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Cell interceptors detected around Washington DC

International mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) devices are used to spoof cell phone towers allowing the interception of text messages and phone calls. The most well known IMSI device is the Stingray which is what police departments use for surveillance. The existence of Stingrays was denied for years and companies that produced them are under non-disclosure agreements to protect the identity of purchasers.

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150 million user records stolen from MyFitnessPal

Myfitnesspal, owned by Under Armour, is a calorie counter system that helps people lose weight. On March 25th, 2018 MyFitnessPal “became aware” that there was unauthorized acquisition of user data. Typically, “made aware” statements are indicative of a third party finding user data somewhere on the Internet but could include the result of an audit or malicious communication being detected. The user data that was obtained by the attackers include usernames, email addresses, and passwords hashed with bcrypt.…

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Florida Virtual School was hacked 2 years ago

“Florida Virtual School (FLVS) recently learned of a potential data security incident involving certain information provided to us by students and parents. We are providing this notice as a precaution to inform potentially affected individuals about the incident and to call your attention to some steps you can take to help protect yourself. We sincerely regret any concern this may cause you.” Florida Virtual School was hacked two years, but they only “learned” about the…

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Banks are trying to weaken a new security protocol

The technology industry and financial industry aren’t seeing eye to eye on the new security protocol TLS 1.3. The most recent implementation that is deployed is TLS 1.2 that was released in 2008, so an update to the TLS specification is due for an update. TLS stands for Transport Layer Security and encrypts the data that is transferred between you and whichever web server you have requested a website from and is used for virtual private…

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Geek Squad doubles as FBI informant

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit last year to get more information on the ties between the FBI and Best Buy’s Geek Squad. It turns out that Geek Squad doubles as an FBI informant. The lawsuit was started after a California doctor was prosecuted for possessing child pornography and the doctor revealed that the FBI found out about the photos from Geek Squad in a Best Buy in…

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