Nearly 50m Facebook accounts were compromised by an attack that gave hackers the ability to take over users’ accounts, Facebook revealed on Friday. The breach was discovered by Facebook engineers on Tuesday 25 September, the company said, and patched on Thursday. Users whose accounts were affected will be notified by Facebook. Those users will be… Read More


The breach, revealed last year, granted hackers access to the personal information of 57 million riders and drivers. Uber paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data and keep the breach quiet, rather than report the incident. Uber has agreed to pay $148 million in connection with a 2016 data breach and subsequent cover-up, according… Read More


The National Security Operations Center at NSA, photographed in 2012—the nerve center of the NSA’s ‘signals intelligence’ monitoring. A former NSA coder has been sentenced to 66 months in prison for bringing home the code that drove much of the NSA’s signals intelligence operations. Nghia Hoang Pho, a 68-year-old former National Security Agency employee who… Read More


As it has done with the issues of online privacy and restoring net neutrality, California becomes the first state to act to secure the Internet of Things. It’s back to the future time again for California. Having adopted the nation’s toughest online privacy protection measure and restored state-level net neutrality protections that are tougher on… Read More


Starting with Chrome 69, logging into a Google Site is tied to logging into Chrome. This is typically the topic where things are complex enough that tweets or 500 character Mastodon toots don’t do it justice. I’d also mention that I prefer to avoid directly linking people’s posts on this, because I dislike the practice… Read More


Canadian retailer NCIX filed for bankruptcy and closed 10 months ago. They were the premiere PC hardware retail store in Canada and even did a sizable business on the other side of the border. However, as Travis Doering of Privacy Fly found out, the company did not go quietly away without doing some damage to… Read More