Weekly Digital News Roundup: July 31 – Aug 4
Hackers Steal 1.2 Billion Passwords
- According to the New York Times, a Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.
- The records, discovered by Hold Security, a firm in Milwaukee, include confidential material gathered from 420,000 websites, including household names, and small Internet sites.
- Hold Security would not name the victims, citing nondisclosure agreements and a reluctance to name companies whose sites remained vulnerable.
Wikipedia Reveals Google’s ‘Forgotten’ Links
- According to the BBC, Wikipedia has begun naming links to its online encyclopedia that have been removed from EU search results under “right to be forgotten” rules.
- The deleted links include pages about European criminals, a musician and an amateur chess player. The Wikimedia Foundation, which operates the site, said the internet was being “riddled with memory holes” as a result of such takedowns.
- A fortnight ago Google briefed data regulators that it had received more than 91,000 requests covering a total of 328,000 links that applicants wanted taken down, and had approved more than 50% of those processed.
Foursquare Kills Check-In Feature
- According to the LA Times, Foursquare, the app known for letting users check into places, no longer lets users check into places.
- The New York City startup released a major revision to its app Wednesday that does not include the check-in feature. Instead, the revamped app is designed to help users discover new places to visit according to their individual tastes.
- The new Foursquare gives users “personalized local search” results by learning their preferences. When searching for nearby places, results will be based on their tastes and the tastes of friends.