According to a report earlier this month, the answer to that question could be Yes. Based on the class action lawsuit Facebook is facing, it’s alleged that the global social networking site has violated its users’ right to privacy.
Apparently our private messages are not private from Facebook, as the site has been accused of scanning private messages containing URL’s in order to conduct data mining and user profiling. Facebook is fighting back, “We believe the allegations are without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously”.
4.6 million Snapchat users were hacked this month, were you one of them? Usernames and phone numbers were stolen and if that weren’t bad enough, the data was also posted online on a site called SnapchatDB.info, which has since been taken down. While the last digits of each phone number were censored, and the site is no longer online, it has been reported that a cached version can still be accessed.
As we move into 2014, the tail end of 2013 has certainly been a busy period for hackers. Perhaps the Target hack, in which 40 million credit/debit card details were stolen, will go down as one of the largest and most damaging of 2013. But a raft of smaller attacks which followed Target illustrated just how every day hacking is.
Is Bitcoin set to become the currency of choice for cyber criminals? It certainly looks that way. Bitcoin is an untraceable virtual currency that’s ideal for cyber criminals. It’s not backed by any central bank and can be transferred between any two people anywhere.
If you’ve recently had trouble using healthcare.gov you are not alone. However rest assured that the Department of Health and Human Services has announced the site is now fixed. We wouldn’t recommend you rest easy though, as the Department made no mention of the caliber of security on the site.