EurekAlert: Researchers found a security flaw that had 10 million banking app users at risk

EurekAlert: Researchers found a security flaw that had 10 million banking app users at risk. “Researchers from the University of Birmingham have developed a tool to perform semi-automated security testing of mobile phone apps. After running the tool on a sample of 400 security critical apps, they were able to identify a critical vulnerability in banking apps; including apps from HSBC, NatWest, Co-op and Bank of America Health.”

CNET: PayPal says TIO Networks breach affected up to 1.6M users

CNET: PayPal says TIO Networks breach affected up to 1.6M users. “PayPal says a data breach at a company it recently acquired may have exposed the personal information for up to 1.6 million customers. The digital-payments company suspended operations of its TIO Networks last month after discovering evidence of a security breach. TIO Networks makes digital bill-payment tools for utilities and other firms and offers kiosks that let people go to a convenience store to pay off their bills using cash.”

US credit repair biz damages own security: 111GB of personal info exposed in S3 blunder (The Register)

The Register: US credit repair biz damages own security: 111GB of personal info exposed in S3 blunder. “The National Credit Federation, a US credit repair biz, left 111GB of thousands of folks’ highly sensitive personal details exposed to the public internet, according to security researchers. In yet another AWS S3 configuration cockup, Americans’ names, addresses, dates of birth, photos of driver licenses and social security cards, credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, detailed financial histories, and credit card and bank account numbers, were all left sitting out in the open for miscreants to find, it is claimed.”

Google Blog: Stay on top of finance information on Google

Google Blog: Stay on top of finance information on Google. “Global Search interest in finance and stocks has more than doubled in the last five years. That’s why we’re introducing an expanded finance experience directly inside Google Search on desktop and the mobile web. Now under a new search navigation tab called ‘Finance,’ you’ll have easier access to finance information based on your interests, keeping you in the know about the latest market news and helping you get in-depth insights about companies. On this page, you can see performance information about stocks you’ve chosen to follow, recommendations on other stocks to follow based on your interests, related news, market indices, and currencies. “

The Next Web: This Chrome extension stops impulse purchases by forcing you to think about them

The Next Web: This Chrome extension stops impulse purchases by forcing you to think about them. “I’ve got all the self-control of an untrained, ADHD-addled labradoodle puppy. Suffice to say, this time of year is always mildly financially ruinous for me, as I inevitably fill my apartment with all the discounted crap my credit card will permit. If you’re like me, you’ll want to check out Icebox, from comparison site Finder.com, which promises to stop impulse purchases by making you — wait for it — think about them.”

Channel News Asia: Indonesian terrorists turn to social media to raise funds

Channel News Asia: Indonesian terrorists turn to social media to raise funds. “Indonesian terrorist organisations are increasingly turning to social media to raise funds for terror activities as it is easy to open accounts using false identities, according to the Indonesian Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (PPATK).”

The Next Web: These chatbots will answer obvious questions so your bookkeeper won’t have to

The Next Web: These chatbots will answer obvious questions so your bookkeeper won’t have to. “Bookkeepers and accountants have a lot on their plate. Unfortunately, their ability to dedicate their time and efforts to their most important responsibilities is often hindered when they are forced to spend a significant part of their day answering recurring client questions or dealing with mundane tasks like sending invoices or paying bills…. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way any longer. The rise of automation — and bookkeeping chatbots, in particular — have made it easier than ever to streamline much of the financially-oriented client communications and other tasks that can sometimes divert your accounting team’s resources.”