Yahoo Revealed 2013 Data Breach Affected its 3BN Email Users

From the latest shared news reports online, search engine company Yahoo revealed that it is possible that the stolen email accounts back in 2013 caused by the data breach might be 3 times than what it has reported before.

Yahoo revealed on Tuesday that the affected email account holders are approximately three billion accounts, which it announced before that the estimated stolen e-mails are two billion.

The recent announcement of the parent company of Yahoo revealed that the announced affected email accounts back in 2013 might increased in their latest estimation. According from the news through Reuters, the search engine company said it is possible that the compromised emails affected its 3 billion users.

This estimation came out after the investigation about the data breach in 2013.

The popular search engine company said last year that over one million email accounts had been part of the breach, which they considered the biggest data breach problem worldwide in history.

From the statement of the company last December, it said that “names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (using MD5) and, in some cases, encrypted or encrypted security questions and answers.”

The investigation however failed to conclude if the hackers successfully acquired the payment card data, clear text or bank account passwords of the involved users.

On the other hand, Yahoo just recently announced that they already resolved the data breach problem last year after taking the necessary actions for them to provide the exact security to their valued users. Right after learning about the breach that time, they also required the users to immediately replace their password and use security questions to make sure nobody can access their registered accounts.

Verizon Communications is now the owner of Yahoo after its acquisition last June with the amount of $4.48 billion. It also revealed that they had been working with some forensic professionals in investigating the breach and likewise has “new intelligence” to make sure the same problem will not happen again, the news added.

Verizon had combined the popular search engine with AOL as a new company recognized as Oath.

Yahoo is continuously making an effort to notify the other two billion users about the problem, just like what it did from the initial one billion account holders.

 

From the statement of Chandra McMahon as detailed through Financial Times, said that Verizon the decision to invest in acquiring Yahoo means improving its security and so that they can provide better experience to all their valid users.

 

“We proactively work to ensure the safety and security of our users and networks in an evolving landscape of online threats,” said McMahon in her statement as quoted by rt.com.

McMahon is Verizon Communication’s chief information security officer.

Yahoo released its latest statement about the affected billions of users after the Congress grilled the former boss of Equifax, which is a popular credit reporting company that experienced a huge data breach few months ago. Equifax admitted that about 142 million of people in the United States are part of the breach and possible compromised their credit card information, Social Security numbers and other important data.

Equifax had been investigation about the issue to determine the exact hackers.

Last March, there is conducted internal investigation proving that the senior executives of the company failed to investigate or comprehend properly.

According to the filed regulatory through the Securities and Exchange Commission, it stated that “The information security team understood that the attacker had exfiltrated copies of user database backup files containing the personal data of Yahoo users but it is unclear whether…exfiltration was effectively communicated and understood outside the information security team.”

It is very important for Yahoo to explain its side further and appropriately because there are affected users who are revealing their worries about the real issue.

Privacy Advocate Reveals Hacking Issue Online, Involves Facebook Users

Due to the continuing issues about online privacy that affect millions of web users lately, social media network giant Facebook made a surprising decision that disagrees to the planned online privacy protection law.

According to the shared information online about the decision, the popular social media giant believe that the new law may prevent revealing information about the Russian interference during the US election due to the privacy laws. However, Facebook also made a decision about its willingness to coordinate with the investigating parties and to discuss about altering the setting of privacy.

Based on the observation of a privacy advocate Marc Rotenberg shared through fortune.com, it appears that the social media giant is not prepared to secure its millions of users, which is actually the responsibility of many companies. According to the advocate, it is important for companies to learn to disagree with the requests of some governing bodies in terms of collecting personal information.

It is as well necessary that they should have a concrete protection to whatever product they offer using the Internet.

Unfortunately, Facebook seems lack the right security for its users just like when it revealed about the hackers from Russia who interfered during the US Presidential election last year. From the point of view of the advocate who shared his thought online, the California-based social media network is not allowing its users to determine its business practices and this might not be favorable.

There are revealed news report that it is actually the intention of the hackers from Russia to intrude different social media networking websites and this gave them the opportunity to spread fake information online such us through Facebook, which the Office of Direction National Intelligence (ODNI) revealed few months ago.

However, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) made a decision to sue ODNI for releasing the complete report of January under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

According from the report through epic.org, EPIC wants the ODNI to provide the complete assessment regarding the interference of the hackers from Russia during the election in the United States last year. The filed legal case also indicates that the ODNI failed to provide the right decision about processing the FOIA request from EPIC immediately.

Based on the report also, the issue about the Russian interference is a serious one and bothers many US citizens because of privacy concern.

The reported information through Fortune believe that the Chief Executive Officer (CEOI) of the social media giant Nark Zuckerberg somehow is revealing interest to listen about the latest privacy issues. Just like his most recent announcement, he revealed about their plans in altering some of their promotional strategies or practices to improve its transparency to the users and provide clear political advertisement sources that run through Facebook.

 

Even though this kind of decision is a positive indication, it still needs to adhere to the existing guidelines in terms of selling political ads online. Unfortunately, the Internet remains under the control of Federal Elections Commission (FEC) in case the objective is to assure an accountable and fair election. The news report added that the Congress sent a letter to the FEC already to update the current advertisement laws that will not allow governments of other countries from utilizing the promotional platforms online in influencing the voters.

These certainly include platforms or social media networks like Facebook and Twitter.

With the continuing increase of internet frauds and privacy issues, it is very important for web-based companies to give the best protection to their valued users and consumers. Countless of abusive hackers and scammers out there are just waiting for the right time to steal personal data from their targeted victims such as in the United States and across the globe.

As for many social media users, it is advisable to become aware of the different issues that might compromise them and not just using the Internet without knowledge.

 

 

 

 

 

Latest IPhone X Face ID Feature, Not Easy to Hack and Access Says Apple  

Despite all the positive reviews and feedback about the newest Apple gadget known as the iPhone X, it appears that there is an important concern that the users need to consider for owning one. Based on the latest shared news reports online, this latest innovative gadget by the popular electronic device maker easily permits the law enforcement to reveal the personal information of the user.

This can permit the authority to access the information through the facial recognition.

Even if the device features an interesting no lifting finger when unlocking the phone as designed by Apple, there might be possible concern about invasion of privacy that affects the users. According to the reports, the newest facial recognition feature of the iPhone X might potential give the law enforcement to access the personal information of those people who are using such electronic mobile device.

This also means that the police authority does not need to issue a warrant because the included Face ID feature gives them easier access to the information of the user even without asking for permission.

Without any doubt, Apple Inc. has produced many innovative electronic devices and proved its impressive reputation in the advancing technology. The announcement on Tuesday about the latest units of the giant tech company is another breakthrough to consider. On the other hand, the spreading issue about the unsure protection of the users’ personal information with the latest iPhone X somehow bothers the public.

According to the shared information through Forbes, Apple designed this latest unit to easily unlock the phone without requiring finger touching because it can open through the Face ID. It revealed this intriguing feature during the launching on Tuesday held at the Steve Jobs Theater.

From the statement of Phil Schiller as detailed by forvbes.com, he revealed that the Face ID will learn the face of the user and has the capacity to adapt in recognizing the changes on the appearance of the user. With the inclusion of an advanced TrueDepth camera system on the mobile device, it will not fail in recognizing the exact user because the camera has impressive technological features already.

Schiller added that the giant tech company likewise worked with some experts in Hollywood for mask testing attacks. Apple believes that there is only a very slight chance that a stranger can unlock the phone if owned by a different user whose face had been firstly recognized by the device.

Phil Schiller is the Senior Vice President of Apple Inc.

Unfortunately, the convenience that this latest Apple device offers the users is somehow troubled due to the privacy security issue. Based on the observation of some knowledgeable individuals about the problem, it may be possible now for the law enforcement to access personal information through the Face ID identifier. Unlike the usual Touch ID, the police authority cannot easily access the data because it requires the fingerprint of the user, which they believe is safer than the latest unlocking system.

Some concern individuals even posted their opinion through Twitter and published through rt.com online. They expressed what they think is the possible effective of the newest iPhone X facial recognition feature.

From the shared information through Wired, there is an instance back in 2009 that by simply using a printed image of the person who owns the device, it is possible to fool the facial recognition feature once it scanned the picture. This just proves that strangers can still defeat such security feature from an electronic device.

However, Apple revealed that the users need not to worry because the TrueDepth camera system uses a special infrared lighting that recognizes almost 30,000 unseen dots on the face of the user and so it is not possible for anyone to unlock the device illegally through the latest Face ID.

The giant tech company does not agree that it can be hacked by anyone.

Learn How to Stop a Prank Caller to Secure Your Privacy

We all know that our privacy is important to us, particularly when we are staying home. We believe that any kind of intrusion can quickly irritate or threaten us. Like when nuisance callers bothered us, we feel annoyed at some point in time. If ever you received a strange call, you often worry about your personal contact number and you want to feel safer.

Nowadays, it is very important to learn on how to stop a prank caller when engaging to a telephone conversation. Remember that this kind of issue is prevalent in the United States lately and for Americans who can deal with this type of caller, they easily hang up and never give details about themselves or family members. If ever you continue to entertain the calls, this strange person will just disturb you repeatedly and find it harder to stop such nuisance call.  Think that you should not become a victim and must be knowledgeable on what solution to consider.

There are reports about criminals over the phone using the area code 473 to make drop or mysterious calls. Usually, the victims receive unexpected calls and then immediately disconnect to make it more threatening. They also sometimes leave suspicious messages through voicemails from robot callers to keep their victims confused or disturbed. One of the best ways to investigate about these criminals is by informing the authority and then getting the best solution to prevent bogus or prank calls. Keep in mind that possible break-ins and kidnappings can even start from a silly prankster. When explaining the situation, it is very important to provide the exact details about the caller to complete the investigation effectively.

It is also necessary to track down and determine the origin of the call. If you have a caller ID system at home, this can help verify the call like if it originates from area code 473. Almost telephone owners have caller IS because it would be easier to trace the actual caller. If ever you do not have a caller ID, you can also consider visiting a website that provides free public directories for phone numbers.

Another effective solution to determine on how to stop a prank call is to perform reverse number look up. By simply choosing the best lookup service and registering for an account, you can obtain information about pranksters based on the involved phone numbers. When performing this kind of solution, you can do it personally by accessing the available database and inputting the complete number, which include the exact area code. It does not matter if the caller came from area code 473, 649, 809 or 284; the system has the capacity to reveal all possible details about the phone number and the exact owner. From the details or information you acquired, you can decide to report the problem to the authority and this helps in securing your privacy.

Although some households do not take nuisance or prank callers seriously, they need to consider the potential consequences if they fail to stop these disturbing people. If you are serious in protecting yourself and your family, there is no excuse not to handle a disappointing situation whenever you receive prank or bogus calls.