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Iowa caucus voting app issues, Coalfire pentesting update, and more made this week's headlines

This week's technology headlines focused on the issues surrounding the Iowa caucus voting app, an update to the Coalfire pentesting incident, and more.

Des Moines Register: DNC-ordered Security Patch Fouled Iowa Caucus App, Ex-Democratic Official says; Official Denies

By: Jason Clayworth

The reporting app that is getting a large share of the blame for the chaos surrounding Monday's Democratic caucus results was working until the national party required the installation of a security patch less than 48 hours before the first-in-the-nation contest, a recent member of the Iowa Democratic Central Committee said Thursday.

Vice: Here’s the Shadow Inc. App That Failed in Iowa Last Night

By: Jason Koebler & Emanuel Maiberg

Jonathan Green said that everything was going well until he had to use the IowaReporterApp.

Wall Street Journal: Charges Against Coalfire Employees Dismissed in Iowa Case

By: James Rundle

An Iowa judge has dismissed charges against two men who were arrested late last year for breaking into a courthouse, despite working for the state to test its security.

Reuters: Iran-linked Hackers Pose as Journalists in Email Scam

By: Raphael Satter & Christopher Bing

When Iranian-born German academic Erfan Kasraie received an email from The Wall Street Journal requesting an interview, he sensed something was amiss.

NBC News: Can Privacy Be Big Business? A Wave of Startups Thinks So.

By: David Ingram

California helped create the modern Big Data industry, in which tech companies vacuum up and profit off personal information. Now a new law in the state is creating something like a solution to the loss of privacy.

New York Times: Why Google Backtracked on Its New Search Results Look

By: Daisuke Wakabayashi & Tiffany Hsu

A couple of weeks ago, when Dan Shure was searching on Google for information about butchering meats, he did something he had avoided for 20 years: He unknowingly clicked on an ad.

New York Times: Facial Recognition Moves Into a New Front: Schools

By: Davey Alba

A district in New York has adopted the technology in the name of safety. Opponents cite privacy and bias concerns.

TechRepublic: Hackers Imitating CDC, WHO With Coronavirus Phishing Emails

By: Jonathan Greig

Cybercriminals are now using fears over the outbreak to steal email credentials, security officials say.

MIT Technology Review: Google Has Released a Tool to Spot Faked and Doctored Images

By: Karen Hao

Jigsaw, a technology incubator at Google, has released an experimental platform called Assembler to help journalists and front-line fact-checkers quickly verify images.

ZDNet: VPNs Will Change Forever With the Arrival of WireGuard Into Linux

By: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

This new, long-awaited technology will change how virtual private networks work first in Linux and then the rest of the VPN world.

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