Information Technology

Equifax, Western Union, Priceline settle with New York attorney general over insecure mobile apps
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New York’s attorney general has settled with five tech and financial giants, requiring each company to implement basic security on their mobile apps. The settlements force Credit Sesame, Equifax (yes, that Equifax), Priceline, Spark Networks and Western Union to ensure data sent between the app and their servers are encrypted. Specifically, the attorney general said […]

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Chinese Spies Reportedly Behind Massive Marriott Hack
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: A Chinese intelligence-gathering effort was behind the massive Marriott hotels data breach that exposed the personal information for up to 500 million people, the New York Times reported Tuesday. The hackers are believed to have been working for China’s Ministry of State Security, the Times reported citing […]

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Tencent Music sued by investor ahead of $1.2 billion US IPO
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China’s largest music streaming service has had a whirlwind year. With 800 million monthly users across multiple apps and a profitable business, Tencent Music Entertainment is gearing up for one of this year’s most anticipated initial public offerings in the US. But the firm has landed in hot water in the months leading up to […]

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Quora says 100 million users may have been affected by data breach
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Quora said today that a security breach may have compromised data from about 100 million users. In an email sent to users today and a blog post by CEO Adam D’Angelo, the company said a “malicious third party” gained unauthorized access to Quora’s systems on Friday. Its internal security teams and a “leading digital forensics […]

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Deprived students chose smartphones over food, researchers find     – CNET
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To be fair, they didn’t specify which phone and what food. This is important information.

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Amazon Comprehend Medical Makes Sense of Scattered Healthcare Data
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Amazon has announced Amazon Comprehend Medical, a language processing service that lets users gather information — such as a patient’s medical condition and medication dosage, strength and frequency — from sources including doctors’ notes, clinical trial reports, hospital admission notes and patient health records. Most health and patient data — such as medical notes, prescriptions, […]

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Hackers target Dell customer information     – CNET
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Computer giant says hackers targeted only user names, email addresses and hashed passwords.

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DNA data from Africans reveals sequences that we’d missed
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Enlarge / The first printout of the human genome to be presented as a series of books, displayed in the ‘Medicine Now’ room at the Wellcome Collection, London. (credit: Russ London at English Wikipedia) The human genome sequence, first published in 2001, has some important information missing. The latest version of it, called GRCh38, has […]

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E-commerce site is infected not by one, but two card skimmers
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Enlarge (credit: Mighty Travels) Payment card skimming that steals consumers’ personal information from e-commerce sites has become a booming industry over the past six months, with high-profile attacks against Ticketmaster, British Airways, Newegg, and Alex Jones’ InfoWars, to name just a few. In a sign of the times, security researcher Jérôme Segura found two competing groups […]

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