Glassdoor Exposes 600,000 Email Addresses

A web site where users anonymously review their employer has exposed the e-mail addresses — and in some cases the names — of hundreds of thousands of users. An anonymous reader quotes an article from Silicon Beat:
On Friday, the company sent out an email announcing that it had changed its terms of service. Instead of blindly copying email recipients on the message, the company pasted their addresses in the clear. Each message recipient was able to see the email addresses of 999 other Glassdoor users…

Ultimately, the messages exposed the addresses of more than 2 percent of the company’s users… Last month, the company said it had some 30 million monthly active users, meaning that more than 600,000 were affected by the exposure… Although the company didnâ(TM)t directly disclose the names of its users, many of their names could be intuited from their email addresses. Some appeared to be in the format of “first name.last name” or “first initial plus last name.”

A Glassdoor spokesperson said “We are extremely sorry for this error. We take the privacy of our users very seriously and we know this is not what is expected of us. It certainly isn’t how we intend to operate.”


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A web site where users anonymously review their employer has exposed the e-mail addresses — and in some cases the names — of hundreds of thousands of users. An anonymous reader quotes an article from Silicon Beat:
On Friday, the company sent out an email announcing that it had changed its terms of service. Instead of blindly copying email recipients on the message, the company pasted their addresses in the clear. Each message recipient was able to see the email addresses of 999 other Glassdoor users…

Ultimately, the messages exposed the addresses of more than 2 percent of the company’s users… Last month, the company said it had some 30 million monthly active users, meaning that more than 600,000 were affected by the exposure… Although the company didnâ(TM)t directly disclose the names of its users, many of their names could be intuited from their email addresses. Some appeared to be in the format of “first name.last name” or “first initial plus last name.”

A Glassdoor spokesperson said “We are extremely sorry for this error. We take the privacy of our users very seriously and we know this is not what is expected of us. It certainly isn’t how we intend to operate.”

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‘The Hillary Leaks’ – Wikileaks Releases 19,252 Previously Unseen DNC Emails

Reader schwit1 writes: The state department’s release of Hillary emails may be over, but that of Wikileaks is just starting. Moments ago, Julian Assange’s whistleblower organization released over 19,000 emails and more than 8,000 attachments from the D…

Reader schwit1 writes: The state department’s release of Hillary emails may be over, but that of Wikileaks is just starting. Moments ago, Julian Assange’s whistleblower organization released over 19,000 emails and more than 8,000 attachments from the Democratic National Committee. This is part one of their new Hillary Leaks series, Wikileaks said in press release.:”Today, Friday 22 July 2016 at 10:30am EDT, WikiLeaks releases 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from the top of the US Democratic National Committee — part one of our new Hillary Leaks series. The leaks come from the accounts of seven key figures in the DNC: Communications Director Luis Miranda (10770 emails), National Finance Director Jordon Kaplan (3797 emails), Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer (3095 emails), Finance Director of Data & Strategic Initiatives Daniel Parrish (1472 emails), Finance Director Allen Zachary (1611 emails), Senior Advisor Andrew Wright (938 emails) and Northern California Finance Director Robert (Erik) Stowe (751 emails). The emails cover the period from January last year until 25 May this year.” The emails released Friday cover a period from January 2015 to May 2016. They purportedly come from the accounts of seven key DNC staffers: Andrew Wright, Jordon Kaplan, Scott Comer, Luis Miranda, Robert Stowe, Daniel Parrish and Allen Zachary.
A quick scan of the emails focus on Bernie Sanders and dealing with the fallout of many Democrats opposing Hillary Clinton and calling the system “rigged.” Many of the emails exchanged between top DNC officials are simply the text of news articles concerning how establishment democrats can “deal” with the insurgent left-winger. Update: 07/22 17:41 GMT by M :Guccifer 2.0 has claimed responsibility for the leak.

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‘The Hillary Leaks’ – Wikileaks Releases 19,252 Previously Unseen DNC Emails

Reader schwit1 writes: The state department’s release of Hillary emails may be over, but that of Wikileaks is just starting. Moments ago, Julian Assange’s whistleblower organization released over 19,000 emails and more than 8,000 attachments from the D…

Reader schwit1 writes: The state department’s release of Hillary emails may be over, but that of Wikileaks is just starting. Moments ago, Julian Assange’s whistleblower organization released over 19,000 emails and more than 8,000 attachments from the Democratic National Committee. This is part one of their new Hillary Leaks series, Wikileaks said in press release.:”Today, Friday 22 July 2016 at 10:30am EDT, WikiLeaks releases 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from the top of the US Democratic National Committee — part one of our new Hillary Leaks series. The leaks come from the accounts of seven key figures in the DNC: Communications Director Luis Miranda (10770 emails), National Finance Director Jordon Kaplan (3797 emails), Finance Chief of Staff Scott Comer (3095 emails), Finance Director of Data & Strategic Initiatives Daniel Parrish (1472 emails), Finance Director Allen Zachary (1611 emails), Senior Advisor Andrew Wright (938 emails) and Northern California Finance Director Robert (Erik) Stowe (751 emails). The emails cover the period from January last year until 25 May this year.” The emails released Friday cover a period from January 2015 to May 2016. They purportedly come from the accounts of seven key DNC staffers: Andrew Wright, Jordon Kaplan, Scott Comer, Luis Miranda, Robert Stowe, Daniel Parrish and Allen Zachary.
A quick scan of the emails focus on Bernie Sanders and dealing with the fallout of many Democrats opposing Hillary Clinton and calling the system “rigged.” Many of the emails exchanged between top DNC officials are simply the text of news articles concerning how establishment democrats can “deal” with the insurgent left-winger. Update: 07/22 17:41 GMT by M :Guccifer 2.0 has claimed responsibility for the leak.

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Edward Snowden’s New Research Aims To Keep Smartphones From Betraying Their Owners

Smartphones become indispensable tools for journalists, human right workers, and activists in war-torn regions. But at the same time, as Intercept points out, they become especially potent tracking devices that can put users in mortal danger by leaking…

Smartphones become indispensable tools for journalists, human right workers, and activists in war-torn regions. But at the same time, as Intercept points out, they become especially potent tracking devices that can put users in mortal danger by leaking their location. To address the problem, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and hardware hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang have been developing a way for potentially imperiled smartphone users to monitor whether their devices are making any potentially compromising radio transmissions. “We have to ensure that journalists can investigate and find the truth, even in areas where governments prefer they don’t,” Snowden told Intercept. “It’s basically to make the phone work for you, how you want it, when you want it, but only when.” Snowden and Huang presented their findings in a talk at MIT Media Lab’s Forbidden Research event Thursday, and published a detailed paper. Huang has also detailed the technicalities in a blog post on his site. From the Intercept article: Snowden and Huang have been researching if it’s possible to use a smartphone in such an offline manner without leaking its location, starting with the assumption that “a phone can and will be compromised.” […] The research is necessary in part because most common way to try and silence a phone’s radio — turning on airplane mode — can’t be relied on to squelch your phone’s radio traffic. Fortunately, a smartphone can be made to lie about the state of its radios. The article adds: According to their post, the goal is to “provide field-ready tools that enable a reporter to observe and investigate the status of the phone’s radios directly and independently of the phone’s native hardware.” In other words, they want to build an entirely separate tiny computer that users can attach to a smartphone to alert them if it’s being dishonest about its radio emissions. Snowden and Haung are calling this device an “introspection engine” because it will inspect the inner-workings of the phone. The device will be contained inside a battery case, looking similar to a smartphone with an extra bulky battery, except with its own screen to update the user on the status of the radios. Plans are for the device to also be able to sound an audible alarm and possibly to also come equipped with a “kill switch” that can shut off power to the phone if any radio signals are detected.Wired has a detailed report on this, too.

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WikiLeaks Dumps ‘Erdogan Emails’ After Turkey’s Failed Coup

The secret-spilling group’s latest publication claims to shed light on the circumstances of Turkey’s recent armed uprising and the crackdown that’s followed. The post WikiLeaks Dumps ‘Erdogan Emails’ After Turkey’s Failed Coup appeared first on WIRED.

WikiLeaks Dumps ‘Erdogan Emails’ After Turkey’s Failed Coup

The secret-spilling group’s latest publication claims to shed light on the circumstances of Turkey’s recent armed uprising and the crackdown that’s followed. The post WikiLeaks Dumps ‘Erdogan Emails’ After Turkey’s Failed Coup appeared first on WIRED.

A Google Maps Glitch Turned This Korean Fishing Town Into a ‘Pokemon Go’ Haven

Madison Margolin, reporting for Motherboard: A glitch in Google Maps has turned the small fishing town of Sokcho, South Korea, into a Pokemon Go tourist haven. The globally popular mobile game hasn’t launched yet in South Korea, but that hasn’t stopped…

Madison Margolin, reporting for Motherboard: A glitch in Google Maps has turned the small fishing town of Sokcho, South Korea, into a Pokemon Go tourist haven. The globally popular mobile game hasn’t launched yet in South Korea, but that hasn’t stopped clever gamers from finding a way to play it anyways. The city of Sokcho is taking full advantage of it, according to this video by the Wall Street Journal. Because of Cold War era laws preventing North Korea from obtaining maps of the country, the use of Google Maps is restricted in South Korea, the WSJ reports. However, a fluke in the system allows it to work in Sokcho, in the northeast corner of the country, just outside the DMZ (demilitarized zone) between North and South Korea. Sokcho is outside the range of indexing grids that Pokemon Go developers used for mapping restrictions of South Korea and other countries.

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Europe Is Going After Google Hard, and Google May Not Win

In the end, Google in Europe could wind up a very different thing than Google at home. The post Europe Is Going After Google Hard, and Google May Not Win appeared first on WIRED.

Europe Is Going After Google Hard, and Google May Not Win

In the end, Google in Europe could wind up a very different thing than Google at home. The post Europe Is Going After Google Hard, and Google May Not Win appeared first on WIRED.

Big Privacy Ruling Says Feds Can’t Grab Data Abroad With a Warrant

Microsoft successfully fends off prosecutors’ demand for an Irish Silk Road suspect’s data, setting new limits on the Justice Department’s reach. The post Big Privacy Ruling Says Feds Can’t Grab Data Abroad With a Warrant appeared first on WIRED.

Big Privacy Ruling Says Feds Can’t Grab Data Abroad With a Warrant

Microsoft successfully fends off prosecutors’ demand for an Irish Silk Road suspect’s data, setting new limits on the Justice Department’s reach. The post Big Privacy Ruling Says Feds Can’t Grab Data Abroad With a Warrant appeared first on WIRED.

In Privacy Victory, Microsoft Wins Appeal Over Foreign Data Warrant

In what is being perceived as a major victory for privacy, Microsoft has won the reversal of a court order that required it to turn over to the United States government the contents of a customer’s email account stored on an Irish server. ZDNet reports…

In what is being perceived as a major victory for privacy, Microsoft has won the reversal of a court order that required it to turn over to the United States government the contents of a customer’s email account stored on an Irish server. ZDNet reports: The case centered on a uniquely-different warrant that was issued by U.S. prosectors in that it was for data stored in an email account stored by Microsoft overseas. Prosecutors said that because the data was hosted by a U.S.-based company, Microsoft must comply. But the judges concluded that Congress did not intend the law used in the case — the Stored Communications Act — to apply outside the US. The judges said was a “rational policy outcome” and should be “celebrated as a milestone in protecting privacy.” The appeals court also reversed a charge of contempt, which allowed the company to trigger an appeal. The software giant has been battling U.S. prosecutors for two years over data held in its Dublin, Ireland datacenter, which it says cannot be accessed or retrieved by a US search warrant.

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‘Fourth Amendment Caucus’ Aims To Fight Government Surveillance

schwit1 quotes a report from USA Today: An unusual coalition of 13 Republicans and 12 Democrats on Wednesday announced the creation of the House Fourth Amendment Caucus to protect Americans’ privacy rights against calls for increased government surveil…

schwit1 quotes a report from USA Today: An unusual coalition of 13 Republicans and 12 Democrats on Wednesday announced the creation of the House Fourth Amendment Caucus to protect Americans’ privacy rights against calls for increased government surveillance in the wake of terrorist attacks. The group named itself after the Fourth Amendment because the lawmakers fear that the government is increasingly seeking the power to search Americans’ electronic data without a warrant. They see that as a threat to the Constitutional amendment’s protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. “In the face of difficult circumstances, some are quick to pursue extreme, unconstitutional measures; the Fourth Amendment Caucus will be a moderating influence that gives voice to countless Americans whose rights are violated by these ill-conceived policies,” said Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich), who joined the group led by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), and Ted Poe (R-Texas).

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