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Some US government websites won’t load after HTTPS certificates expire during shutdown – TechCrunch

In a government shutdown, everything deemed non-essential stops. As we found out, renewing the certificates on its websites is considered non-essential. Several government sites are currently inaccessible or blocked by most browsers after their HTTPS…



A simple bug makes it easy to spoof Google search results into spreading misinformation – TechCrunch

A bug that anyone can easily exploit in Google makes it easy to kick out manipulated search results that look entirely real. The search manipulation bug was documented by Wietze Beukema, a London-based security specialist,…


Cambridge Analytica’s parent pleads guilty to breaking UK data law – TechCrunch

Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL Elections, has been fined £15,000 in a UK court after pleading guilty to failing to comply with an enforcement notice issued by the national data protection watchdog, the Guardian reports. While…


Despite promises to stop, US cell carriers are still selling your real-time phone location data – TechCrunch

Last year, four of the largest U.S. cell carriers were caught selling and sending real-time location data of their customers to shady companies that sold it on to big spenders, who would use the data…



Apple’s increasingly tricky international trade-offs – TechCrunch

Far from Apple’s troubles in emerging markets and China, the company is attracting the ire of what should really be a core supporter demographic naturally aligned with the pro-privacy stance CEO Tim Cook has made…




Hacker leaks data on Angela Merkel and hundreds of German lawmakers – TechCrunch

A hacker has targeted and released private data on German chancellor Angela Merkel and other senior German lawmakers and officials. The data was leaked from a Twitter account, since suspended, and included email addresses, phone…