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Online Dating Sites Getting Around With Customers Data

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the privacy watchdogs over at the Electronic Frontier Foundation have put together a guide for those tempted to dance the algorithm electric. Their findings: online dating services may be getting around with your personal data.


Microsoft will issue nine security updates, four critical, for Patch Tuesday next week, fixing 21 different vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET, Silverlight and Office.Seven of the nine may lead to remote code execution, while the other two may lead to elevation of privilege, according to Microsoft’s advance notification bulletin yesterday.

In the 15 months since Google began offering rewards to researchers who report vulnerabilities in its Web applications, the company has paid out more than $400,000 in bug bounties. That’s a lot of money, even for Google, and the company is counting the program as a huge success.

The fallout from last month’s S4 Conference continues in February, with a planned Valentine’s Day release of tools that make it easy to test and exploit vulnerable programmable logic controllers and other industrial control systems. Among the releases will be a tool for cracking passwords on the common ECOM programmable logic controllers by Koyo Electronics, a Japanese firm, according to a blog post by Reid Wightman for Digital Bond.

Google has released an initial beta of Chrome for Android devices, and the new mobile browser includes a full set of security and privacy functions. The new mobile version of Chrome has the sandbox functionality that has been so important in the desktop browser, as well as a strict permission model for mobile apps.

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