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Scott Westover

Expanding bug bounties on Google Play

Posted by Adam Bacchus, Sebastian Porst, and Patrick Mutchler — Android Security & Privacy [Cross-posted from the Android Developers Blog] We’re constantly looking for ways to further improve the security and privacy of our products, and the ecosystems they support. At Google, we understand the strength of open platforms and ecosystems, and that the best ideas don’t

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Ian Sample Science editor

Maths and tech specialists need Hippocratic oath, says academic

Mathematics Mathematicians, computer engineers and scientists in related fields should take a Hippocratic oath to protect the public from powerful new technologies under development in laboratories and tech firms, a leading researcher has said. The ethical pledge would commit scientists to think deeply about the possible applications of their work and compel them to pursue

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Cyber Security
Josh Taylor

Myki data release breached privacy laws and revealed travel histories, including of Victorian MP

Victoria The three-year travel history of a Victorian politician was able to be identified after the state government released the supposedly “de-identified” data of more than 15m myki public transport users in a breach of privacy laws. In July 2018, Public Transport Victoria (now the Department of Transport) released a dataset containing 1.8bn travel records

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Cyber Security
Josh Taylor

Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms

Data and computer security The fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and personal information of employees, was discovered on a publicly accessible database for a company used by the likes of the UK Metropolitan police, defence contractors and banks. Suprema is the security company responsible

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Google Security PR

Awarding Google Cloud Vulnerability Research

Posted by Felix Groebert, Information Security Engineering Today, we’re excited to announce a yearly Google Cloud Platform (GCP) VRP Prize to promote security research of GCP. A prize of $100,000.00 will be paid to the reporter of the best vulnerability affecting GCP reported through our Vulnerability Reward Program (g.co/vulnz) and having a public write-up (nominations

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Cyber Security
Josh Taylor

Chinese cyberhackers 'blurring line between state power and crime'

Hacking A group of state-sponsored hackers in China ran activities for personal gain at the same time as undertaking spying operations for the Chinese government in 14 different countries, the cybersecurity firm FireEye has said. In a report released on Thursday, the company said the hacking group APT41 was different to other China-based groups tracked

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