Hacker Group 'Orangeworm' Targets U.S. Healthcare Organizations

A hacker group, dubbed Orangeworm, is mainly targeting American healthcare organizations, though there are a number of victims worldwide, including in Asia and Europe. But rather than do anything destructive, Orangeworm is likely using leverage on those medical devices -- designed to process and view images from X-Ray and MRI machines -- to learn more about them as part of an ongoing corporate espionage operation, Symantec said.

EU Raises Concerns About Apple's Takeover of Shazam Music Service

Apple Inc.’s takeover of music-identification service Shazam faces an extended European Union probe as antitrust regulators raised concerns that the iPhone maker could use the app’s data to lure customers to its own music service. The EU set a Sept. 4 deadline to investigate whether Apple might get unfair access to commercially sensitive information about users of rival music-streaming services.

Britain's Financial Firms Urged to Work Together Against Cyber Crime

Britain’s financial firms need to pull together to fight cyber crime, working with government and law enforcement to attack criminals’ infrastructure and put them out of business, a report by KPMG and industry body UK Finance said. The report argues the growing threat cyber crime poses to the financial sector cannot be countered just by spending more money, and that a revamped approach is needed.

Texas Appeals Court Says 'Revenge Porn' Ban Violates First Amendment

An appeals court has struck down Texas’ “revenge porn” law, ruling that the statute is overly broad and violates the First Amendment.The 2015 state law targets what author state Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, called “a very disturbing internet trend” of posting a previous partner's nude or semi-nude photos to the web without the partner's permission, often with identifying information attached.

Germany's Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Ad-Blocking Software

Germany’s Supreme Court threw out a case brought by Axel Springer seeking to ban a popular application that blocks online advertising, in a landmark ruling that deals a blow to the publishing industry. The court found in favor of Adblock Plus adblockplus.org, an app marketed by a firm called Eyeo that has been downloaded more than 100 million times by users around the world seeking protection from unwanted or intrusive online advertising.

North Korea Cultivates Elite Hackers, Posing Greater Threat

North Korea’s cyber army, long considered a midlevel security threat, is quietly morphing into one of the world’s most sophisticated and dangerous hacking machines. Over the past 18 months, the nation’s fingerprints have appeared in an increasing number of cyberattacks, the skill level of its hackers has rapidly improved and their targets have become more worrisome, a Wall Street Journal examination of the program reveals. 

Trackers Using Facebook's Login Feature to Gain Users' Data

Third-party tracking code, used across the Internet to track user behaviors on websites, optimize ads and other purposes, has been grabbing Facebook user information on websites that support logging in through the social media platform, Princeton researchers report. When users log in to websites using Facebook’s Login feature, trackers can grab Facebook user IDs and in some cases other information such as email address or gender, potentially without the knowledge of the operators of the websites where the trackers are installed, according to the researchers.

Thousands of Android Apps Found to Violate Children's Privacy Law

Thousands of free, popular children's apps available on the Google Play Store could be violating child privacy laws, according to a new, large-scale study, highlighting growing criticism of Silicon Valley's data-collection efforts. Seven researchers analyzed nearly 6,000 apps for children and found that the majority of them may be in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

EU Competition Commissioner Says Case Against Google 'Advancing'

Investigations into how Google may be using its Android smartphone operating system and its AdSense advertising service to thwart rivals are advancing, Europe’s antitrust chief said on Wednesday, amid concern about the lengthy proceedings. The European Commission opened its investigation into Android in 2015, following a complaint two years earlier from the lobbying group FairSearch.

Facebook Unveils New Privacy Tools to Comply with EU Regulation

Facebook is introducing new privacy controls to each of its 2 billion users as part of compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will come into effect on May 25th. Facebook will ask every user, regardless of where they live, to review their privacy choices, from the information they add to their profile to how Facebook uses their data to target ads.

Supreme Court Won't Rule on Microsoft Email Case After Cloud Act

The U.S. Supreme Court dropped Microsoft Corp’s privacy fight with the Justice Department over whether prosecutors can force technology companies to hand over data stored overseas after Congress passed legislation that resolved the dispute. The justices heard arguments in the high-profile case on Feb. 27, but President Donald Trump on March 22 signed legislation into law that makes clear that U.S. judges can issue warrants for such data while giving companies an avenue to object if the request conflicts with foreign law.

Tech Companies Vow Not to Help Governments Attack 'Innocent Civilians'

More than 30 high-tech companies, led by Microsoft and Facebook, announced a set of principles that included a declaration that they would not help any government — including that of the United States — mount cyberattacks against “innocent civilians and enterprises from anywhere,” reflecting Silicon Valley’s effort to separate itself from government cyberwarfare. The principles, which have been circulating among senior executives in the tech industry for weeks, also commit the companies to come to the aid of any nation on the receiving end of such attacks, whether the motive for the attack is “criminal or geopolitical.”

Up to 400 Australian Businesses Targeted by Russian Cyber-Attacks

Up to 400 Australian businesses may have been targeted by suspected Russian state-sponsored cyber attacks that have affected millions of machines worldwide, the Defence Minister Marise Payne has revealed. The United States, Britain and Australia allege Russian Government-backed hackers infected computer routers around the world in a cyber-espionage campaign targeting government agencies, businesses and critical infrastructure operators.

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TaskRabbit Goes Offline While It Probes Cybersecurity Incident

TaskRabbit, the handyman-for-hire app that connects workers with people who have a task they'd rather pay someone else to do, sent an alert to its users, informing them that they were "investigating a cybersecurity incident." The company, which Ikea acquired in September, said it it's working with an outside cybersecurity firm and law enforcement to figure out what happened.

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