Looking back at the first six months of 2018, there haven't been as many government leaks and global ransomware attacks as there were by this time last year, but that's pretty much where the good news ends. Corporate security isn't getting better fast enough, critical infrastructure security hangs in the balance, and state-backed hackers from around the
CS Digest Section: Data Security
Timehop has disclosed a security breach that has compromised the personal data (names and emails) of 21 million users (essentially its entire user base). Around a fifth of the affected users - or 4.7M - have also had a phone number that was attached to their account breached in the attack.
Online investigations outfit Bellingcat has found that fitness tracking kit-maker Polar reveals both the identity and daily activity of its users - including soldiers and spies.
Three-quarters of malware samples uploaded to "no-distribute scanners" are never shared on "multiscanners" like VirusTotal, and hence, they remain unknown to security firms and researchers for longer periods of time.
New versions of the SamSam ransomware will not execute unless the person running the malware's payload enters a special password via the command-line.
Facebook has responded to a New York Times story that raises privacy concerns about the company's device-integrated APIs, saying that it "disagree[s] with the issues they've raised about these APIs."
For a period of four days in May, about 14 million Facebook users around the world had their default sharing setting for all new posts set to public, the company revealed Thursday.
Digital IDs should be brought in to end online anonymity that permits "mob rule" and lawlessness online, the security minister has said.
The data breach of the ticket and event company Ticketfly exposed the email addresses and other personal data of more than 26 million people, according to an analysis by Troy Hunt, of HaveIBeenPwned.com.
A bug in Comcast's website used to activate Xfinity routers can return sensitive information on the company's customers.