Televisions that spy on their users have long been a trope of dystopian fiction, including George Orwell's "1984." But the spying TV appears to be far from fictional, according to a new settlement agreement reached between the FTC and smart-TV maker Vizio.
Google plans to appeal a court order to comply with search warrants asking for account information stored outside the U.S. The ruling comes as Microsoft recently prevailed in a similar case, creating legal ambiguity.
European officials are asking the United States if the EU-U.S. deal for sharing personal information among businesses - dubbed the Privacy Shield - should be considered null and void as a result of an executive order issued by President Donald Trump.
The subscription-based breach notification service LeakedSource appears to have gone dry. Security expert Troy Hunt says the privacy writing has been on the wall for the site, owing to it selling access to stolen personal data.
Russian authorities have reportedly arrested a top computer security official at the Federal Security Service as well as a head Kaspersky Lab investigator on treason charges, alleging that they received money from "foreign organizations."
Microsoft does not have to turn over emails stored outside the U.S. to federal authorities investigating a crime, an appeals court has affirmed. The closely watched case, which explored the territorial boundaries of U.S. law in the cloud computing age, could end up at the Supreme Court.
As President Trump delivered his inaugural address, the White House transitioned its website from the Obama to the Trump administration. Immediately, Trump's team posted a series of position papers, including one that addressed - albeit briefly - cybersecurity.
Information security researchers have charted a steep decline in Locky ransomware and Dridex banking Trojan distribution in recent weeks. While that's good news, it may only reflect that a cybercrime gang is on vacation.
A researcher claims WhatsApp has dismissed his finding that there's a backdoor in the application that could allow attackers to unlock encrypted messages. But the controversy is more nuanced - and for most of us, much less threatening - than it might first appear.
Yet another study reveals that millions of people are picking weak passwords, with "123456" remaining our collective favorite. Rules requiring stronger passwords and not forcing passwords to expire both could help boost security.
A list of "super user" passwords - and a default username - now circulating online appears to allow unauthorized access to some webcam video streams, security researchers warn. If confirmed, it would be yet another massive internet of things security failure by a device manufacturer.
Leading the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report: an analysis of the impact on healthcare information security and privacy of the 21st Century Cares Act, which President Obama signed into law Dec. 13. Also, a report on the spread of malvertising and an update on the Bangladesh Bank cyber heist.
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube have promised to contribute to a shared database containing hashes - digital fingerprints - of images and videos that promote hatred or terror to facilitate more rapid takedowns. But does the project go far enough?
Many members of Britain's Parliament regularly use technology - and tech firms - as a scapegoat for intractable social issues or failed government policies. Does the country's new mass surveillance law now enshrine technology scapegoating into law?