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Holy shit. Student surveillance software Gaggle is flagging and reporting students who use LGBTQ+ keywords. In one case, school officials outed a student to their parents without first talking with them. the74million.org/article/gag…
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Olympus confirms a second cyberattack on its U.S. network is "ongoing," following an earlier BlackMatter ransomware attack on its EMEA network. Company is experiencing "temporary disruptions" to its US business. olympus-global.com/news/2021… Our earlier story: tcrn.ch/3oWJDXZ
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New: The NSA, FBI, and DHS' CISA are attributing recent attacks on US critical infrastructure, inclu 2 food & agriculture sector orgs, to a ransomware group known as BlackMatter, which some consider successors to the hackers that hit Colonial Pipeline... us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/alerts…
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REvil ransomware group has gone dark after its Tor sites were apparently hijacked. The parting words of one of the group's hackers: "Good luck everyone, I'm off." tcrn.ch/3BY9XVu
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Here's a few slides (from different people) in the industry talking about facial recognition "myths" + "misinfo." Many people at the conf agreed with the speakers, though the slides often misrepresented concerns some people have about facial recognition businessinsider.com/facial-r…
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Good advice, since some travelers have been denied entry to the U.S. for having content on their phone that was sent *by another person*. tcrn.ch/32qqY8r
Tip: Turn off automatic downloads in WhatsApp. It will save you a lot of trouble with CBP when entering the US.
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I spoke with one U.S. visa holder in 2019 who was denied entry because a CBP officer searched and found an objectionable image on his phone. The catch? The image was sent by a friend in a WhatsApp group chat, and WhatsApp auto-saves received images. techcrunch.com/2019/09/02/de…
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Entire Facebook Staff Laughs As Man Tightens Privacy Settings bit.ly/3FRAPJ5
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REvil ransomware group's site on Tor, known as Happy Blog (it is far from), looks like this after its sites were allegedly hijacked.
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RIP to REvil again, again. They will be survived by lots of other ransomware.
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Verizon's incredibly unhelpful customer service support loop goes as such: Login to your account Open the live chat Oh no, we can't help, call this number Call the number We have limited staff. We sent you a text. Text message goes to ANOTHER LIVE CHAT.
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A new ~this week in security~ just dropped: • Deep fake voice fraud nabs $35M • U.S. journalist wrongfully accused of hacking • A new Iran threat group emerges • Acer hacked (again!) • Verizon's Visible users hacked Sign up: this.weekinsecurity.com mailchi.mp/zackwhittaker.com…
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A reminder that ~this week in security~ is a free cyber newsletter of all the news you need to know from the week but might've missed. It's out every Sunday. this.weekinsecurity.com
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I accidentally typed screenshits instead of screenshots, and by doing so described the event perfectly.
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Yeah, it's probably time to log off for the week.
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Scoop by @dellcam: Among the reasons Apple fired @ashleygjovik, emails show, is that she tweeted a photo of herself taken automatically by an internal Apple app on her own phone gizmodo.com/apple-wanted-her…
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