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Uber data breach from 2016 affected 57 million riders and drivers

Tech Crunch Security - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 5:20pm
 Uber faced a data breach in 2016 that affected some 57 million customers, including both riders and drivers, revealing their names, email address and phone numbers. That affected group included 50 million riders and 7 million drivers; around 600,000 driver license numbers for U.S. drivers were also included in the breach, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Read More
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Android devices seen covertly sending location data to Google

Tech Crunch Security - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 9:50am
 An investigation by Quartz has revealed that Android devices send cell tower location data to Google even if the user has disabled location services for apps in their device settings.  Read More
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Capital One begins journey as a software vendor with the release of Critical Stack Beta

Tech Crunch Security - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 9:00am
 If every company is truly a software company, Capital One is out to the prove it. It was one of the early users of Critical Stack, a tool designed to help build security into the container orchestration process. In fact, it liked it so much it bought the company in 2016, and today it’s releasing Critical Stack in Beta. This is a critical step toward becoming a commercial product, giving… Read More
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Germany bans kids’ smartwatches that can be used for eavesdropping

Tech Crunch Security - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 5:12am
 A German regulator has banned domestic sales of children’s smartwatches that have a listening function — warning that parents have been using the devices to secretly eavesdrop on teachers at their kids’ school. Read More
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Germany bans smartwatches for kids over spying concerns

Tech Crunch Security - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 4:19pm
 Germany’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) issued a blanket ban on smartwatches aimed at children this week — and asked parents who’d already purchased such a device to destroy them, for good measure. The aggressive move is a response to growing privacy concerns surrounding devices aimed at minors. “Via an app, parents can use such children’s watches… Read More
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Voting machine makers explain what they do (and don’t do) to make sure no one hacks the vote

Tech Crunch Security - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 2:50pm
 As the House and Senate continue to examine the wave of disinformation around the 2016 presidential election, concerns around the security of voting systems examine something even more germane to the U.S. democratic system. Read More
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Forever 21 tells customers that some credit card numbers may have been stolen

Tech Crunch Security - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 8:13pm
 This week, the clothing retailer Forever 21 disclosed to customers that it was hacked earlier in 2017. While the company has not yet offered many details about the intrusion, we know that it is looking into a portion of credit card transactions between March 2017 and October 2017 that were conducted over machines that appear to have been insecure. “Because of the encryption and… Read More
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Call to ban sale of IoT toys with proven security flaws

Tech Crunch Security - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 5:38am
 Ahead of 2017’s present buying season, UK consumer rights group Which? has warned parents about the risks of giving connected toys to their children, and called for devices with known security and/or privacy risks to be banned from sale on kids safety grounds. Read More
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You probably don’t need to worry about someone hacking your iPhone X’s Face ID with a mask

Tech Crunch Security - Mon, 11/13/2017 - 4:23pm
 Touted as the iPhone X’s new flagship form of device security, Face ID is a natural target for hackers. Just a week after the device’s release, Vietnamese research team Bkav claims to have cracked Apple’s facial recognition system using a replica face mask that combines printed 2D images with three-dimensional features. No one really knows how legitimate this purported hack is. Read More
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Senators push to ditch social security numbers in light of Equifax hack

Tech Crunch Security - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 4:49pm
 Eyeing more secure alternatives to social security numbers, lawmakers in the U.S. are looking abroad. Today, the Senate Commerce Committee questioned former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Verizon Chief Privacy Officer Karen Zacharia, and both the current and former CEOs of Equifax on how to protect consumers against major data breaches. The consensus was that social security numbers have got to… Read More
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Four years later, Yahoo still doesn’t know how 3 billion accounts were hacked

Tech Crunch Security - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 11:24am
 On Wednesday, in a security hearing that called both Equifax and Yahoo’s past and present executives to Washington D.C., we’re learning a bit more about what Yahoo didn’t know about the biggest hack in history. When pressed about how Yahoo failed to recognize that 3 billion accounts — and not 500 million as first reported — were compromised in what was later… Read More
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New tools help could help prevent Amazon S3 data leaks

Tech Crunch Security - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 1:47pm
 If you do a search for Amazon S3 breaches due to customer error of leaving the data unencrypted, you’ll see a long list that includes a DoD contractor, Verizon (the owner of this publication) and Accenture, among the more high profile examples. Today, AWS announced a new set of five tools designed to protect customers from themselves and ensure (to the extent possible) that the data in S3… Read More
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Proofpoint acquires Cloudmark for $100M in cybersecurity consolidation play

Tech Crunch Security - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 8:29am
 As malicious groups continue to become more sophisticated in their hacking techniques, cybersecurity efforts are attempting to expand in their reach, and that is leading to some consolidation in the field. Today, cybersecurity firm Proofpoint — which provides SaaS products to protect businesses’ email, social media and other services — announced that it would pay $100 million… Read More
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Shape Security introduces tool to blunt impact of stolen password caches

Tech Crunch Security - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 7:05am
 Shape Security is a company you may never heard of, yet it’s been around for five years and its founders include former Googlersand DoD officials. Their products provide the primary line of defense for applications at some of the top companies the world and they’ve raised $106 M. Today, the company released Blackfish, a product that could help blunt the impact of stolen password… Read More
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Dashlane universal password manager comes to Linux, Chromebook and Microsoft Edge

Tech Crunch Security - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 10:16am
 Dashlane, a popular password manager than now reaches 9 million users, is launching today on Linux, Chromebook, and in Microsoft Edge for the first time. The company before required users to install its desktop software to work with web browsers, but with today’s release of Dashlane 5, the software is available as an extension that works directly in the browser. The update also… Read More
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Signal escapes the confines of the browser with a standalone desktop app

Tech Crunch Security - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 5:25pm
 If you’re an active Signal user (and why aren’t you?) you likely already know about the desktop app — or what passes for one. It’s actually Chrome App, requiring Google’s browser to function. Well, that nightmare is over, as Signal has released a standalone app with no troubling dependencies on billion-dollar companies. Read More
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Encrypted chat app Signal goes down for some users

Tech Crunch Security - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 3:26pm
 If you’re having problems with Signal, you’re not alone. On Friday, many users took to Twitter to report that beloved encrypted messaging app Signal was offline. While some users have been unable to access Signal’s servers since around 11AM PT, others have only seen delays in sending and receiving messages. Aaaand Signal is down. — Eva (@evacide) October 27… Read More
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ForeScout Technologies pops 16% in first day of trading

Tech Crunch Security - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 2:01pm
 ForeScout Technologies saw its shares spike 16% during intraday trading after going public on Friday.  After pricing at the top of the range at $22 per share, the stock was hovering above $25 midday. The Internet of Things security company also increased the size of its IPO and raised about $116 million after selling 5.3 million shares. ForeScout helps businesses and government agencies… Read More
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ForeScout Technologies prices IoT security IPO at $22

Tech Crunch Security - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 10:38pm
 ForeScout Technologies, the Internet of Things security company, priced its security IPO at $22, the top of its proposed range. It also enlarged the size of the IPO to 5.3 million shares, meaning the company raised about $116 million in the offering. ForeScout helps businesses and government agencies monitor the devices connected to their networks. It also alerts them of potential… Read More
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Zscaler confidentially filed for security IPO

Tech Crunch Security - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:35pm
 Zscaler, a nine-year-old, San Jose, Ca.-based company, has filed confidentially for IPO, multiple sources tell TechCrunch. The cloud security outfit is aiming to go public before the end of the year. Zscaler works with companies like United Airlines and NBC to protect from threats across all devices. “Zscaler built its multi-tenant platform from scratch to provide 100% cloud security… Read More
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