Mozilla Testing New Default Opt-Out Setting for Firefox Telemetry Collection

Security - Posted On:2017-08-22 18:30:00 Source: bleepingcomputer

Mozilla engineers are discussing plans to change the way Firefox collects usage data (telemetry), and the organization is currently preparing to test an opt-out clause an opt-out clause so they could collect more data relevant to the browser's usage. [...]

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Mozilla Testing an Opt-Out System for Firefox Telemetry Collection

Security - Posted On:2017-08-22 18:15:01 Source: bleepingcomputer

Mozilla engineers are discussing plans to change the way Firefox collects usage data (telemetry), and the organization is currently preparing to test an opt-out clause an opt-out clause so they could collect more data relevant to the browser's usage. [...]

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Mozilla Testing an Opt-Out System for Telemetry Collection

Security - Posted On:2017-08-22 18:00:00 Source: bleepingcomputer

Mozilla engineers are discussing plans to change the way Firefox collects usage data (telemetry), and the organization is currently pondering the deployment of an opt-out clause so they could collect more data relevant to the browser's usage. [...]

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AccuWeather iOS App Sends Location Data to Advertising Partner

Security - Posted On:2017-08-22 10:29:58 Source: bleepingcomputer

Will Strafach, an independent security researcher, has discovered over the weekend that the AccuWeather iOS app sends location information to a data monetization firm named Reveal Mobile. [...]

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Brian Krebs Fan Creates New Cryptocurrency Miner for Linux Devices

Security - Posted On:2017-08-22 08:44:59 Source: bleepingcomputer

A malware author has created a new cryptocurrency miner that infects Linux devices that use open or default Telnet credentials. [...]

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Chinese Advertising SDK Caught Stealing Data From Android Devices

Security - Posted On:2017-08-22 06:29:59 Source: bleepingcomputer

An advertising software development kit (SDK) embedded in many legitimate apps has been secretly siphoning user data and sending it to the servers of a Chinese company. [...]

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Cryptocurrency Miner Infects Windows PCs via EternalBlue and WMI

Security - Posted On:2017-08-22 02:44:59 Source: bleepingcomputer

A new malware family detected under the name of CoinMiner is causing users and security firms alike loads of problems, being hard to stop or detect due to the combination of various unique features. [...]

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Ad Trackers on E-Commerce Sites Can Unmask Bitcoin Transactions

Security - Posted On:2017-08-22 00:30:00 Source: bleepingcomputer

Research published last week reveals that cookies and other data collected by ad trackers on e-commerce sites can be used to de-anonymize Bitcoin transactions. [...]

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Google Releases Android 8.0 Oreo

Security - Posted On:2017-08-21 18:15:00 Source: bleepingcomputer

Google has started the rollout process for the Android 8.0 mobile operating system, which in classic Google fashion will take the name of a sweet food, and it will be Oreo. [...]

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Online Extortion Campaigns Target Users, Companies, Security Researchers

Security - Posted On:2017-08-21 09:44:58 Source: bleepingcomputer

During the past week, there has been a sudden surge in online extortion campaigns, against regular users and security researchers alike. [...]

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Hacker Steals $475,000 Worth of Ethereum After Breaching Enigma Project

Security - Posted On:2017-08-21 06:59:59 Source: bleepingcomputer

An unidentified hacker (or hackers) has taken control of the Enigma Project website, Slack channel, and mailing list, and tricked users into sending funds to a wrong Ethereum account. [...]

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US Army Will Implement Keystroke-Tracking Biometrics Authentication System

Security - Posted On:2017-08-21 05:29:58 Source: bleepingcomputer

The US Department of Defense (DOD) is slowly adopting a biometrics-based system as a possible replacement for its classic card-based access and authentication solution. [...]

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Plex Updates Privacy Policy So Users Can't Opt out of Data Collection

Security - Posted On:2017-08-21 00:44:59 Source: bleepingcomputer

Plex, a popular supplier of multimedia streaming solutions, has updated its privacy policy and has removed the possibility that users could opt out of the company's data collection practices. [...]

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Chrome Adds Warning for When Extensions Take Over Your Internet Connection

Security - Posted On:2017-08-20 03:15:00 Source: bleepingcomputer

Google engineers have added two neat features to the Chrome browser that will alert users of extensions that hijack proxy settings or the new tab page. [...]

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Oracle Wants to Give Java EE to the Open-Source Community

Security - Posted On:2017-08-19 18:45:00 Source: bleepingcomputer

Oracle said this week it plans to transfer management of the Java EE project to an open-source foundation, such as Apache or Eclipse. [...]

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Couple Accused of Using Lowes Website Flaw to Steal Expensive Goods

Security - Posted On:2017-08-19 05:14:58 Source: bleepingcomputer

A couple from the Brick Township in New Jersey stands accused of using a flaw in the Lowes online portal to receive goods for free at their home. [...]

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Google Algorithm Removes Watermarks From Stock Photos

Security - Posted On:2017-08-19 02:15:00 Source: bleepingcomputer

Four Google researchers have uncovered a vulnerability in the way stock photography websites apply watermarks on their image portfolios. [...]

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Researchers Win $100,000 for New Spear-Phishing Detection Method

Security - Posted On:2017-08-18 18:15:01 Source: bleepingcomputer

Facebook has awarded this year's Internet Defense Prize worth $100,000 to a team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, who came up with a new method of detecting spear-phishing attacks in closely monitored enterprise networks. [...]

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Secret Chips Can Be Hidden in Replacement Parts to Spy and Take Over Smartphones

Security - Posted On:2017-08-18 14:15:03 Source: bleepingcomputer

At a recently concluded security conference, experts from an Israeli university have presented new research that describes a possible attack scenario which leverages replacement parts to carry out attacks on smartphones and other smart devices. [...]

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The Week in Ransomware - August 18th 2017 - SyncCrypt, GlobeImposter, & Locky

Security - Posted On:2017-08-18 12:30:02 Source: bleepingcomputer

While the week was dominated by small little ransomware creations, we did have some interesting news. First, we have had a resurgence of Locky variants, then a constant stream of GlobeImposter variants variants, and finally the SynCrypt ransomware that utilizes an interesting distribution method. [...]

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