HBO Max emailed a mysterious “Integration Test” to all subscribers

Bleeping Computer Social media was abuzz tonight after thousands of HBO Max subscribers received strange emails titled “Integration Test Email #1.” The email was likely a mistake by an HBO Max developer or marketing person performing some tests on their platform and mistakenly sent out an email to all of the streaming network’s subscribers. Full …

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Audi, Volkswagen customer data being sold on a hacking forum

Bleeping Computer Audi and Volkswagen customer data is being sold on a hacking forum after allegedly being stolen from an exposed Azure BLOB container. Last week, the Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) disclosed a data breach after a vendor left customer data unsecured on the Internet between August 2019 and May 2021. Full article

Ransomware: Too many firms are still willing to pay up if attacked

ZDNet Over half of organisations would pay the ransom if they fell victim to a ransomware attack – despite repeated warnings that they shouldn’t encourage cyber criminal extortion. Research by the Neustar International Security Council (NISC) found that six in ten organisations would pay cyber criminals for the decryption key in the event of a …

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Fast.ly broke the Internet for an hour this morning

Ars Technica For roughly an hour this morning—6 am to 7 am EDT, give or take a few minutes—enormous swathes of the Internet were down or interestingly broken. Sites taken down included CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, PayPal, and Spotify, among many more—including The Verge, which resorted to reporting via Google Docs during …

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RightsCon checklist: 15 ways to save the internet and protect democracy

Access Now Speaking at a panel discussion at RightsCon on Tuesday, Protecting digital civic space: the role of technology in supporting democracy, Access Now Executive Director Brett Solomon outlined 15 things governments can do to make sure technology is used to defend — not destroy — democracy and human rights.  Full article

Cryptography whizz Phil Zimmermann looks back at 30 years of Pretty Good Privacy

The Register Encryption and verification package Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) has celebrated a troubled 30 years of securing secrets and giving cypherpunks an excuse to meet in person, with original developer and security specialist Phil Zimmermann toasting a world where encryption is common but, he warns, still under threat. It was on this day (6 …

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Uncle Sam recovers 63.7 of 75 Bitcoins Colonial Pipeline paid to ransomware crew

The Register The US Department of Justice on Monday said it has recovered 63.7 Bitcoins, right now worth $2.1m and falling, of the 75 or so BTC the Colonial Pipeline operators paid the ransomware miscreants who infected the fuel provider’s computers. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said Colonial contacted the Feds shortly after some of …

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Ransomware Struck Another Pipeline Firm—and 70GB of Data Leaked

WIRED When ransomware hackers hit Colonial Pipeline last month and shut off the distribution of gas along much of the East Coast of the United States, the world woke up to the danger of digital disruption of the petrochemical pipeline industry. Now it appears another pipeline-focused business was also hit by a ransomware crew around …

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Signal app safety numbers do not always change — here’s why

Bleeping Computer This week, security researchers have steered attention towards an interesting finding while using Signal apps across multiple platforms. When you or your contact reinstall the Signal app or switch over to a new device, the Signal safety number between you two may not always change. The safety number is a feature of the app that helps users verify the …

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