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  • EU investigating ‘IT security incident’ involving multiple agencies

    Cybersecurity experts at the European Union are investigating an “IT security incident” involving multiple institutions, though “no major information breach” has been detected, EU officials said Tuesday.

    The scope and nature of the incident were not immediately clear, but a spokesperson for the European Commission, the EU’s executive branch, said the commission had set up a “24/7 monitoring service” in response to the incident.

  • Concerns emerge about Facebook’s disclosure of user data breach

    New concerns have emerged about whether Facebook Inc. properly disclosed a data breach through which about 553 million of its users’ personal information ended up on hacker forums.

    The breach started making headlines after Business Insider reported it over the weekend. In a Tuesday blog post responding to the Business Insider report, Facebook stated that the “methods used to obtain this data set were previously reported in 2019.” However, a story published by Wired later on Tuesday raises the possibility that users and regulators may in fact not have been properly informed about the incident in 2019.

  • Facebook isn’t planning to tell you if you’re one of the 533 million people whose data leaked

    Facebook is responding to the recent news that data from 533 million accounts leaked online for free, but perhaps not in the way users might have hoped: the company doesn’t plan to notify the users whose data was exposed online, a Facebook spokesperson told Reuters.

    In the dataset, there’s apparently a lot of information that you might not want floating around the internet — including birthdays, locations, full names, and phone numbers — so it’s disappointing to hear that Facebook doesn’t plan to notify users that might be affected. The company cited two reasons to Reuters as to why it’s not telling users proactively: it says it’s not confident it would know which users would need to be notified, and that users wouldn’t be able to do anything about the data being online.

  • Facebook does not plan to notify half-billion users affected by data leak

    Facebook Inc did not notify the more than 530 million users whose details were obtained through the misuse of a feature before 2019 and recently made public in a database, and does not currently have plans to do so, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.

    Business Insider reported last week that phone numbers and other details from user profiles were available in a public database. Facebook said in a blog post on Tuesday that “malicious actors” had obtained the data prior to September 2019 by “scraping” profiles using a vulnerability in the platform’s tool for synching contacts.

  • Goodbye LastPass, Hello BitWarden!

    Well ... that didn't take long! To explain what I mean, we'll have to dive head first into some fairly recent history.

    Back in 2003, a company was created. It called itself LogMeIn. Over the years, it created such familiar cloud-based programs such as GoToMeeting, GoToConnect, GoToMyPC, Rescue, and of course, the namesake LogMeIn.

    In 2006, Xmarks (formerly Foxmarks) was created as a bookmark synchronizer for Firefox users. It later expanded to help manage the many unique passwords users were supposed to be creating when logging into websites.

    In 2010, LastPass purchased Xmarks. LastPass and Xmarks ran concurrently, until Xmarks was shut down on May 1, 2018. Then, in 2015, LogMeIn, Inc. purchased LastPass for $110 million (U.S.), and added it to their software offerings.

    Fast forward to December 2019, when two private investment capital firms teamed up to purchase LogMeIn for a reported $4.3 billion (U.S.). The sale was finalized in August 2020. The latest figures put LogMeIn's annual revenues around $1.3 billion (U.S.) per year, has around 3,500 employees, and approximately 200 million users across the globe.


    Without a doubt, LastPass users are up in arms over the decision to extract money from them for something that they have enjoyed for free over the years, and rightfully so. But, in the process, they have found an alternative that is cheaper and does everything that LastPass does. That alternative, BitWarden, is also an open source solution. Around these parts, we like to support open source projects.

    I wonder how many of those 200 million users that the two investment firms are salivating over remain with LastPass after everything is said and done. LastPass users are fleeing in droves to BitWarden. That $4.3 billion investment may not have been all that good of an investment, after all. If you have no users, it's a bit difficult to recoup your investment.

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