Facebook passwords for hundreds of millions of users were exposed to Facebook employees

Facebook confirmed Thursday that hundreds of millions of user passwords were being stored in a “readable format” within its servers, accessible to internal Facebook employees. Affected users will be notified, Facebook said, so they can change those passwords. Interestingly, Facebook downplayed and confirmed the problem in the same post, filed …

US cranks pressure on UK over Huawei, 5G

US intelligence officials have been pressuring Germany to either block out Huawei from vending any 5G network equipment to the country or risk the loosening of its secret information sharing relationship. The foreign minister’s office has been abuzz about the security concerns of integrating cheap but proficient devices from the …

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Pilot fish is helping his pastor fine-tune the church LAN when he notices that the day-care facility next door has a wide-open and unsecured Wi-Fi connection. Fish’s pastor wants to connect to the day-care center’s printer and print a document saying, “This is from your neighbors. You need to tighten …

Slack rolls out enterprise key management, but has no plans for end-to-end encryption

Slack has given large business customers control over the keys used to encrypt and decrypt data created in its team collaboration application.  The enterprise key management (EKM) feature was initially unveiled at the company’s Frontiers event in San Francisco in September, ahead of a closed pilot project; it is now …

German foreign ministry discourages 5G tenders from going to Huawei

Germany is of two minds when it comes to including Huawei equipment in its 5G network. On one hand, the economic minister wants to keep the Chinese telecom on the table for its fast and low-cost deployment potential. On the other hand, the United States is pressuring Berlin to rule …

March 2019 Windows and Office patches poke a few interesting places

Patch Tuesday has come and gone, not with a bang but a whimper. As of this moment, early Wednesday morning, I don’t see any glaring problems with the 124 patches covering 64 individually identified security holes. But the day is yet young. There are a few patches of note. Two …

eero Wi-Fi mesh routers on sale as Amazon’s acquisition closes

eero has announced that Amazon’s acquisition of the mesh Wi-Fi router company has closed. It’s celebrating with a big sale on its second-generation routers. Amazon is taking $100 off all second-generation eero mesh Home WiFi hardware packages. A router and a beacon are currently $199 while another beacon makes it …

Apple’s Box security scare shows the risk of shadow IT

Until enterprise IT truly gets to understand that its own internal systems need to be as easy to use as any iOS app and as easy to learn as an iPhone, potentially damaging data breaches will take place, threatening business confidentiality. Apple is not immune. Apple and the human interface …

PrivateVPN by Trunkspace review: Needs work, but we like the promise not to log user activity

Trunkspace Hosting is an interesting company. It offers virtual private server (VPS) and website hosting, music bots for the Discord chat service, and even game servers for titles such as Minecraft, CS:GO, and Team Fortress 2. The company also has its own VPN service dubbed PrivateVPN—not to be confused with PrivateVPN.com. It’s …