The U.S. Census Bureau has revealed that last week's data breach did not expose household or business survey data. The government agency revealed that the leaked came through a database belonging to the Federal Audit Clearinghouse. The exposure did not reveal personal information such as name, phone number, email address or other data, the Bureau claims.
Ashley Madison users posted on Reddit to reveal that they have been receiving spam emails after the adult website was hacked last week. According to the users, these spam emails contain their Ashley Madison username. Last week, the online adult site which endorses infidelity, warned its 37 million members that hackers broke into its database and obtained personal user information.
The Oxford English Dictionary wants to track the first time the word "email" was used. The dictionary's editors have found a text using the term "electronic mail" from 1975, and the use of the word "email" in a tech journal from 1979. The editors are hoping that some tech insiders would be able to point them to any articles they may have missed.
Pakistan's Telecommunication Authority is requiring local carriers to shut off BlackBerry Enterprise Service for alleged security reasons. The government agency did not explain the reason, but said that beginning November 30th, BES won't be allowed to work through local carriers. Some security experts claim that terrorists may use these devices to email and chat privately.
Mail Pilot, an email app for iOS that turns emails into a to-do list, is now free. The tool allows users to turn their inboxes into to-do lists and to set reminders for actions. The app has a new interface, which includes a new interface, as well as an upgraded search engine.
Fourteen percent of the spam originating in the UK is coming through Iomart, a Scottish ISP, according to a new report from Cloudmark. The research also revealed that most of the spam that comes from Germany to the UK mainly comes from three networks. In addition, Cloudmark found that cheaper domain registration fees are more likely to be abused by spammers.
Microsoft's latest email app Send, which works a lot like chat, comes from the company's Microsoft Garage unit. The tool is deeply connected to Office 365 and doesn't do much good for Outlook.com and Gmail users. The app wants to make it simpler for people that know each other to send short email communications without subject lines. For instance, colleagues that already have a meeting scheduled might shoot a reminder note just before the meeting using Send.
Dmail, a new email extension for Gmail, allows users to create self-destructing emails giving users the ability to control the emails they send even after they hit send. The service allows users to send emails that self-destruct and even to prevent their emails from being forwarded. The service comes after several major companies, including Sony, have experienced massive email leaks.
Two inspectors have urged The U.S. Department of Justice to launch a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of private email while serving as secretary of state. The inspectors suggest that Clinton's practice could qualify as potential misuse of sensitive federal information. The DOJ has yet to take a position on the request.
Despite a rise in massive data breaches that expose personally identifiable consumer information such as email addresses and consumer addresses, there is no federal law dictating how these matters are handled. There are many state laws on the subject, but Congress is considering passing a federal data breach notification law to establish a national standard.