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Misconfigured Google Groups may accidentally be spewing private conversations over the internet.

Why it matters: A study conducted by Kenna Security published Friday found that, out of 9,600 public Google Groups it found by researching domains held by some of largest web sites, around a third leaked email sent through the platform.

Kenna lists a sampling of the email subjects it found:

  • Re: Document(s) for Review for Customer [REDACTED]. Group: Accounts Payable
  • Re: URGENT: Past Due Invoice. Group: Accounts Payable
  • Fw: Password Recovery. Group: Support
  • GitHub credentials. Group: [REDACTED]
  • Sandbox: Finish resetting your Salesforce password. Group: [REDACTED]
  • RE: [REDACTED] Suspension Documents. Group: Risk and Fraud Management

What now: Google posted instructions to bolster privacy in apparent response to the study. Simple changes to settings could prevent the emails from being visible to the public.

Where have I heard this before? The Google issue is similar to other leaky data problems caused by misconfigured settings, including a number of cloud storage accounts and web databases that researchers have discovered over the past few years.

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Justice Department drops insider trading inquiry against Sen. Richard Burr

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) walking through the Senate Subway in the U.S. Capitol in December 2020. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

The Department of Justice told Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Tuesday that it will not move forward with insider trading charges against him.

Why it matters: The decision, first reported by the New York Times, effectively ends the DOJ's investigation into the senator's stock sell-off that occurred after multiple lawmakers were briefed about the coronavirus' potential economic toll. Burr subsequently stepped down as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Netflix tops 200 million global subscribers

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Netflix said that it added another 8.5 million global subscribers last quarter, bringing its total number of paid subscribers globally to more than 200 million.

The big picture: Positive fourth-quarter results show Netflix's resiliency, despite increased competition and pandemic-related production headwinds.

Janet Yellen plays down debt, tax hike concerns in confirmation hearing

Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen at an event in December. Photo: Alex Wong via Getty Images

Janet Yellen, Biden's pick to lead the Treasury Department, pushed back against two key concerns from Republican senators at her confirmation hearing on Tuesday: the country's debt and the incoming administration's plans to eventually raise taxes.

Driving the news: Yellen — who's expected to win confirmation — said spending big now will prevent the U.S. from having to dig out of a deeper hole later. She also said the Biden administration's priority right now is coronavirus relief, not raising taxes.