Every Friday here on In The Personal Cloud we’ll be presenting a roundup of links highlighting popular and rising news stories from the world of the cloud and online security. Everything from news regarding hacking and how to be secure to advancements in the field of cloud computing. Stay tuned to In The Personal Cloud each Friday to remain up to date on everything you need to know.
Mat Honan’s Tale of Being Hacked Will Make You Think Twice About Internet Security – If you ever needed a reason to backup personal files, read no further. Mat Honan’s cautionary tale of woe spanned only a matter of minutes before every electronic device he owned was compromised and irreplaceable pictures of his family were gone forever. [Wired]
Yahoo faces class action lawsuit over password data breach – If you were one of the unfortunate victims of Yahoo’s password breach last month, restitution may be on its way. New Hampshire resident Jeff Allan is suing Yahoo on behalf of the 450,000 users who had their information exposed to Yahoo’s negligence. [infosecurity-magazine]
Google to Pay Record Fine for Privacy Violations – Looks like the FTC has finally scored one for the average consumer. Google was recently asked to pay $22.5 million to settle privacy-related charges that stem from tracking Safari browser users’ online activities despite promises to the contrary. [eSecurityPlanet]
Facebook battles phishing by reaching out to users – Facebook is taking a proactive stance on phishing scams by creating a specific email address where users who see something, can say something. “By providing Facebook with reports, we can investigate and request for browser blacklisting and site takedowns where appropriate,” Facebook wrote in a blog post today. “We will then work with our eCrime team to ensure we hold bad actors accountable. Additionally, in some cases, we’ll be able to identify victims, and secure their accounts.” [CNET]
How Parents Can Protect their Kids’ Cellphones – It’s back-to-school shopping time for most people, and amongst the various clothing and school supplies, cell phones are also topping the list. If you’re considering making a cell phone purchase for your child or know someone who is, here’s a list of best practices to discuss with them to keep both them and you safe. [LaptopMag.com]
Is It Safe to Google “Kristen Stewart?” How Hackers Target Celebrity Gossip – Celebrity gossip tends to lure in even the most indifferent personality for a momentary distraction. However, don’t let your guard down, even when you’re taking a little break. It turns out that hackers love celebrity gossip as well, and they’ll do everything from infecting legitimate websites to redirecting you away from them and towards something more malicious. [HuffingtonPost]
NASA uses Amazon’s cloud computing in Mars landing mission – It seems like both robots and cloud computing have officially made their way to Mars before man has. Amazon.com is known primarily as a major player in the e-commerce game, but they are slowly becoming equally as well known in the cloud computing game. So much so, that NASA utilized their services in order to help push a variety of data out to the public much quicker than ever before. [LosAngelesTimes]