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Quest Diagnostics Says Personal Health Information of 34,000 Customers Hacked

Yes, another large medical company is leaking data about its customers. The Madison, New Jersey-based company says “an unauthorized third party” on Nov. 26 gained access to customer information including names, dates of birth, lab results and in some instances, telephone numbers. The stolen data did not include Social Security numbers, credit card accounts, insurance details or any other financial information. Quest said Monday it is working with a cybersecurity […]

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Wendy’s Says More Than 1,000 Restaurants Affected By Hack

If you ate recently at Wendy’s and paid by a credit or debit card, you have two problems: (1.) your choice of diet is shortening your life expectancy and (2.) your card number, name, expiration date and the codes on the card may have been stolen by hackers. Some of the stolen card numbers have used to make fraudulent purchases at other stores. Details may be found in ABC News […]

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Senate Rejects “Hatchet to Americans’ Privacy” — But Threat Remains

Civil liberties groups are urging lawmakers to “abandon this misguided effort” to address national security concerns in the wake of the Orlando shooting. The U.S. Senate on Wednesday failed to pass a bill that would have dramatically expanded the FBI’s warrantless surveillance powers, but the fight is not over as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may call for a second vote on the proposed legislation. For background information, see the […]

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Convert an old Android Device into a sophisticated Home Security Camera and Motion Detector

You can convert an old Android device into a home security camera and motion detector with the SalientEye Home Security Alarm. Even an old Amazon Kindle Fire 7 can work well to protect your home. Don’t have an old the Amazon Kindle Fire 7? You can purchase a new one for $49.99 at That’s much cheaper than a normal security camera and it works better than any other $50 […]

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Pennsylvania Makes Millions Selling Residents’ Driver Records

If you have a Pennsylvania driver’s license, you should be aware that the state is selling your personal information to anyone who wants it and is also making a lot of money in the process. The information that has been sold to more than 32,000 recipients (!) including car dealerships, insurance companies, and credit agencies. The information sold includes names, addresses and driver histories. You can learn more in the NBC10 […]

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Privacy International Unleashes Huge Dump of Dirt on GCHQ Surveillance

Interesting article in The Inquirer: PRESSURE AND RIGHTS GROUP Privacy International has released a huge whack of documents rammed with dirt on GCHQ and its habit of grabbing personal information and communications. The documents show that successive home secretaries have allowed this to carry on since at least 2005. The Privacy International report said that the documents go back to 1998, and include details and memorandums about a range of […]

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