Daily Digest (9/15)

Trump Campaign Using Phunware App to Collect Voter Data; YouTube Launches TikTok-Like Product, ‘Shorts’; Facebook in Australian Legal Rout Over Cambridge Analytica; Attack by Magecart Hacking Group Hits 2K Sites, 10K Online Shoppers. Click “Continue reading” below.

Trump Campaign Using Phunware App to Collect Voter Data

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign is using an app created by a Texas company to collect voter data.

The campaign hired Phunware in 2018 to create its campaign app, The New Yorker reports.

Before the deal, Phunware’s software was used in very few applications, with the most popular being a horoscope app. The company also has been involved in a lawsuit with Uber, after an ad-placement scandal with CNN.

Phunware “did not respond to multiple requests for comment,” according to the report.

“The Trump campaign is not paying Phunware four million dollars for an app,” a former business partner of the company told the New Yorker. “They are paying for data.”

“They are paying for targeted advertising services,” the former partner said.

But a Trump campaign spokesperson told the New Yorker that the app was only to engage voters.

“The Trump 2020 app was built by Phunware as a one-stop destination, with a variety of tools to get voters engaged with President Trump’s reelection campaign,” officials said.

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YouTube Launches TikTok-Like Product, ‘Shorts’

Alphabet, which owns the YouTube video platform, said Monday that it was launching a short-from video service called Shorts.

This service resembles TikTok’s program, Reuters reports.

The YouTube product drops just after news of Oracle’s partnership with the Chinese company, ByteDance, that owns TikTok.

The Shorts program will run in India over the next few days before it expands internationally, according to Reuters.

It will let users create mobile-friendly short videos with the option to add special effects and music from YouTube’s music library.

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Facebook in Australian Legal Rout Over Cambridge Analytica

Facebook is working to fend off Australian legal action over the Cambridge Analytica data breach from 2018.

The U.S. tech giant is failing to convince a federal court that it did not carry out any data-related business in Australia, The Guardian reports.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is suing Facebook for alleged business deals in Australia, breaching the privacy of more than 300,000 Australians.

Australian regulators are accusing Facebook of leaving 311,127 users exposed, making them vulnerable to political profiling, the Guardian reports.

“While these matters remain to be established at trial, the court held the matters were sufficiently arguable to justify service outside of Australia subjecting Facebook to proceedings in Australia,” OAIC said.

A Facebook spokesperson told the Guardian that the company would review the court’s decision.

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Attack by Magecart Hacking Group Hits 2K Sites, 10K Online Shoppers

The Magecart hacking group struck in its biggest known hack over the weekend, affecting nearly 2,000 e-commerce sites and 10,000 shoppers, Threatpost reports.

Credit-card information was stolen — and the targeted sites were running the Magento program, according to the report.

“On Friday, 10 stores got infected, then 1,058 on Saturday, 603 on Sunday and 233 on Monday,” researchers told Threatpost.

Researchers also determined that many of the hacked stores had no prior security incidents, though all of them ran Magento versions 1 or 2.

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— By DPN Staff