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Comcast fights Google’s encrypted-DNS plan but promises not to spy on users

Comcast further said that it does not and has never sold “information that identifies who you are to anyone,” and the company claims it has never sold location data gathered from Comcast’s mobile service. Comcast also said it deletes DNS queries generated by its Internet customers every 24 hours “except in very specific cases where we need to research a security or network performance issue, protect against security threats, or comply with a valid legal request.” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » https://trib.al/gpKJpNu

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On Twitch, women who stream say their biggest obstacle is harassment

Although harassment of women isn’t exclusively a Twitch problem, Quqco is just one of scores of women on the site who say they face regular harassment simply for their gender. At TwitchCon, NBC News spoke with a dozen women who said they had experienced harassment on the platform. A majority of those interviewed asked that their real names not be used, citing fears for their safety. – Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News » https://nbcnews.to/2oibSmJ [photo:Quqco]

You should ditch Spotify until it ditches its latest policy

As of September 5 (in the U.S.), in order to keep your Spotify Premium family account, you need to allow the app to track your location, or check-in “from time to time” once again via Google Maps. Spotify says this is required to make sure you’re following silly rule number one outlined above. It also means Spotify wants to check in on you because it assumes you’re being dishonest. That’s not how this should work. That’s not how anything should work. Spotify knows this because it had already tested this “feature” and customer backlash forced it to stop. Jerry Hildenbrand, Android Central » https://ift.tt/2LV3dz4

Android-powered Media Streaming Boxes Targeted By New Malware Attack

Researchers at WootCloud have discovered a new malware campaign dubbed Ares that is actively targeting Android media players from at least three brands: Cubetek, HiSilicon, and QezyMedia. They’re under fire because the boxes ship with the Android Debugging Bridge (ADB) enabled. – Lee Mathews, Forbes » https://www.forbes.com/sites/leemathews/2019/08/30/android-powered-media-streaming-boxes-targeted-by-new-malware-attack/#7824ff3137a1 [photo: Flickr/ Scott Ackerman]

MoviePass security lapse exposed customer card numbers

Mossab Hussein, a security researcher at Dubai-based cybersecurity firm SpiderSilk, found an exposed database on one of the company’s many subdomains. The database was massive, containing 161 million records at the time of writing and growing in real time. Many of the records were normal computer-generated logging messages used to ensure the running of the service — but many also included sensitive user information, such as MoviePass customer card numbers. – Zack Whittaker, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/31YoeiH

Trolls swamp unused Twitch category with pirated shows and porn

Twitch just learned first-hand about the challenges of moderating live video. Trolls have hijacked the site’s largely unused category for Valve’s Artifact (which previously had few if any streamers) to livestream material that most definitely violated Twitch’s terms of service. Motherboard noted that it started out with memes, but on Memorial Day weekend included pirated Game of Thrones episodes, porn and in one case video from the Christchurch mass shooting. – Jon Fingas, Engadget » https://engt.co/2EEtyhU
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