Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

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Bank of America glitch leaves some Zelle users waiting for their money

Some Bank of America customers woke up to lost money, accounts in the negative and overdraft fees, due to issues with Zelle transfers.

 | James Packard

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Yes, You Can Get Paid To Take Surveys, But Beware Of Scams

Scammers are finding new ways to get personal information from potential victims, including through "surveys."

 | Scripps News Staff

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Mobile Wallets Are Convenient, But How Safe Are They?

An expert says adding a debit or credit card to your mobile wallet actually adds a layer of protection.

 | John Matarese

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FBI Warns Parents Of Increase In 'Sextortion' Cases Among Kids, Teens

Sextortion often involves kids or teens who are coerced into sending explicit images online then being extorted for money to keep them private.

 | Jamal Andress

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Is WhatsApp Safe? Here's What You Need To Know

It can be a safe communication tool when you use it wisely and take precautions to protect your privacy and security. Here's how.

 | Tricia Goss

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Fmr. CIA Official Calls For Restrictions On Officers Working At TikTok

The CIA's former acting general counsel told Newsy Congress should put post-employment restrictions in place.

 | Sasha Ingber

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Is Your Password One Of The Most Common In The U.S.?

NordPass released its 2022 list of the most common passwords — and the password manager reports that 83% of them can be cracked in a second.

 | Tricia Goss

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How To Keep Your Information Safe When Shopping Online

Cyber Tech Connection President David Jooste spoke with Newsy about how to keep your personal and financial information safe while shopping online.

 | Scripps News Staff

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How To Avoid Online Scams This Holiday Season

Experts say online scams around the holidays are growing because of Americans' increased reliance on e-commerce for shopping.

 | Tyler Adkisson

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How To Snoop Around In Your Phone If You Think Someone Has Used It

If you suspect others have been accessing your cellphone, you can take a few easy steps to learn what they were up to on your device.

 | Tricia Goss

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TikTok Has Been Hiring Former CIA, FBI And NSA Officers

Americans who were previously employed by intelligence agencies are now working for TikTok, and it is raising security concerns.

 | Sasha Ingber

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U.K. Politicians Demand Probe Into Liz Truss Phone Hack Claim

Claims say Russian spies were suspected of the hack.

 | AP

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What Does Hollywood Have To Fear With Deepfakes?

As the use of deepfake technology increases, questions arise on whether an actor's digital twin can be used without consent.

 | Casey Mendoza

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Why Deepfake Pornography Is So Hard To Stop

Cracking down on deepfake revenge porn and nonconsensual porn has been difficult legally, partly due to regulation of mediums.

 | Scripps News Staff

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How To Remove Your Personal Information From Google Searches

You can now remove things like your address, phone number and signature from Google. Here’s a step-by-step guide to protect your personal information.

 | Tricia Goss

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Federal Trade Commission Warns Of Student Loan Relief Scams

Cybersecurity experts told Newsy the relief program is particularly lucrative to scammers because it offers a huge target for information and money.

 | Tyler Adkisson

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What Happens If Elon Musk Buys Twitter?

Experts are worried, based on Musk’s comments on how speech should be moderated on social media.

 | Tyler Adkisson

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QR Codes Are Reshaping Public Transit, But Are They Safe?

QR codes are great for concert tickets and sporting events, but are they practical for city buses and subways?

 | Scripps News Staff

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TikTok, Other Social Companies Address Data Privacy Before Congress

TikTok's chief operating officer and other social media executives commented on national security concerns in a Wednesday Congressional hearing.

 | Tyler Adkisson

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Los Angeles Unified School District Targeted In Cyberattack

The nation's second-largest school district was hit with a ransomware attack that was "likely criminal in nature," district officials said.

 | AP

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Changing Your Password Too Often Might Be Hurting Your Account Privacy

Patterns most humans use in changing their passwords could be leading to more predictable and easy-to-breach security.

 | Tyler Adkisson

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Former Twitter Security Chief Files Whistleblower Complaints

One of the allegations is also at the core of the attempted withdrawal of a $44 billion takeover bid for Twitter by billionaire Elon Musk.

 | AP

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Apple Warns Of Security Flaw For iPhones, iPads, Macs

Apple did not say in the reports how, where or by whom the vulnerabilities were discovered. In all cases, it cited an anonymous researcher.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

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Consumer Data Concerns As Amazon Is Set To Acquire iRobot, Roomba

Antitrust experts worry that the deal is less about selling Roombas and more about finding ways to surveil the most intimate spaces of our lives.

 | Tyler Adkisson

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U.S. And U.K. Intelligence Agencies Warn About China Threat

Beijing is targeting both politicians and businesspeople, stealing their data as part of a strategy known as the "thousand grains of sand."

 | Sasha Ingber

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Alleged Chinese Police Database Hack Leaks Data Of 1 Billion People

In an online forum, someone offered to sell what they claimed was the information of one billion people obtained from a Shanghai police database.

 | AP

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The Growing Problem Of Cybercriminals Scamming Crypto Investors

While more people have started to learn about options in the crypto world, it also lets scammers create new opportunities to seize some of your coins.

 | Tyler Adkisson

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Third-Party Cookies Are Going Away. What Are Marketers Trying Now?

Google is phasing out third-party cookies, but new potential replacement systems are still in the trial phase.

 | Tyler Adkisson

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Breach Exposed Data Of Half-Million Chicago Students, Staff

In total, 495,448 student and 56,138 employee records from Chicago Public Schools were accessed from 2015-16 through 2018-2019 school years.

 | AP

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What Makes The U.S. Vulnerable To Cyberattacks?

According to the White House, ransomware payments reached over $400 million globally in 2020.

 | Tyler Adkisson and Scripps News Staff