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.

Equifax Inc. Confirms Data Breach, Affects 143M Individuals in America

From the latest news reports online, another credit company has experienced data breach that might affect almost 143 million individuals in the United States. Equifax Inc. already confirmed the problem and investigating at it closely.

Almost 209,000 credit card numbers were compromised with this latest data breach.

According from the news of rt.com, Equifax Inc. already confirmed the data breach that affected their system and compromised almost 209,000 credit card numbers. Furthermore, the giant credit reporting company revealed that this latest system’s breach might just affect almost 143 million residents of America too.

If this happens, this will be the largest data breach in the history of US because of exposing confidential information in danger.

 

Equifax revealed the data breach on Thursday, which they started to discover last July 29. The reporting agency is serious about saying that this particular system failure might just affect millions of American consumers with a huge impact because of the compromised data.

 

This particular company is actually one of the top organizations in America that is responsible in computing the credit scores of Americans and this is the reason why it has access to millions of personal information from these people. Likewise, it has control in the available confidential financial data of millions of people living in the US over the Internet, particularly adults.

 

Based on the shared report through wired.com, Equifax believe that the hackers were able to access their system in the middle of May until the month of July. They successful linked a web application, which made it easier for them to access the data in vulnerability. The report added that they accessed the Social Security Numbers, names of people, home addresses, and dates of birth, credit card numbers and even license numbers for driving.

 

In addition to this data breach, the hackers managed to access personal information of “dispute documents” (approximately 182,000) since they began penetrating the system of the company.

 

It may be clear that millions of Americans will experience the negative effective of this particular breach in the coming years. One reason is that the stolen or compromised data by the hackers can be utilized in different unlawful purposes if their intention is to manipulate the data for their personal interest.

 

Equifax likewise has access to different information from banking institutions, retailers, credit card firms and even lending companies in the US.

 

From the released statement by the reporting agency online, it said that the hackers successfully exploited a website application in America and immediately gained access to the documents or files they targeted few months ago.

 

In line with this issue, Richard Smith already released a statement that apologizes to the affected consumers and clients. He added that the reporting company understands the exact impact of the data breach and is doing everything to protect the involved data, as detailed by the CNBC.

 

Richard Smith is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Equifax Inc.

 

In an effort to keep the consumers and clients aware, they already send mails to these people as part of the notification. The sent mails particularly target those who have exposed data after the breach. In addition, the ongoing investigation has the coordination of the state and federal authorities to investigate the problem cautiously.

 

The news report through wired.com added that the company provided a legitimate website known as equifaxsecurity2017.com to allow people check their data online and verify if they are among the affected US residents by the hackers. The news added that it may be possible that some people who live in Canada and in UK have compromised data as well.

 

Equifax now offers residents of America with free credit checking as well as insurance policy for identity theft.

 

After learning about the breach, at least 3 senior executives of Equifax already sold their shares amounting to $1.8 million, the news added.

Security Lapse Exposed Thousands of Sensitive Files from US Citizens, TigerSwan Explains  

From the latest shared news information through rt.com, a recruitment agency in the United States failed to keep the stored personal data of almost 9,400 individuals and the public were able to view them because of huge security lapse or negligence.

 

Based on the report, the data contain sensitive files of former intelligence, military and government personnel in America.

 

The problem arises when they discovered the thousands of confidential files of the former personnel or workers in an incorrect public-facing could server of Amazon. The almost 9,400 filed are containing the personal data of different former or ex military personnel, government and intelligence employees.

They recognized some of the exposed data as Top Secret security clearances.

According to the report of Gizmodo, the clearances are from those people who work at TigerSwan, which is a private cyber security agency based in North Carolina.

A researcher from the UpGuard Company discovered the exposed confidential files in a folder specified as “resumes.” After checking them, they found out that these are thousands of Curriculum Vitae records or CVs from citizens of America and some are classified of Top Secret security clearances.

From these files, they include those from people who worked from the National Security Agency (NSA), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), United States Secret Service, Military and other government firms in the country.

“A cursory examination of some of the exposed resumes indicates not merely the varied and elite caliber of many of the applicants as experienced intelligence and military figures, but sensitive, identifying personal details,” stated UpGuard as quoted by Gizmodo online.

 

The researcher who discovered the security lapse is Chris Vickery.

As from the report of the Hill, there are also exposed sensitive files or data containing the CVs of an employee from the United Nations and a chief of police who worked in Middle East. Moreover, there are revealed information in public about particular citizens of Afghanistan and Iraq who had linked and worked together with the military of the US.

Gizmodo likewise revealed that some affected individuals in this kind of security lapse have involvement to sensitive operations before such as an applicant who is responsible in transporting the activation codes of a nuclear and weapon elements too. This kind of job is definitely a confidential and a high profile task to consider and must not be exposed in public.

It appears that the issue about the security lapse needs the full attention of the authorities.

From the exposed data, they include the home addresses, personal contact details, personal emails and phone numbers of the affected individuals. Although the leak of security lapse is pointing out TigerSawan as responsible, the private security agency however is blaming TalentPen for the problem.

“At no time was there ever a data breach of any TigerSwan server,”said TigerSwan as cited by the news online.“All resume files in TigerSwan’s possession are secure. We take seriously the failure of TalentPen to ensure the security of this information and regret any inconvenience or exposure our former recruiting vendor may have caused these applicants,” the security company added.

 

TalentPen is actually a hired outsourcing service that process applicants for new jobs.

 

In line with this issue, Vickery likewise said that he is hoping that no other abusive people had discovered the exposed confidential files. This is truly important because they might utilize them for unlawful activities without the knowledge of the exact owners, which can even compromise their identities.

 

It was only on August when they delete the files from the cloud server since the UpGuard researcher discovered them last July, added by the news online. With the many online hackers today who steal personal information illegally, it is very important for any company or business to safeguard all important details to avoid any kind of hacking incident.