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Password1, Password2, Password3 no more: Microsoft drops password expiration rec

Password1, Password2, Password3 no more: Microsoft drops password expiration rec

For many years, Microsoft has published a security baseline configuration: a set of system policies that are a reasonable default for a typical organization. This configuration may be sufficient for some companies, and it represents a good starting point for those corporations that need something stricter. While most of the settings have been unproblematic, one…
In brand-new gaffe, Facebook incorrectly gathers e-mail contacts for 1.5 million

In brand-new gaffe, Facebook incorrectly gathers e-mail contacts for 1.5 million

Facebook's privacy gaffes keep coming. On Wednesday, the social media company said it collected the stored email address lists of as many as 1.5 million users without permission. On Thursday, the company said the number of Instagram users affected by a previously reported password storage error was in the "millions," not the "tens of thousands"…
Digital exchange loses $137 million as creator takes passwords to the tomb

Digital exchange loses $137 million as creator takes passwords to the...

A cryptocurrency exchange in Canada has lost control of at least $137 million of its customers’ assets following the sudden death of its founder, who was the only person known to have access the the offline wallet that stored the digital coins. British Columbia-based QuadrigaCX is unable to access most or all of another $53…
Beast 773 million-record breach list includes plaintext passwords

Beast 773 million-record breach list includes plaintext passwords

Getty Images Have I Been Pwned, the breach notification service that serves as a bellwether for the security of login credentials, has just gotten its hands on its biggest data haul ever—a list that includes almost 773 million unique email addresses and 21 million unique passwords that were used to log in to third-party sites.…
New Windows 10 construct silences Cortana, brings passwordless accounts

New Windows 10 construct silences Cortana, brings passwordless accounts

The latest Insider build of Windows 10, 18309, expands the use of a thing that Microsoft has recently introduced: passwordless Microsoft accounts. It's now possible to create a Microsoft account that uses a one-time code delivered over SMS as its primary authenticator, rather than a conventional password. In the new Windows 10 build, these passwordless…
Hack on 8 adult sites exposes thousandses of intimate user information

Hack on 8 adult sites exposes thousandses of intimate user information

Enlarge / One of the hacked websites, wifelovers.com, as it appeared on October 12. A recent hack of eight poorly secured adult websites has exposed megabytes of personal data that could be damaging to the people who shared pictures and other highly intimate information on the online message boards. Included in the leaked file are…

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