Fast Company reports on a new project by Amnesty International designed to help protect individuals from bulk government surveillance. Mutant Font is a website that generates a given message into code that can be embedded into a blog. The text is only readable to human eyes and not machines or bots, the report states, suggesting, “Think of it like a CAPTCHA program on steroids.” The project is in conjunction with a Brazil-based agency called Africa. According to Amnesty International, spying on ... Read more
Gov Info Security reports on a pharmacy that has been fined $125,000 following a 2012 breach. The small Colorado-based company’s breach involved “improper disposal of paper patient records” and is the second such Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) “enforcement action within a year by federal regulators tied to an incident involving records dumping by a covered entity,” the report states. Meanwhile, Krebs on Security looks at what happens to a stolen patient record, and G... Read more
In a piece for The Christian Science Monitor, Evan Selinger discusses the newly released Crystal app, which aims to give users real-time insight into the recipients of their emails, determining the recipient’s online data trail and turning it into a detailed personality profile to help inform users how to better communicate with the recipient. That kind of predictive algorithm worries Selinger, who writes that “the little and seemingly harmless digital breadcrumbs that we’ve left here and there ... Read more
Federal policy-makers are turning their attention to the use of technology in classrooms, and new laws are being proposed. One bill “would add new regulations to the collection and use of student data” while yet another would update the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Kerry Gallagher writes for The Hill. She writes that protecting student privacy is important, but notes, “any changes to federal law and any new regulations that follow must ensure that teachers can still access the tool... Read more
Email delivery and management service Sendgrid, whose clients include Pinterest, Airbnb and Uber, says it’s been breached, Help Net Security reports. “On April 8, the SendGrid account of a Bitcoin-related customer was compromised and used to send phishing emails,” said the company’s CEO. While the company hasn’t found customer lists or contact information was stolen, it is implementing a system-wide password reset. Meanwhile, hackers have accessed the personal information of about 25,000 custome... Read more
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