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Kushner Used WhatsApp, a Very Bad Database Leak, and More Security News This Week

March 23rd, 2019
Jared and Ivanka used private messaging against the rules, and more security news this week.

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FEMA Leaked Data From 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors

March 23rd, 2019
The Homeland Security Department inspector general released a damning report about FEMA's inability to safeguard the personal info of the people it helped.

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The Mueller Report Is Here, Apple’s Big Event, and More News

March 22nd, 2019
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The Mueller Report Is Done. Now Comes the Hard Part

March 22nd, 2019
Special counsel Robert Mueller finished his investigation into the 2016 presidential election Friday.

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Utah Just Became a Leader in Digital Privacy

March 22nd, 2019
Opinion: Utah legislators recently voted to pass landmark legislation in support of a new privacy law. Statehouses across the country should take notes.

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Your Facebook Password Isn’t Safe. Neither Is Your Android Phone

March 22nd, 2019
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Facebook Stored Millions of Passwords in Plaintext—Change Yours Now

March 21st, 2019
Facebook has disclosed that it stored hundreds of millions of user passwords in plaintext, where employees could search them.

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Microsoft ships antivirus for macOS as Windows Defender becomes Microsoft Defender

March 21st, 2019

Microsoft is bringing its Windows Defender anti-malware application to macOS—and more platforms in the future—as it expands the reach of its Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) platform. To reflect the new cross-platform nature, the suite is also being renamed to Microsoft Defender ATP, with the individual clients being labelled "for Mac" or "for Windows."

Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac will initially focus on traditional signature-based malware scanning.

Microsoft Defender ATP for Mac will initially focus on traditional signature-based malware scanning.

macOS malware is still something of a rarity, but it's not completely unheard of. Ransomware for the platform was found in 2016, and in-the-wild outbreaks of other malicious software continue to be found. Apple has integrated some malware protection into macOS, but we've heard from developers on the platform that Mac users aren't always very good at keeping their systems on the latest point release. This situation is particularly acute in corporate environments; while Windows has a range of tools to ensure that systems are kept up-to-date and alert administrators if they fall behind, a similar ecosystem hasn't been developed for macOS.

One would hope that Defender for Mac will also trap Windows malware to prevent Mac users from spreading malware to their Windows colleagues.

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Researchers Built an ‘Online Lie Detector.’ Honestly, That Could Be a Problem

March 21st, 2019
Critics point out serious flaws in a study promising an "online polygraph," with potential to create deep biases.

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In the Face of Danger, We’re Turning to Surveillance

March 21st, 2019
From the Rose Bowl to upstate New York, people are turning to surveillance systems in the face America’s inability to meaningfully address gun violence.

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