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When Test Data is Not Test Data

Jeremiah Fowler of Security Discovery tackles a common problem researchers and journalists experience all too frequently: There is a growing trend among organizations and companies to simply deny that live production data is real. As a security researcher I often hear that everyone is a small start-up and all data is test data, or...

Philly health department website exposed names of thousands of people with hepatitis

Nathaniel Lash reports: A public-data tool built by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to track the prevalence of hepatitis infections left individuals’ health records accessible, compromising the names, addresses, Social Security numbers, and intimate health records of thousands of people receiving medical care in Philadelphia. The department learned of the breach Friday when...