Currently experiencing a decline in Firefox usage, Mozilla’s popularity is set to deteriorate even more after it admitted to the accidental leak of 76,000 developers emails and 4,000 encrypted passwords. There statement notes that “while we have not been able to detect malicious activity on that server, we cannot be sure there wasn’t any such access”, and therefore users are unable to log on with hacked passwords, as well as being warned to change similar passwords for other sites. The privacy leak is especially ironic, as it follows Mozilla’s request last year for a British surveillance software company to stop using their browser as a disguise for government’s to sneakily collect data.
However, privacy online is not always a bad thing, and nor is companies checking up on their users… as Google proved yesterday when it reported images of child abuse it found in a convicted sex offender’s Gmail account to authorities. An automated search discovered illegal images of a young girl stored in his email and the company told the US non-profit National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which led to the man’s arrest. This is the first proof that Google trawls through our actual information, although its common knowledge that the tech giant already scans the text of emails to target relevant adverts to different users.
Although its accuracy is still under discussion, online security has reached an all-time high after one cyber security researcher claims to be able to hack into the satellite communications network of passenger jets, simply through their wifi and inflight entertainment system. But before you cancel all your future flights, Ruben Santamarta (the man behind the claims) has stated that he will expose the details of his decoding in order to prompt the engineering companies to sort out their vulnerable and dangerous flaws. His plan of attack will be divulged at this weeks popular Black Hat hacking convention in Las Vegas, which will showcase a thousand other security threats that have been discovered.
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