► According to Forbes.com, Google’s privacy director Alma Whitten has announced internally that she is stepping down from the position, and will soon resign from the company. Whitten was the first person to hold that title at Google, beginning in 2010. Google’s privacy policies have come under sharp criticism over the past few years. In one incident, the company’s Street View cars were “accidentally” engineered to capture Wifi data from the networks it drove through. Google said this was the result of a “rogue engineer” and paid out a $7 million fine. The new privacy director will be Lawrence You, an engineer who’s been with the company for eight years.
► The FBI and Department of Homeland Security warn that attacks flooding the lines of emergency call centers are on the rise. CSO Online reports the scheme, known as Telephone Denial of Service Attacks (TDoS), is pulled off by extortionists who call demanding cash, and are refused. In most recent incidents, the callers have posed as debt-collectors looking for someone who never actually worked at the call center, known as a public safety answering points. Those centers “handle administrative and emergency calls for police, firefighting and ambulance services.” According to the agencies, emergency 911 lines have not been affected.