Feb 272017
 

Troy Hunt reports that a misconfigured MongoDB installation resulted in audio files of children’s and parents’ conversations recorded by CloudPets being exposed in a Shodan search. And as we’ve seen many other times, the exposed files were deleted by an attacker, and a purported “ransom” note left in place of the database – [Read More…]

Feb 232017
 

Sarah Lazare writes: Law enforcement is compelling Apple and Facebook to hand over the personal information of users who were mass arrested at protests against the inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., AlterNet has confirmed. The tech giants appear to be complying with the data-mining requests, amid mounting concerns [Read More…]

Feb 212017
 
Congress Contemplates Making it Illegal to Protect Consumer Privacy Online

Ernesto Falcon of EFF writes: Cable and telephone companies are pushing Congress to make it illegal for the federal government to protect online consumer privacy. When you go online you reveal a tremendous amount of private information about yourself. What you browse, what you purchase, who you communicate with—all reveal [Read More…]