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  • Equifax to pay up to $650 million in data breach settlement after personal information [tr]

    07/22/2019 8:53:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 22, 2019 | Staff
    Equifax will pay up to a record $650million to settle US federal and state probes into a massive 2017 data breach of personal information, authorities said on Monday. The largest-ever settlement for a data breach draws to a close multiple probes into Equifax by the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) and nearly all state attorneys general. It also resolves pending class-action lawsuits against the company. 'This company´s ineptitude, negligence, and lax security standards endangered the identities of half the US population,' New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement.
  • Thanks to Equifax breach, 4 US agencies don't properly verify your data, GAO finds

    06/14/2019 5:45:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    CNet ^ | 6/14/19 | Alfred Ng
    Multiple government agencies are relying on a security measure that can be easily bypassed thanks to massive breaches like the Equifax hack, the US Government Accountability Office has found. In a report released Friday, the government watchdog group found that the US Postal Service, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Social Security Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have still been using "Knowledge-Based Verification" to make sure people who apply for benefits online are authentic. This verification method asked applicants questions like their date of birth, Social Security numbers and addresses, assuming that only the applicant would...
  • 42 Million Dating App Records Exposed Online, Leaking User IP Addresses and Location Data

    05/29/2019 6:07:42 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 28 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | Dell Cameron
    A database containing records of tens of millions of users of various dating apps has been found publicly accessible, according to a researcher who says it remains unclear who amassed the data. In a blog Wednesday, security researcher Jeremiah Fowler said he discovered the database and that it was not protected by so much as a password. The 42.5 million records, which appeared to belong to multiple apps, were stored on a U.S.-based server and largely contained the IP addresses and location data of American users. The apps to which the data belongs include Cougardating, Christiansfinder, Mingler, Fwbs (friends with...
  • Just learned about USAFacts.org, a fascinating new data source for evaluating national policy

    04/30/2019 5:12:48 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 1 replies
    USAFacts is a new data-driven portrait of the American population, our government’s finances, and government’s impact on society. We are a non-partisan, not-for-profit civic initiative and have no political agenda or commercial motive. We provide this information as a free public service and are committed to maintaining and expanding it in the future. We rely exclusively on publicly available government data sources. We don’t make judgments or prescribe specific policies. Whether government money is spent wisely or not, whether our quality of life is improving or getting worse – that’s for you to decide. We hope to spur serious, reasoned,...
  • Some fun micro-videos of Chinese weapons and their use

    04/17/2019 4:46:08 AM PDT · by vannrox · 12 replies
    Metallicman ^ | 16APR19 | Editorial Staff
    This is a pretty basic post. It covers a selection of micro-videos that I have collected involving Chinese weapons systems and their use and application. These are pretty short videos. If you want to obtain a more comprehensive study of these weapons systems perhaps you should go to Janes and check out the "official" published data. You-tube has some videos along these lines of course. Although, it's limited pickin's. As such, if you don't like what is provided herein you can go out to You-tube and see what they have to offer. It will be a little different from what...
  • Meritocracy doesn’t exist, and believing it does is bad for you

    03/17/2019 4:37:22 AM PDT · by vannrox · 66 replies
    Fast company ^ | 13mar19 | By Clifton Mark
    Meritocracy doesn’t exist, and believing it does is bad for you Simply holding meritocracy as a value seems to promote discriminatory behavior. [Image: kristo74/iStock] By Clifton Mark6 minute Read Meritocracy has become a leading social ideal. Politicians across the ideological spectrum continually return to the theme that the rewards of life–money, power, jobs, university admission–should be distributed according to skill and effort. The most common metaphor is the “even playing field” upon which players can rise to the position that fits their merit. Conceptually and morally, meritocracy is presented as the opposite of systems such as hereditary aristocracy, in which...
  • Big Data meets Big Gov't: New IRS spy software

    01/22/2019 4:57:19 PM PST · by bitt · 12 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 1/20/2019 | Daniel Pilla
    One of the reasons identify theft is considered by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to be the crime of the century is because of the IRS. The Internal Revenue Service makes growing demands for information about people’s businesses and private lives every day. There is no such thing as personal privacy these days. That the IRS sends citizens a so-called “Privacy Act Notice” in all its mailings is a farce. The IRS lays claim to your data without court authority more so than any other government agency. And to make matters worse, they share the data with any...
  • Largest collection of breached data ever seen is found.

    01/17/2019 8:17:07 AM PST · by carriage_hill · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1/17/2019 | Alex Hern
    The largest collection of breached data in history has been discovered, comprising more than 770m email addresses and passwords posted to a popular hacking forum in mid-December. The 87GB data dump was discovered by the security researcher Troy Hunt, who runs the Have I Been Pwned breach-notification service. Hunt, who called the upload Collection #1, said it was probably “made up of many different individual data breaches from literally thousands of different sources”, rather than representing a single hack of a very large service. But the work to piece together previous breaches has resulted in a huge collection. “In total,...
  • Phone Companies Pinky Swear They'll Stop Selling Your Location Data [tr]

    01/11/2019 7:35:26 PM PST · by catnipman · 26 replies
    gizmodo, et. al. ^ | 1/10/2019 | Dell Cameron
    Last May, T-Mobile promised to stop selling its subscribers’ location data after reports surfaced that it was being funneled to law enforcement officers who’d otherwise need a warrant to get it. But that hasn’t happened so far. ... AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have reportedly all agreed to do this. But at this point, who can believe them? ... Now, almost every major teleco is being forced to reckon with their own negligence by severing all ties to these so-called “location aggregators,” which have paid god knows what for access to our whereabouts.
  • Walmart Just Filed for a Weird Patent. Shopping Carts May Never Be the Same

    10/21/2018 12:47:45 AM PDT · by vannrox · 102 replies
    Inc ^ | 21OCT18 | Betsy Mikel
    Walmart has plenty of haters. But for many consumers, Walmart's prices just can't be beat. You can't afford to be choosy when you're on a tight budget. If price is not so much of a concern for you, what if you discovered that Walmart wants your personal data? And not just data about your shopping behavior, which we already give hand over fist to Amazon in the name of fast shipping. Walmart is interested in what's going on in your body while you shop. The company wants to collect this data is a particularly creepy way: through the handles of...
  • Facebook Hack: FBI Doesn't Want Users to Know Who Was Behind Data Breach

    10/14/2018 1:11:38 PM PDT · by McQ444 · 34 replies
    NN ^ | 2018-10-14 21:00 | ay Greenberg
    The FBI has asked Facebook not to reveal who was behind the recent data breach that saw hackers steal contact information of 30 million users, according to a Facebook security update Friday.
  • Now for Rent: Email Addresses and Phone Numbers for Millions of Trump Supporters

    10/13/2018 2:11:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    MSN News ^ | October 13, 2018 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Maggie Haberman, The New York Times
    Early in his presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump dismissed political data as an “overrated” tool. But after he won the Republican nomination, his team began building a database that offers a pipeline into the heart of the party’s base, a comprehensive list including the email addresses and cellphone numbers of as many as 20 million supporters. Now, consultants close to the Trump campaign are ramping up efforts to put that database — by far the most sought-after in Republican politics — to use, offering it for rent to candidates, conservative groups and even businesses. It is an arrangement that has...
  • Verizon Throttled Firefighters' Data As Mendocino Wildfire Raged, Fire Chief Says

    08/22/2018 2:52:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 68 replies
    npr ^ | 08/22/2018
    Just days after the massive Mendocino Complex Fire ignited in Northern California, fire officials were getting desperate in their emails to Verizon Wireless. As Santa Clara County firefighters mobilized, they discovered that Internet access had slowed to a crawl on the vehicle they were using to coordinate their response. "Please work with us," Daniel Farrelly, a systems analyst for the Santa Clara Fire Department, entreated the company in an email dated July 30. "All we need is a plan that does not offer throttling or caps of any kind." A few hours later, the Verizon accounts manager suggested they get...
  • Facebook Wants Banks to Hand Over Your Financial Information

    08/07/2018 8:08:20 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/06/18 | Charlie Nash
    Facebook has been asking banks in the United States for their customers’ financial data, including account balances and transactions, according to a report. The Wall Street Journal revealed that the social network has been asking major banks to “share detailed financial information about their customers, including card transactions and checking account balances, as part of an effort to offer new services to users.” The banks asked by Facebook included JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and U.S. Bancorp, while one “large U.S. bank pulled away from talks due to privacy concerns.” “Facebook has talked about a feature that would show its...
  • Facebook to Banks: Give Us Your Data, We’ll Give You Our Users

    08/06/2018 9:28:09 AM PDT · by bitt · 53 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8/6/2018 | Emily Glazer, Deepa Seetharaman and AnnaMaria Andriotis
    The social media giant has asked large U.S. banks to share detailed financial information about their customers, including card transactions and checking account balances, as part of an effort to offer new services to users. Facebook increasingly wants to be a platform where people buy and sell goods and services, besides connecting with friends. The company over the past year asked JPMorgan Chase JPM +0.25% & Co., Wells Fargo & Co., Citigroup Inc. C +0.20% and U.S. Bancorp USB +0.40% to discuss potential offerings it could host for bank customers on Facebook Messenger, said people familiar with the matter. Facebook...
  • Artificial Intelligence Shows Why Atheism Is Unpopular

    07/26/2018 9:24:33 AM PDT · by edwinland · 43 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Jul 23, 2018 | Sigal Samuel
    Imagine you’re the president of a European country. You’re slated to take in 50,000 refugees from the Middle East this year. Most of them are very religious, while most of your population is very secular. You want to integrate the newcomers seamlessly, minimizing the risk of economic malaise or violence, but you have limited resources ... What do you do? Well, you make your best guess and hope the policy you chose works out. But it might not. ... You can, however, experiment like that with virtual people. And that’s exactly what the Modeling Religion Project does. An international team...
  • Five Chinese map apps ordered to stop obtaining irrelevant personal data

    07/21/2018 6:34:53 PM PDT · by vannrox · 7 replies
    China Daily ^ | 18JUL18 | editorial staff
    Three dominant Chinese map app companies announced recently they’d put a stop to requiring users to share unnecessary personal information primarily around text messages and contact lists, a privacy issue revealed in a 2018 report regarding privacy concerns on mobile map apps. The report, by Shanghai Consumer Council released on July 18, revealed that five map mobile apps, including AutoNavi, Baidu Map and Tencent Map, all seek to solicit sensitive personal data from users considered irrelevant for the apps to perform. In response, the three companies said they’d release new versions that removed requests for collecting users’ irrelevant personal information,...
  • Vital information on DACA recipients missing from government database

    06/15/2018 12:12:27 PM PDT · by bitt · 9 replies
    conservative review ^ | 6/14/2018 | Daniel Horowitz
    We were told that it would be better if illegal immigrants were drawn out of the shadows and documented. Therefore, an American president illegally amnestied many without the consent of the people’s representatives, something that even King George couldn’t do without parliament. Yet one look at new government data provided to Rep. Steve King and shared exclusively with Conservative Review shows that, six years into the illegal amnesty, we still know very little about the amnestied population. What we do know paints a disturbing picture of our government placing the desire for legalization at all costs ahead of its own...
  • Facebook gave data access to Chinese firm flagged by US intelligence

    06/05/2018 6:21:17 PM PDT · by bitt · 17 replies
    cnbc.com ^ | 6/5/2018 | Michael LaForgia and Gabriel J.X. Dance
    Facebook has data-sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese electronics companies, including a manufacturing giant that has a close relationship with China's government, the social media company said on Tuesday. The agreements, which date to at least 2010, gave private access to some user data to Huawei, a telecommunications equipment company that has been flagged by American intelligence officials as a national security threat, as well as to Lenovo, Oppo and TCL. The four partnerships remain in effect, but Facebook officials said in an interview that the company would wind down the Huawei deal by the end of the week....
  • Tim Cook: We never requested data from Facebook

    06/04/2018 7:09:08 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/04/18 | Brett Samuels
    Apple CEO Tim Cook defended his company's data practices on Monday in the wake of a New York Times report that said Apple was among tech firms that had access to Facebook users’ personal information. "The things mentioned in the Times article about relationship status, all these kinds of things, is so foreign to us, and not data that we have ever received at all or requested — zero," Cook told NPR. Cook said the company is “not in the data business,” but rather sought to make it easier for users to share photos on Facebook. Cook’s comments come in...