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What’s Google Floc? And How Does It Affect Your Privacy?

Google wants to change the way we’re tracked around the web, and given the widespread use of its Chrome browser, the shift could have significant security and privacy implications—but the idea has been less well-received by companies that aren’t Google. The technology in question is FLoC, or Federated Learning of ...

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The Colonial Pipeline Hack Is a New Extreme for Ransomware 

For years, the cybersecurity industry has warned that state-sponsored hackers could shut down large swathes of US energy infrastructure in a geopolitically motivated act of cyberwar. But now apparently profit-focused cybercriminal hackers have inflicted a disruption that military and intelligence agency hackers have never dared to, shutting down a pipeline ...

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Twitter’s Tip Jar Privacy Fiasco Was Entirely Avoidable

On Thursday, Twitter continued its grand tradition of embracing features users had unofficially pioneered (see also: the @-reply, the retweet, the hashtag) by instituting a Tip Jar. Enjoy someone’s tweet? Send them some money straight from the app, via the online payment processor of their choice. Simple enough. And yet, ...

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A Clubhouse Bug Let People Lurk in Rooms Invisibly

“Basically I’m going to keep talking to you, but I’m going to disappear,” longtime security researcher Katie Moussouris told me in a private Clubhouse room in February. “We’ll still be talking, but I’ll be gone.” And then her avatar vanished. I was alone, or at least that’s how it seemed. ...

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How a Former Netflix Exec Built a Brazen Bribery Scheme

Netflix’s former vice president of IT operations was convicted of taking bribes from technology vendors in exchange for awarding them contracts with Netflix, the US Department of Justice announced Friday. The former VP’s illegal scheme forced colleagues to use a variety of products, including one that suffered from “severe” performance ...

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Google’s Grand Plan to Eradicate Cookies Is Crumbling

Millions of people are already part of a global experiment to eradicate cookies once and for all. Since last month, Google has been trialling new browser-based tech in Chrome that could upend the global advertising industry. Most people involved in the trial probably don’t even realize it—but as the project ...

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