Twitch source code, streamer payouts, internal security tools, and more were all dumped on 4chan after the Amazon-owned streaming service was hacked. It’s the most comprehensive data dump you’ll ever see. Twitch streamers were subjected to unexpected, forced pay transparency, which quickly became a meme on social media and on Twitch.
Twitch wasn’t the only tech titan to have a bad week this week. On Monday, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp were all taken offline for several hours. Not only that, but it also took Facebook’s own networks off the map of the internet, making it impossible for its engineers to fix the problem remotely.
AirTag users may be vulnerable due to a simple bug. A judge also ruled that Cloudflare, an internet infrastructure company, is not liable for copyright-infringing websites that use its services.
On the Facebook page of a US Navy warship, someone is playing Age of Empires.
Everything is fine now; the Navy’s Facebook page has been restored. Someone broke into the account of the USS Kidd, a US Navy destroyer, on Sunday night and used that access to, well, stream the real-time strategy game Age of Empires. On Wednesday, a Navy spokesperson told the military-focused news site Task & Purpose that the Facebook page had been accessed “unauthorizedly.”
Firefox is a great browser for privacy-conscious people, but maybe not in this case? When you type something into the address bar in the latest version, you’ll get “new, relevant suggestions from our trusted partners based on what you’re looking for.” In other words, a type of advertisement that appears in an unexpected location. You can disable the feature by going to Settings, Privacy & Security, then Address Bar — Firefox Suggest, and unchecking Contextual suggestions.
Syniverse, a telecom infrastructure company, quietly disclosed a massive hack that received far too little attention in an SEC filing. Hackers were able to stay in Syniverse systems for years, according to Motherboard, and they would have had access to all kinds of phone records, including text messages. It’s unclear whether the long-running incident has had any consequences, but it’s a potential gold mine for international espionage.
In a sophisticated phishing campaign, Russian hackers targeted 14,000 Gmail users.
Speaking of espionage on a global scale! Last month, Russia’s Fancy Bear hackers launched a broad, sophisticated phishing campaign that targeted 14,000 Gmail users, according to Google. Individual accounts that were targeted received notifications, and the group appears to have included journalists, security researchers, and people from a variety of other fields. Although Google claimed that spam filters caught all of the attempts, the scale of the operation was still noteworthy.