The latest Windows 10 privacy scare revolves around family accounts

Windows 10 Family Accounts Privacy Concerns

I'm not sure we've gone a week without a new story about Windows 10 invading our privacy, and this week is no exception. Earlier this week, The Independent noticed that Windows 10 will automatically send parents detailed logs of their childrens' Internet activity by default if they open up a family account on the computer.

There's no warning for either the children or the parents that this is happening, which raises some very serious questions about Microsoft's right to decide what information parents have access to.

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New details emerge on recent iCloud breach of jailbroken iPhones

iCloud Breach

Two days ago, we told you about an attack on jailbroken iPhones that compromised the accounts of some 220,000 iCloud users. New details have since emerged about the breach, that confirm what we initially speculated in the post on Tuesday evening.

The vast majority, if not all of the accounts, were of Chinese origin. On Wednesday morning, I personally confirmed this with someone directly in the know about the attack.

To that extent, a website has been created for potential victims of the attack to see if their account was compromised. That website is in Chinese, further emphasizing the origin and the region that was affected by this recent breach.

As speculated, this was indeed the result of a jailbreak tweak, but it was also self-inflicted, meaning users installed both the repo and the tweak responsible for the intrusion.... Read the rest of this post here

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Report: 220,000 iCloud accounts breached due to jailbreak tweak backdoor

iCloud Breach

It’s a number that’s bound to raise some eyebrows: 220,000 iCloud accounts breached in what is being called a backdoor attack made possible by a malicious jailbreak tweak.

This leak, which was brought to our attention by /r/jailbreak, was reported by a Chinese online vulnerability reporting platform called WooYun. It’s an information security platform where security researchers report vulnerabilities and vendors give feedback. WooYun is a legit site, and it has reported thousands of security related issues in this month alone.

On a post on its website, WooYun details the nature of this particular attack, stating that 220,000 accounts have been compromised as a result of a malicious jailbreak tweak or plug-in. It also states that WooYun has notified vendors—presumably Apple—and are awaiting processing.

It’s sure to make any jailbroken iPhone user take note, but before you get too alarmed, understand that this hack has nothing to do with Apple’s security, and that there appears to be special circumstances in the case of this breach.... Read the rest of this post here

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Irony: NSA worried hackers with super computers might break current encryption standards

NSA Encryption Quantum Computers

The National Security Agency (NSA) has a bunch of sophisticated tools at its disposal to conduct massive data collection operations all in the name of doing good – and that’s definitely something you’d want from your intelligence agencies. Ironically, the NSA is already worried about the advanced computers that might be available to humans in the not so distant future, which could be used by hackers to break the complex cryptography that makes possible encryption. 

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Do this now: A step-by-step guide for encrypting your Android phone

How To Encrypt Android Phones

It seems like every week there's a major new vulnerability found in Android. What makes this even worse for users is that it will likely take them forever to get desperately needed patches thanks to Android's fragmented and decentralized software upgrade system. All the same, there is something that you can do right now to improve the security of your Android phone's data: You can enable encryption on your device.

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Think you’re safe from the Ashley Madison hack because you erased your profile? Think again

Ashley Madison Hack Profile Data Delete

The Ashley Madison hacking scandal is far from over and now users have yet another thing to worry about. Reports say there’s evidence Ashley Madison made millions of dollars from users who paid to have their profiles erased from its databases for good, even though the website still kept identifiable data for each of the deleted profiles.

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How to figure out if your email was exposed in the Ashley Madison hack

Ashley Madison Hack Search Email

What should be a dream for divorce attorneys is a nightmare for many people who thought they would be able to discreetly cheat on their spouses through the website Ashley Madison. Now that an estimated 33 million Ashley Madison users have had their personal information online, you may be wondering whether your own email address will pop up on the list. The Verge informs us that there are now at least two websites that have popped up that will help you see if your email was part of the massive data breach.

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Divorce lawyers’ dream: Hackers post Ashley Madison user info online

Ashley Madison Hack User Data Posted

Oh dear. There's about to be a spike in America's divorce rate. Ars Technica brings us word that the Impact Team, which previously hacked into the database of infamous cheating website Ashley Madison, has now posted user information for its tens of millions of members online. And this hack is a lot more than just users' names and email addresses -- it also includes "PayPal accounts used by Ashley Madison executives, Windows domain credentials for employees, and a large number of proprietary internal documents." Oh dear.

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Proving how ruthless the mobile landscape can be – HTC are in trouble

A pretty bad day for HTC yesterday. First, Four FireEye researchers found that a HTC One Max handset stores fingerprints in an easily-read folder as “/data/dbgraw.bmp”. Any app can read the file.
Proving how ruthless the mobile landscape can be   HTC are in trouble
The details are revealed in this PDF and, although the bug is said to be fixed, it’s embarassing considering this is a security feature. It’s like writing your PIN code on a piece of paper and sticking it in your wallet.

That’s only the start of it though, because financial analysts are now stating that the company is essentially “worthless”. This is basically because HTC is trading below cash on hand.
Proving how ruthless the mobile landscape can be   HTC are in trouble

HTC were, until fairly recent years, doing extremely well. They’d emerged from the shadows of network-branded kit to become a big, recognisable brand. They had a large range of handsets available and there was a HTC device for almost every taste and requirement. However, despite reducing the range and producing the excellent HTC One, the market changed even more rapidly.

Cheaper competitors started to move in, rapidly hoovering up customers who used to spend pennies on feature-phones. Expensive higher-end smartphones became plentiful, and now we’re seeing competitors introducing premium-spec handsets without the premium price. Should you choose your next premium smartphone on brand or on price? Well, you can actually do one or the other. Have a read of my Meizu M1 Note review if you want good specs for hardly-any cash. If you want something based on the brand, there’s plenty of other options.

With Android, it’s tricky enough to make a profit, and HTC are really up against it here. The HTC One M9 is a beautiful creation, and we can’t fault it, but they need to move quick.

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  • Do this now: Change this crucial Facebook privacy setting so hackers can’t abuse it

    Facebook Phone Number Link Profile

    A security researcher has found a way to exploit a Facebook feature to harvest personal data belonging to thousands of users. With a simple trick that takes advantage of one of Facebook’s default privacy settings, the researcher was able to link thousands of phone numbers to Facebook accounts. Hackers with malicious intentions could replicate the procedure to collect data belonging to even more users, and then try to sell it on the black market.

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