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October 1, 2019
Robert Hackett / Fortune

Robert Hackett / Fortune  
Password-Killing Mobile Authentication Software Start-Up HYPR Raises $18.3 Million From Comcast, Mastercard, Samsung, Others in Series B Funding Round

HYPR, a New York City-based tech startup that sells authentication software to Mastercard, Aetna, Rakuten, and T-Mobile, has raised $18.3 million in a Series B funding round led by the venture capital arm of Comcast, Comcast Ventures, with Mastercard and Samsung also participating as investors in the round. They were joined by VC firms .406 Ventures, RRE Ventures, Triphammer Ventures, and investment bank Allen & Co. HYPR’s technology aims to kill passwords on mobile phones by using private cryptographic keys stored on the devices, allowing logins to take place by tapping a key.

October 10, 2019
Jack Nicas / New York Times

Jack Nicas / New York Times  
Apple Caves to Chinese State Criticism and Pulls App That Allowed Hong Kong Protesters to Track Police

In a move among several recent developments that shows the power of the Chinese state to dictate policies by American companies, Apple removed an app,, from its app store that enabled protesters in Hong Kong to track the police, a day after facing intense criticism from Chinese state media for it. Apple’s removal of the app followed an editorial by the People’s Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, that accused Apple of aiding “rioters” in Hong Kong. Apple said it verified with the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau that the app has been used to target and ambush police, threaten public safety, and criminals have used it to victimize residents in areas where they know there is no law enforcement.

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The Next Web : Apple bans app that warns Hong Kong citizens about police activity, again
Reuters : Apple pulls police-tracking app used by Hong Kong protestors after consulting authorities
Forbes : Apple Removes App Used To Track Hong Kong Police After Pressure From China
ZDNet Security: Apple pulls from app store : Apple bans app after China threat
Apple Insider : Apple again pulls police monitoring app from Hong Kong app store
Newsweek: What is HKmap? Apple’s Removal of App Used by Hong Kong Protesters is ‘Political Decision to Suppress Freedom,’ Devs Say
Israel National News : Apple withdraws Hong Kong police-tracking app
South China Morning Post: Swedish tech firm Yubico hands Hong Kong protesters free security keys amid fears over police tactics online
The Korea Times News: Swedish firm gives Hong Kong protesters security keys amid police hacking fear
Hong Kong Free Press HKFP: ‘You’re not alone’: Hong Kong activists united over raising awareness about gender-based violence
POLITICO: U.S. passing Hong Kong human rights and democracy act will ‘punish the wrong people,’ says ex-Trump envoy
Financial Times: Apple pulls Hong Kong map used by protesters from App Store
iMore : Hong Kong mapping app removed from App Store
Daring Fireball: Apple Removes From App Store
Fortune: Apple Removes Hong Kong Protest Map From App Store The Day After Beijing Complains
Security, Privacy & Tech Inquiries: Censorship-resilient apps with Progressive Web Applications
EJ Insight: Apple pulls HK police-tracking app after China criticism
The New Daily: Apple removes Hong Kong police tracker app
RT News: Apple removes app that Hong Kong protesters used to track police movements following vandalism, attacks on officers Local: Apple pulls HK protester app after Beijing warning
WRAL Tech Wire: Apple drops Hong Kong activists app; Huawei may be able to buy some US goods
MacRumors: Apple Pulls Hong Kong Protest App From App Store Following Chinese Criticism
TechCrunch: Apple pulls HKmap from App Store, the day after Chinese state media criticized its “unwise and reckless decision” to approve it
Tech Insider: China’s grip on Apple tightens as it boots a Hong Kong police-tracking app and news app Quartz
iPhone Hacks: Tim Cook Explains Why Apple Removed the Controversial Hong Kong Protest App
MacRumors: Tim Cook Defends Removal of Hong Kong Mapping App From App Store in Leaked Memo
Silicon Republic: Apple accused of bowing to political pressure amid Hong Kong app removal
Tech Insider: Hong Kong lawmaker who relied on the banned HKMap Live app warns Apple from becoming an ‘accomplice for Chinese censorship’
Z6 Mag: Apple CEO Tim Cook justifies removal of Hong Kong maps app from App Store
Global Voices: Google removes Hong Kong protester role-playing game from its Play Store
Reuters : Apple pulls app used to track Hong Kong police, Cook defends move
Fortune: Apple CEO Tim Cook Defends Decision to Drop Hong Kong Protest Map From App Store After China Complaint
iMore: Read Charles Mok’s open letter to Tim Cook about Hong Kong
Tech Insider: Hong Kong lawmaker who relied on the banned HKMap Live app warns Apple from becoming an ‘accomplice for Chinese censorship’
WRAL Tech Wire: Tim Cook’s choice: Apple kowtows to China or face punishing costs
Fortune: Apple CEO Tim Cook Defends Decision to Drop Hong Kong Protest Map From App Store After China Complaint
Z6 Mag: Apple CEO Tim Cook justifies removal of Hong Kong maps app from App Store
BBC News : Few convinced by Apple’s case for Hong Kong app removal – BBC News
CRN : Apple criticised for pulling app that tracks Hong Kong police
NDTV : Apple Removes Quartz News App From China App Store Over Hong Kong Protest Coverage
Telegraph : Fury as Apple pulls US news app Quartz from China ‘over Hong Kong coverage’
Quartz: Tim Cook doesn’t seem to know how the Hong Kong app Apple removed actually works
Naked Security: Apple removes app that tracks Hong Kong police and protestors
EFF: China’s Global Reach: Surveillance and Censorship Beyond the Great Firewall
Threatpost: China’s Sway Over Tech Companies Tested with Apple, Blizzard

@juhasaarinen: Apple pulls from app store via @ZDNet & @dobes
@Pinboard: This is important. Note the hypothetical language used here by Hong Kong police—they contacted "several app stores" (presumably including Apple) with the complaint that @hkmaplive "could leak the officers' whereabouts, which could facilitate the criminals to ambush our officers."
@thegrugq: This pure information warfare attack surface is brilliant. Blizzard punished a player for being pro Hong Kong. Players are attempting to get Blizzard games banned by Chinese censors. Winnie the Pooh is already censored due to memes about Xi, so this isn’t too unrealistic a goal.
@jpwarren: I am doubling my order of @Yubico keys and telling everyone I know to do the same, because of their principled stance on Hong Kong. And so should you. Please RT.
@jeffstone500: Censorship is just the beginning. China is using powerful DDoS attacks to knock foreign websites offline, per @EFF @Mala. Recent victims include Telegram, a Hong Kong protest forum, and social media outside government control.

Natalia Drozdiak, Giles Turner, and Matt Day / Bloomberg

Natalia Drozdiak, Giles Turner, and Matt Day / Bloomberg  
Dozens of Amazon Workers in India and Romania Watch Customer-Submitted Cloud Cam Clips Including Rare Instance of People Having Sex

Dozens of Amazon workers based in India and Romania review select clips captured by the company’s Cloud Cam home security camera, according to five people who have worked on the program or have direct knowledge of it. The clips are then used to train the AI algorithms to do a better job distinguishing between a real threat and a false alarm. The video clips are voluntarily selected by users, and employee testers, for troubleshooting, and some of the clips are sensitive videos, such as rare instances of people having sex. At times, employees have shared sensitive video clips with others. Amazon said users could delete their sensitive clips at any time by visiting the Manage My Content and Devices page.

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July 30, 2019
Jordan Novet / CNBC

Jordan Novet / CNBC  
Microsoft Announces Acquisition of Data Governance and Privacy Company BlueTalon

Microsoft announced its acquisition of BlueTalon, a leading provider of data governance solutions which provide security and privacy to certain high-value data. BlueTalon’s technology works with a variety of systems for storing data, including Hadoop, Spark and PostgreSQL allowing its mostly Fortune 500 customers to run queries on sensitive data to make observations, while not revealing the actual underlying information. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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October 3, 2019
Ryan Mac, Joseph Bernstein / Buzzfeed News

Ryan Mac, Joseph Bernstein / Buzzfeed News  
U.S., UK and Australian Officials Will Ask Facebook CEO to Delay Plans for End-to-End Messaging Encryption, New Data Sharing Between U.S. and UK Law Enforcement Slated for Announcement

Attorney General Bill Barr, along with officials from the United Kingdom and Australia, will publish an open letter, dated October 4, to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, asking the company to delay plans for end-to-end encryption across its messaging services until it can guarantee the added privacy does not reduce public safety. The letter is slated to be released at the same time as an announcement of a new data-sharing agreement between law enforcement in the US and the UK. The other signatories to the letter include UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, US Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan, and Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton. The letter raises concerns that Facebook’s plan to build end-to-end encryption into its messaging apps will prevent law enforcement agencies from finding illegal activity conducted through Facebook, including child sexual exploitation, terrorism, and election meddling. It asks Facebook to let aw enforcement gain access to illegal content in a manageable format, and by consulting with governments ahead of time to ensure the changes will allow this access. Reuters separately reported that the new pact between the U.S. and the UK would fast track requests from law enforcement to technology companies for information about the communications of terrorists and child abusers.

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Reuters: Exclusive: U.S., UK to sign deal to get data faster from tech firms in security cases
New York Times: Barr Pushes Facebook for Access to WhatsApp Messages
Sydney Morning Herald : US, UK and Australia urge Facebook not to encrypt messages
Channel News Asia: US, allies urge Facebook not to encrypt messages as they fight child abuse, terrorism
Firstpost: U.S., allies urge Facebook not to encrypt messages as they fight child abuse, terrorism
BuzzFeed – Tech: “We are writing to request that Facebook does not proceed with its plan to implement end-to-end encryption across its messaging services without ensuring that there is no reduction to user safety.”
Engadget: DOJ will ask Facebook to halt end-to-end encryption plans
The Hill: Cybersecurity: Barr urging Facebook to halt plans for encrypted messages
CNBC: Here is AG Barr’s full letter to Facebook asking it not to make messages completely secret US, UK and Australia urge Facebook to halt plan to encrypt all user messages
Gizmodo: AG Bill Barr Is Reportedly Kicking Off a New Encryption War, With Facebook This Time
TechCrunch: Facebook is being leaned on by US, UK, Australia to ditch its end-to-end encryption expansion plan
Cyberscoop: U.S., UK, Australia to ask Facebook to delay message encryption
Columbia Journalism Review: What happens when Facebook confronts an existential threat?
Tech Insider: Attorney General William Barr will ask Facebook to delay its plans for a fully encrypted, auto-deleting messaging platform (FB)
POLITICO: U.S. and allies warn Zuckerberg on encryption plans
Vox: Facebook’s commitment to privacy is about to be tested
Fortune: AG Bill Barr, U.K., and Australian Justice Officials Want Facebook to Halt End-to-End Encryption Plan
Fortune: Facebook ‘Strongly Opposes’ Reported Letter by AG Barr That Will Ask Mark Zuckerberg to Delay Encrypting Its Apps
MSPoweruser: US DOJ pushes against end to end encryption in WhatsApp, Messenger
CNBC Technology: Here is AG Barr’s full letter to Facebook asking it not to make messages completely secret
Stars and Stripes: US authorities seek access to Facebook encrypted messaging
AP Breaking News: US authorities seek access to Facebook encrypted messaging
Slashdot: Attorney General Bill Barr Will Ask Zuckerberg To Halt Plans For End-To-End Encryption Across Facebook’s Apps
Techdirt: DOJ Using The FOSTA Playbook To Attack Encryption
The Guardian: US, UK and Australia urge Facebook to create backdoor access to encrypted messages
Justice Department: Attorney General Barr Signs Letter to Facebook From US, UK, and Australian Leaders Regarding Use of End-To-End Encryption
Justice Department: U.S. And UK Sign Landmark Cross-Border Data Access Agreement to Combat Criminals and Terrorists Online
Wall Street Journal: Barr Presses Facebook on Encryption, Setting Up Clash Over Privacy

@RMac18: Here's what Zuckerberg predicted about this fight back in July according to the leaked Facebook meeting audio obtained by @CaseyNewton
@RMac18: We were able to see a draft open letter from Bill Barr (and officials in the UK and Oz) to Mark Zuckerberg asking for Facebook to halt the roll out of e2e encryption across its apps. This may get ugly.
@mikeisaac: this barr encryption memo is a bfd
@alfredwkng: On a DoJ call, government official comments on the letter: "There are very significant concerns that law enforcement officials have if Facebook were to end-to-end encrypt all communications on its platforms"
@julianbarnes: Justice Department, backed by the UK, Australia, seeks backdoor to WhatsApp, Facebook encrypted messages. With @ktbenner @MikeIsaac
@teddyschleifer: Facebook statement on the Barr memo.
@ktbenner: AG Bill Barr and other SR officials in Australia and the UK call on Facebook to build a backdoor in WhatsApp for law enforcement/to halt a plan for end to end encryption across all FB properties
@Bing_Chris: The Barr letter to Facebook is a big deal. Government now openly discouraging proliferation of end-to-end encryption
@donie: US Attorney William Barr, as well as senior government officials from the UK and Australia, are formally asking Facebook give up on its plan to encrypt user messages across its platforms, @kevincollier reports
@willsommer: The press conference is being drowned by out by Chumbawamba. Jacob tells the security guard to remove a heckler, but the guard appears to refuse on the grounds that the man is on public property.
@kevincollier: UK official on this DOJ encryption call rn says we need to move on from the term "backdoor," though we still don't see a real way to have E2E and lawful access. These govs have been calling E2E "warrant-proof encryption."
@RMac18: We now have the full letter from Bill Barr and others to Mark Zuckerberg in our story.
@alfredwkng: A UK government official just referenced GCHQ's proposal for access to encrypted messages -- which Apple, Google, Microsoft and FB slammed in May.The pitch was: secretly add police into encrypted conversations, so they could view messages while hidden
@nytimes: Attorney General William Barr and his British and Australian counterparts are set to push Facebook for a back door to its end-to-end encryption on WhatsApp and other messaging platforms, which would give investigators access to now-secret communication
@BrendanBordelon: Hoo boy. AG Bill Barr is set to call on Facebook to delay encryption plans, and he's got backup from the UK and Australia. A new battle in the encryption wars looks dangerously close to kicking off.
@jank0: Also, isn't it a bit odd that Facebook would launch a new messaging app without end-to-end encryption half a year after Mark Zuckerberg wrote a 3000 word manifesto about encrypted messaging?
@snowden: Oh hey, turns out it's even worse; it's more than just #WhatsApp, it's all FB-owned messaging: "Attorney General William P. Barr is set to press @Facebook on Friday to create a so-called back door to its end-to-end encryption on WhatsApp ***AND OTHER MESSAGING PLATFORMS***"
@Bing_Chirs: Meh.. I think it’s different in style and substance. The overarching encryption fight is repetitive and cyclical, obviously. However, 3/5 five eyes writing a letter to Facebook asking them to abandon encryption plans feels different... no?
@zackwhittaker: A crypto reality check talk by @RonWyden on the USG's plan to backdoor WhatsApp.
@mattblaze: So about this “warrantless encryption” thing. We’ve been here before.The first time was way back in 1993, a time when the Internet was just starting to gain widespread traction and concerns about privacy and information security were on the cusp of entering the mainstream. 1/

August 24, 2017
Richard Chirgwin / The Register

Richard Chirgwin / The Register  
Two-Thirds of Fortune 500 Companies Haven’t Adopted Anti-Email Spoofing Tool DMARC

Two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies have yet to implement Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC), a primary specification in the the Internet Engineering Task Force’s domain-based message authentication tool RFC 7489, according to  cybersecurity company Agari’s latest DMARC Adoption Report. The rate of adoption of the anti-email spoofing measure was similar for companies in the UK’s FTSE 100 and even higher for Australian companies.

June 6, 2019
Ian Barker / BetaNews

Ian Barker / BetaNews  
Four in Ten Dark Web Vendors Sell Tailored Hacking Services Aimed at FTSE 100, Fortune 500 Businesses

Four in ten dark web vendors are selling targeted hacking services aimed at FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 businesses as the dark web increasingly becomes a haven for threats tailored to specific industries or organizations, applications containment company Bromium reports. The tailored hacking services for sale outnumber off-the-shelf kinds by a margin of two to one. The industries most frequently targeted by malware tools being traded on the dark web are banking (34%), e-commerce (20%), healthcare (15$), and education (12%). Phishing is still the top method of targeting specific industries or organizations and darknet vendors offer kits and tutorials on how to perfect phishing campaigns.

July 23, 2016

Ransomware Gang Claims It Was Hired by Fortune 500 Company to Harm Rivals

The customer support agent for ransomware known as Jigsaw told a representative of security company F-Secure that it had been hired by a Fortune 500 company to mess with the company’s competition.

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October 15, 2019
Clifford Colby / CNET

Clifford Colby / CNET  
Yahoo Users Can Now File a Claim As Part of Settlement For Series of Breaches Affecting More Than Three Billion Users

At the end of September, Yahoo announced that users with an account any time between  Jan.1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2016, who are also are a resident of the US or Israel, can file a claim for part of the $117,500,000 settlement fund for a series of breaches in 2012 and 2013 that affected for more than three billion Yahoo accounts. In those breaches, hackers were able to steal names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, passwords, and answers to security questions. Users can submit claims for credit monitoring and money, including at least two years of credit monitoring services provided by AllClearID,  a cash payment of $100  to a max of $358.80 for those users who already have credit monitoring depending on funds available after other benefit payouts, cash reimbursement up to $25,000 to cover out-of-pocket costs to address fraud and identity theft as a result of a breach, as well as compensation for up to 15 hours of time spent recovering from a breach. On top of that, users can request up to 25 percent of the amount paid for a premium Yahoo account or a Yahoo Small Business User email service, with a cap of $500 a year.

September 4, 2019
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch

Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch  
Exposed Server Found Online Containing More Than 419 Million Phone Numbers Linked to Facebook Accounts

An exposed server containing more than 419 million records of phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts was found online by Sanyam Jain, a security researcher and member of the GDI Foundation. Included in the hundreds of millions of records were 133 million records on U.S.-based Facebook users, 18 million records of users in the U.K., and another with more than 50 million records on users in Vietnam. Each record contained a user’s unique Facebook ID and the phone number listed on the account, with some of the records also including the user’s name, gender, and location by country. After Jain and TechCrunch were unable to locate the server’s owner, they contacted the web host and the database was pulled offline.

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The Hill: Cybersecurity: Report: Millions of Facebook users’ phone numbers found in unsecured database
Apple Insider : Phone numbers of nearly 420M Facebook users exposed online
MacDailyNews: Hundreds of millions of phone numbers from Facebook accounts leaked online
Cyber Kendra: Millions of Facebook Users Phone Number Leaked Online
The Mac Observer: Password-Less Sever Leaked Facebook IDs and Phone Numbers
Tech Insider: Phone numbers for as many as 419 million Facebook users were reportedly found sitting online in a file where anybody could have found them (FB)
MacRumors: Hundreds of Millions of Phone Numbers From Facebook Accounts Leaked Online
Fortune: Facebook and Google Met With U.S. Intelligence About Online Security for the 2020 Presidential Election
Futurism: Phone Numbers of 400M Facebook Users Were Publicly Available
CNET: Facebook users’ phone numbers exposed online
Japan Today: 400 mil Facebook users’ phone numbers exposed in privacy lapse: reports Over 400M Facebook Users’ Records Exposed Online
The Sun: Huge Facebook leak reveals phone numbers of 400MILLION users – including Brits
RT News: Facebook privacy breach: Hundreds of millions of users’ phone numbers exposed
Techradar: Over 400 million Facebook users’ phone numbers exposed online
NDTV Facebook Users’ Phone Numbers Exposed in Online Database, Nearly Half a Billion of Them: Report
The Guardian: Facebook confirms 419m users’ phone numbers exposed in latest privacy lapse
TechSpot: Facebook security breach exposed the phone numbers of over 400 million users
Slashdot: Senator: Mark Zuckerberg Should Face ‘the Possibility of a Prison Term’