Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

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How To Snoop Around In Your Phone If You Think Someone Has Used It

If you suspect others have been accessing your cellphone, you can take a few easy steps to learn what they were up to on your device.

 | By Tricia Goss

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TikTok Has Been Hiring Former CIA, FBI And NSA Officers

Americans who were previously employed by intelligence agencies are now working for TikTok, and it is raising security concerns.

 | By Sasha Ingber

Liz Truss

U.K. Politicians Demand Probe Into Liz Truss Phone Hack Claim

Claims say Russian spies were suspected of the hack.

 | By Associated Press

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What Does Hollywood Have To Fear With Deepfakes?

As the use of deepfake technology increases, questions arise on whether an actor's digital twin can be used without consent.

 | By Casey Mendoza

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Why Deepfake Pornography Is So Hard To Stop

Cracking down on deepfake revenge porn and nonconsensual porn has been difficult legally, partly due to regulation of mediums.

 | By Newsy Staff

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How To Remove Your Personal Information From Google Searches

You can now remove things like your address, phone number and signature from Google. Here’s a step-by-step guide to protect your personal information.

 | By Tricia Goss

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Federal Trade Commission Warns Of Student Loan Relief Scams

Cybersecurity experts told Newsy the relief program is particularly lucrative to scammers because it offers a huge target for information and money.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

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What Happens If Elon Musk Buys Twitter?

Experts are worried, based on Musk’s comments on how speech should be moderated on social media.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

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QR Codes Are Reshaping Public Transit, But Are They Safe?

QR codes are great for concert tickets and sporting events, but are they practical for city buses and subways?

 | By Newsy Staff

Top executives from Meta, YouTube, TikTok and Twitter are sworn in before Congress.

TikTok, Other Social Companies Address Data Privacy Before Congress

TikTok's chief operating officer and other social media executives commented on national security concerns in a Wednesday Congressional hearing.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

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Los Angeles Unified School District Targeted In Cyberattack

The nation's second-largest school district was hit with a ransomware attack that was "likely criminal in nature," district officials said.

 | By Associated Press

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Changing Your Password Too Often Might Be Hurting Your Account Privacy

Patterns most humans use in changing their passwords could be leading to more predictable and easy-to-breach security.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

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Former Twitter Security Chief Files Whistleblower Complaints

One of the allegations is also at the core of the attempted withdrawal of a $44 billion takeover bid for Twitter by billionaire Elon Musk.

 | By Associated Press

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Apple Warns Of Security Flaw For iPhones, iPads, Macs

Apple did not say in the reports how, where or by whom the vulnerabilities were discovered. In all cases, it cited an anonymous researcher.

 | By Associated Press and Newsy Staff

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Consumer Data Concerns As Amazon Is Set To Acquire iRobot, Roomba

Antitrust experts worry that the deal is less about selling Roombas and more about finding ways to surveil the most intimate spaces of our lives.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

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U.S. And U.K. Intelligence Agencies Warn About China Threat

Beijing is targeting both politicians and businesspeople, stealing their data as part of a strategy known as the "thousand grains of sand."

 | By Sasha Ingber

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Alleged Chinese Police Database Hack Leaks Data Of 1 Billion People

In an online forum, someone offered to sell what they claimed was the information of one billion people obtained from a Shanghai police database.

 | By Associated Press

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The Growing Problem Of Cybercriminals Scamming Crypto Investors

While more people have started to learn about options in the crypto world, it also lets scammers create new opportunities to seize some of your coins.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

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Third-Party Cookies Are Going Away. What Are Marketers Trying Now?

Google is phasing out third-party cookies, but new potential replacement systems are still in the trial phase.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

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Breach Exposed Data Of Half-Million Chicago Students, Staff

In total, 495,448 student and 56,138 employee records from Chicago Public Schools were accessed from 2015-16 through 2018-2019 school years.

 | By Associated Press

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What Makes The U.S. Vulnerable To Cyberattacks?

According to the White House, ransomware payments reached over $400 million globally in 2020.

 | By Tyler Adkisson and Newsy Staff

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Verizon Warns Customers About Text Message Scam

The telecommunications company is alerting users about scam text messages that appear to come from a customer's own phone number.

 | By Newsy Staff

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Experts Say U.S. Companies Aren't Prepared To Deal With Cyberattacks

Many companies find it too expensive or difficult to properly secure themselves, making them vulnerable targets for potential Kremlin cyberattacks.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

A briefing says "destructive malware targeting organizations in Ukraine."

Hackers Are Picking Sides In The Russia-Ukraine War

Hackers are split on who they're supporting, with one group declaring a "cyber war" against Russian government and another declaring full support.

 | By Tyler Adkisson

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Spread Of 'Smart City' Technology Raises Privacy Concerns

Surveillance is a rising concern as cities invest in more self-monitoring, analysis, and reporting technology (SMART).

 | By Amanda Brandeis

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The Security Vulnerabilities Of Smart Home Systems

The proliferation of internet-connected home devices also presents more opportunities for bad actors to attack their networks.

 | By Newsy Staff

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Explainer: The Security Flaw That's Freaked Out The Internet

A wide swath of critical industries, including electric power, water, food and beverage, manufacturing and transportation, were exposed.

 | By Tyler Adkisson and Associated Press

A gas station worker leans against a pump that has been turned off in Tehran, Iran.

Cyberattack Closes Gas Stations Across Iran

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which was similar to another months earlier that challenged Iran's supreme leader.

 | By Associated Press

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Microsoft: Russia-Backed Hackers Targeting Cloud Services, Tech Firms

Microsoft says the group Nobelium has compromised at least 14 tech firms since May and seems to be targeting cloud service resellers.

 | By Associated Press

On Sept. 11, 2015, an American flag is draped on the side of the Pentagon where the building was attacked Sept. 11, 2001.

Poll: Americans Warier Of Government Surveillance

More Americans also regard the threat from domestic extremism as more worrisome than that of extremism abroad, the poll found.

 | By Associated Press