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Facebook Tracking Internet Users Who Don’t Have A Facebook Account

During his testimony in front of a House committee on Wednesday, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that his company does track internet users who have not subscribed to Facebook.

Responding to a question poised by U.S. Representative Ben Luján (D-New Mexico), Zuckerberg responded that Facebook tracks non-users for security reasons. That means that these non-subscribers haven’t a clue about what information Facebook has obtained about them. This didn’t sit well with the lawmakers in Congress, who might draft regulations to be applied against the social media app and others of its ilk. “We’ve got to fix that,” said Rep. Luján, referring to a process that forces non Facebook users to sign up for the service if they want to know what personal information the company has obtained. Facebook has responded by saying that it has no plans to develop a method to allow non-users to see the data about them collected by the company.

Besides politicians, privacy advocates are also disturbed by Zuckerberg’s comments. Chris Calabrese, vice president for policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology, said that Facebook needs to reveal what it is doing with all of this information.

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Woman Climbs In X-Ray machine To watch Her Bag

The Dongguan Railway Station in southern China last weekend had bags and other items passed through the X-ray machine, when the operator suddenly noticed the unmistakable shape of a person on the monitor, the BBC reported.

Looking like something out of a sci-fi movie, the woman can be seen in the X-ray image as she trundles along on the conveyor belt.

China’s state-run People’s Daily news outlet obtained a security video taken at the machine. It appears to show the moment a security officer told the woman put her handbag on the belt, and then cuts to footage of her emerging from the machine. The security officer can be seen laughing as she comes out.

The odd incident occurred during the Lunar New Year travel rush last weekend.

It’s not clear if she was carrying something special inside her handbag, or if she was simply curious about what the inside of an X-ray machine looks like. There’s also a chance that she mistook the instructions of the security officer, though again, it’s hard to tell.

Some reports have suggested she may have had a large amount of cash inside the bag and so didn’t want to be separated from it even for a brief moment. Many Chinese who work far from their home cities are known to take some of their earnings back with them on holiday visits. It’s really not a good idea to take a ride on an X-ray machine as the radiation it emits is unlikely to do you any good.

Google Offering Physical Security Program For High Risk Users

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Google rolled out a new program a new program called Advanced Protection intended to provide a much higher account security to users of services like Gmail and Drive who are at a high risk of being targeted by phishers, hackers, and others seeking their personal data. The opt-in program makes Google services much less convenient to use, but it’s built to prevent the sorts of breaches that have been making recent headlines.

Users who could benefit include journalists, politicians, and other public figures who may be running up against hostile actors with considerable resources—and also for private individuals in dangerous situations.

What’s more, the Advanced Protection Program goes beyond digital two-factor authentication by requiring a physical security key in addition to your password to log in.  Facebook has offered something similar, and even video game company Blizzard has offered one to gamers who want to protect their World of Warcraft accounts for years. In this case, the security key is a USB stick or wireless Bluetooth device that works with FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F). Google offers OAuth whitelisting and other features to enterprise customers that provide similar kinds of protection with greater control for administrators.

All Yahoo Account Were Hacked

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Three billion Yahoo accounts — including email, Tumblr, Fantasy, and Flickr — or three times as many as the company initially reported in 2016 were hacked.

Names, email addresses, and passwords, but not financial information, were breached, Yahoo said last year

The new disclosure comes four months after Verizon (VZ, Tech30) acquired Yahoo’s core internet assets for $4.48 billion. Yahoo is part of Verizon’s digital media company, which is called Oath.

Verizon revised the number of breached accounts to three billion after receiving new information.

“The company recently obtained new intelligence and now believes, following an investigation with the assistance of outside forensic experts, that all Yahoo user accounts were affected by the August 2013 theft,” Verizon said in a statement.

Verizon would not provide any information about who the outside forensics experts are.

Yahoo will send emails to the additional affected accounts. Following the hacking revelations last year, Yahoo required password changes and invalidated unencrypted security questions to protect user information.

According to experts, it’s not uncommon for forensic investigations to expose a greater number of victims than initial estimates.

 

Whole Foods Had data breach That Potentially Compromised Its Customers’ Credit Card Details.

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Whole Foods said it was alerted to a potential breach after it “receiving information about an unauthorized access of payment card information. It appears  that Whole Foods did not detect the compromise itself, but was informed by a third party instead.

Transportation Administration Approves New Technology For Travelers

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Analogic Corporation’s ConneCT system uses computed tomography technology and 3D imaging to give security officers at airport security checkpoints a 360-degree view of each bag, so they can more easily see through clutter and locate prohibited items.

The goal is to allow passengers to keep their personal electronic devices and bottles of liquids in their bags and speed up the screening process.

The motivation behind the technology is to keep “the traveling public moving through airports faster and safer than ever before.”

ConneCT’s first customer, American Airlines, which came on board in June, demonstrated the system at Phoenix Sky Harbour International. It also has been in testing in the U.K. A similar system also was tested at London’s Luton Airport.

Hackers Want 2.6 Million Or Else

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Equifax was hacked and they have information on 143 million Americans. The supposed hackers have made their demands of Equifax. The hackers are asking for over 600 Bitcoin – that much Bitcoin amounts to $2.66USD million. The hackers claim that if Equifax pay up , they will delete all of the data. Equifax has until September 15th to pay up.

The hackers have told Equifax to request any part of the stolen data and they will show it to them to prove that they’re legitimate.The hackers have given Equifax until September 15 to pay the ransom or the data will be publicized.

A proposed class-action lawsuit was filed against Equifax Inc. late Thursday evening, shortly after the company reported that an unprecedented hack had compromised the private information of about 143 million people.

A complaint was filed in Portland, Ore., federal court, users alleged Equifax was negligent in failing to protect consumer data, choosing to save money instead of spending on technical safeguards that could have stopped the attack. Data revealed included Social Security numbers, addresses, driver’s license data, and birth dates. Some credit card information was also put at risk.

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