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OpenAI built a text generator so good, it’s considered too dangerous to release

A storm is brewing over a new language model, built by non-profit artificial intelligence research company OpenAI, which it says is so good at generating convincing, well-written text that it’s worried about potential abuse. → Read More

ClassPass, Gfycat, StreetEasy hit in latest round of mass site hacks

In just a week, a single seller put close to 750 million records from 24 hacked sites up for sale. Now, the hacker has struck again. → Read More

Marriott now lets you check if you’re a victim of the Starwood hack

Hotel chain giant Marriott will now let you check if you’re a victim of the Starwood hack. → Read More

Even years later, Twitter doesn’t delete your direct messages

When does “delete” really mean delete? Not always or even at all if you’re Twitter . → Read More

Hacker who stole 620 million records strikes again, stealing 127 million more

A hacker who stole close to 620 million user records from 16 websites has stolen another 127 million records from 8 more websites, TechCrunch has learned. → Read More

Reddit says government data requests more than doubled in 2018

Reddit has said the number of government requests for user data has more than doubled in 2018 than on the previous year. → Read More

DOJ charges former US Air Force officer with spying for Iran

Prosecutors have brought charges against a former Air Force officer for allegedly spying for Iran, the Justice Department confirmed Wednesday. → Read More

Amazon buys Eero: What does that mean for privacy?

In case you hadn’t seen, Amazon is buying router maker Eero. And in case you hadn’t heard, people are pretty angry. → Read More

Lenovo Watch X was riddled with security bugs, researcher says

Lenovo’s Watch X was widely panned as “absolutely terrible.” As it turns out, so was its security. The low-end $50 smart watch was one of Lenovo’s cheapest smart watches. → Read More

Users complain of account hacks, but OkCupid denies a data breach

It’s bad enough that dating sites are a pit of exaggerations and inevitable disappointment, they’re also a hot target for hackers. → Read More

Thousands of industrial refrigerators can be remotely defrosted, thanks to default passwords

Security researchers have found thousands of exposed internet-connected industrial refrigerators that can be easily remotely instructed to defrost. More than 7,000 vulnerable temperature controlled systems, manufactured by U.K. → Read More

Apple is forcing apps to remove screen recording code

Apple is telling app developers to remove code that allows them to effectively record how a user interacts with their iPhone apps — or face removal from the company’s app store, TechCrunch can confirm. → Read More

Apple rolls out software fix for Group FaceTime eavesdrop bug

Apple has pushed iOS 12.1.4 to iPhone and iPad users, fixing a security bug that allowed users to eavesdrop on people before accepting a FaceTime call. → Read More

Segmented security startup Illumio raises $65M in Series E round

Illumio has raised $65 million in its latest round of funding led by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, the security startup has confirmed. → Read More

Many popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking

Many major companies, like Air Canada, Hollister and Expedia, are recording every tap and swipe you make on their iPhone apps. In most cases you won’t even realize it — or ask for permission. → Read More

Justice Department: No evidence of vote hacking during 2018 election

There is “no evidence to date” that any foreign government had a material impact on voting machines or infrastructure during the 2018 midterm elections, according to a new classified report sent to the president. → Read More

Bots are cheap and effective. One startup trolls them into going away

Bots are ruining the internet. When they’re not pummeling a website with usernames and passwords from a long list of stolen credentials, they’re scraping the price of hotels or train tickets and odds from betting sites to get the best data. Or, they’re just trying to knock a websi… → Read More

Everything you need to know about Facebook, Google’s app scandal

Facebook and Google landed in hot water with Apple this week after two investigations by TechCrunch revealed the misuse of internal-only certificates — leading to their revocation, which led to a day of downtime at the two tech giants. → Read More

Apple fixes FaceTime eavesdrop bug, with software update incoming

Four days after Apple pulled its new Group FaceTime feature offline after users found they could eavesdrop on people before they accept your call, the company says it’s fixed the bug on its end. → Read More

Indian state government leaks thousands of Aadhaar numbers

A lapse in security has led to the leaking of over a hundred thousand Aadhaar numbers, TechCrunch can reveal. → Read More