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US infiltrates big ransomware gang: ‘We hacked the hackers’

The FBI and international partners have at least temporarily dismantled the network of a prolific ransomware gang they infiltrated last year, saving victims including hospitals and school districts a potential 130 million dollars (€119 million) in ransom payments, US officials announced. “Simply put, using lawful means we hacked the hackers,” deputy attorney general Lisa Monaco […]

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WhatsApp fined 5.5m euro by Ireland’s data watchdog

WhatsApp has been fined more than five million euro by Ireland’s data watchdog over data protection breaches. The 5.5 million euro fine was imposed on WhatsApp Ireland by the Data Protection Commission (DPC) for breaches of the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). The penalty was described as “administrative” and is relatively low in comparison […]

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Meta restricts advertisers’ access to teenagers’ data on Facebook and Instagram

Facebook and Instagram are to tighten restrictions around the data available to firms to target ads at teenage users, the platforms’ parent company Meta has said. From February, advertisers will no longer be able see a user’s gender or the type of posts they have engaged with as a way of targeting adverts to them. […]

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Judges throw out spyware maker’s bid to derail legal case filed by WhatsApp

The US Supreme Court has rejected an Israeli spyware maker’s bid to derail a high-profile legal case filed by the WhatsApp messaging service. The justices left in place lower court rulings against the Israeli firm, NSO Group. WhatsApp claims NSO targeted 1,400 users of the encrypted messaging service with highly sophisticated spyware. WhatsApp’s parent Facebook, […]

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EU court: Google must delete inaccurate search information if asked

Google has to delete search results about people in Europe if they can prove the information is clearly wrong, the European Union’s top court said. The European Court of Justice ruled search engines must “dereference information” if the person making the request can demonstrate the material is “manifestly inaccurate”. People in Europe have the right […]

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