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Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Senate narrowly rejects a bill that would have allowed FBI to access browser history and email info without warrant; McConnell submits motion to reconsider vote   —  Lawmakers couldn't get the required majority to advance the bill.  —  An amendment designed to allow the government warrantless access …
Jun 22, 2016, 3:45 PMIn context
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Acer alerts 34,500 customers of its online store between May 2015 and April 2016 that hackers have stolen their credit card data   —  It's not known how many online store users are affected.  —  Acer has quietly informed the California attorney general that its online store was attacked by hackers.
Jun 18, 2016, 7:40 AMIn context
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
GAO report raises privacy and accuracy concerns with FBI's facial recognition program, which now has over 173M driver's license photos and 411M photos total   —  The watchdog said it had “concerns regarding both the effectiveness of the technology” and the “protection of privacy and individual civil liberties.”
Jun 15, 2016, 4:25 PMIn context
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
A look at rival hackers Tessa88 and Peace who claim to have millions of hacked credentials not yet put up for sale, from Facebook, Instagram, and more   —  Three major social networks have quietly fallen victim to data breaches, but despite some high-profile success, patience and trust is now beginning to fade.
Jun 10, 2016, 9:45 AMIn context
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Source: US government has demanded source code from tech firms through FISA orders and in civil cases filed under seal, with companies losing “most of the time”   —  US government pushed tech firms to hand over source code  —  Obtaining a company's source code would make it radically easier …
Mar 17, 2016, 4:30 PMIn context
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Linux Mint site hacked on Feb. 20: hundreds downloaded a backdoored-variant of the Linux distro; Mint forum data including personal info for sale on dark web   —  Hacker explains how he put “backdoor” in hundreds of Linux Mint downloads  —  The hacker's botnet is still operational, and has hundreds of Linux machines ensnared.
Feb 22, 2016, 1:44 PMIn context
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Mozilla reinstates support for SHA-1 certificates temporarily after some Firefox users experienced problems accessing HTTPS sites   —  Firefox ban on SHA-1 dropped after many locked out of HTTPS sites  —  Mozilla reinstates support for the vulnerable SHA-1 crypto on a temporary basis until …
Jan 7, 2016, 8:35 PMIn context
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
In crude surveillance move, Kazakhstan requires Internet users install state-issued root certificate by January 1, imperilling security for all its citizens   —  Kazakhstan will force its citizens to install internet backdoors  —  The poorly thought-out and crude surveillance technique …
Dec 3, 2015, 10:05 PMIn context
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Court ruling reveals the scope of info FBI collects via NSLs for the first time, confirms it needs no warrant to get browsing, online shopping, location history   —  FBI's warrantless national security powers revealed for first time  —  The FBI can use national security letters (NSLs) …
Nov 30, 2015, 4:50 PMIn context
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Amazon forces resets of account passwords for some users, citing insecure password handling   —  Amazon force-resets some account passwords, citing password leak  —  It's not clear how many accounts are affected.  —  Amazon has force-reset an unknown number of accounts, after passwords may have been compromised.
Nov 24, 2015, 4:00 PMIn context

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