The massive Equifax credit bureau hack was finally winding down this week, offering space for reflection on all the ways the company utterly botched its response to the incident. The respite also gives US consumers the opportunity to finally figure out what the heck they’re going to do to protect themselves.
Meanwhile, new research indicates that millions of Macs don’t have the latest firmware updates because of distribution flaws and installation errors, leaving them potentially exposed to critical compromise by hackers. The Department of Homeland Security will begin recording details of US immigrants’ online activity including social media use, worrying immigration experts and privacy advocates alike. And WIRED delved into the life of Bassel Khartabil, a Syrian open internet advocate who was arrested by Syrian military intelligence in 2012 and executed in military prison in October 2015.
In good news, the robust end-to-end encrypted messaging app Signal introduced a method of protecting users’ mobile address book data using a technological trick that may be adopted by other privacy and security-focused products. And the internet infrastructure company Cloudflare pledged to offer unlimited DDoS protection to all of its customers (even free accounts) for no additional charge, no matter the size of the barrage.