Facebook has hired Alex Stamos, Yahoo's chief information security officer, as the social network's new chief security officer. Stamos was running Yahoo Mail's new end-to-end encryption service, which makes consumer emails more secure by encrypting messages in transit. "The Internet has been an incredible force for connecting the world and giving individuals access to personal, educational and economic opportunities that are unprecedented in human history," Stamos blogged. "These benefits are not without risk, and it is the responsibility of our industry to build the safest, most trustworthy products possible."
Last week the British Parliment's email and Skype communications went offline for three days, and Microsoft, the provider, has yet to figure out what caused the system to collapse. The shut down affect about 2,000 people or one third of the staff. Staffers noticed emails disappearing on Monday and outages continued for several days. Microsoft is still trying to figure out what caused the issue.
A woman in the UK was scammed out of her entire savings by responding to a spam email. Vivian Gabb, who was in the middle of buying a house, thought that the email was from her lawyer. The spam message instructed Gabb to transfer about GBP50,000 ($78,000) as the down payment, which she did. Scammers had hacked into her account and knew about her pending transaction, and took advantage of that knowledge by pretending to be her lawyer.
While patients like the idea of communicating with their doctors via email or social media, most hospitals and medical groups recommend that doctors keep their distance in order to preserve patient privacy, and communication overload. Still, digital communications between patients and medical practioners will likely grow. According to a new study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 37 percent of patients have used a personal email to contact their doctors or hospital within the past six months and 18 percent reported using Facebook for the same purpose. Among 25 to 44 year olds, 49 percent were most likely …
Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum and Ted Cruz may have different policy ideas, but they've got something in common when it comes to fundraising. All of the 2016 presidential candidates are sending a bunch of email looking to raise money for their campaigns.
Scammers are circulating an email, claiming to come from Microsoft. The spam emails are targeted at consumers that have purchased a Microsoft product. The message seeks personal data from the recipient in the form of asking them to confirm their billing address by June 30.
The U.S. State Department claims that Hillary Clinton did not hand over at least 15 emails from her time as secretary of state, despite the fact that Clinton claims to have turned over her entire database of emails while in office. The department learned that the record was incomplete after Sidney Blumenthal, an informal adviser to Clinton, provided several previously undisclosed emails to U.S. lawmakers investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.
The marketing department for the Sacramento Kings has improved the response rates from its email program after working on timing. Working with an app called ToutApp, which is an email-focused marketing tool, the team analyzed the behavior of its customer base to determine the best times to send emails. Since the team applied the new strategy earlier this year, they have seen their season-ticket base more than double.
A private detective hired by the church of Scientology may be sentenced by a federal judge this week if prosecutors have their way. Eric Saldarriaga allegedly hacked into and stole messages from the private email account of a journalist who was investigating the church. "Unlike defendants in a gun or drug case, who often act without reflection, there is reason to believe that individuals who engage in hacking and other forms of cybercrime can be deterred by a substantial threat of penalties," a prosecutor working the United States attorney for Manhattan wrote in a pre-sentencing memorandum submitted this week.
Good Technology has released a tool to help professionals manage emails on the iWatch. The Good Work for the Apple Watch includes enhanced features to make email on Apple's wearable more user friendly with features such as glances for new and unread emails, the ability to flag delete or mark an email as read, and more information about upcoming calendar appointments. In addition, the app also adds additional security to the app.