Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker

Security Editor

Zack Whittaker is the security editor at TechCrunch. You can send tips securely via Signal and WhatsApp to +1 646-755-8849, and his PGP fingerprint for email is: 4D0E 92F2 E36A EC51 DAAE 5D97 CB8C 15FA EB6C EEA5.

He can also be reached by email: zack.whittaker@techcrunch.com.

The Latest from Zack Whittaker

How Have I Been Pwned became the keeper of the internet’s biggest data breaches

When Troy Hunt launched Have I Been Pwned in late 2013, he wanted it to answer a simple question: Have you fallen victim to a data breach? Seven years later, the data-breach notification service proce

Zoom misses its own deadline to publish its first transparency report

How many government demands for user data has Zoom received? We won’t know until “later this year,” an updated Zoom blog post now says. The video conferencing giant previously said i

Decrypted: Police leaks, iOS 14 kills ad-tracking, anti-encryption bill

What would the world look like if encryption were outlawed? If three Republican senators get their way, it might just happen. Under the guise of national security, the Senate Judiciary Committee pushe

FCC formally declares Huawei, ZTE ‘national security threats’

The Federal Communication Commission has declared Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE “national security threats,” a move that will formally ban U.S. telecom companies from using federal

US government agency warns of fresh Palo Alto VPN security flaw

The U.S. government is warning that foreign nation-state hackers will “likely attempt” to exploit a new “critical”-rated security vulnerability found in a number of widely used

Four views: How will the work visa ban affect tech and which changes will last?

Four TechCrunch staffers discuss the potential impacts of the government's decision to halt all new work visas through the end of the year.

A domestic violence prevention app backed by Dr. Phil exposed victims’ distress recordings

Back in 2013, Robin McGraw, wife of U.S. television personality Dr. Phil, launched an app to help domestic violence victims covertly signal for distress. It was quickly heralded as a potential lifesav

Google’s piecemeal privacy changes now let users auto-delete their data

Google said Wednesday it’s making a handful of privacy changes for users. In a blog post, the search giant said it’ll make it easier for users to go “incognito” and pause data

FCC set to finalize 988 as the new National Suicide Prevention Hotline phone number

The FCC said Tuesday it will vote next month to designate 988 as the new three-digit U.S. nationwide number to reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. In a notice, the federal regulator oversee

Twitter says some business users had their private data exposed

Flip the “days since the last Twitter security incident” back to zero. Twitter said Tuesday that it has emailed its business customers, such as those who advertise on the site, to warn tha

Apple’s Safari will soon tell you all the ad trackers watching you

Apple is turning the tables on invasive ad trackers. The tech giant announced Monday a new privacy feature in its underdog browser, Safari, which will shine a spotlight on all of the ad trackers embed

Apple’s iOS 14 will give users the option to decline app ad tracking

A new version of iOS wouldn’t be the same without a bunch of security and privacy updates. Apple on Monday announced a ton of new features it’ll bake into iOS 14, expected out later this y

Oracle’s BlueKai tracks you across the web. That data spilled online

Have you ever wondered why online ads appear for things that you were just thinking about? There’s no big conspiracy. Ad tech can be creepily accurate. Tech giant Oracle is one of a few companie

Microsoft pitched its facial recognition tech to the DEA, new emails show

Microsoft tried to sell its facial recognition technology to the Drug Enforcement Administration as far back as 2017, according to newly released emails. The American Civil Liberties Union obtained th

Decrypted: The tech police use against the public

In this week's Decrypted, we look at the technologies that police use against the people.

After merger, T-Mobile lays off hundreds of Sprint employees

In a conference call on Monday lasting under six minutes, T-Mobile vice president James Kirby told hundreds of Sprint employees that their services were no longer needed. He declined to answer his emp

T-Mobile hit by phone calling, text message outage

T-Mobile appears to be having problems. Customers are reporting that they can’t make or receive phone calls, although data appears to be unaffected. Some customers say that text messaging is als

US intelligence bill takes aim at commercial spyware makers

A newly released draft intelligence bill, passed by the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, would require the government to detail the threats posed by commercial spyware and surveillance technol

Amazon’s facial recognition moratorium has major loopholes

In a surprise blog post, Amazon said it will put the brakes on providing its facial recognition technology to police for one year, but refuses to say if the move applies to federal law enforcement age

Decrypted: DEA spying on protesters, DDoS attacks, Signal downloads spike

This week saw protests spread across the world sparked by the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis last month. The U.S. hasn’t seen prote
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