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Lenovo busted for secretly paying cybersecurity "influencers" to promote ThinkShield

Lenovo busted for secretly paying cybersecurity "influencers" to promote ThinkShield

TechCrunch Security Editor Zack Whittaker blew the whistle on Lenovo on his Twitter account recently over Chinese PC manufacturer Lenovo's alleged attempts to pay Information Security "influencers" to say good things about ThinkSh...
Douglas Black, Thu, 21 Nov 2019 18:07:00 +0100
Google Camera could have been used for some extremely shady hacking activities. (Source: XDA)

The cameras on "hundreds of millions" of Android phones could have been hijacked

The security research group Checkmarx has claimed to have identified a vulnerability that could have allowed hackers to bypass Android permission restrictions to remotely open and control device cameras without their owners' knowl...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 19 Nov 2019 22:44:00 +0100
Huawei may get slight reprieve in US markets with extension of trade waiver

Huawei may get slight reprieve in US markets with extension of trade waiver

Despite the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, Huawei received a small reprieve in the way of a general license allowing U.S. firms to transact with the Chinese telecom giant. That license is set to expire on Monday, bu...
Sam Medley, Sun, 17 Nov 2019 01:01:00 +0100
Brave Browser finally exits beta; version 1.0 now available

Brave Browser finally exits beta; version 1.0 now available

Brave, a Chromium-based browser designed around user privacy and anonymity, has finally released version 1.0 after four years in development. The browser has a unique method for upending the traditional ad-revenue basis of website...
Sam Medley, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:19:00 +0100
Whose drone is that? DJI's Remote ID may help you find out soon. (Source: CNET)

DJI announces Remote ID: an app to find out about any drone overhead

DJI has introduced its Remote ID, which allows a drone to "beam" its identity and other prevalent information to any smartphone on the ground via Wi-Fi. The company has developed this modality, which can be used through an app, in...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 20:47:00 +0100
Google Pay will reportedly gain a new checking arm soon. (Source: Economic Times)

Google is reportedly coming for the Apple Card with new financial-institution partnerships

Google has reportedly set up partnerships, or at least talks for partnerships, with various US banks and credit unions to offer a new kind of checking account linked to the Pay service. This may help it battle Apple, not to mentio...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 22:15:00 +0100
The page on which a user can update to Windows 10 1909. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft rolls the November 2019 update out for Windows 10 devices

Microsoft has let it be known that checking for updates on Windows 10 PCs that run the stable-channel 1903 version may result in the ability to download its successor, 1909. This November 2019 replacement for that build can also n...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 20:44:00 +0100
GoToMeeting's security issues may have been prevented by timely reporting. (Source: GoToMeeting)

GoToMeeting is found to be potentially susceptible to hacking

The European "responsible vulnerability disclosure" specialists Swascan claim to have discovered that the popular virtual conference service GoToMeeting may be subject to various common weakness enumerations (or CWEs). They may af...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:16:00 +0100
5G connectivity promises a better future, but it might hide some health hazards as well (Source: H2S Media)

Health check: Is 5G really bad for you? Debunking some 5G-related myths and fake news

As 5G networks go live in more and more markets with each month, some questions regarding the health hazards that might come with this new technology remain unanswered. However, most 5G dangers that some websites have been warning...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 12 Nov 2019 07:00:00 +0100
Image via YouTube

YouTube changes Terms of Service to emphasize it can delete channels that are not "commercially viable"

YouTube will update its terms of service to more clearly point out that the website can shut down channels that are deemed unprofitable. While this has sparked passionate debate among users and content creators, the law concerning...
Sam Medley, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 19:00:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. (Source: Twitter)

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G adds 3D face-unlocking to its security options

Samsung has sneaked a 3D form of Face Unlock into the 5G version of the Galaxy S10 with its latest update. It works on this variant only as it has a time-of-flight (TOF) sensor in its front-facing punch-hole. Therefore, this phone...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 10 Nov 2019 17:03:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. (Source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 gets the November 2019 security patch

The Galaxy Tab S6 is Samsung's latest premium slate. The OEM has just demonstrated it is committed to keeping it that way with a new software update containing the latest Android security patch level. This upgrade has also reached...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 19:00:00 +0100
OnePlus has new software updates for some of its phones. (Source: Business Insider)

OnePlus announces new stable and beta updates for the 7T and 7/7 Pro respectively

OnePlus is now rolling OxygenOS 10.0.5 out for 7T users on this OEM's 'stable' update channel. There is also an Open Beta analog for the same. Those who own the 7 or 7 Pro and participate in this program also have a new build to t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 21:02:00 +0100
The Motorola One Power. (Source: Engadget)

Motorola rolls an Android 10 build out to beta users of the One Power

The Motorola One Power is now reportedly capable of running Android 10. However, before becoming eligible for this update, a user needs to sign in to the OEM's Feedback Network (or MFN) for that device. This may give them access t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:14:00 +0100
The daily average use of DuckDuckGo since 2010 has grown exponentially. Image via DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, hits 50 million daily searches

DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused Google alternative, hit 50 million unique searches on November 4. This is a huge milestone that marks the continued growth for the private search engine. DuckDuckGo does not track user browsing hist...
Sam Medley, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 17:49:00 +0100
The memory log from one of the "honeypot" systems, a computer intentionally left vulnerable to catch the worm. Image via Kevin Beaumont

Hackers target legacy Windows PCs to mine crypto via BlueKeep exploit

A security researcher discovered the first worm to take advantage of the BlueKeep in older versions of Windows exploit disclosed earlier this year. Machine running Windows 7 and below have a critical security flaw that can allow a...
Sam Medley, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 16:58:00 +0100
The Nokia 9 PureView. (Source: Nokia)

An early Android 10 build for the Nokia 9 PureView gets leaked

Nokia is working on Android 10 for the 9 PureView. This is evidenced by the leaked build of the ROM for this phone posted to its XDA forum. This version of the OS is believed to be part of official development from the brand, and ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 05 Nov 2019 22:26:00 +0100
The investigation was spearheaded by Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. (Source: FlipBoard)

Chinese app TikTok under investigation by US government panel over censorship and security concerns

Popular video app TikTok was purchased by Chinese company ByteDance Technology Co. in 2017 and has since accumulated over 500 million active users. However, ByteDance has recently been placed under investigation by the Committee o...
Douglas Black, Tue, 05 Nov 2019 06:50:00 +0100
November 2019 Android security update now available for Pixel phones, but not the original Pixel

November 2019 Android security update now available for Pixel phones, but not the original Pixel

The November 2019 security updates for Android are now available for the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and the Essential Phone. Noticeably absent from this list are the origi...
Sam Medley, Mon, 04 Nov 2019 22:32:00 +0100
WhatsApp has a new privacy feature. (Source: WhatsApp)

WhatsApp implements its fingerprint unlocking feature on Android

WhatsApp has been working on fingerprint-based authentication for its Android app. Now, an update has added this ability to its stable version. However, a user will still be able to answer calls through the service even if the new...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 01 Nov 2019 22:53:00 +0100
Orbita believes AI assistants can do a lot for healthcare. (Source: Orbita)

New research asserts many adults want smart assistants to help look after their health

Orbita, a company that makes a personal assistant-like AI platform focused on healthcare, has published the results of a study that shows this is what the US adults recruited to it want from their voice-controlled searches. It app...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 31 Oct 2019 18:53:00 +0100
A sizeable proportion of eligible consumers are still wary about smart-home products. (Source: Parks Associates)

Research finds privacy concerns put US consumers off buying smart home products

A recent publication has reported that 52% of all US households with high-speed internet would rather not buy into the smart-home concept. 25% of this group nominated worries about data security and privacy as their reasons to rem...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 30 Oct 2019 22:21:00 +0100
All ADB use might be wireless one day. (Source: Home Assistant Community)

Google may be working on improved wireless ADB for a future version of Android

The Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is an almost mandatory tool for developers, as well as those who simply like to modify their non-Apple phones in any kind of advanced way. It is traditionally dependent on wired connections, however....
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 30 Oct 2019 21:09:00 +0100
Deutsche Telekom's nuSIM platform moves these functions off a PCB and onto a chipset. (Source: Deutsche Telekom)

Qualcomm will incorporate a new kind of SIM into its next-gen modem for IoT devices

Qualcomm has announced the 9205 LTE modem, a new component destined for internet-of-things (IoT) devices that will connect using this kind of mobile data. However, it will not require a conventional SIM to do so. The OEM has integ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 29 Oct 2019 19:35:00 +0100
Smartwatches are increasingly popular, but could be more secure. (Source: TechRadar)

Nok Nok Labs claims that its new SDK can make smartwatches more secure and better equipped to take over from phones

The consumer-grade security development group Nok Nok Labs has unveiled its new SDK. It asserts that it is the first such app software capable of conferring FIDO-based authentication on smartwatches. This, then, may help users dep...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 27 Oct 2019 14:34:00 +0100
Novelty cases are the least of a phone's worries at Halloween. (Source: Indie Crafts)

Halloween is one of the scariest times for your phone, new research finds

A recent study by the analyst group Asurion has concluded that being brought along to celebrate Halloween is one of the biggest potential nightmares a smartphone can go through. The risks of damage and other adversity these device...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 26 Oct 2019 22:24:00 +0200
If any of these app icons are on your iPhone or iPad, uninstall them immediately. (Image via Wandera)

Trojan malware found in 17 apps on Apple App Store

Wandera, a security research firm, has found malware in 17 apps on the Apple App Store. The apps use a clicker trojan module to generate fraudulent web traffic in the background, likely to pump up ad revenue for specific websites....
Sam Medley, Fri, 25 Oct 2019 20:24:00 +0200
Intel unveils its new Tremont microarchitecture. (Source: Intel)

Intel's new Tremont low-power architecture is now official

Intel has released its new low-power solution in full today (October 24, 2019). It is an x86 microarchitecture associated with "significant" IPC enhancements compared to its predecessor. Tremont can also support an L2 cache of up ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 23:48:00 +0200
Image via Disney

Disney streaming service, Disney+, doesn't work on Linux... yet

A Linux user has discovered that Disney+, Disney's new streaming service, doesn't work on his Fedora machine. The problem lies with the DRM used by Disney, which implements the highest possible security level. However, Disney has ...
Sam Medley, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:34:00 +0200
Image via Bleeping Computer

UK banks remove mobile bank services and apps from Samsung Galaxy S10

Two UK Banks, National Westminster and Royal Bank of Scotland, have removed their respective mobile banking apps from the Google Play Store for Samsung Galaxy S10 users. Citing security concerns, it's likely the banks' decisions w...
Sam Medley, Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:12:00 +0200
Image via CNET

Samsung releases update to patch fingerprint scanner flaw

Samsung has released a software patch to fix a security flaw in the ultrasonic fingerprint readers used in the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 device families. The patch should come as a notification to users who have registered the...
Sam Medley, Wed, 23 Oct 2019 19:22:00 +0200
On the outside, the Hygon C86 is identical to the original AMD EPYC CPUs, but the internals are slightly customized. (Source: Anandtech)

AMD EPYC CPU clone Hygon C86 developed in China is best suited for cryptographic loads

The Hygon C86 is essentially an AMD EPYC Zen 1 chip with an additional cryptographic layer added by the Chinese joint venture company collaborating with AMD. The chip was manufactured by GlobalFoundries as a proof-of-concept, and ...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 23 Oct 2019 18:14:00 +0200
The Int App Lock icon alongside some code it reportedly runs. (Source: Pradeo Lab)

The "Joker" malware is found to exist within yet another Android app

"Joker" is a relatively new form of malware that reportedly acts to steal contacts and sign those with infected devices up for premium SMS services. Most recently, it has been detected in a heretofore-overlooked host on Android by...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:14:00 +0200
Newer Samsung Galaxy flagships may have a security flaw. (Source: YouTube)

Samsung Galaxy flagship fingerprint sensors are reported hackable using cheap screen protectors

A British Galaxy S10 user has claimed that this phone's ultrasound sensor could be fooled into unlocking for non-registered fingerprints. This issue was allegedly caused by a cheap gel case with a clear flap to cover the screen. S...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 18 Oct 2019 23:48:00 +0200
The Netgear Orbi Dual Band Mesh Wi-Fi System supports Wi-Fi 6. (Source: Netgear)

Netgear releases new Orbi Dual Band Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System

Netgear has rolled out its latest mesh Wi-Fi system consisting of a base and one or more satellite units. The new Orbi Dual Band Mesh Wi-Fi System also features the latest Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 ax) standard for speeds up to 1.2 Gbps.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:56:00 +0200
The Google Nest Wi-Fi. (Source: Google)

Nest Wi-Fi is Google's new mesh solution

Google also announced its new Nest Wi-Fi home product at the 2019 Pixel launch event. It consists of scalable router and point units in various muted colors. A single 802.11s router covers up to 2200 square feet of space each, whe...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:49:00 +0200
The Galaxy Fold phones can now work with the Windows Your Phone app. (Source: Microsoft)

A new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build can link PCs to more Samsung phones

The latest Insider's version of Windows 10 updates the Your Phone app so that it is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S10 series, as well as the Galaxy Fold. This allows a user to monitor battery levels, screen-mirror and sync da...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 07 Oct 2019 22:28:00 +0200
The older 0-day exploit allows hackers to gain full control of the affected smartphone through pieces of code hidden in an untrusted app. (Source: Portal GDA)

Older zero-day Android exploit still affects Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and other handhelds

Many models that launched with Android 8.0 are still affected by a 0-day vulnerability that was not properly patched in 2017. The list of models includes: Google's Pixel 1 and 2, Samsung's Galaxy S7/8/9, Huawei P20, Xiaomi Redmi 5...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 04 Oct 2019 17:05:00 +0200
DoH is not sitting well with Congress. (Source: Wikipedia)

Google is being investigated by the US Congress over a new feature in Chrome

DNS over HTTPS is a new way of connecting to websites proposed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in 2018. Google is reportedly working on implementing it in an upcoming version of its Chrome browser. However, an anti-t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 01 Oct 2019 23:11:00 +0200
A new vulnerability may open a way for a jailbreak for almost every iPhone ever made. (Image via Hindustan Times)

New exploit, dubbed checkm8, might lead to permanent jailbreak for multiple iPhone models

A new vulnerability found in the bootrom of iPhones ranging from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X may pave a new path for a permanent jailbreak method. While no jailbreak method that exploits the vulnerability yet exis...
Sam Medley, Sat, 28 Sep 2019 23:47:00 +0200
The Realme 3 Pro has a new software update. (Source: Realme)

The Realme 3 Pro gets updated with September 2019 security patch and more

Realme has announced a new software update for the 3 Pro. It upgrades the phone's security patch level to September 2019. This OTA also adds Digital Wellbeing and a screen-on time meter to this build of Color OS.
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 27 Sep 2019 20:10:00 +0200
The Google Assistant may get harder to activate in the future. (Source: XDA)

Google plans to make the Assistant's attention more selective in the future

Google has announced that future updates will make it more difficult to activate the Assistant by mistake. The company has also taken pains to reassure users that their audio data will not be collected by default in the same relea...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 24 Sep 2019 19:13:00 +0200
An infected directory showing files with a ".lilocked" extension. Image via FOSSBytes

Lilu/Lilocked ransomware has now infected thousands of Linux servers

Lilu (also known as Lilocked) is a relatively new ransomware that is specifically targeting Linux servers. The ransomware has been infecting systems since mid-July and has so far attacked at least 6700 systems. Lilu targets specif...
Sam Medley, Sun, 08 Sep 2019 22:02:00 +0200
Malware is now a problem when downloading textbooks. (Source: Wikipedia)

Kaspersky claims to have found malware in digital college textbooks

The online security company Kaspersky has reported the presence of dangerous programs in the digital versions of educational content for university students. These essays and texts were found to contain malware of varying severity...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 06 Sep 2019 23:04:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy A90 5G will get quarterly security updates, another failure by Samsung

Samsung fails again: No monthly security patches for the Galaxy A90 5G

Although it is not cheap at all, the Galaxy A90 5G is Samsung's first non-flagship handset with support for the fastest mobile connectivity standard available for the masses (depending on region, of course). Sadly, although it is ...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 06 Sep 2019 17:19:00 +0200
Dell and Google teaming up for Latitude 5300 and 5400 2-in-1 Chromebook Enterprise Edition

Dell and Google teaming up for Latitude 5300 and 5400 2-in-1 Chromebook Enterprise Edition

Ever wanted a Chromebook with 1 TB of internal PCIe storage and 32 GB of RAM? Dell has re-purposed its existing Latitude 5300 2-in-1 and 5400 laptops into Chromebooks designed for developers and businesses to accelerate Chrome OS ...
Allen Ngo, Tue, 27 Aug 2019 14:00:00 +0200
Password Leak Detection is a feature of Chrome 78. (Source: Google)

Chrome may soon be able to alert the user if their passwords have been stolen

Password Leak Detection is an experimental feature in Chrome 78. It checks a given password against public databases of data breaches, in case of its use in a known security incident. Should this test prove positive, Chrome then o...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 24 Aug 2019 19:36:00 +0200
Image via Twitter user @yosy1692

Apple accidentally rolls back security patch in iOS 12.4 update, making jailbreaking possible

An oversight by Apple caused an old security bug to be reintroduced with iOS 12.4. While the bug had been patched in iOS 12.3, the exploit is present in the latest operating system from Apple and can be used for jailbreaking on co...
Sam Medley, Tue, 20 Aug 2019 22:46:00 +0200
Native 2FA is now available on some Xiaomi devices. (Source: Bleeping Computer)

MIUI introduces 2-factor authentication for Xiaomi user accounts

For the first time in its history, the Xiaomi custom MIUI Android skin has implemented 2-factor authentication (or 2FA) for this OEM's software ecosystem. So far, it works to send notifications to all devices connected to a single...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 16 Aug 2019 19:17:00 +0200
Facebook paid human contractors to listen to and transcribe audio from users

Facebook paid human contractors to listen to and transcribe audio from users

According to employees familiar with the practice, Facebook has been hiring outside contractors to listen to and transcribe user audio. While Facebook claims the transcriptions were done to improve the voice-to-text transcription ...
Sam Medley, Wed, 14 Aug 2019 23:30:00 +0200

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