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Democrats plan to keep using company that exposed 593,000 Alaskan voter records

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A database of approximately 593,000 Alaska voter records has been exposed online. TargetSmart, the company that owns the data, claims that it was not accessed by anyone other than the security researchers on their team and the team that identified the exposure. Tom Bonier, the Chief Executive Officer of TargetSmart, confirmed the breach and said in a statement that Equals3, a software company based in Minnesota, “Appears to have failed to secure some of their data and some data they license...
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Global Science Research stories at Techdirt.

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I'm going to assume that you weren't living in an internet-proof cave this weekend, and caught at least some of the stories about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. The news first kicked off with the announcement of a data protection lawsuit filed against Cambridge Analytica in the UK on Friday evening (we'll likely have more on that lawsuit soon), followed quickly by an attempt by Facebook to get out ahead of the coming tidal wave by announcing that it was suspending Cambridge Analytica and s...
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Facebook, online political advertising under fire following Cambridge Analytica data breach | The Drum

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Publication Date: 2018-03-17
Facebook and its data practices have been attacked by numerous government officials following revelations that Cambridge Analytica clandestinely gained access to the information of 50 million users. Cambridge Analyica, which has now been suspended from Facebook, stands accused of fraudulently obtaining Facebook user data and then using it to run election ads on US president Donald Trump’s behalf. Facebook's vice president and deputy general counsel, Paul Grewal, admitted in a post yesterday...
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Are you one of the 200,000 Delawareans with compromised Facebook data? - Technical.ly Delaware

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Publication Date: 2018-05-18
State Attorney General Matt Denn — one of 41 attorneys general who signed a March letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stating that they will investigate whether the site’s data breach violated state laws — found that more than 200,000 people in Delaware alone may have had their personal data exposed to Cambridge Analytica and other third parties. In a state with only 960,000 people, that’s no small number. Assuming every Delawarean had Facebook (and that’s not the case), there’d be a roug...
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Have we reached data breach fatigue? | ITProPortal

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Publication Date: 2018-05-10
It’s that time again. RSA Conference is only just over, and with Infosecurity Europe being only a month away, it’s a good time to think about the year (OK, this time it is 11 months) that has passed since the last Infosec and wonder if we have made any real, discernable progress. I would propose that the answer is a firm no and that the situation is exacerbated by growing data breach fatigue. For example, the U.K. alone was hit by 796 cyber attacks in 457 days. It is a classic double whammy...
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologizes to EU Parliament over data breach | BGR India

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Publication Date: 2018-05-23
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday apologised again for the massive Cambridge Analytica data breach, this time in front of the European Parliament (EU) leaders. Zuckerberg stressed that the social networking giant is trying to plug loopholes across its services, including curbing fake news and political interference on its platform in the wake of upcoming elections globally, including in India. “Over the last couple of years, we haven’t done enough to prevent the tools we’ve built from...
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Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach | News | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-03-17
The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump’s election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in one of the tech giant’s biggest ever data breaches, and used them to build a powerful software program to predict and influence choices at the ballot box. A whistleblower has revealed to the Observer how Cambridge Analytica – a company owned by the hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, and headed at the time by Trump’s key adviser Stev...
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Facebook CEO apologises to EU Parliament over data breach - The Quint

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"Whether it's fake news, foreign interference in elections or developers misusing people's information, we didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibilities. That was a mistake, and I'm sorry," Zuckerberg said while testifying during a round-table with the EU regulators in the Belgian capital.
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Bernie Sanders has his own computer scandal: A data breach exposed Hillary’s secret info — Quartz

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This story has been updated. For forty minutes on Wednesday (Dec. 16), a few staffers working on Bernie Sanders’ campaign accidentally stumbled onto a presidential campaign cheat code: A software glitch revealed information about people Hillary Clinton’s team expects to vote in the presidential primaries, and which candidate they are expected to support. The consequences of the glitch—which originated with Democratic campaign vendor NGP-VAN—could prove devastating to Sanders. The Democrati...

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