NBC News: The battle between the U.S. and ransomware hackers is escalating

NBC News: The battle between the U.S. and ransomware hackers is escalating. “The White House is taking additional steps to encourage ransomware victims to alert the federal government, just as the hackers behind those attacks are threatening victims from doing so. The moves mark an escalation between the Biden administration, which has vowed to crack down on criminal hackers who try to extort Americans, and ransomware gangs, which have proven resilient to efforts to stop them.”

TechCrunch: Facebook warned over ‘very small’ indicator LED on smart glasses, as EU DPAs flag privacy concerns

TechCrunch: Facebook warned over ‘very small’ indicator LED on smart glasses, as EU DPAs flag privacy concerns . “Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) said Friday that it has asked the tech giant to demonstrate that an LED indicator light also mounted on the specs — which lights up when the user is taking a video — is an effective way of putting other people on notice that they are being recorded by the wearer. Italy’s privacy watchdog, the Garante, already raised concerns about Facebook’s smart glasses — but Ireland has an outsized role as a regulator for the tech giant owing to where the company’s regional base is located.”

Boing Boing: “Mother of all lawsuits” quietly filed against Facebook, Zuck, Sandberg, Thiel, and more

I’m putting this up top because I really want you to read it. Boing Boing: “Mother of all lawsuits” quietly filed against Facebook, Zuck, Sandberg, Thiel, and more. “On Twitter, Jason Kint shares that a massive and damning lawsuit was filed in Deleware last month against Facebook, and many of its executives, and board members relating to what they knew, hid, and lied to congress about relating the Cambridge Analytica ‘hack.’ If you recall, Cambridge Analytica used data that it simply acquired through Facebook’s APIs to target US voters vulnerable to misinformation attacks. Facebook tried to call this ‘a hack’ and has apparently been lying about it ever since.”

Ars Technica: Epik data breach impacts 15 million users, including non-customers

Ars Technica: Epik data breach impacts 15 million users, including non-customers. “Epik is a domain registrar and web services provider known to serve right-wing clients, some of which have been turned down by more mainstream IT providers due to the objectionable and sometimes illicit content hosted by the clients. Epik’s clients have included the Texas GOP, Parler, Gab, and 8chan, among others.”

Tallahassee Democrat: FSU confirms theft of nearly 5,000 rare comics, science fiction digests, from Strozier

Tallahassee Democrat: FSU confirms theft of nearly 5,000 rare comics, science fiction digests, from Strozier. “Sometime between March 17, 2020, and Feb. 10, someone stole nearly 5,000 items from the Robert M. Ervin Jr. Collection housed by FSU Special Collections & Archives at Strozier Library, the university confirmed Friday. In all, 4,996 items are missing from the collection that consists of comic books and serials on superheroes, science fiction, fantasy and horror, the university said in an email to the Democrat.”

‘Worst I’ve seen in 20 years’: How the Epik hack reveals every secret the far-right tried to hide (Daily Dot)

This story has been updated. Daily Dot: ‘Worst I’ve seen in 20 years’: How the Epik hack reveals every secret the far-right tried to hide . “The engineer [anonymous, doing an impact assessment] pointed the Daily Dot to what they described as Epik’s ‘entire primary database,’ which contains hosting account usernames and passwords, SSH keys, and even some credit card numbers—all stored in plaintext. The data also includes Auth-Codes, passcodes that are needed to transfer a domain name between registrars. The engineer stated that with all the data in the leak, which also included admin passwords for WordPress logins, any attacker could easily take over the websites of countless Epik customers.”

CNET: Fake or for real? How to know if a text from your bank is legit

CNET: Fake or for real? How to know if a text from your bank is legit. “In a world in which fraudsters are increasingly finding new ways to steal from our accounts, my guard’s instantly up when I receive a text from my bank. But hackers are becoming much savvier at their game. So much so, that I almost fell for a scam this month. Here’s what happened — and the (somewhat embarrassing) lessons I learned.”

CNBC: The FCC is trying to stop robocalls, but the scammers won’t disappear

CNBC: The FCC is trying to stop robocalls, but the scammers won’t disappear. “For decades, robocall scammers have graced phones and voicemails across the nation. Between June 2020 and 2021 these scams affected more than 59 million people who lost a combined $29.8 billion, according to phone number identification app Trucaller. Some robocallers look to sell legal products like a car warranty or new roof through illegal means, while others will steal your social security number or credit card.”

University of Missouri: Proposed tool would give users control of social media images

University of Missouri: Proposed tool would give users control of social media images “Imagine unexpectedly seeing yourself in a publicly shared photo on social media. Maybe you don’t want anyone to know you’re on vacation for security reasons, or maybe it’s just not a flattering picture of you. Right now, there’s no way to control your image if it inadvertently ends up in someone else’s selfie. But a University of Missouri engineering team hopes to change that. They’re devising a tool that social media platforms could implement to help you dictate who gets to share your face.”

Ars Technica: Telegram emerges as new dark web for cyber criminals

Ars Technica: Telegram emerges as new dark web for cyber criminals . “Telegram has exploded as a hub for cybercriminals looking to buy, sell, and share stolen data and hacking tools, new research shows, as the messaging app emerges as an alternative to the dark web. An investigation by cyber intelligence group Cyberint, together with the Financial Times, found a ballooning network of hackers sharing data leaks on the popular messaging platform, sometimes in channels with tens of thousands of subscribers, lured by its ease of use and light-touch moderation.”