Daily Digest (10/28)

Facebook, Twitter, Google CEOs to Face Grilling From GOP Senators; Apple, Google, Microsoft, Others Affected by Huge Nitro Data Breach; FCC to Leave Net Neutrality Rule Unchanged; Google Employees Exposed in Law Firm Data Breach. Click “Continue reading” below.

Facebook, Twitter, Google CEOs to Face Grilling From GOP Senators 

The CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google will be questioned Wednesday by a Republican-led Senate committee whose members have accused the tech giants of anticonservative bias.

The Senate Commerce Committee has subpoenaed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai for testimony, The Associated Press reports.  

The companies came under scrutiny after Facebook and Twitter, in an unprecedented action, tried to limit dissemination of an unverified political story from the conservative-leaning New York Post about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Besides questioning the CEOs, senators also will examine proposals to revise the legal protections for online speech, which allowed the companies to abdicate their responsibilities to impartially moderate content, AP reports. 

Democrats are hoping to expand the discussion.

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Apple, Google, Microsoft, Others Affected by Huge Nitro Data Breach 

A massive data breach on Nitro Software — an application used to create, edit and sign PDFs and other digital documents — has affected several companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, Chase and Citibank.

Nitro last week issued an advisory to the Australia Stock Exchange, saying that the company was affected by a “low-impact security incident” — but that no customer data was affected, BleepingComputer reports.

Cyble Inc., a cybersecurity intelligence firm based outside Atlanta, told BleepingComputer that a threat actor was selling databases and 1TB in documents that allegedly were stolen from Nitro’s cloud service

The data now is being sold in a private auction starting at $80,000, BleepingComputer reports.

“Nitro continues to investigate an isolated security incident involving limited access to a Nitro database by an unauthorized third party,” Nitro said in a statement. “The database does not contain user or customer documents, which are hosted in a separate database.”

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FCC to Leave Net Neutrality Rule Unchanged 

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday to leave the 2017 repeal of landmark net neutrality rules unchanged. 

A federal appeals court last October largely upheld the FCC’s December 2017 repeal of net neutrality rules but ordered the agency to reconsider the repeal’s impact on public safety, regulations on attachments to utility poles and the agency’s ability to provide subsidies for broadband service, Reuters reports. 

The FCC majority opted to leave the order unchanged.

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Google Employees Exposed in Law Firm Data Breach

A data breach at the immigration law firm of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy in New York exposed the personal information of current and former Google employees. 

The firm provides companies with employment-verification screening from Form I-9 documents that are used to determine eligibility and authorization to work in the U.S., TechCrunch reports. 

Form I-9 files contain personally identifiable data from such documents as passports, ID cards and driver’s licenses.

But the firm last month discovered that an unauthorized third party accessed a file containing the data of some Google employees, according to the report. 

In a notice with the California Attorney General’s Office, Fragomen did not say what data was accessed or how many Google employees were affected.

But companies with more than 500 California residents affected by a breach are required to submit a notice to the agency, according to TechCrunch. 

Michael McNamara, a Fragomen spokesman, declined to say how many Google employees were affected by the breach — and a Google spokesperson declined to comment.

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By DPN Staff