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Questions about contact tracing? Tony Cole discusses how exactly it works

Tony Cole, the chief technology officer at Attivo Networks, joined News 12’s Elizabeth Hashage to discuss how exactly contact tracing works. Mr. Cole has served on the US President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee’s IoT security subcommittee. He also served on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Communications Security and Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC-V). Watch …

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Software bug flipped 14 million Facebook users to ‘public’

Over a 10-day period in May, a software bug automatically updated 14 million Facebook users’ privacy settings from Private to Public, exposing their posts to a wider audience.

Facebook was testing a feature designed to help users share content.

“We recently found a bug that automatically suggested posting publicly when some people were creating their Facebook posts,” Facebook Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) Erin Egan said in a statement. “We have fixed this issue and starting today we are letting everyone affected know and asking them to review any posts they made during that time.”

Ransomware Attack on Texas Clinic Affects 33k, Some Patient Records Lost

A ransomware attack on Grand Prairie, Texas-based Rainbow Children’s Clinic in early August reportedly affected 33,638 patients, according to Information Management.

On Aug. 3, a hacker launched a ransomware attack on the clinic’s computer system, encrypting data on the clinic’s servers. Rainbow Children’s Clinic attempted to quickly shut down its system, but an investigation conducted by a forensic expert proved a number of patient records had been deleted, reports Healthcare Finance News.

The potentially “irretrievably deleted” records may include patients’ names, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, medical information and payment guarantors.

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Why Cyber War Is Dangerous for Democracies

This month, two years after his massive leak of NSA documents detailing U.S. surveillance programs, Edward Snowden published an op-ed in The New York Times celebrating his accomplishments. The “power of an informed public,” he wrote, had forced the U.S. government to scrap its bulk collection of phone records. Read more.

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