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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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Reforming the U.S. Approach to Data Protection and Privacy | Council on Foreign Relations

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Introduction Half of all Americans believe their personal information is less secure now than it was five years ago, and a sobering study from the Pew Research Center reveals how little faith the public has in organizations, whether governmental or private-sector, to protect their data—and with good reason. In 2017, there was a disastrous breach at Equifax, Yahoo’s admission that billions of its email accounts were compromised, Deep Root Analytics’ accidental leak of personal details of near...
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Goodbye Cambridge Analytica, hello Emerdata?

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Publication Date: 2018-05-03
Hope you're not planning to come back under a different guise... The Wall Street Journal reports that Cambridge Analytica, the shady firm at the centre of the recent Facebook data scandal, is shutting down. Cambridge Analytica, which specialises in the rather creepy field of “psychographic” profiling, acquired the data of more than 50 million Facebook users via an illegitimate route. The company acquired the information without the knowledge of Facebook users who ran a personality quiz app ...
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Australian leader backs Zuckerberg's grilling in Parliament | WPXI

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Publication Date: 2018-06-07
0 Australian leader backs Zuckerberg's grilling in Parliament - Australia's prime minister said on Thursday he would welcome Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg testifying to an Australian parliamentary committee on the social media giant's sharing of data with Chinese phone maker Huawei. Leaders of Australia's Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security have raised the prospect of the 34-year-old multi-billionaire being invited to explain Facebook's relation...
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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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25% of Businesses Targeted with Cryptojacking in ...

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25% of Businesses Targeted with Cryptojacking in the Cloud New public cloud security report detects a spike in cryptojacking, mismanaged cloud storage, account takeover, and major patches getting overlooked. It seems like only yesterday we learned about the first of many Amazon S3 bucket leaks to expose troves of personal information in 2017. Poor cloud configuration was only one security issue to plague businesses last year; now, they have several to worry about. RedLock's second annual C...
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Cloud cryptojacking affecting 25% of organisations

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Publication Date: 2018-05-18
Cloud cryptojacking is rampant, warns RedLock A quarter of all businesses are suffering from cloud “cryptojacking”, according to new research from information security company RedLock this week, with their computing resources being hijacked to mine cryptocurrencies. The cloud security specialists advised businesses to implement a ‘deny all’ default outbound firewall policy and closely monitor network security to stay ahead of suspicious traffic involving cryptomining activity. Chris Doman,...
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48-million Data Profiles Left Exposed on AWS Server

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Publication Date: 2018-04-20
(No Ratings Yet) (No Ratings Yet) Loading... Loading... 48-million Data Profiles Left Exposed on AWS Server LocalBlox, a private intelligence agency, scraped profiles from Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter A private intelligence agency accidentally leaked over 48-million user profiles when it left them exposed on an Amazon Web Server. The company, LocalBlox, scrapes data from social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Zillow. The data was stored in an Amazon S3 storage bucket that ...
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Is Digital Security Really Being Enhanced Post Cambridge Analytica? - Citizen Truth

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Publication Date: 2018-05-23
Fallout From Cambridge Analytic Data Usage The conversation surrounding digital security is in the international spotlight following Cambridge Analytica filing for bankruptcy. Data and security experts have begun looking towards blockchain technology as a possible solution in providing additional security for consumers, medical patients, and those who perform professional work on the internet. In December 2015, The Guardian was the first to uncover the ethical concerns associated with Cambr...

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