Microsoft endorses CCPA, Ransomware hits PEMEX, and Google gets into health and banking

Technology news headlines for this week include Microsoft endorsing the CCPA, PEMEX targeted by ransomware, and Google's health and banking initiatives.


CyberScoop: Microsoft says it will apply California privacy law across the country

By: Sean Lyngaas

“Microsoft on Monday said it would apply the privacy protections stipulated in a relatively stringent California law to customers across the U.S. in an effort to push other states to adopt similar measures.”


TechCrunch: New 5G flaws can track phone locations and spoof emergency alerts

By: Zack Whittaker

“Security researchers at Purdue University and the University of Iowa have found close to a dozen vulnerabilities, which they say can be used to track a victim’s real-time location, spoof emergency alerts that can trigger panic or silently disconnect a 5G-connected phone from the network altogether.”


Reuters: Hackers demand $5 million from Mexico's Pemex in cyberattack

By: Adriana Barrera & Raphael Satter

“Hackers demanded about $5 million in bitcoin from Mexico’s Pemex, they told Reuters on Tuesday, saying the state oil firm missed a special discount by not paying immediately after a cyberattack that fouled up the company’s systems.”


Wall Street Journal: Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Gathers Personal Health Data on Millions of Americans

By: Rob Copeland

“Google is engaged with one of the U.S.’s largest health-care systems on a project to collect and crunch the detailed personal-health information of millions of people across 21 states.”


Gizmodo: Forget Credit Cards, Google's Looking to Open Its Own Checking Accounts

By: Victoria Song

“This year saw plenty of tech giants dabble in finance. Apple released its credit card, Facebook just launched a Venmo competitor and is trying to get its Libra cryptocurrency off the ground, and now Google is reportedly mulling offering a financial product of its own—checking accounts.”


Motherboard: This Bank Had the Worst Password Policy We've Ever Seen

By: Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

“FinecoBank, a bank with more than 1.3 million customers in Italy and the UK, suggested an unusual password strategy to its customers: copy and paste the password into Google, and see if anyone else is using it.”


CNBC: Amazon cites ‘unmistakable bias’ in Microsoft’s military cloud contract win

By: Jordan Novet & Amanda Macias

“Amazon said Thursday it has filed a notice in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims indicating a plan to protest the Pentagon’s decision to give Microsoft a multibillion dollar contract for cloud computing services.”


NPR: A Smart Home Neighborhood: Residents Find It Enjoyably Convenient Or A Bit Creepy

By: Joshua McNichols

“When the Ferguson family decided they wanted to live in the Seattle suburb of Black Diamond they weren't in the market for a smart home. But they wound up with one, a house packed with Internet-connected devices.”


Ars Technica: IoT doorbell exposed customer Wi-Fi passwords to eavesdroppers

By: Sean Gallagher

“Ring has pushed out a fix to a security issue in the configuration code for its Internet-connected home security products. Researchers from Bitdefender notified Ring in June of a flaw in Ring Video Doorbell Pro cameras' software that made it possible for wireless eavesdroppers to grab the Wi-Fi credentials of customers during the device's setup—because those credentials were sent over an unsecured Wi-Fi connection to the device using unencrypted HTTP.”


Android Police: Shady app lets stalkers view private Instagram accounts in exchange for their own data

By: Manuel Vonau

“Facebook doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to minding its users' privacy, and Cambridge Analytica exploiting the social network's third-party APIs for unchecked data collection surely hasn't helped. Now, we've found another service called Ghosty that takes advantage of Instagram's API to create a stalker paradise. By crowdsourcing the data of all of its users' Instagram accounts, it lets anyone view many private profiles.”

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