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BERLIN, GERMANY – July 27, 2017: The Mobile Marketing Association enters a new phase of growth and activity, adding leading companies to its executive committee including American technology and social media company Snap Inc., leading mobile video advertising and monetization platform AdColony, mobile measurement and attribution provider adjust, mobile marketing analytics and attribution platform provider AppsFlyer, and upday, the company behind a personalized news aggregator mobile app for Samsung smartphones.

To date the ranks of... Source: RealWire
It doesn’t matter what you do online: The internet knows a ton about you, and that information is a mouse click away. Search any people finder site—Spokeo, PeekYou, Whitepages, to name a few—and odds are you’ll find a page listing your full name, date of birth, names of family members, current address, and phone number.

Depending on the site's aggressiveness, it may offer (for a low membership fee or the price of registering an account) additional details such as past addresses, social media profiles, marital status, employment history, education, court cases such as bankruptcies, hobbies, and even a photo of where you live.[ 18 surprising tips for security pros. | Discover how to secure your systems with InfoWorld's Security Report newsletter. ] Forget the National Security Agency.

Aggregator sites such as Intelius, Radaris, and PeopleFinder have data warehouses full of information about you, accessible to people without your permission, and used for purposes you know nothing about. While these sites ostensibly provide background checks and other public services, they also simplify identity theft, stalking, and doxxing (exposing personal information online to encourage harassment), which is both creepy and downright dangerous.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Breach-and-tell database is offline for good, claims post The LeakedSource data breach aggregator and look-up service has gone offline, possibly due to a police raid.…
Modern Business Solutions keeping quiet A US-based data aggregator that trades people's personal information with the automotive industry and real estate companies has seemingly spilled the private information of more than 58 million people online. A large MongoDB file – which belongs to Modern Business Solutions and containing tens of millions of records – was shared publicly on Twitter.

The stolen database features email addresses, names, home addresses, dates of birth and phone numbers.

Downloads of the leak have been deleted, but perhaps not before exposing people to increased risk of more convincing phishing emails or attempted ID theft scams. Austin-based Modern Business Solutions is yet to publicly acknowledge the breach, first reported by security tools firms Risk Based Security and DataBreaches.net. El Reg has yet to receive a response to our inquiry on the matter. Reader Dave R tipped us off about the breach, which he learned affected him personally after receiving an alert from breach notification site haveibeenpwned.com. "[I'm] pretty angry that they're just sticking their head in the sand and not telling us anything, especially when this is the 9th largest breach on haveibeenpwned." Modern Business Solutions provides "technology and services for data owners and their partners," as the firm describes it.

The outfit makes its money through ad brokering and by delivering targeted emails to subscribers. ®
While baking in extra security BlackBerry today took the wraps off its first phone of the year, the cryptically named DTEK50.

As rumoured, BlackBerry has based its second Android phone on a reference design from TCL, which owns Alcatel, and "security hardened" it with BlackBerry's Android. BlackBerry also confirmed that a monoblock QWERTY Android was on the roadmap. The DTEK50 is basically Alcatel Idol 4, a well-specced phone from Shenzhen-based manufacturing giant TCL, which snapped up the Alcatel brand a decade ago (Alcatel also owns the Palm brand). "It's priced to be a broadly adopted product," said BlackBerry's senior VP of global device sales, Alex Thurber.

BlackBerry has treated the back, so it's not strictly identical. BlackBerry is hoping to bypass consumer apathy by selling through enterprise and security value-added resellers.

Thurber was channels sales guy for security and wireless at Cisco, and had stints at security companies Tripwire and CloudWatch. After years of releasing devices that only used its home-grown system software, BlackBerry launched its first Android device, the "Priv by BlackBerry" last November.

The price of this eye-catching QWERTY slider was too high, at US$699 (£579), company executives later admitted.
In the second quarter of this year, BlackBerry sold fewer phones than it did in the same period last year – before it had an Android in its portfolio.
So value is something the DTEK50 attempts to fix. The lightweight 135g DTEK50 is priced at US$299 (£275) with a $60 battery pack thrown in.
It packs a midrange Snapdragon 617 3GB of RAM/16GB of storage, and a 5.2-inch HD display.

The 2610 mAh non-removable battery supports rapid charging.

There's a convenience key that can be programmed to an app, such as the camera, or action. Spot the difference: BlackBerry DTEK50 (left) and Alcatel Idol 4 (right) BlackBerry's value add comes in two parts: security and productivity features.

The former includes using a security-hardened Linux kernel with "improved random number" generation (which we hope BB hasn't screwed up) and certificate pinning, plus proprietary hardware that creates a "root of trust." This presumably means baked-in crypto-keys that are used to provide a secure boot sequence, which cryptographically checks all the system components are legit and are untampered. All data is stored encrypted, and the device has yet to be rooted.

BlackBerry also offers "rapid" security patches to close up bugs, "There's a misconception that iOS is better at security.

Three times more vulnerabilities have been posted to the National Vulnerability Database for iOS than for Android," said David Kleidermacher, BlackBerry chief security officer. Adding in breaches of iMessage and iCloud for good measures. "And it took three months for the vulnerability to be corrected." On top of that, BlackBerry packs its Hub email client-cum-notifications aggregator, a unified device search, its distinctive soft keyboard, and a few user level apps: its own Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, and Notes, along with a Password store and BlackBerry's DTEK security manager, which was repurposed for the phone name.

DTEK is supposed to alert you when an app unexpectedly starts taking photos or videos, switches on the microphone, sends text messages, accesses your contacts and files, or requests your physical location. At launch, the Priv ran hot, and couldn't take advantage of Marshmallow's security features, but it is steadily improving. You can get an idea from these screengrabs of the default Priv. So. Why the cryptic name? "It's a reflection of our commitment to securing the BlackBerry experience," according to the company's head of design, Scott Wenger. Shipments begin on August 9, and we should have a real hands-on in the next day or two. ® Sponsored: 2016 Cyberthreat defense report