Progressive companies seeking to improve their security are increasingly adopting bug bounty programs. The theory is that rewarding outside researchers improves security outcomes. But in practice, bug bounty programs can be messy and actually create perverse incentives, says bug-hunting expert Katie Moussouris.
Through hundreds of millions of selfies, the small Russian company behind FaceApp has likely created one of the largest private troves of geometric and facial landmark data - on the scale of Google and Facebook. The viral app has turned into an intellectual property boon.
Software vulnerabilities sometimes have an uncanny knack of revealing themselves, even when a bug hunter is looking someplace else. Sam Curry's probing eventually revealed a cross-site scripting flaw in a Tesla service, which netted him a $10,000 bounty.
Cloudflare was unsparing in its criticism of Verizon over a BGP snafu that hampered 15 percent of its global traffic, as well as traffic of Amazon and Google. Verizon's error underscores that much heavy lifting remains to make critical internet infrastructure secure.
Hacking and extortion attempts against organizations have unfortunately become all too commonplace these days. On Tuesday, an unlikely victim went public: the British band Radiohead. But was the band really a hacking and extortion victim?
Fraud, e-hustles and social engineering attacks continues to proliferate, the FBI's latest report into the state of internet crime confirms. But over the past year, a new FBI tactic for quickly stopping fraudulent wire transfers has notched notable successes.
Buyer beware: A new study shows used USBs offered for sale on eBay and elsewhere may contain a wealth of personal information that could potentially be used for identity theft, phishing attacks and other cybercrimes.
Why are we surprised about the amount and sensitivity of data that mobile apps collect? The online industry has never been forthright about it. That's why we're faced with a yawning gap between user expectations and true privacy. And it's why Facebook, Google, Apple and others have many questions to answer.
Apple's conflict with Facebook this week resulted in the most effective and quickest punishment the social network has ever received over a privacy issue. But should a multi-billion dollar tech company like Apple be picking up the slack for the digital privacy enforcement failures of governments?
Massive data brokers - Equifax, Experian, Illion and others - are leveraging Australia's electoral roll, which is a tightly held and valuable batch of data. While this little-known practice might sound alarming, in fact it's required under Australia's anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism rules.
Voting in the United States carries a huge privacy cost: states give away or sell voters' personal information to anyone who wants it. In this era of content micro-targeting, rampant misinformation and identity theft schemes, this trade in voters' personal data is both dangerous and irresponsible.