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What Personal Data Do Companies Track?

Private tech companies gather tremendous amounts of user data. These companies can afford to let you use social media platforms free of charge because it’s paid for by your data, attention, and time.   Big tech derives most of its profits by selling your attention to advertisers — a well-known business model. Various documentaries (like Netflix’s “The Social
Publish At:2022-08-03 20:00 | Read:195 | Comments:0 | Tags:Tips & Tricks Apple Amazon apps personal data IP address dat

Ring shares data with police without consent (but it’s in good faith), says Amazon

Ring, the Amazon-owned company behind the popular smart doorbells, has admitted to giving doorbell data to law enforcement willy-nilly. All they have to do is fill out a form called the Amazon Law Enforcement Request Tracker—no need to ask for the data owner’s consent, give a warrant or court order. The company revealed this in response to a letter Sen
Publish At:2022-07-20 11:52 | Read:334 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy amazon Amazon Law Enforcement Request Tracker Brenda

Amazon Photos vulnerability could have given attackers access to user files and data

Amazon has patched a flaw in the Amazon Photos app which could have allowed an attacker to steal and use a user’s unique access token that verifies their identity across multiple Amazon APIs. That would give attackers access to a trove of information, since many of these APIs contain personal data, such as names, email addresses, and home addresses.
Publish At:2022-06-30 11:52 | Read:500 | Comments:0 | Tags:Exploits and vulnerabilities amazon Amazon Drive Amazon Phot

De-Googling Carey Parker’s (and your) life: Lock and Code S03E06

Three years ago, a journalist for Gizmodo named Kashmir Hill wanted to understand what life was like without “Big Tech.” Far from a “digital detox” retreat—the kind of which were popular with exceedingly plugged-in, very online types of mid-20s and early-30s folks—Hill’s experiment with technology abstinence was colored by r
Publish At:2022-03-14 16:43 | Read:1740 | Comments:0 | Tags:Podcast amazon Amazon web services Android Apple Big Tech Ch

Financial cyberthreats in 2021

The year 2021 was eventful in terms of digital threats for organizations and individuals, and financial institutions were no exception. Throughout the past year, we have seen cybercriminals continue to actively target our users with tools and techniques that emerged due to the pandemic. Imperfections in the transition to remote/hybrid work continue to pose a
Publish At:2022-02-23 07:21 | Read:2041 | Comments:0 | Tags:Publications Amazon Cryptocurrencies eBay Emotet Financial m

Securitas breached, 3TB of airport employee records exposed

An unsecured AWS server, found open to the public Internet, is the root cause of a huge compromise of data of airport employees in Colombia and Peru. This server, according to a report, belongs to Securitas, a Stockholm-based multinational company that provides security services like security guarding, fire and safety, and supply-chain risk management among
Publish At:2022-02-07 08:50 | Read:1043 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chávez airline breach

How Phishers Are Slinking Their Links Into LinkedIn

If you received a link to LinkedIn.com via email, SMS or instant message, would you click it? Spammers, phishers and other ne’er-do-wells are hoping you will, because they’ve long taken advantage of a marketing feature on the business networking site which lets them create a LinkedIn.com link that bounces your browser to other websites, such as
Publish At:2022-02-03 16:12 | Read:2032 | Comments:0 | Tags:A Little Sunshine Latest Warnings Web Fraud 2.0 Amazon Avana

Senate Committee passes new antitrust bill aimed at Big Tech companies

The American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA), a bill that forbids Big Tech platforms like Apple, Alphabet (Google’s parent company), and Amazon from generally behaving in an anti-competitive manner, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee late last week with a 16-6 vote. US Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, a primary sponsor of the
Publish At:2022-01-26 16:42 | Read:2781 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security world AICOA amazon American Innovation and Choice A

Please don’t buy this! 3 gift card scams to watch out for this Black Friday

With the holiday season around the corner, and Black Friday at the end of the week, we thought it was a good time to look at the dangers that come with gift cards. Gift cards can be a an easy win in cases where you don’t know the receiver well enough to decide on a fitting gift, or when their wishes are out of your price range. But there are a few things
Publish At:2021-11-23 16:40 | Read:2577 | Comments:0 | Tags:Please don't buy this amazon gift card gift card generator G

A week in security (Nov 15 – Nov 21)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs Instagram’s memorialize feature abused to memorialize…Instagram’s bossEvasive manoeuvres: HTML smuggling explainedFBI server hijacked to send up to 100,000 bogus attack mailsNew Mac malware raises more questions about Apple’s security patchingSharkBot Android banking Trojan cleans users outSoNot SoSa
Publish At:2021-11-22 08:49 | Read:33 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security 0-day amazon Android banking Trojan andro

Does Your Organization Have a Security.txt File?

It happens all the time: Organizations get hacked because there isn’t an obvious way for security researchers to let them know about security vulnerabilities or data leaks. Or maybe it isn’t entirely clear who should get the report when remote access to an organization’s internal network is being sold in the cybercrime underground. In a bid
Publish At:2021-09-20 19:06 | Read:24 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Tools alex holden Alphabet Amazon Edwin Foudil Face

US government and private sector agree to invest time, money in cybersecurity

In the wake of several high-profile ransomware attacks against critical infrastructure and major organizations in the last few months, President Biden met with private sector and education leaders to discuss a whole-of-nation effort needed to address cybersecurity threats and bolster the nation’s cybersecurity. Several participants in President Biden̵
Publish At:2021-08-26 14:21 | Read:2736 | Comments:0 | Tags:Awareness amazon Apple Biden Administration colonial pipelin

A week in security (August 2 – August 8)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs: RDP brute force attacks explainedThe 3 biggest threats reaching for your antivirus software’s off switchZoom and gloom? Video comms org agrees to settle for $85mCOVID-19 vaccine appointment system attacked in ItalyChrome casts away the padlock – is it good riddance or farewell?NSA issues advice for securing wireless d
Publish At:2021-08-09 08:49 | Read:3958 | Comments:0 | Tags:A week in security a week in security amazon awis blog recap

Amazon will pay you $10 for your palm prints. Should you be worried?

Retail giant Amazon recently offered to pay $10 USD for your palm prints. Would you offer them your hand? Many seem to home in and seethe over the price being too little for something as priceless and unique as their palm print, not realizing that when it does come to registering biometric data in general, everyone gives their prints away for free. Pal
Publish At:2021-08-05 14:21 | Read:4036 | Comments:0 | Tags:Privacy amazon Amazon One biometrics Dilip Kumar Elizabeth R

Fired by algorithm: The future’s here and it’s a robot wearing a white collar

Black Mirror meets 1984. Imagine that your employer uses a bot to keep track of your “production level.” And when this bot finds that you are an under-performer it fires off a contract-termination mail. Does this sound like the world you live in? Unfortunately, for some people it is. The case Amazon.com has used algorithms for many years to manage the
Publish At:2021-06-29 13:48 | Read:3013 | Comments:0 | Tags:Reports AI algorithm amazon amazon.com Bot WFH

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