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Under Armour says 150 million MyFitnessPal accounts compromised in data breach

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Sportswear brand Under Armour announced today that its subsidiary MyFitnessPal was affected in a significant data beach, compromising as many as 150 million accounts. Account information involved in the breach includes user names, email addresses, and hashed passwords, but no financial information like credit card numbers or government or identifiers […]

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The UK might be kicked out of EU plans to build an alternative to GPS

The UK’s decision to part ways with the European Union has reached a new frontier: space. According to reports from The Financial Times, the EU is trying to exclude the UK from its €10 billion Galileo project; an ongoing plan to launch 30 satellites that will provide an alternative to the US-controlled global positioning system […]

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Lighthouse AI’s security camera knows who you are, and when you’re home

Camera maker Lighthouse AI, a Palo Alto-based startup founded by Google and Stanford alums, is in an interesting predicament. We live in a time when phrases like “machine learning” and “neural networks” are thrown around as buzzwords, used both earnestly to talk about the modest gains of self-learning software and strategically as the ambiguous special […]

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FCC chairman confirms plan to dissuade carriers from using Huawei and ZTE equipment

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Image FCC chairman Ajit Pai has just issued a statement that confirms last week’s report from The Wall Street Journal on a coming proposal meant to deter US carriers and wireless providers from purchasing gear made by China-based companies such as Huawei and ZTE. The proposal would “bar the use of […]

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Facebook’s security chief is leaving after clash over Russian misinformation

illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facebook’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos, will leave the company later this year, according to The New York Times. His departure reportedly comes as a result of disagreements over how to handle the spread of misinformation on the social network. As part of Stamos leaving, Facebook has reportedly […]

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Twitter’s chief information security officer is leaving the company

Twitter’s chief information security officer is leaving the company, sources familiar with the matter have told The Verge. Michael Coates, who joined the company in January 2015, is quitting to start his own company, sources said. Coates announced the move internally about three weeks ago, sources said, but had not announced the move externally. Twitter […]

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Finance sector is littered with vulns, and guess what – most can be resolved by patching

Security vulnerabilities across the finance sector have increased more than fivefold (418 per cent) in the last four years, according to a study by NCC Group. The most common high and medium-risk vulnerabilities were found in customer-facing web apps. NCC categorised vulnerabilities found in 168 financial services organisations using a number of different scanning methods. […]

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Vivaldi CEO Claims Google Retaliated for Privacy Criticism

Vivaldi CEO Jon von Tetzchner, the brains behind both the new Vivaldi browser and the early Opera browser, on Monday accused Google of retaliating against his company after he questioned its customer privacy practices. Vivaldi’s Google Adwords campaigns mysteriously were suspended just two days after von Tetzchner’s criticisms of Google’s handling of customer data appeared […]

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Global Cyberattack on Energy Sector Stokes Deep Fears

The hacker group known as “Dragonfly” is behind sophisticated wave of recent cyberattacks on the energy sectors of Europe and North America, Symantec reported Wednesday. The attacks could provide the group with the means to severely disrupt energy operations on both continents. Dragonfly launched a simililar campaign from 2011 to 2014, but it entered a […]

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Apache Mounts Strong Defense, Equifax Retreats

The Apache Software Foundation this weekend responded to accusations that the massive data breach Equifax disclosed last week resulted from a flaw in Apache’s open source code. One of the largest financial data breaches in U.S. history, it exposed names, addresses, Social Security Numbers, birth dates, driver’s license numbers and other sensitive information belonging to 143 million U.S. […]