The Exactis data leak and 4 more things in cybersecurity this week
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This week's roundup of cybersecurity news includes a story on marketing firm Exactis, which left the personal information of around 340 million people exposed on a publicly accessible server.
Also in the news: California's new privacy law, as well as the expansion of Have I Been Pwned through its incorporation into other notable services.
It's your weekly roundup of cybersecurity news.
Exactis leaks information of 340 million people
Exactis, a marketing firm operating from Palm Coast, Florida, left the personal information of around 340 million people and businesses exposed in a database on a publicly accessible server.
Around two terabytes of data was exposed, and it appeared to include personal information on hundreds of millions of American adults, as well as millions of businesses.
California ramps up online privacy law
California passed a strict new law aimed at protecting people's privacy online, a move that promised to shift the terrain on which internet firms operate in the wake of recent scandals. The bill, signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, followed in the spirit of the General Data Protection Regulation, which recently took effect in Europe.
The law also gives people a right to "say no" to the sale of their personal information, and calls for them to be treated the same as anyone else online if they opt to restrict use of their data.
Have I Been Pwned gets features inserted into Firefox, 1Password in team-up
Troy Hunt, the man behind data breach notification service I Have Been Pwned (HIBP), said HIBP would be baked into password management software 1Password and the Mozilla Firefox browser to expand the reach of the service.
On Firefox, HIBP will be baked into a new service on the browser called Firefox Monitor. Meanwhile, a similar service has been set-up on 1Password, allowing users to search HIBP from within 1Password through the Watchtower feature in the web version of the product.
What you need to know about credit card fraud
If you are the owner of a credit or a debit card, there is a non-negligible chance that you may be subject to fraud, like millions of other people around the world.
Here's what you need to know about the practice of credit card fraud, including ways to lessen the chances of getting caught up in it.
Tinder shores up its security features
Techcrunch reports Tinder has taken steps to improve its security to keep hacks and blackmail attempts from happening.
Issues regarding Tinder were previously discussed in a report by a team at Checkmarx, noting some "disturbing vulnerabilities" opening people up to the possibility of privacy breaches, as well as blackmail. – Rappler.com