Welcome to The Dashlane Tech Check for February 10, 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:
“How Did Cybersecurity Become So Political?” asks The Atlantic
The Atlantic writer Kaveh Waddell asks one single question: how did we get here?
“For years, cybersecurity was straightforward,” he writes. “It was about common-sense goals: keeping your own PC clean, company networks free from hackers, and critical infrastructure safe from foreign intrusions. But as it started to affect and frighten everyday Americans—not to mention Congress, which is famously behind the curve on technology—cybersecurity got sucked into the inevitable vortex of politicization.” Read more.
Homeland Security Secretary Says Social Media Passwords May Be Required to Enter U.S.
People who want to visit the United States could be asked to hand over their social media passwords to officials as part of enhanced security checks, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told Congress on Tuesday. Read more.
David Beckham’s e-mail was leaked was part of blackmail scheme
According to David Beckham’s spokesperson, the former soccer star’s emails were “hacked,” “doctored” and “private,” according to the BBC. The also BBC reports that the person who hacked Beckham’s e-mail is understood to be from Eastern Europe or one of the former Soviet republics. Read more.
After cracking the US military, HackerOne gets $40 million in funding
The Department of Defense (DoD) selected HackerOne to run the US federal government’s first bug bounty challenge, Hack the Pentagon. The challenge cost $150,000 to run and saved the DoD over $1 million. The DoD also awarded HackerOne a $3 million contract to Hack the US Army. Read more.
Michigan says personal info of 1.9M people may have been released
A software update to Michigan’s unemployment system potentially compromised the Social Security numbers and other personal information of up to 1.9 million Michigan workers the state said Friday. Read more.
InterContinental confirms payment card breach at 12 U.S. hotels
InterContinental Hotels Group Plc on Friday confirmed a data breach from payment cards used at 12 of its hotels in the United States, a little over a month after it said it was investigating claims of a possible breach. InterContinental said only payment cards used at the restaurants and bars of the 12 hotels were affected and that cards used at the front desk of the hotels were not affected. Read more.
Toys ‘R’ Us Says Rewards Accounts Being Attacked Using Data Stolen Elsewhere
CBS affiliate KDKA in Pittsburgh reports that Rewards ‘R’ Us members have been receiving messages from Toys ‘R’ Us saying that between November and January, there were “unauthorized attempts to access Rewards ‘R’ Us loyalty member accounts.” Read more.
Dashlane News You Shouldn’t Snooze
Dashlane named one of the best security solutions for 2017 by InfoWorld
InfoWorld expands on its Technology of the Year Awards, of which Dashlane was an honoree. Contributing Editor Jonathan Freeman thinks Dashlane is the best — mainly because it delivers a great user experience. “In a world where attacks only seem to get stealthier, more frequent, and more potent, innovative weapons like these are what we need.” Read more.
Dashlane joins the FIDO Alliance
Dashlane announced that it has officially joined the FIDO Alliance! Membership in the cross-industry consortium was a long time coming. Dashlane was the first password manager to embrace FIDO’s U2F standard and the first to offer FIDO-based authentication via Yubico’s USB U2F devices. Learn more.
This Week’s Lifehack to Improve Your Security
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