ABC News (Australia): Inside the police database that holds 40 million private records and any officer can access

ABC News (Australia): Inside the police database that holds 40 million private records and any officer can access. “An ABC investigation has exposed privacy breaches of the central police records database that holds files on millions of Australians. The Computerised Operational Policing System (COPS) database holds more than 40 million records that can be accessed by NSW’s 16,000 police officers.”

ZDNet: Ad agency leaks data on US military veterans’ combat injuries

ZDNet: Ad agency leaks data on US military veterans’ combat injuries. “A Florida-based ad agency has left a database open on the internet that leaked details about past advertising campaigns, including information regarding medical malpractice cases, and sensitive details about combat injuries sustained by US military veterans.”

BetaNews: Security flaw in Dell SupportAssist tool puts millions of Windows systems at risk

BetaNews: Security flaw in Dell SupportAssist tool puts millions of Windows systems at risk. “Dell has announced that both the Business and Home versions of its SupportAssist tool have a security vulnerability within the PC Doctor component that requires immediate patching. The discovery was made by SafeBreach, and there could be over 100 million systems that are affected.”

The Register: If Uncle Sam could quit using insecure .zip files to swap info across the ‘net, that would be great, says Silicon Ron Wyden

The Register: If Uncle Sam could quit using insecure .zip files to swap info across the ‘net, that would be great, says Silicon Ron Wyden. “Influential US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is not happy about Uncle Sam’s employees using insecure .zip files and other archive formats to electronically transfer information.”

Medium: Before You Use a Password Manager

Medium: Before You Use a Password Manager. “I cringe when I hear self-proclaimed experts implore everyone to “use a password manager for all your passwords” and ‘turn on two-factor authentication for every site that offers it.’ As most of us who perform user research in security quickly learn, advice that may protect one individual may harm another. Each person uses technology differently, has a unique set of skills, and faces different risks.”