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Samsung owns up to 'small' data breach, but recent Find My Mobile notification not to blameMysterious ‘1’ push notification was entirely unrelated

Samsung customers around the world were perplexed recently when a mysterious "1" notification appeared on phones. Within a day, The Register reported about a data breach involving a small group of account holders and linked it to the ‘1’ notification that almost all Galaxy device owners received. Samsung has now admitted to a "small" data breach but says the two events are unrelated.

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Slickwraps has been hacked, customer data is compromised (Update: Email notifications)Poor security has led to multiple breaches into Slickwraps databases

Slickwraps is one of the most well-known sellers of vinyl skins for computers, phones, tablets, game consoles, and other product categories. If you've ever bought something from Slickwraps (without PayPal or another similar service), now is the time to replace your credit card, because the company has suffered multiple data breaches impacting all customer data.

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Privacy scare leads Wyze to unpair all devices from Google Assistant and Alexa, you'll need to add them back (Update: Further responses)

Smart home appliance maker Wyze has responded to what it calls an "alleged" data breach against its production databases by logging all users out of their accounts and has strengthened security for its servers. Customers endured a lengthy reauthentication process as the company responded to a series of reports claiming that the company stored sensitive information about people's security cameras, local networks, and email addresses in exposed databases.

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Google is rolling out stolen password protection in Chrome 79

Google first introduced a Password Checkup Chrome extension this February to help you check if your login information had been breached, which it integrated with the password manager inside your Google Account in October. After testing this feature natively in the beta of its browser, the company is now rolling it out with the new stable version of Chrome 79. While it's at it, Google is also enhancing some phishing protection mechanisms.

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Leak exposes social profile info, phone numbers, and more for 1.2 billion people

In one of the biggest breaches in recent history, data from more than 1.2 billion individuals has been leaked online. It stems from a publicly available server which pulled its data from a pair of so-called data enrichment companies — People Data Labs and oxydata — that aggregate personal information on millions of individuals and sell it to customers. The firms in question can't explain how the data got there.

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T-Mobile prepaid customers have had personal data siphoned

If you're a T-Mobile prepaid customer and have just received an email from the carrier, you might want to read it instead of sending it straight to trash: the company said it has blocked off unauthorized access to some of its subscribers' private information and that notified customers may need to take action.

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OnePlus accidentally leaked email addresses from its Shot on OnePlus app

OnePlus has a little-known feature bundled with its phones called "Shot on OnePlus." It's a way for people to show off the photos they take on their phones by making them available to other OP users as wallpapers. However, OnePlus reportedly designed its API in such a way that it's easy for someone to harvest email addresses from Shot on OnePlus.

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Amazon admits to customer data exposure but is exceedingly cagey on details

We're deep in the throes of Black Friday week, which one might imagine is generally the jolliest time of the year for Amazon. However, the massive global e-commerce platform has just revealed some less-than-jolly news: it "inadvertently disclosed" customer email addresses due to a "technical error."

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Phone tracking firms LocationSmart and Securus under fire for data breaches

Securus Technologies is a Texas-based company, specializing in providing and monitoring calls to prison inmates. Securus came into the spotlight earlier this month, when a former Missouri sheriff was found using the company's service to repeatedly track people without a warrant. The New York Times reports that between 2014 and 2017, former sheriff Cory Hutcheson used the service at least 11 times, allegedly tracking a judge and members of the State Highway Patrol.

Securus obtains tracking information through a company called LocationSmart, which in turn has agreements with most U.S. carriers. Earlier this month, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon wrote a letter to various carriers asking them to independently verify that these requests are made lawfully.

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Ai.type keyboard app developer accidentally leaks personal data of 31 million users

Another week, another potentially serious data breach. The emails, phone numbers, and locations of 31 million users of Android keyboard app Ai.type have been compromised after the developer failed to secure the server on which the information was stored. Some 577 gigabytes of data is said to have been exposed, representing more than three quarters of the app's total userbase.

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