Welcome to The Dashlane Tech Check for March 24, 2017! I’ll help you catch up on Dashlane-related news and the big news in the tech industry. And just for fun, I’ll include a useful lifehack that will keep you safe and secure all year long.
What in the (Security) World?
Here’s what made headlines this week in the world of digital identity, security, and privacy:
Lip Motion Passwords could be the future of biometric authentication
Biometrics solve the problem of having to remember passwords, but there are some downsides like being unable to change your fingerprint. Hong Kong Baptist University professor Cheung Yin-ming thinks he found the solution with your lips. According to PCMag, Yiu-ming developed a form of Lip Motion Passwords, which authenticate a person using the unique motion of their lips as they say a particular word or phrase. Unlike other biometric methods, Lip Passwords can be changed by recording a new lip movement and resetting the Lip Password–the word or phrase a person speaks aloud. Learn more.
WikiLeaks releases a new cache describing the CIA’s Mac exploits
WikiLeaks published a cache named “Dark Matter”, which described new hacking techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to access Mac devices. For instance, a project called “Sonic Screwdriver v1.0” allowed the installation of malware while a Mac device is booting; Triton v1.3 and Der Starke v1.4 are malware programs that can stealthily steal files and folders from your computer. Read our March 10 Tech Check to catch up on the first batch of CIA documents. Learn more.
FBI Director dismisses Trump’s wiretap claims
Appearing with NSA Director Mike Rogers, FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday; When asked about President Trump’s wiretapping claims, Comey said he found “no information that supports those tweets” from Trump. Comey also confirmed that the FBI has been investigating links between the Trump campaign and Russia since last July. Learn more.
Data breaches expose 1.6 million records of New Yorkers–an all-time high
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a 2016 report of data breaches that affected New York state residents. The report found that” security breaches increased by 60 percent and the number of personal records tripled”. In addition, the report determined that more than 40 percent of the total 1,282 reported incidents were the results of hacking. Learn more.
Senate votes to allow ISPs to collect your data without permission
According to TechCrunch, the Senate vote 50 to 48 in favor of S.J. 34, a resolution that would remove rules–and prevent similar rules from being enacted–that requires Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to obtain users’ permission to use their personal data. Now, the resolution will have to be approved by the House before being signed by the President. Learn more.
26 million decrypted Gmail and Yahoo accounts are being sold on the dark web
HackRead is reporting that an additional 5 million decrypted Yahoo accounts and 21 million decrypted Gmail accounts are currently being sold on the Dark Web. This batch of data is being sold by the same vendor who put one million Gmail and Yahoo accounts up for sale two weeks ago. Learn more.
Saks Fifth Avenue leaks customer emails and phone numbers online
According to BuzzFeed News, the personal information for tens of thousands of customers of Saks Fifth Avenue was leaked online in plain text. Data includes email addresses, phone numbers, and product codes for the items customers express interest in buying. The company, however, has said that no credit, payment, or password information was exposed. Learn more.
Employee passwords are behind massive security breaches
Dashlane CEO contributed a piece to VentureBeat explaining the consequences poor password practices can have for both employees and businesses in the workplace. He concludes with useful tips that both employees and IT administrators can follow to successfully build a culture of cybersecurity. Learn more.
Hackers claim to have access to millions of iCloud accounts, Apple says otherwise
According to BetaNews, a group of hackers claims to have access to “hundreds of millions of iCloud accounts” and is currently demanding $75,000 in Bitcoin from Apple. However, Apple claims that there “have not been any breaches” in any of its systems. It’s currently unclear if the iCloud email addresses and passwords were compromised in other data breaches, and hackers haven’t provided any evidence that such a cache currently exists. Learn more.
Dashlane News You Shouldn’t Snooze
Dashlane CEO Emmanuel Schalit shows Lifehacker how he works
Photo credit: Lifehacker
Dashlane CEO Emmanuel Schalit was featured in Lifehacker’s “How I Work” series which profiles heroes, experts, and “flat-out productive people to share their shortcuts, workspaces, routines, and more! In his interview, Schalit shares the apps he can’t live without, his best time-saving life hack, and opens up about his healthy lifestyle outside of the office. Read the full interview here.
Start your digital spring cleaning with tips from Dashlane’s Digital Expert Ryan Merchant
Blasting News interviewed Dashlane’s Ryan Merchant about his life here at Dashlane, his tips for digital cleaning and password security, and he shares the wildest scammer/spammer” story he’s ever heard. Read the full interview here.
This Week’s Lifehack to Improve Your Security
This is the first official week of Spring, which is a perfect reminder to kick of your annual Spring Cleaning routine! After you’ve finished clearing out your closet, rearranging your living room, and polishing up the kitchen, take some time to clean up your digital life as well. We’ve put together a handy “To-Do” list to help you spruce up your digital life in no time!
Have any thoughts on any of the news I shared? Leave me a comment below and make sure to visit our blog next week for another edition of The Dashlane Tech Check.
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