Ars Technica: Google has access to detailed health records on tens of millions of Americans. “The endeavor, code-named ‘Project Nightingale,’ has enabled at least 150 Google employees to see patient health information, which includes diagnoses, laboratory test results, hospitalization records, and other data, according to internal documents and the newspaper’s sources. In all, the data amounts to complete medical records, WSJ notes, and contains patient names and birth dates.”
Wall Street Journal: Census Overhaul Seeks to Avoid Outing Individual Respondent Data. “The Census Bureau is overhauling its systems after it found anyone with sophisticated data tools could use published results to identify millions of individual census respondents, according to agency officials. The new system would prevent anyone—whether policy makers, marketers or data thieves—from using published data to target people based on what they disclose on the census.”
Ancestry: Your Privacy is our Top Priority. “Your privacy is important to us. That’s why we want to share our position on a recent event where a Florida judge issued a search warrant to allow law enforcement to search all of GEDmatch, an open data personal genomics database. Following the issuance of the search warrant, GEDmatch opened its database of nearly one million users — beyond those who had consented to such access — within 24 hours. Ancestry believes that GEDmatch could have done more to protect the privacy of its users, by pushing back on the warrant or even challenging it in court.”
New York Times: Building a World Where Data Privacy Exists Online. “Dawn Song, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and one of the world’s foremost experts in computer security and trustworthy artificial intelligence, envisions a new paradigm in which people control their data and are compensated for its use by corporations. While there have been many proposals for such a system, Professor Song is one actually building the platform to make it a reality.”
Make Tech Easier: Stalkers Are Increasingly Using Phone Apps to Follow Their Victims. “Stalking is something that is as old as time. As long as there have been people and relationships, there has been obsession and a desire to soak up every bit of information about a person, but not in a good way. Today’s technology is making it easier for stalkers to continue on with their mission to control, and they are increasingly doing it with the aid of phone apps.”
Bleeping Computer: Specially Crafted ZIP Files Used to Bypass Secure Email Gateways. “Attackers are always looking for new tricks to distribute malware without them being detected by antivirus scanners and secure email gateways. This was illustrated in a new phishing campaign that utilized a specially crafted ZIP file that was designed to bypass secure email gateways to distribute the NanoCore RAT.”
Ars Technica: Members of violent white supremacist website exposed in massive data dump. “Private data for Iron March, a notorious website for violent white supremacists, has been published online in a stunning leak that exposes a trove of detailed information on as many as 1,000 or more members. The 1GB SQL database appears to contain the entirety of the site’s information, including user names, private messages, public posts, registered email addresses, and IP addresses.” Warning: some of the content quoted in this article is nauseatingly racist.