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"Record breach of French government exposes up to 43 million people's data."

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Zut alors! Department for registering and helping unemployed people broken into A French government department - responsible for registering and assisting unemployed people - is the latest victim of a mega data breach that compromised the information of up to 43 million citizens.…
Made public highly sensitive data on complaints about Metropolitan Police Service The London Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime is being rapped by regulators for untidy tech practices that made public the personal data of hundreds of people who filed complaints against the Metropolitan Police Service.…
Infosec folk aren’t thrilled that if you poke APIs enough, you learn AI's secrets Boffins have managed to pry open closed AI services from OpenAI and Google with an attack that recovers an otherwise hidden portion of transformer models.…

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Bitcoin Fog washed hundreds of millions for criminals The operator of the world's longest-running Bitcoin money laundering service faces a 50-year prison sentence after being found guilty in a US court.…
Uncle Sam can use this snooping tool, too, but that's beside the point There's another Chinese-manufactured product – joining the likes of TikTok, cars and semiconductors – that poses a national security risk to Americans: electronic locks, such as those used in safes.…
Imagine trying to trick folks into buying $500 of unnecessary repairs – and they turn out to be federal agents A pair of tech support businesses accused of swindling marks out of their hard-earned cash have agreed to cough up a $26 million settlement following an undercover probe by the FTC.…
Canadian-Russian said to have turned to a life of cybercrime during pandemic, now must pay the price – literally A LockBit ransomware kingpin has been sentenced to almost four years behind bars and ordered to pay more than CA$860,000 ($635,000, £500,000) in restitution to some of his victims by a Canadian court as he awaits extradition to the US.…
Rare occasion when you do want Big Tech to make a hash of it Google has enhanced its Safe Browsing service to enable real-time protection in Chrome for desktop, iOS, and soon Android against risky websites, without sending browsing history data to the ad biz.…

MAR 13, 2024

Bill proposes to do to China what China already does to the US – make life hard for foreign social networks The United States House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act – a law aimed at forcing TikTok's Chinese parent ByteDance to sell the app's US operations or face the prospect of a ban.…
Akira ransomware crooks brag of swiping thousands of ID documents during break-in Over the next few weeks, Nissan Oceania will make contact with around 100,000 people in Australia and New Zealand whose data was pilfered in a December 2023 attack on its systems – perhaps by the Akira ransomware gang.…
A $2M drop from previous year. So … things are more secure? Google awarded $10 million to 632 bug hunters last year through its vulnerability reward programs.…
Automated AI helper intended to make security more manageable Microsoft Copilot for Security, a subscription AI security service, will be generally available on April 1, 2024, the company announced on Wednesday.…
27,000 individuals had data stolen, which for some included names and social security numbers Stanford University says the cybersecurity incident it dealt with last year was indeed ransomware, which it failed to spot for more than

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