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Recent articles by Zack:

A DNS outage just took down a good chunk of the internet –

Akamai said it's fixed the issue and returning to normal operations. → Read More

This tool tells you if NSO’s Pegasus spyware targeted your phone –

The toolkit scans iPhone and Android backup files for evidence of a compromise. → Read More

New York City’s new biometrics privacy law takes effect –

The law will give New Yorkers greater protections over how their biometric data is collected. → Read More

Evernote quietly disappeared from an anti-surveillance lobbying group’s website –

What's even more strange is that nobody noticed for two years, not even Evernote. → Read More

A new ‘digital violence’ platform maps dozens of victims of NSO Group’s spyware –

Authoritarian governments have used NSO Group's spyware Pegasus to target their most outspoken critics. → Read More

An email sent by One Medical exposed hundreds of customers’ email addresses –

The primary care startup admitted the mistake was not caused by a security breach. → Read More

Indian tech startup exposed Byju’s student data –

A vendor's server storing data on students at Byju's was left on the internet without a password. → Read More

An internal code repo used by New York State’s IT office was exposed online –

The exposed GitLab server contained secret keys and passwords associated with servers and databases belonging to the New York state government. → Read More

A security bug in Google’s Android app put users’ data at risk –

Until recently, Google’s namesake Android app, which has more than five billion installs to date, had a vulnerability that could have allowed an attacker to quietly steal personal data from a victim’s device. Sergey Toshin, founder of mobile app security startup Oversecured, said in a blog post that the vulnerability has to do with how […] → Read More

Google will let enterprises store their Google Workspace encryption keys –

The move will make a company's data indecipherable to Google. → Read More

Ring won’t say how many users had footage obtained by police –

The doorbell camera maker received over 1,800 legal demands during 2020. → Read More

CISA launches platform to let hackers report security bugs to US federal agencies –

The platform will allow hackers and security researchers to report vulnerabilities to government agencies. → Read More

Apple unveils new iOS 15 privacy features at WWDC –

Apple kicked off its global annual developer conference, WWDC, with a ton of new features and technologies. TechCrunch has all the coverage here from the keynote. As with previous years, Apple has dropped a number of new security and privacy features. New privacy dashboard keeps tabs on app tracking requests Apple is bringing a new […] → Read More

Supreme Court limits US hacking law in landmark CFAA ruling –

The ruling puts limits on what conduct can be prosecuted under U.S. hacking laws. → Read More

FireEye to sell products unit to Symphony-led group for $1.2B –

The all-cash deal is expected to close by the fourth quarter. → Read More

Peloton and Echelon profile photo metadata exposed riders’ real-world locations –

Location data wasn't stripped from user-uploaded profile photos. → Read More

Skiff, an end-to-end encrypted alternative to Google Docs, raises $3.7M seed –

Imagine if Google Docs was end-to-end encrypted so that not even Google could access your documents. That’s Skiff, in a nutshell. Skiff is a document editor with a similar look and feel to Google Docs, allowing you to write, edit and collaborate in real time with colleagues with privacy baked in. Because the document editor […] → Read More

Zocdoc says ‘programming errors’ exposed access to patients’ data –

Around 7,600 users across the U.S. are impacted by the security incident, the company said. → Read More

Malware caught using a macOS zero-day to secretly take screenshots –

Researchers warned that the bug was not limited to screen recording. → Read More

US towns are buying Chinese surveillance tech tied to Uighur abuses –

Hikvision and Dahua are accused of supplying Beijing with technology it uses to surveil ethnic groups. → Read More