Anita Sarkeesian talks about exposing gaming’s most toxic trends with sheer data

Enlarge / In isolation, the “leather daddy” enemies in Sega’s Bare Knuckle 3 (the Japanese version of Streets of Rage 3) could strike you as either offensive or harmless. But these “queer coded” enemies speak to a larger trend, and Feminist Frequency’s latest video series explores this fact with a deep, data-driven dive into the […]

500px reveals 2018 breach that exposed user data

Photo-sharing platform 500px has revealed that it suffered a security breach that exposed its users’ data and profile information. While the company’s engineers have only just discovered the unauthorized entry, it actually happened way back on July 5th, 2018 — just a few days after the company closed its in-house Marketplace that helped photographers sell […]

Indecent disclosure: Gay dating app left “private” images, data exposed to web

Enlarge / The Jack’d dating app allowed men to upload “private” photos–but stored them open to public viewing, the same as the rest. Amazon Web Services’ Simple Storage Service powers countless numbers of web and mobile applications. Unfortunately, many of the developers who build those applications do not adequately secure their S3 data stores, leaving […]

Hitman convicted thanks to fitness watch location data

An alleged hitman has learned hard lessons about the the value of GPS data on fitness watches. A Liverpool jury has found Mark Fellows guilty of the 2015 murder of mob boss Paul Massey in part thanks to location info from the accused’s Garmin Forerunner. An expert inspecting the watch’s info discovered that Fellows had […]

Massive data leak affects hundreds of German politicians

A number of German politicians have been the target of a massive data leak, one that contains extensive amounts of information. The data in question includes email addresses, private correspondence, passwords, phone numbers, work emails and photos, among other information, and those affected reportedly include journalists and celebrities as well as politicians. According to multiple […]

Hackers steal personal data from 997 North Korean defectors

Hackers just caused grief for North Korean defectors. South Korea’s Unification Ministry has revealed that attackers stole the personal data of 997 defectors, including their names and addresses. The breach came after a staff member at the Hana Foundation, which helps settle northerners, unwittingly opened email with malware. The defectors’ data is normally supposed to […]