It may be the largest data leak of passwords of all time.

According to Cyber News, the leak may have exposed more than 8.4 billion passwords. The person posting the leaked passwords on a hacker forum claimed originally to have access to 82 billion passwords.

“The compilation itself has been dubbed ‘RockYou2021’ by the forum user, presumably in reference to the infamous RockYou data breach that occurred in 2009, when threat actors hacked their way into the social app website’s servers and got their hands on more than 32 million user passwords stored in plain text.” — Cyber News


For years, many in the advertising community have maintained that consumers want targeted marketing with relevant advertising. It appears, however, that as consumers get an increased say in how they are targeted, that idea isn’t holding up.

When Apple updated its iOS operating system for iPhones and iPads, it came with an opt-in component. That change forced apps to get an affirmative opt-in to allow tracking user activities across multiple apps or while online.

So, how many people chose to opt-in for this targeted and more relevant advertising? About 4%.

That’s right. 96% of Apple’s users in the US chose…

iOS 14.5 is out and it’s a big deal when it comes to privacy.

Apple’s App Tracking Transparency

Apple’s app tracking transparency has been the target of public outcry from the folks at Facebook, saying this makes it harder for small businesses to track customers and will drive up digital ad prices.

Privacy advocates applauded the move — which prevents apps like Facebook from tracking your movement around the internet when you’re not using the app. If you didn’t know, many apps will do that. Even if the Facebook app is closed on your phone, it’s still tracking your movements.

Here’s how Apple lays…

A new study by Clario Tech has analyzed which tech giants are wealthier than entire countries.

Tech giant, Apple dominates global industry and has reached a colossal value of $2.2 trillion. This study shows just how large Apple and other tech giants would be if they were recognised countries on Earth.

Looking at GDP versus market capitalization value and revenue, Apple would be wealthier than Italy, Canada and Russia — whereas companies such as Amazon would be wealthier than 92% of the world.

In 2018, Apple became the first company to surpass the trillion-dollar value mark — and has more…

With people stuck inside their home, they relied on technology to stay connect more than ever. Businesses had to adapt to this online shift. It resulted in new online habits and the way people used the internet in 2020.

New research revealed the amount of information grocery stores really have on you. The study has shown that grocery stores know all about your physical attributes, what you enjoy and what your purchases say about your domestic situation.

53% of Americans participate in a loyalty program because of ease of use, allowing stores to track their purchases. So, how exactly do grocery stores deduce what we want and what information do they have on us?

Mackeeper analyzed five shoppers to see what their carts reveal about them by looking at what times they like to shop, what shops they prefer…

It’s going to be a very long time before the government gets a day in court against the big tech firms, at least if you look at the Department of Justice complaint against Google as an indication.

The tentative trial date for court action is September of 2023. “If anybody thought we would be getting to trial quickly,” US District Judge Amit Mehta said during a telephone hearing on the matter (as reported in the Wall Street Journal), “this certainly will dispel that notion.”

The judge also said he wants to get other cases on the same coordinated schedule as…

Paul Dughi

Huntsville, Alabama

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