Archive for September, 2017

Equifax Hack and Protection

Equifax customers should request a credit freeze from all three major credit bureaus to ensure hackers behind a massive data breach can’t exploit their stolen information, a leading consumer advocacy group said Friday.

The National Consumer Law Center is calling on Equifax to pay for the freezes, which would prevent anyone from seeking a person’s credit information without their authorization.

“It’s the most effective measure against new identity theft when it involves Social Security numbers, dates of birth — the gold mine of information these hackers stole,” said Chi Chi Wu, a staff attorney with the law center. “It prevents existing creditors and new creditors from using your information. And it prevents new accounts in your name.”

Equifax, one of the three major U.S. credit bureaus, said Thursday that “criminals” exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year.

The hackers obtained consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. The purloined data can be enough for crooks to hijack victims’ identities, potentially wreaking havoc on their lives. Equifax said its core credit-reporting databases don’t appear to have been breached.

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When Your TV is watching You …….

Users of Samsung’s Smart TV devices have raised concerns over the device’s privacy policy, which seems to suggest that they should not discuss any sensitive topics in their living room while the television is plugged in.

The warning relates to the product line’s voice recognition services, which lets users control their television with voice commands input through a microphone on the set’s remote control.

Samsung privacy policy warns: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of voice recognition.”

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Here we go, Here we go ……

Sex toy maker We-Vibe has agreed to pay customers up to C$10,000 (£6,120) each after shipping a “smart vibrator” which tracked owners’ use without their knowledge.

Following a class-action lawsuit in an Illinois federal court, We-Vibe’s parent company Standard Innovation has been ordered to pay a total of C$4m to owners, with those who used the vibrators associated app entitled to the full amount each. Those who simply bought the vibrator can claim up to $199.

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When Dolls aren’t so Friendly ….

An official German watchdog has told parents to destroy an internet-connected doll because hackers can use it to spy on children.

My Friend Cayla was found to be equipped with an insecure Bluetooth device, which cybercriminals could hijack, in order to steal personal data and listen and talk to the child playing with it.

Germany’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) has now warned parents to destroy it, according to the BBC.

The doll answers users’ questions by accessing the web, but also asks for sensitive personal information, such as the user’s name, school, parents’ names and hometown.

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