The Register: Maker of US border’s license-plate scanning tech ransacked by hacker, blueprints and files dumped online

The Register: Maker of US border’s license-plate scanning tech ransacked by hacker, blueprints and files dumped online. “The maker of vehicle license plate readers used extensively by the US government and cities to identify and track citizens and immigrants has been hacked. Its internal files were pilfered, and are presently being offered for free on the dark web to download.”

Krebs on Security: First American Financial Corp. Leaked Hundreds of Millions of Title Insurance Records

Krebs on Security: First American Financial Corp. Leaked Hundreds of Millions of Title Insurance Records. “The Web site for Fortune 500 real estate title insurance giant First American Financial Corp. [NYSE:FAF] leaked hundreds of millions of documents related to mortgage deals going back to 2003, until notified this week by KrebsOnSecurity. The digitized records — including bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, Social Security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and drivers license images — were available without authentication to anyone with a Web browser.”

The Intercept: Thanks To Facebook, Your Cellphone Company Is Watching You More Closely Than Ever

The Intercept: Thanks To Facebook, Your Cellphone Company Is Watching You More Closely Than Ever. “AMONG THE MEGA-CORPORATIONS that surveil you, your cellphone carrier has always been one of the keenest monitors, in constant contact with the one small device you keep on you at almost every moment. A confidential Facebook document reviewed by The Intercept shows that the social network courts carriers, along with phone makers — some 100 different companies in 50 countries — by offering the use of even more surveillance data, pulled straight from your smartphone by Facebook itself.”

Engadget: Unsecured database exposed millions of Instagram influencers

Engadget: Unsecured database exposed millions of Instagram influencers. “A database containing contact information for millions of Instagram influencers was reportedly found online, exposing info like phone numbers and email addresses for celebrities, influencers and brand accounts. According to TechCrunch, the database was hosted on Amazon Web Services and left without a password. It contained as many as 49 million records.”

CNET: Your most sensitive data is likely exposed online. These people try to find it

CNET: Your most sensitive data is likely exposed online. These people try to find it. “[Justin] Paine is part of an informal army of web researchers who indulge an obscure passion: scouring the internet for unsecured databases. The databases — unencrypted and in plain sight — can contain all sorts of sensitive information, including names, addresses, telephone numbers, bank details, Social Security numbers and medical diagnoses. In the wrong hands, the data could be exploited for fraud, identity theft or blackmail.”

Phys .org: People more likely to trust machines than humans with their private information

Phys .org: People more likely to trust machines than humans with their private information. “Not everyone fears our machine overlords. In fact, according to Penn State researchers, when it comes to private information and access to financial data, people tend to trust machines more than people, which could lead to both positive and negative online behaviors.”