MyFitnessPal data breach exposes email addresses, passwords of 150M accounts

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Under Armour’s popular health and nutrition app and corresponding website MyFitnessPal was hit with a security breach in February that exposed the usernames, email addresses and passwords of about 150 million users, the company said on Thursday.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses Cambridge Analytica scandal

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Here’s how Zuckerberg says Facebook handled the situation with Cambridge Analytica and what the company plans to do next.

It’s been a few days since The New York Times released a report about Cambridge Analytica, a company that scooped up the data of more than 50 million Facebook users without their consent and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg now has something to say about what’s become a huge privacy scandal for the social network.

In a post on Facebook (of course), Zuckerberg outlined what the company says happened between 2007 and 2018.

In short:

  • 2007: Facebook launches a tool called Facebook Platform that let users log in to apps using Facebook — it also gave those apps access to certain user data and the data of their friends.
  • 2013: Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan creates a personality quiz. It gets installed by a bunch of people (~300,000).
    • Thanks to Facebook Platform, the personality quiz is able to gain access to the data of more than 50 million Facebook users.
  • 2014: Facebook limits the amount of data an app can gather.
    • Apps can’t collect data on a user’s friends unless their friends also uses the app.
    • Developers are required to get approval from Facebook before they can request sensitive user data.
  • 2015: Facebook learns that the researcher shared the data from his personality quiz with Cambridge Analytica.
    • Facebook bans Kogan’s app and demands that Kogan and Cambridge Analytica prove they deleted the user data. Zuckerberg says they proved it.
  • 2018: Facebook learns that Cambridge Analytica may not have deleted the data after all.
    • Facebook bans Cambridge Analytica from using its services.
    • Cambridge Analytica says they’ve deleted the data and agree to prove it.
    • Facebook hires a firm to perform a forensic audit, thereby confirming the data has been deleted.

Zuckerberg says the step Facebook took in 2014 to limit data collection was the most important, effective tool for combatting this level of data harvesting by third-party apps. He also outlined the next three steps the company plans to take:

First, we will investigate all apps that had access to large amounts of information before we changed our platform to dramatically reduce data access in 2014, and we will conduct a full audit of any app with suspicious activity. We will ban any developer from our platform that does not agree to a thorough audit. And if we find developers that misused personally identifiable information, we will ban them and tell everyone affected by those apps. That includes people whose data Kogan misused here as well.

Second, we will restrict developers’ data access even further to prevent other kinds of abuse. For example, we will remove developers’ access to your data if you haven’t used their app in 3 months. We will reduce the data you give an app when you sign in — to only your name, profile photo, and email address. We’ll require developers to not only get approval but also sign a contract in order to ask anyone for access to their posts or other private data. And we’ll have more changes to share in the next few days.

Third, we want to make sure you understand which apps you’ve allowed to access your data. In the next month, we will show everyone a tool at the top of your News Feed with the apps you’ve used and an easy way to revoke those apps’ permissions to your data. We already have a tool to do this in your privacy settings, and now we will put this tool at the top of your News Feed to make sure everyone sees it.

You can read the post in its entirety over on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page … if you haven’t already deleted your Facebook, anyway.


Do you think Facebook’s Three Big Steps are going to be enough to combat data harvesting? Are you still planning on deleting your Facebook? Going to keep it around for now? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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2018 Cyberthreat Defense Report Addresses Latest Ransomware Realities

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CyberEdge Group, a premier research and marketing firm serving the security industry’s top vendors, today announced immediate availability of its fifth annual Cyberthreat Defense Report.

New this year, the report found that 55 percent of responding organizations were compromised by ransomware in 2017, down from 61 percent in 2016.

However, respondents who were victimized by ransomware and who elected to pay the ransoms (customarily using Bitcoin) were asked if they successfully recovered their compromised data. Surprisingly, only half confirmed successful data recovery, while the other half acknowledged complete data loss.

With 1,200 IT security decision makers and practitioners participating from 17 countries, six continents, and 19 industries, CyberEdge’s Cyberthreat Defense Report is the most comprehensive study of security professionals’ perceptions in the industry. This study provides a 360-degree view of organizations’ security threats, current defenses, and planned investments.

“Got a coin? Flip it to see if you’ll get your data back after paying a ransom associated with ransomware. That’s just plain scary,” said Steve Piper, CEO of CyberEdge Group. “In 2017, 55 percent of our respondents’ organizations were victimized by ransomware. Of those victims that refused to pay the ransom (61 percent), the vast majority (87 percent) recovered their data from backups. This just underscores how important it is to incorporate a sensible data backup strategy as part of an organization’s cyberthreat defense strategy.”

“The 2018 Cyberthreat Defense Report is the result of one of the few independent surveys of security practitioners. While many leading vendors provide their own research of the cybersecurity space, it is important to supplement their findings and conclusions with unbiased research and analysis such as the Cyberthreat Defense Report,” said Richard Stiennon, chief research analyst at IT-Harvest. “The leveling off of the percent of respondents reporting breaches is a good sign, but at 77.2 percent, it is still very high and paints a picture of no end in sight for serious breaches in the coming years. I hope all security teams show this to their senior leadership.”

To check out the report, click here.

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Electra 1.0.3 addresses intermittent freezing issues on certain devices

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CoolStar’s Electra jailbreak tool for iOS 11.0-11.1.2 has been updated to version 1.0.3 on Sunday with bug fixes and improvements.

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ESRB addresses loot box controversy with ‘in-game purchases’ label

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Apple addresses iOS source code leak, says it appears to be tied to three-year-old software

 Earlier this week, iOS source code showed up on GitHub, raising concerns that hackers could find a way to comb the material for vulnerabilities. Apple has yet to confirm or deny the legitimacy of the posted material, but all signs point to it being the real deal — a fact seemingly confirmed by a DMCA takedown notice issued to the platform. Read More
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Twitter’s hilarious new ad addresses one of its biggest problems — that Twitter is too hard to use

Twitter launched two new digital ads with comedian Romesh Ranganathan.

Well-played, Twitter.

The social company came out with a new video ad on Wednesday that puts a pretty hilarious spin on one of Twitter’s biggest real-world problems — its product is too hard to use, especially for new users signing up for the first time.

The ad shows a distraught user — “Kenny G” — trying to create an account, before comedian Romesh Ranganathan arrives to talk him through the process as a kind of crisis negotiator.

It’s better if you just watch it. We’ll wait.

While the ad is funny, it’s also a reminder that even more than a decade after launch, Twitter is still trying to explain what it is to people.

“I don’t know what to do,” says Kenny G in the ad. “I don’t understand this.”

You’re not alone, Kenny G.

Explaining Twitter to the masses has been a serious obstacle for the company over the last few years. As a result, its user growth has virtually stalled.

Twitter has run other ads in the past to try and explain what Twitter is or how to use it, but they’ve been more serious.

This ad, along with a second one featuring Ranganathan teaching a distraught user how to search for things on Twitter, is running online in places like Pandora and Amazon in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

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Google Allo v24 prepares to start chats with Gmail addresses, continues work on camera effects and other UI enhancements [APK Teardown]

A new version of Allo is making the rounds, and again with an evening release on a Friday. So far, no new features have been uncovered in this update, but we’re still poking around for something to reveal itself. In the meantime, there’s plenty of material to examine under the microscope of a teardown. We can see that contacting people through their Google account may be coming soon. Allo’s upcoming camera effects are evolving as two old ones may have been removed, a new one turns up, and they’re all getting new icons.

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Tim Cook addresses tax reform, Russian Facebook ads, customer privacy, more in interview

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Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with NBC News’ Lester Holt on Wednesday to talk about issues affecting the modern tech industry landscape, from tax reform to concerns that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election through a wide-reaching social media campaign.
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DelivAir uses drones to deliver to people, not physical addresses

Drone deliveries — the impatient consumer's Holy Grail — have been in the pipeline for some time, and while Amazon is pioneering the cause, (although Rival 7-Eleven has completed nearly 100 aerial deliveries to date), its model is still somewhat en…
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