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Why Taylor Swift, SZA, and Sexyy Red Leaks Matter

On the morning of Feb. 6, “Drake” was trending on X (formerly known as Twitter); not too unusual for one of the world’s most successful rappers. The reason, though, turned out to be extremely unusual for the pop star and reverberated across the internet for a week – what looked like a video of Drake engaged in a solo sex act was circulating. He hasn’t commented on the video or its veracity explicitly, but he seems to be taking the commotion in stride.  On Feb. 7, Drake’s first night in Nashville for his ongoing…

Meet the shadowy companies helping governments hack citizens’ phones

Named for the winged horse of Greek mythology and often sent by text message, Pegasus can burrow into your phone without your knowledge or even your click, hiding for days or weeks inside, surreptitiously recording everything—messages, photos, encrypted chats, and video and audio—in real-time. Exactly where your data is going often remains a mystery, lost in a tangle of servers. But the deadly impacts of Pegasus and other cyberweapons—wielded by governments from Spain to Saudi Arabia against human rights defenders,…

Apple iMessage PQ3 will protect users from quantum computing attacks

Within the next few decades, perhaps sooner, quantum computers will revolutionize the computing landscape by being able to carry out tasks thousands or even millions of times faster than today’s most powerful supercomputers. When that happens, a quantum computer of the future will easily be able to crack today’s end-to-end encryption technologies, leaving our messages in secure messaging apps like Apple’s iMessage, WhatsApp, and Signal vulnerable to malevolent nation states and bad actors.Even though sufficiently reliable…

Signal usernames will keep your phone number private

Instant messaging app Signal is best known for its privacy-related settings, though with phone numbers being the heart of the platform since its inception, there was no way to fully hide your own number until now. Earlier today, Signal announced that you'll soon be able to create a unique username (not to be mistaken with your profile name), which you can share with others via a link or QR code — as opposed to sharing your number. You'll be able to change your unique username as often as you want, but it needs to contain…

Signal’s New Usernames Will Let You Can Keep Your Phone Number Private

Photo: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg (Getty Images)For those who care about digital privacy, few apps are more beloved than Signal. For years, the end-to-end encrypted messenger has offered some of the best privacy protections on the web. Strong encryption, zero subscription fees, and virtually no data collection? What’s not to like? The FTC Just Prescribed a Can of Whoop Ass on Health DataThat said, there’s always been one little flaw with the messenger’s privacy protections: Unless you get pretty creative, Signal forces you

Security and Privacy of Big Data in Healthcare

Security and Privacy of Big Data in Healthcare Organizations The digitalization of the healthcare sector has seen a major fundamental transformation in the last few years. Big data analytics in healthcare has huge potential for healthcare sector development as well as raises concerns about data security and privacy. The healthcare sector is susceptible to major data breaches of the patients. The data mining procedures to find out sensitive data and spread it to the public leads to data breaches. Healthcare…

The EU opens a wide-ranging probe into TikTok

TikTok is in the EU's crosshairs over potential Digital Services Act (DSA) breaches around the safety of minors and other matters. The formal proceedings will focus on addictive algorithms, the "rabbit hole effect," age verification issues and default privacy settings. The European Commission is also probing ad transparency and data access for researchers, it said in a press release.The probe is focusing on the privacy and safety of minors. The Commission will look at the potentially negative aspects of TikTok's design…

Nikki Haley: Nikki Haley again calls for a TikTok ban over privacy concerns

The Republican Party might have challenges with outreach to Generation Z, but Nikki Haley, appearing at a Fox News town hall event Sunday, said the answer was not TikTok, the Chinese-owned social media platform.In a conversation with "America Reports" co-anchor John Roberts, Haley, a former governor of South Carolina and United Nations ambassador, criticised President Joe Biden for posting a TikTok clip on the night of the Super Bowl, in an appeal to younger voters. She also hit former President Donald Trump, her GOP…