Technology companies have been pummeled by revelations about how poorly they protect their customers’ personal information, including an in-depth New York Times report detailing the ability of smartphone apps to track users’ locations. Some companies, most notably Apple, have begun promoting the fact that they sell products and services that safeguard consumer privacy…

https://www.iflscience.com/technology/how-to-change-your-phone-settings-so-apple-and-google-cant-track-your-movements/

Apple Inc said on Monday it will issue a software patch later this week for a bug that lets iPhone users hear audio from users who have not yet accepted a video call.

The bug, which Reuters was able to replicate, allows an iPhone user placing a call using Apple’s FaceTime video-calling feature to hear audio from the recipient’s phone even if the recipient has not yet picked up the call. The bug appears to rely on Apple’s group video-calling feature…

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-patch-idUSKCN1PN03R

The Department of Homeland Security has issued an emergency directive ordering administrators of most federal agencies to protect their Internet domains against a rash of attacks that have hit executive branch websites and email servers in recent weeks…

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/01/multiple-us-gov-domains-hit-in-serious-dns-hijacking-wave-dhs-warns/

Some days, you’d like to disappear. You’re not alone in this, and obviously, that is the problem. None of us are ever alone, even when we’re by ourselves, because the internet is always there. It’s on our phones, on our tablets, and next to our bedsides in tiny speakers that are always listening…

https://www.pcmag.com/news/366026/what-to-do-when-you-want-to-delete-yourself-from-the-interne

In one of the largest public data breaches, a collection containing more than 87 gigabytes of personal information was leaked online.

The data dump, titled “Collection #1,” was hosted on the cloud service Mega, and had 772,904,991 email addresses, and 21,222,975 passwords. The treasure trove of private information was discovered by Troy Hunt, a security researcher and founder of the “Have I Been Pwned” service…

https://www.cnet.com/news/massive-breach-leaks-773-million-emails-21-million-passwords/