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 […]

Facebook “weaponized“ user data, app developer’s new lawsuit claims

Enlarge / Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg departs after testifying before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018, in Washington, DC. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images) In recent weeks, a dust-up between the maker of a forgotten Facebook bikini app and […]

Facebook pondered, for a time, selling access to user data

Enlarge / Facebook co-founder, Chairman, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018, in Washington, DC. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) A failure to adequately redact a public court document from February 2017 shows that, back in 2012, […]

Hack on 8 adult websites exposes oodles of intimate user data

Enlarge / One of the hacked websites, wifelovers.com, as it appeared on October 12. (credit: Internet Archive) A recent hack of eight poorly secured adult websites has exposed megabytes of personal data that could be damaging to the people who shared pictures and other highly intimate information on the online message boards. Included in the […]

iOS 12.0.1 arrives with fixes for a couple of early user complaints

Enlarge / iOS 12 on an iPhone X. (credit: Samuel Axon) Today, Apple released a minor update to iOS 12. iOS 12.0.1 fixes a handful of early bugs users faced with September 17’s major release, most notably problems with WiFi connectivity and charging on new iPhones. Some users of the newly released iPhone XS and […]

OnePlus ignores its own user polling, removes headphone jack on OnePlus 6T

给江小夏的第一千零一封信 OnePlus is working on a followup to the OnePlus 6, the OnePlus 6T. The company’s latest smartphone should launch sometime in October, and until then we’re getting a slow, continual drip of information on the device. The latest news is not so great. The company has revealed that it’s dumping the headphone jack on […]

Dozens of iOS apps surreptitiously share user location data with tracking firms

Enlarge (credit: Mongkol Chuewong, GettyImages) During preparation for a workshop at DEF CON in August on locating privacy leaks in network traffic, we discovered a number of applications on both iOS and Android that were broadcasting precise location data back to the applications’ developers—in some cases in unencrypted formats. Research released late Friday by Sudo […]

Netflix originals were receiving increasingly bad user reviews when the company decided to kill the feature

Netflix Netflix ended its user reviews feature earlier this summer, citing “declining using over time.”  But according to data compiled by Cordcutting.com, Netflix originals had also seen a steady year-over-year decline in user-rating scores, well before the company decided to bring its user reviews to an end.    Netflix announced in July that it would phase […]

Tor Browser 8.0 arrives with new user onboarding, improved bridge fetching, and better language support

The Tor Project today released Tor Browser 8.0 with a new user onboarding experience, an updated landing page, additional language support, and new behaviors for bridge fetching, displaying a circuit, and visiting .onion sites. You can download the latest version from the project page and the distribution directory. Tor offers anonymous communicati…Read More

Questions are being raised about Facebook’s decision to give a Russian internet company temporary special access to its user data (FB)

Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize Facebook acknowledged that it gave Mail.Ru special access to user data after 2015, when it officially ended the system that allowed third-party apps to access user data. Mail.Ru was among dozens of companies that were granted special temporary access to Facebook user data. Mail.Ru has ties to the Kremlin, […]