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Is the data privacy movement waiting for its Cuyahoga River fire or Love Canal? The muted response to the most recent data dumps say "yes." (Image courtesy of Library of Congress.)

Amid More Dumping, Data Privacy Movement Awaits a Spark | Digital Guardian

In-brief: Like Love Canal or the ‘flaming river’ in Cleveland that eventually prompted anti-pollution laws, the casual leak of data on 33 million U.S. professionals is a sign that our online environment is badly compromised. But can we fix it? (Editor’s note: this blog post originally appeared on Digital Guardian’s blog.)

Many of the CIA hacking tools disclosed by Wikileaks target known or patched security holes, security experts say.

MEH CIA: Agency’s Hacking Tools Targeted Known, Patched Holes

In-brief: Two days after the site Wikileaks dumped thousands of pages of information about covert CIA hacking tool, the security and technology communities have weighed in. Their verdict? Meh. 

Tax Day, 1920. These days, electronic filing is the norm and fraud linked to electronic tax returns is a major problem, says Michael Bruemmer of the firm Experian. (Photo courtesy of The Library of Congress.)

Podcast: Fraud Linked to Stolen W-2s a growing Problem for Uncle Sam

In-brief: Experian Vice President of Data Breach Resolution tells The Security Ledger that tax ID fraud linked to stolen W-2 forms is up 25% this year, just the latest trend in a long running problem securing tax returns from scammers. But what’s the solution? 

The FTC announced a $2.2 million settlement with smart TV maker Vizio after the company was caught selling customer viewing information without consent.

TV Maker Vizio Settles with FTC Over Selling Viewer Data

In-brief: Smart TV maker VIZIO agreed to pay $2.2 million to the FTC and the State of New Jersey to settle charges that it collected the viewing history of some 11 million smart televisions without users’ consent. The settlement stems from a 2014 case and requires the company to “prominently disclose and obtain affirmative express consent” for data collection and sharing.

Video from The Security of Things Forum: Hacking the Belkin WEMO with Invincea

Video from The Security of Things Forum: Hacking the Belkin WEMO with Invincea

In-brief: In this video from the Security of Things Forum in September, Scott Tenaglia of Invincea demonstrates vulnerabilities in Belkin’s WeMo family of connected home products.