Hackers May Have Retrieved the Names and Social Security Numbers of Florida Concealed Carry Weapon Owners

Hackers might have obtained the names of more than 16,000 people who have Florida concealed weapon permits, officials said. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Monday that it had discovered a data breach of an online payment system that processes payments for applications and permits.

The department warned that the breach might have revealed the Social Security numbers of 469 customers. The agency plans to offer free credit protection for a year to the affected individuals.

You can read more at: http://bit.ly/2qhqcHH.

The locked and loaded weapons won’t provide much protection against credit card thieves and other privacy-invading criminals.

Cyberattack Hits England’s National Health Service With Ransom Demands

Hospitals across England have been hit by a large-scale cyber-attack, the NHS has confirmed, which has locked staff out of their computers and forced many trusts to divert emergency patients.Hospitals across the country appear to have been simultaneously hit, with a pop-up message demanding a ransom in exchange for access to the PCs. NHS Digital said it was aware of the problem and would release more details soon. Details of patient records and appointment schedules, as well as internal phone lines and emails, have all been rendered inaccessible.

The problem appears to be limited to Windows PCs. Macintosh, Linux, and various mobile tablets appear to be unaffected.

Details may be found at: http://bit.ly/2pHzHjW.

Tim Berners-Lee calls Internet Privacy Rollback ‘Disgusting’

The inventor of the web isn’t happy about what’s happening to his baby. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the world wide web, has hit out at lawmakers rolling back internet privacy laws in the US. Speaking to The Guardian after receiving the Turing award (often described as the Nobel Prize of computing), Berners-Lee said politicians’ attitude toward the internet was “really appalling” and that users were in danger.

Details may be found at: http://bit.ly/2nYOBC9.

Trump Administration Considers Far-Reaching Steps for ‘Extreme Vetting’

Big Brother is getting bigger. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, visitors from other countries visiting the U.S. could be forced to reveal their mobile phone contacts, social media passwords and financial data. Travelers who want to enter the U.S. could even face questioning over their ideology.

You can read the article at http://on.wsj.com/2nIEaSo although a Wall Street Journal subscription is required.

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Facial Recognition Database used by the FBI is Out of Control

Yes, Big Brother is closely watching you, me, and everyone else, as if we didn’t know that already.

The House oversight committee claims the FBI’s facial recognition database is out of control, noting that “no federal law controls this technology” and “no court decision limits it.” At last week’s House oversight committee hearing, politicians and privacy campaigners presented several “damning facts” about the databases. “About 80% of photos in the FBI’s network are non-criminal entries, including pictures from driver’s licenses and passports,” reports The Guardian. “The algorithms used to identify matches are inaccurate about 15% of the time, and are most likely to misidentify black people than white people.”

Details are available on The Guardian at: http://bit.ly/2mN5iDi.

Banned in Germany: Kids’ Doll My Friend Cayla is Labeled an Espionage Device

my-friend-cayla“Cayla ist verboten in Deutschland,” says Jochen Homann, the president of Germany’s Federal Network Agency (the Bundessnetzagentur), announcing a ban on a doll called My Friend Cayla in Germany on Friday. His agency oversees electronic privacy as part of its telecommunications mandate; Homann also cites a special obligation to protect the privacy of children, calling them the most vulnerable members of society.

Details may be found at: https://goo.gl/rFKgwU.

Russian Cyberspies Blamed For US Election Hacks Are Now Targeting Macs

A Russian hacking group, known under different names including Fancy Bear, Pawn Storm, and APT28, participated in last year’s interference in the presidential election. The group has long been known for its advanced range of tools for penetrating Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux devices. Now, researchers have uncovered an equally sophisticated malware package the group used to compromise Macintosh systems.

It is believed the Russians infected Macs by exploiting a known vulnerability in the MacKeeper antivirus software, according to researchers from Palo Alto Networks who investigated the malware. The vulnerability allowed attackers to execute remote commands on a Mac when users visited specially crafted web pages.

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