EU Antitrust Officials Investigating Whether Amazon Misuses Seller Data for Profit

The European Union is informally investigating how Amazon uses the data it collects from third-party sellers hosted on its website, Europe’s antitrust chief said today. Read More >>

Amazon Confuses Bob Woodward for L. Ron Hubbard, Sending Reviews for Fear Tumbling

A mysterious (hilarious?) bug appeared to temporarily drag down the Amazon customer rating for Bob Woodward’s new book about the Trump administration’s first year in office. Read More >>

Simple Hack Turns India’s Massive Biometric Database Into a Profitable Counterfeit System

India’s controversial biometric database, Aadhaar, has been once again compromised, according to a three-month investigation launched by HuffPost India. Read More >>

Microsoft Seizes Domains Imitating Right-Wing Groups Controlled by Kremlin Hackers

Last week, Microsoft took control of six internet domains allegedly being used by Russian hackers, the company said. The domains included one website apparently created to mimic an organisation led by six Republican senators, the International Republican Institute, on whose board also sits Senate hopeful Mitt Romney. Read More >>

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US Hired Cambridge Analytica’s Parent Company to Undermine Terrorist Recruiters Online

New details have emerged regarding the no-bid US State Department contract awarded last year to SCL Group, the parent company of the now-defunct data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica. Read More >>

Amnesty International Targeted by Israeli-Made Spyware via WhatsApp

Human rights nonprofit Amnesty International on Tuesday disclosed what it says was a plot likely carried out by a hostile government to infiltrate its network by infecting a member of its staff with sophisticated spyware. Read More >>

Simulated Attacks Reveal How Easily Corporate Networks Fall Prey to Hackers

Over the past 10 months, software firm Rapid7 has conducted hundreds of penetration tests: simulated cyberattacks that test how a network holds up against actual threats. The results were compiled in a study called “Under the Hoodie 2018,” which not only perpetuates the stereotype of darkly cowled hackers but makes for some pretty interesting reading. Read More >>

Hack Can Turn Robotic Vacuum Into Creepy Rolling Surveillance Machine

Buying a robotic vacuum cleaner probably sounds like a great idea. Who the hell likes to vacuum? But if it was marketed as an internet-connected device with a microphone and camera that wanders your house at all hours of the day, you should probably skip out. Read More >>

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Thousands of Top AI Experts Vow to Never Build Lethal Autonomous Weapons

Hundreds of companies and thousands of individuals, many of them researchers and engineers prominent in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, vowed on Wednesday never to apply their skills toward the creation of autonomous killing machines. Read More >>

‘Mega’ Data Breaches Cost Companies a Staggering Fortune, IBM Study Finds

IBM Security on Wednesday released its latest report examining the costs and impact associated with data breaches. The findings paint a grim portrait of what the clean up is like for companies whose data becomes exposed—particularly for larger corporations that suffer so-called “mega breaches,” a costly exposure involving potentially tens of millions of private records. Read More >>

Scientists Discover Hottest, Most Improbable Way to Steal Your Passwords

Scientists have discovered a new way to capture people’s passwords, though the circumstances needed for the attack to work make the odds of it being ever used in real life fall somewhere between “astronomical” and “no freaking chance.” Read More >>

Hacking Firm’s Ex-Employee Made Off With Menacing Spy Tools, Israel Says

NSO Group, an Israeli hacking company, is mostly known for peddling malware capable of remotely cracking into iPhones. But according to Israeli authorities, the firm’s invasive mobile spy tools could have wound up in the hands of someone equally, if not far more, devious than its typical government clients. Read More >>

Ticketmaster Discloses Breach That Impacts Nearly 5 Per cent of Its Customers

Ticketmaster on Wednesday disclosed a data breach reportedly caused by malware infecting a customer support system outsourced to an external company. Read More >>

Careless App Developers Leave Millions of Sensitive Medical and Financial Records Exposed

Thanks to poorly secured backend databases, a few thousand mobile apps are leaking substantially sensitive data, including personal health information, plaintext passwords, and financial transactions, researchers have found. Read More >>

‘Have I Been Pwned’ Integrates With Firefox and 1Password to Tell You When You’ve Been Pwned

With fresh data breaches surfacing nearly every day, it’s impossible for one person to keep track of it all. Thankfully, there’s an app for that, and starting soon, it will be even more accessible for millions of users. Read More >>