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Recent articles by Zack:

Peloton’s leaky API let anyone grab riders’ private account data –

But the company won't say if it has evidence of malicious exploitation. → Read More

What3Words sends legal threat to a security researcher for sharing an open-source alternative –

What3Words claims open source alternative WhatFreeWords violates its copyright. → Read More

Click Studios asks customers to stop tweeting about its Passwordstate data breach –

The password manager maker has refused to answer questions about the breach. → Read More

DigitalOcean says customer billing data accessed in data breach –

DigitalOcean has emailed customers warning of a data breach involving customers’ billing data, TechCrunch has learned. The cloud infrastructure giant told customers in an email on Wednesday, obtained by TechCrunch, that it has “confirmed an unauthorized exposure of details associated with the billing profile on your DigitalOcean account.” The company said the person “gained access […] → Read More

A software bug let malware bypass macOS’ security defenses –

The Shlayer malware has been exploiting this newly discovered vulnerability since at least January. → Read More

Passwordstate users warned to ‘reset all passwords’ after attackers plant malicious update –

More than 29,000 organizations, including governments, use the password manager. → Read More

Proctorio sued for using DMCA to take down a student’s critical tweets –

EFF accuses Proctorio of "attacking people who speak out" about the controversial proctoring software. → Read More

Window Snyder’s new startup Thistle Technologies raises $2.5M seed to secure IoT devices –

The security infrastructure company is backed by True Ventures. → Read More

Running apps still lag behind on privacy and security –

Some of the apps have made improvements. But none use two-factor authentication. → Read More

Geico admits fraudsters stole customer driver’s license numbers for months –

The auto insurance giant said it has fixed the website bug. → Read More

Grocery startup Mercato spilled years of data, but didn’t tell its customers –

The exposed data included customer names and email addresses, home addresses, and order details. → Read More

Gay dating site Manhunt hacked, thousands of accounts stolen –

Usernames, email addresses, and passwords were stolen in the February breach. → Read More

FBI launches operation to remove backdoors from hacked Microsoft Exchange servers –

A court in Houston has authorized an FBI operation to “copy and remove” backdoors from hundreds of Microsoft Exchange email servers in the United States, months after hackers used four previously undiscovered vulnerabilities to attack thousands of networks. The Justice Department announced the operation on Tuesday, which it described as “successful.” In March, Microsoft discovered […] → Read More

Risk startup LogicGate confirms data breach –

The cloud startup said its cloud credentials were compromised and customer backups were decrypted. → Read More

Biden’s cybersecurity dream team takes shape –

Former NSA official Jen Easterly is tapped as the next CISA director. → Read More

APKPure app contained malicious adware, say researchers –

The app contained malicious code that flooded a victim's device with ads. → Read More

Facebook ran ads for a fake ‘Clubhouse for PC’ app planted with malware –

Cybercriminals have taken out a number of Facebook ads masquerading as a Clubhouse app for PC users in order to target unsuspecting victims with malware, TechCrunch has learned. TechCrunch was alerted Wednesday to Facebook ads tied to several Facebook pages impersonating Clubhouse, the drop-in audio chat app only available on iPhones. Clicking on the ad would […] → Read More

Education nonprofit Edraak ignored a student data leak for two months –

The server stored spreadsheets containing private student data. → Read More

The do’s and don’ts of bug bounty programs with Katie Moussouris –

Cybersecurity veteran Katie Moussouris explains what startups should (and shouldn't) do, what to prioritize, and the difference between vulnerability disclosure, penetration testing and bug bounties. → Read More

US indicts California man accused of stealing Shopify customer data –

The alleged hacker was arrested at Los Angeles airport in February, and has pleaded not guilty. → Read More