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FBI Practices for Intercepted Emails Violated 4th Amendment, Judge Ruled

A federal judge secretly ruled last year that the F.B.I.’s procedures for searching for Americans’ emails within a repository of intercepted messages that were gathered without a warrant violated Fourth Amendment privacy rights, newly declassified files showed.

The F.B.I. improperly searched the repository for information involving large numbers of Americans who fit within general categories but against whom there was no individualized basis for suspicion. In a twist, one March 2017 search used more than 70,000 identifiers, like email addresses, linked to the F.B.I.’s own work force.

Source: F.B.I. Practices for Intercepted Emails Violated 4th Amendment, Judge Ruled – The New York Times

Former Yahoo! engineer hacked user emails for smutty snaps

Former Yahoo! software engineer has pleaded guilty in a California federal court to one count of computer intrusion after breaking into customers’ Yahoo! emails and accounts at other service providers to obtain private data, mainly sexual images and videos of account holders.

He abused his internal access at Yahoo! to hack into about 6,000 accounts in May and June last year. He then used the information he obtained to compromise other online services used by Yahoo! customers, such as Dropbox, Facebook, Gmail, and iCloud.

Source: Former! Yahoo! engineer! admits! to! hacking! user! emails! for! smutty! snaps! • The Register

2 Billion Unencrypted Records Leaked In Marketing Data Breach

Another day, another mega data breach. Except this one is different. More than two billion unencrypted records with very detailed information including mortgage data and credit scoring. So, what’s happened and what should you do next?

Full article: 2 Billion Unencrypted Records Leaked In Marketing Data Breach — What Happened And What To Do Next

Email verification service leaks 800 million records

An online email verification service has taken itself offline after approximately 809 million of its customers’ emails were exposed through an unprotected server.

Researchers discovered a non-password protected MongoDB instance amounting to 150GB of data split across four separate collections last week. They analysed this exposed data, 808,593,939 records in total, and published their findings on Thursday.

Source: Email verification service takes itself offline after 800 million records get publicly exposed | IT PRO

Largest collection of breached data ever seen is found

The largest collection of breached data ever seen has been discovered, comprising of more than 770m email addresses and passwords posted to a popular hacking forum in mid-December.

The 87GB data dump was discovered by security researcher Troy Hunt, who runs the Have I Been Pwned breach-notification service. Hunt, who called the upload “Collection #1”, said it is probably “made up of many different individual data breaches from literally thousands of different sources”, rather than representing a single hack of a very large service.

Source: Largest collection of breached data ever seen is found | Technology | The Guardian

2018 Email Marketing & Unsubscribe Audit

The Online Trust Alliance’s 2018 mail Marketing & Unsubscribe Audit found that the vast majority of audited online retailers have embraced unsubscribe best practices, going beyond mere compliance, and have shown continued improvement since 2014 despite expanded and more stringent criteria. This year’s Audit examines the entire email engagement process, from signup to receiving email to the unsubscribe user experience and results.

For 2018, 74% of the top retailers qualified, a strong improvement from 67% in 2017 and nearly reaching the 75% achievement level of 2015. Email security was another highlight area in 2018. Adoption of email authentication technologies SPF and DKIM reached 100%, and adoption of DMARC (another email authentication technology to prevent spoofing) and opportunistic TLS (encrypting messages between mail servers) improved significantly.

Full report: 2018 Email Marketing & Unsubscribe Audit | Online Trust Alliance

Spanish court admits emails from internal investigation as evidence

A judicial decision, issued by the employment division of the Spanish Supreme Court, has confirmed the admissibility as evidence, to justify a dismissal, of the emails of the dismissed employee obtained in the course of an internal investigation.

This decision has its origin in a claim for unfair dismissal filed by an employee of a Spanish company which had been dismissed by the company for committing very serious infringements of the Spanish Workers’ Statute – it was proven that the dismissed employee had accepted a bribe from one of the company’s suppliers.

Source: Spanish court admits emails from internal investigation as evidence

Most GDPR emails unnecessary and some illegal

Many firms have the required consent already; others don’t have consent to send a request. However, vast majority of emails flooding inboxes across Europe from companies asking for consent to keep recipients on their mailing list are unnecessary and some may be illegal, privacy experts have said.

Source: Most GDPR emails unnecessary and some illegal, say experts | Technology | The Guardian

Security community has its own encryption debate after discovery of new flaw

Security experts are at odds over how to respond to new research showing hackers could decrypt emails that were supposed to be protected by a popular encryption tool known as PGP, or Pretty Good Privacy.

Source: The Cybersecurity 202: Security community has its own encryption debate after discovery of new flaw – The Washington Post

Criminals use GDPR to scam Airbnb customers

Innocent people are being targeted with convincing phishing emails as company’s check they’re complying with privacy laws.

According to security firm Redscan the criminals are taking advantage of the new privacy laws across the EU, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect on 25 May.

Source: Airbnb customers being scammed by criminals

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