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Researchers warn hackers could turn off medical implants

Security researchers have warned that some medical implants contain flaws that could prove fatal if exploited by attackers. The implants can communicate data to devices outside the body and accept commands in return, letting hackers turn them off.

Privacy warning over caller ID apps that upload your contacts

Concerns have been raised over the privacy afforded by caller ID apps such as Truecaller and CM Security. The apps are storing the details of billions of people in publicly searchable databases. People who have never used an app are also affected.

Microsoft now sharing Windows 10 telemetry data with third party

Microsoft has begun to share telemetry data collected from computers running Windows 10 with a third-party company, according to reports today. Security firm FireEye will have access to data from "every" Windows 10 device as part of a new partnership.

Hackers could turn your headphones into a mic that spies on you

Security researchers have demonstrated how a pair of headphones could be turned into a microphone and used to snoop on conversations. In testing, the system proved to be as effective as a regular unpowered microphone connected to a PC.

Google hands Pixel phone resellers a 'digital death sentence'

Google has handed some of its users a "digital death sentence" for attempting to resell their Pixel phones and create a profit. Individuals have been exploiting a tax loophole to make money. Google has responded by blocking access to all its services.

Budget Android phones caught sending texts back to China

Security contractors have discovered that some popular budget smartphones contain a backdoor that sends data to China. The weakness was added deliberately but it is not known why the data is being sent. The back door is present on U.S. handsets.

Shazam forced to backtrack over always-on Mac mic concerns

Shazam's Mac app never turns the microphone off, according to a security researcher who studied the program. While Shazam doesn't process audio while in the background, its lack of warning to users has caused a privacy scare. The app will be updated.

Google goes after Safe Browsing 'repeat offenders'

Google has announced it is rolling out an update to its Safe Browsing technology that will filter out "repeat offender" sites. The company said it had observed webpages using flaws in Safe Browsing's implementation to continue displaying harmful material.

U.K. schools break data protection laws by using spyware on PCs

Schools across the U.K. are failing to comply with data protection laws by installing specialist "classroom management" software on their computers. The findings were made after civil liberties group Big Brother Watch contacted 1,000 secondary schools.

Online criminals steal money from 20,000 Tesco Bank accounts

U.K. banking provider Tesco Bank has announced it has suspended all online transactions for its current account customers. The bank's chief executive confirmed criminals stole money from over 20,000 accounts over the weekend. It is currently unknown how.

Facebook bans car insurer from using data to calculate premiums

Facebook has blocked a U.K. car insurer's plans to use data from profiles on the social network to calculate premiums. The company pulled the app, created by insurer Admiral, with just hours before it was set to launch in a highly public campaign.

Big tech-media mergers raise fresh privacy concerns

Washington - They know how you browse the internet, your favorite TV shows and where you shop and travel.

Microsoft Windows could soon track everything you do on your PC

Microsoft has patented a technology that would see it almost continually spying on Windows users. The company's software would be constantly listening for "triggers" and sending data home. Microsoft thinks it would be beneficial to customers.

Microsoft told to compensate Windows 10 users with ruined PCs

Consumer rights group Which? has announced a public challenge to Microsoft over the launch of Windows 10. It called on the company to "take action" over a myriad of issues on the platform, suggesting it pay compensation to users.

Google causes controversy by removing encryption from Allo

Google has launched Allo, a new messaging app that's designed to allow you to express more emotions in text chats. Allo can integrate with Google Assistant to suggest message replies and take immediate action to messages like "sushi places nearby."

WhatsApp breaks its promise, starts sharing data with Facebook

WhatsApp is facing a huge backlash after breaking a promise it made two years ago. When it was bought by Facebook, it pledged not to share user data with its new parent. Now, it's reversed that policy and will soon share data to power ads.

Metropolitan Police told it must stop using Windows XP

London - London's Metropolitan Police has been warned to stop using Windows XP or risk citizens' security. The force still has over 27,000 PCs running the outdated operating system and is using taxpayers' money to pay Microsoft for important updates and patches.

Hulk Hogan verdict forces Gawker founder Denton into bankruptcy

New York - Gawker founder Nick Denton declared bankruptcy on Monday after a federal judge allowed collection efforts to begin on $140 million in damages the news website was found liable for in a lawsuit filed by professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.

Riffle is an online network that's more secure than Tor

Researchers at MIT have created a new online communications protocol that provides anonymity to users in the same way as Tor. Riffle could usurp Tor as the de facto solution for anonymous online communication as it's as much as 10 times faster.

EU and US launch controversial internet privacy deal

Brussels - The European Union on Tuesday launched a controversial deal with the United States aimed at curbing government spying on European citizens' personal internet data.

33 million Twitter accounts appear online but site wasn't hacked

A hacker has released a database containing around 33 million Twitter user credentials on the dark web. The nature of the data suggests Twitter itself has not been hacked. Instead, it has been assembled using malware to steal passwords.

Facebook might be monitoring everything you say using your phone

Facebook's mobile app could be continually recording your conversations with other people using your phone's microphone, an expert has claimed. The company is allegedly using the data to tailor advertisements to you based on your interests.

FBI chief sees better cyber cooperation from China

Washington - FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday he has seen some improvement in cooperation from China in fighting cybercrime following last year's bilateral agreement on the issue.

iOS update makes it obvious if your boss can monitor your phone

Apple has rolled out a new beta of iOS 9 to its developers, containing mostly bug fixes and general improvements. One new feature has been receiving attention as iOS now displays obvious alerts when a device is being monitored by a boss.

Brazil judge orders release of Facebook executive

S - A Brazilian judge ordered the release Wednesday of Facebook's vice president for Latin America, a day after he was arrested for refusing to hand over WhatsApp messages to the police investigating a drugs case.

Brazil arrests Facebook executive in row over police access to data

S - Brazilian police arrested the vice president of Facebook for Latin America on Tuesday after the social media giant refused access to data the authorities said was important to a criminal probe.

Data scientists, doctors learning to seek consent

People don’t mind sharing data when they can be partners in its management and application. That is the major takeaway from a recent study conducted by the Society for Participatory Medicine.

Report finds Microsoft Edge 'InPrivate' mode isn't private at all

An investigation into the internals of Microsoft's new Edge web browser has found its InPrivate mode is flawed and continues to store browsing data as normal. Outsiders could work out which sites were viewed with InPrivate, making it insecure.

Electronic Health Records: a gold rush for data thieves

The United States continues to present the largest market of “soft targets” for identity thieves. As security upgrades continue to roll out among America’s millions credit cards, identity thieves are taking the path of least resistance to stay busy

Windows 10 Update mystery solved: Microsoft forgot your privacy

Over the weekend, Microsoft abruptly pulled the Windows 10 November update and gave a minimal explanation that did nothing to curb the ensuing confusion. The update is now back with a full explanation: it could delete your privacy settings.
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