Technology news headlines for this week include a new FBI warning to FaceApp users, a HackerOne data breach, and concerns about TikTok, among others.
By: Alfred Ng
"More than 70 state and local governments across the US suffered ransomware attacks in 2019."
"The National Security Agency plans to issue updated guidance to companies on cybersecurity in the cloud, a senior official said, amid a series of attacks that have targeted service providers in recent months."
By: Dan Goodin
"As a leading vulnerability reporting platform, HackerOne has paid hackers more than $23 million on behalf of more than 100 customers, including Twitter, Slack, and the US Pentagon."
"The Federal Bureau of Investigation warned that certain Russian-made software, including the viral hit FaceApp, pose a potential counterintelligence threat and could put Americans’ private data at risk."
By: Christina Farr
"Amazon’s next big step in health care is with voice transcription technology that’s designed to allow doctors to spend more time with patients and less time at the computer."
By: Lily Hay Newman
"Email has long been a major weak link for security; the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign were both infamously compromised by Russian hackers through email-related phishing attacks ahead of the 2016 US elections. With the 2020 campaign in full swing, a patched flaw in Microsoft Outlook is still giving attackers an opening."
By: Teri Robinson
"TikTok secretly transferred user data to China without obtaining consent, according to a lawsuit filed by a college student in the Northern District of California."
By: Michael Kan
By: Zack Whittaker
"A massive database storing tens of millions of SMS text messages, most of which were sent by businesses to potential customers, has been found online."
By: Thomas Claburn
"As the sacred shopping season gets underway, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has issued a report detailing the privacy cost of surveillance-based commerce."