Welcome to The Dashlane Tech Check for April 7, 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:
Trump Administration May Make Visitors to U.S. Hand Over Their Phones and Social-Media Passwords
As part of new “extreme vetting” protocols, visitors to the U.S. may be required to hand over their devices, social media passwords, financial records, and more according to Vice News. Trump administration officials also said visitors may be questioned about their ideology and could apply to people across the globe, even those from long-standing US allies like Australia, the UK, and France “whose citizens can travel fairly freely to America thanks to Visa Waiver Program” says Vice.
Twitter sues the U.S. government for attempts to unmask an anti-Trump account owner
According to The Verge, Twitter is suing the Trump administration, after the Department of Homeland Security sought to unmask an anonymous user of an anti-Trump account. The suit filed in Northern California District Court is defending the owner of @ALT_uscis, whose Twitter account was used “to express public criticism of the Department and the current Administration.” Twitter’s lawsuit focuses on whether Customs has the legal authority to unmask a user.
Congress introduces Main Street Cybersecurity Act to address cyber attacks on small businesses
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate introduced the Main Street Cybersecurity Act, a bill geared towards creating a set of resources and guidelines small businesses can use to protect themselves from a steadily increasing number of cyber attacks, says NBC News. Various surveys and studies show that small businesses can use all the help they can get. In the last 12 months, 14 million small businesses were hacked, and about 60 percent of small businesses that suffer a cybersecurity attack go out of business within six months.
Want to learn more about the U.S. Government’s repeal of internet privacy rules? We tell you everything you need to know in last week’s Tech Check!
Democrats introduce new legislation to restore FCC privacy rules
This week, U.S. Democratic legislators introduced two pieces of legislation designed to restore former FCC privacy rules, after President Trump repealed them on Monday. InfoSecurity Magazine is reporting the legislations would attempt to revive ruled that would have forced Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to request permission from its users to share their sensitive personal information, like browsing history with third parties.
McAfee leaves Intel to become an independent cybersecurity company
This week, NBC News reported security software company McAfee became a new, jointly-owned independent cybersecurity company, with alternative asset management firm TPG. The company was acquired by Intel between 2010 and 2011.
McDonald’s Canada says 95,000 affected in website hack
According to The Globe and Mail, McDonald’s Canada’s jobs section of its website has been hacked, affecting 95,000 applicants. Compromised data contains names, addresses, phone numbers, employment histories and other standard job application information of those who applied online between March 2014 and March 2017.
Not Too Funny: The New York Post app was hacked on April Fools’ Day
Jokes on the New York Post. According to USA Today, the publication issued an apology Sunday on Twitter after an April Fools’ Day hack of the Post’s app resulted in a flurry of push alert notifications including “Heil President Donald Trump!” The company said that an effort was underway “to resolve the issue,” although the source of the hack is unclear.
Track and Field governing body says it was hacked by Fancy Bear
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said it was hacked on Monday by the infamous Fancy Bear hacking group, according to NBC News. The organization says the hack “compromised athletes’ Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) applications stored on IAAF servers,” although it’s unclear if any data was stolen or misused.
Millions of .edu credentials up for sale on the dark web
Researchers find millions of .edu email addresses and passwords available and up for sale on the Dark Web. Education Dive says a report from Digital Citizens Alliance 14 million .edu email addresses and email passwords from the 300 largest higher ed institutions in the U.S.; 11 million of those were found during a search of the Dark Web last year.
This Week’s Lifehack to Improve Your Security
The countdown to Tax Day is on, and Dashlane is here to help! From remembering once-a-year account logins to sharing secure information with tax professionals, see how Dashlane can help protect your identity and your sanity as you file your taxes.
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Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter to always be in the know! In our last Tech Check, we tell you everything that you need to know about Congress’ measure to dismantle online privacy rules created by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).