Of course, that’s not all that happened in the privacy and security world this week. Every Saturday we round up the stories we didn’t break or report on in-depth, but which you should know about nonetheless. Click on the headlines to read the full articles, and be safe out there.Mozilla’s patch, the hackers had both, and had attempted to compromise Coinbase employees so they could breach their network and steal money. Luckily, not only did Coinbase and an outside researcher notice the bugs, but Coinbase picked up on the attack before any money could be stolen or the network could be infiltrated.The Washington Post says there is actually far more sensitive information from the breach spreading across the internet. “So much material, totaling hundreds of gigabytes, that The Washington Post required several days of computer time to capture it all,” the Post writes. Rather than showing the product of a single government surveillance contractor, the Post reports that the documents reveal a vast surveillance network the government is hoping to keep under wraps. The data includes details of ongoing surveillance—including nondisclosure agreements with Microsoft and Northrop Grumman, Homeland Security handbooks, surveillance budgets, hardware blueprints, and schematics—as well as future plans for expanding facial recognition programs. All told, the data reveals the inner workings of a vast surveillance network at the border, and how it relies on a small group of private companies and contractors.Riviera Beach opted instead to pay the hackers who have held their computers hostage for the past three weeks the $600,000 they’d demanded. The Palm Beach suburb’s leaders said they felt they had no choice but to pay.
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The secure messaging app Telegram was hit with a massive DDoS attack as protests erupted in Hong Kong this week. As protests erupted in the streets of Hong Kong this week, over a proposed law that would allow criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China, the secure messaging app Telegram was hit with a massive DDoS attack.