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Facebook fined $11.4M in Italy over data misuse

After a year of woe, the social network's data-related troubles aren't yet over. Italy's Competition Authority on Friday slapped Facebook with two fines that total 10 million euros ($11.4M) for using people's data for commercial purposes in ways that break the country's laws, the portal CNet reports.

Google to accelerate closure of Google+ social network after finding new software bug

Bug exposed data of 52 million users; move comes day before Google CEO is to testify before Congress for the first time, The MarketWatch with reference to The Wall Street Journal reports.

Unprotected MongoDB exposes scraped profile data of 66 million

Information belonging to more than 66 million individuals was discovered in an unprotected database, within anyone's reach, if they knew where to look on the web. The records look like scraped data from LinkedIn profiles, The Bleeping Computer reports.

Former headteacher prosecuted for unlawfully obtaining school children’s personal information

A former headteacher has been fined in court for unlawfully obtaining school children’s personal data from previous schools where he worked, the website of ICO reports.

Updated: Thirty million users of Chinese dating app Momo reportedly had their data exposed

Personal data from 30 million users of China’s top dating app Momo is reportedly being sold for as little as RMB 200 (around $30), the portal Technode reports.

Crystal balls up: Chip design shop XTAL must cough up $223m for pinching trade secrets

Silicon Valley semiconductor outfit XTAL has been ordered by a court to fork out $223m in damages for stealing trade secrets from rival ASML, The Register reports.

Quora says 100 million users may have been affected by data breach

Quora said that a security breach may have compromised data from about 100 million users. In an email sent to users and a blog post by CEO Adam D’Angelo, the company said a “malicious third party” gained unauthorized access to Quora’s  systems. Its internal security teams and a “leading digital forensics and security firm” are currently investigating the breach. Law enforcement officials have also been notified, The TechCrunch reports.

500 million Marriott customers affected in massive data breach

Marriott International Inc. said it’s investigating a hack of the guest reservation database at its Starwood unit that may be one of the biggest such breaches in corporate history. Marriott shares slumped 5.6 percent in pre-market trading, The Time reports.

9 charged for divulging Samsung flexible display trade secrets

South Korean prosecutors claim the suspects conspired with two representatives of an unnamed Chinese company to steal Samsung's '3D Lamination' OLED flexible display technology. The indicted employees allegedly passed off the display tech for $15.5 billion won, The PCMag reports.

ElasticSearch server exposed the personal data of over 57 million US citizens

An ElasticSearch server that was left open on the Internet without a password has leaked the personal information of nearly 57 million Americans for almost two weeks, ZDNet has learned.


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