of millions of dollars worth of intellectual property and trade secrets, claims the Justice Department in a statement Tuesday announcing criminal charges. Read the rest

Major Twitter hack pushes bitcoin scam on Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Apple, Uber, Biden accounts, collects $$$$

This is quite a major hack.

Now is a good time to change your Twitter password, if you are a user.

Hackers pumping a cryptocurrency giveaway scam appear to have compromised the Twitter accounts of leading exchanges, prominent individuals, major corporations, and at least one news organization. Read the rest

Spanish politicians hacked, Spain has been NSO Group client for 5 years: Report

The mobile phones of a number of politicians in Spain, including the president of Catalonia's parliament, were recently hacked. The government of Spain has been an NSO customer since 2015, reports Motherboard on Tuesday.

NSO Group is an Israeli company that sells surveillance and hacking tools to governments around the world. Read the rest

Finally revealed: identity of hacker blamed for stealing from 300+ companies and governments, in 44 countries

Unsealed court documents reveal the identity of Fxmsp, a hacker from Kazakhstan who is blamed for information theft from more than 300 companies and governments, in 44 different countries around the world. Read the rest

IRS says it bought in to location database for millions of US cellphones to track tax crime suspects

The United States Internal Revenue Service says it purchased access to a marketing database that offers location data for millions of US cellphones, so the IRS can identify and track persons suspected of tax-related crimes. Read the rest

Google removes 106 malicious Chrome extensions with 32M downloads that collect browsing history and sensitive credentials

Following the discovery and prompting of a security researcher at Awake Security, Google says it has removed 106 malicious Chrome extensions that had 32 million downloads, and which were gathering browsing history and sensitive credentials from users. Read the rest

Plagued by security woes, Zoom promises end-to-end encryption starting in July

Video-calling app Zoom has been on the end of sharp criticism for security weaknesses. In response, they announced today a plan to offer end-to-end encryption for all users, with a trial to begin next month. Read the rest

Theft of CIA's 'Vault 7' hacking tools in 2016 resulted from "woefully lax" security, new report says

“Prepared by a CIA task force, the report was introduced as evidence in the trial of Joshua Schulte, a former employee of an agency hacking unit”

Facebook, Google, Twitter execs summoned for House election security hearing

The House of Representatives Intelligence Committee says executives from Facebook, Alphabet/Google, and Twitter have been summoned to appear Thursday at a virtual hearing on foreign influence and election security. Read the rest

Upload a photo of anyone to this site to find more images around the internet of that person

Well, this isn't creepy at all. Facial recognition search.

A facial recognition website based in Poland claims to offer a service in which you can upload a picture of anyone to the site, and it finds more images of that individual all around the internet. Read the rest

Hacking firm in India spied on 10K+ email accounts over 7 years: Report

• One of the largest spy-for-hire operations ever exposed Read the rest

IBM to exit facial recognition business, opposes use of AI technology for mass surveillance

In a letter to members of Congress, IBM says it will abandon the general-purpose facial recognition business, and that the company opposes the use of facial recognition for mass surveillance. Read the rest

Investigation into TikTok as risk to U.S. children's privacy urged by 4 U.S. senators

The letter from 4 senators was addressed to Zhang Yiming, founder and CEO of TikTok owner ByteDance.

North Dakota's COVID-19 contact tracing app leaks location data to Foursquare and a Google Ads ID: Report

Your concerns about the privacy and security risks of using state-run coronavirus contact tracing apps? They're reasonable concerns. Read the rest

Most U.S. states now share the addresses of people with COVID-19 with first responders

“An Associated Press review of those states found that at least 10 states also share the names of everyone who tests positive.”

A review by the Associated Press found that public health officials “in at least two-thirds of U.S. states” are sharing the addresses of people who confirmed to have the coronavirus with first responders.

Widespread disclosure of who has tested positive is said to be intended to protect medical workers and first responders from exposure, but the practice sparks concerns involving racial profiling, privacy, and security. Read the rest

Sen. Marco Rubio to lead Senate Intelligence Committee

LOL, nothing matters.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has been promoted to a new position is temporarily going to become chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Republican leaders announced on Tuesday. Read the rest

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