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AMCA data breach has now went over the 20 million mark

A security breach at American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), a provider of billing services for the US healthcare sector, has now exposed the personal and financial information of over 20 million Americans, possibly more.See alsoThe exposed data belongs to Americans who paid laboratory work at various clinical and blood testing labs across the US and used AMCA's billing portal.Hack went undetected for monthsThe breach, first reported by DataBreaches.net, took place after a hacker group compr...

Brazilian IoT plan inches closer to reality

Brazil's national strategy for Internet of Things (IoT) has moved closer to reality as the plan has now been submitted today (June 14) to be signed into law.The minister for science, technology, innovation and communications, Marcos Pontes, has forwarded the final version of the hotly anticipated plan to president Jair Bolsonaro, which has been subject of much debate and changes since the end of the previous administration.Special feature Data, AI, IoT: The Future of Retail The digital transfor...

Mysterious Iranian group is hacking into DNA sequencers

See alsoWeb-based DNA sequencer applications are under attack from a mysterious hacker group using a still-unpatched zero-day to take control of targeted devices.The attacks have started two days ago, on June 12, and are still going on, according to Ankit Anubhav, a security researcher with NewSky Security, who shared his findings with ZDNet.Hackers planting shells on DNA sequencer web appsAnubhav says the group, which operates from an Iran-based IP address, has been scanning the internet for d...

ThinkGeek 50% off sale: 15 best toys, gadgets, and other tech deals

Cool tools for Dad you won't find at the mallDavid Gewirtz's top gift ideas for Father's Day include some unusual and unexpected products, not just more of what Dad has already seen at his local big box store.More dealsThinkGeek recently announced it will shut down its site on July 2 and move its business to parent company GameStop, though its 40 physical stores will remain open. To kick off the move, ThinkGeek is offering a 50% off site-wide sale -- as long as you apply the promo code MOVINGDA...

Influencer marketing spending is on the rise

These are the most influential companies on social media (you'll be surprised)Start-up companies are falling behind on social media influence whereas older established companies are leading the way in social according to a new report.The influencer marketing space is expected to reach $10 billion by 2022, up from $2 billion in 2017, according to Business Insider Intelligence. But just how much should businesses spend on their influencers to take advantage of this growth? FacebookSan Francisco-b...

Security bug would have allowed hackers access to Google's internal network

techrepublic cheat sheetA young Czech bug hunter has found a security flaw in one of Google's backend apps. If exploited by a malicious threat actor, the bug could have allowed hackers a way to steal Google employee cookies for internal apps and hijack accounts, launch extremely convincing spear-phishing attempts, and potentially gain access to other parts of Google's internal network.This attack vector was discovered by security researcher Thomas Orlita in February, this year, and has been pat...

Twitter wipes out thousands of fake accounts connected to Iran, Russia

Fraudsters posing as Elon Musk carry out a bitcoin scam on TwitterScammers are hijacking verified accounts and using them to imitate the Tesla boss as part of a new bitcoin con.Twitter has eradicated thousands of fraudulent accounts tied to Iran and Russia which have been used to influence and dominate political discussions on the platform. The majority of the fake accounts originate from Iran, the microblogging platform revealed on Thursday. In total, 4,779 accounts have been deleted as Twitte...

Facebook seals cryptocurrency deal with Visa, Mastercard, PayPal: report

How to build trust in cryptocurrencyBill Barhydte, founder and CEO of ABRA, tells Tonya Hall why it's important to build trust in cryptocurrency in order to improve access to global financial markets with cryptocurrency.Facebook is reportedly gearing up to announce its own brand of cryptocurrency next week with the backing of over a dozen major financial organizations. According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook's venture into the cryptocurrency space has been strengthened with the support o...

Europol turns cryptocurrency crimes into a game

Firefox adds new defenses against browser fingerprinting and cryptomining scriptsMozilla sets out Firefox's upcoming protections against cryptojacking and fingerprint scripts, plus its rollout plans.European law enforcement is training its officers in the emerging field of cryptocurrency-related crimes by developing a game specifically for the task. Europol said at the sixth Cryptocurrency Conference, hosted at its headquarters this week, that the "cryptocurrency-tracing serious game" will laun...

This 'most dangerous' hacking group is now probing power grids

Your data is at risk from unpatched vulnerabilitiesFlaws are left open for weeks or longer even when fixes exist, security experts admit, leaving organisations at risk.A hacking group described at the 'most dangerous threat' to industrial systems has taken a close interest in power grids in the US and elsewhere, according to a security company.The hacking group believed to be behind the attack on the industrial control systems (ICS) of a petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia are now apparently pr...

Huawei's Android puzzle: Is Linux Sailfish now an option alongside its own OS?

Huawei ban: Winners, losers, and what's at stake (a whole lot)ZDNet's Jason Cipriani and Jason Perlow talk with Karen Roby about how the security and trade brouhaha impacts everything from the future of regional carriers and the bottom lines of tech giants to 5G's prospects and consumer's pocketbooks. Read more: https://zd.net/2WzVRbqHuawei, scrambling to solve its US ban, may take a multi-pronged approach to its Android and Arm technology. MobilityThe company is developing its own OS plan B, d...

Where is Alteryx heading? | ZDNet

Like longtime partner Tableau, Alteryx has enjoyed strong loyalty with its self-service culture. But with cloud giants looming in its backyard and the ambitions of its user base to add machine learning to their resumes, the company is facing generational change.

Apple Arcade and TV Plus: How to out-Prime Amazon's subscription service

Apple Arcade: Is this game subscription service ready for prime time?Jason Cipriani and Jason Perlow join Karen Roby to debate the prospects for Apple's new gaming service. Will users suffer subscription fatigue or will casual gamers eat up another service? Read more: https://zd.net/2UMIpNdOn June 3, Apple held a keynote for its annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC). It introduced iOS 13, the latest incarnation of its mobile operating system, as well as iPad OS, which aims to make its t...

Windows 10 yields more secrets: Microsoft plan to split OS from shell takes shape

Windows 10 April update is full of new features: Our top picksHere are some of the new capabilities you can expect in yet another feature-packed semi-annual release. Read more: https://zd.net/2HLtL6fThe latest Windows preview from the 20H1 branch, build 18917, has some hidden components that signal a future where the Windows Shell UI parts, such as Action Center, will be separate from the rest of Windows and can be updated with shell packages. Windows 10A developer who uses the Twitter handle A...

iPhone 11 could spell the end for the Lightning port

As developers – and the curious – trawl through the iOS 13 beta, it seems that some quite interesting secrets are tumbling out. One tidbit that's come out is the hint that Apple could be getting ready to drop the Lightning port and switch over to the USB-C standard with the iPhone 11.This could be a good move.Must read: How to protect your Google Account with the Advanced Protection ProgramHere's what Raphaël Mouton discovered:Now, what's interesting is that Apple has changed the image to show ...

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