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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 ...
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Security researchers load ransomware onto DSLR over WiFi and encrypt photos in WannaCry-styled attack

A new report by security experts at Check Point Research demonstrates a glaring vulnerability in modern DSLR cameras: Photo Transfer Protocol. Worse yet, the researchers were able to exploit vulnerabilities in PTP/IP, which transf...
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Apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp may need redesigns thanks to iOS 13's background access restrictions

iOS 13 will bring a few new features to iPhones upon its release later this year, several of which are focused on protecting user privacy. One such update will block background processes from collecting user data, something that s...
Microsoft security researchers discover new cyber attack through Internet of Things connected devices

Microsoft security researchers discover new cyber attack through Internet of Things connected devices

A new publication by Microsoft's Threat Intelligence Center points out an increasingly popular avenue used for cyber attacks: the Internet of Things (IoT). The publication states that researchers discovered a new attack that explo...
Qualcomm faces antitrust charges from the ECC once again. (Source: Forbes)

ECC goes for Qualcomm's neck once again, slaps a €242 million fine for trying to eliminate 3G baseband chipset competitors

The European Competition Commission has fined Qualcomm €242 million after it found evidence that the largest US smartphone chip maker has indulged in practices that prevented companies such as Icera from effectively competing in m...
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DuckDuckGo adds new features to its mapping system, courtesy of Apple Maps

DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, has added a few new features to its mapping service. These include improved local searches, support for a Dark Mode, and more. The features were added through Apple's MapKit JS framew...
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Researchers at Symantec discover media file vulnerability in WhatsApp and Telegram

WhatsApp and Telegram are popular secure messaging apps that feature end-to-end encryption to keep messages safe. Even still, the apps have a glaring backdoor that could allow attackers to alter media files sent through the apps. ...
Mark Zuckerberg's 2018 Congressional testimony

Facebook might get FTC's largest fine ever: US$5 billion

As impressive as it may be, the US$5 billion fine that Facebook could be subjected to — after the review of this settlement by the Department of Justice — only accounts for 9 percent of the revenue obtained by the company in 2018....
Does Google Home eavesdrop? A Belgian news report suggests that it does. (Source: Pocket-lint)

Google Assistant-enabled devices allegedly found to listen in on users

The Belgian news outlet VRT NWS claims to have gained access to audio recordings made as a result of Google Assistant 'listening' to user speech or activity. The recordings were leaked to VRT by a Google subcontractor. This appare...
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Kali Linux now available for Raspberry Pi 4

Kali Linux is now compatible with the Raspberry Pi 4. Currently, the distro is only available as a 32-bit OS, but Offensive Security is planning on releasing a 64-bit version soon. In the meantime, security aficionados who have a ...
Over 50% of survey-takers believe that overly influential tech groups need breaking up. (Source: Insurance Asia News)

New study suggests most Americans now believe their government should do more to regulate big tech

An industrial consultant firm, Grail Insights, has released the results of a survey-based study on public attitudes towards 'big tech' companies, their effects on consumer privacy and the role national authorities should adopt in ...
South Korean phone makers targeted by Japanese trade restrictions

Trade Wars: The saga continues with Japan vs. South Korea

The trade restrictions that Japan has just announced will make it harder for companies such as Samsung and LG to buy various materials used in both chips and smartphones. The list of these materials includes resist, hydrogen fluor...
At least 25 global telecommunications companies were compromised in a seven-year attack utilizing Chinese-affiliated threat actor APT10. (Source: ModernDiplomacy)

Chinese-affiliated hackers compromised 25 global telecommunications companies for over 7 years

A leading cyber-security firm has uncovered a brazen Chinese-affiliated 7-year-long attack against telecommunications companies across the globe, compromising Call Detail Records (CDRs) and allowing collection of call meta-data fo...
Hackers attacked NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab via a Raspberry Pi, stole 500 MB of mission data

Hackers attacked NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab via a Raspberry Pi, stole 500 MB of mission data

According to a U.S. Office of Inspector General report published Tuesday, a cyberattack on NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in April 2018 was due to a severe lack of security oversight. The attack was made possible via an unauthor...
Microsoft 365 for Campaigns is a new suite for political campaign security. (Source: Microsoft)

New Microsoft 365 suite offers enterprise-level security for political campaigns

Microsoft 365 for Campaigns is a new service intended to safeguard election campaigns from bad actors of various kinds. It is part of the Redmond company's Defending Democracy Program, and offers enterprise-level security to those...
ZTE and Orange bring 5G connectivity to Spain

Orange and ZTE demo various 5G applications in Spain

Although ZTE is also affected by various bans similar to those imposed by the US on Huawei, this Chinese brand seems to be doing all right in Spain. Yesterday, Orange and its Chinese partner have shown various 5G applications at t...
Most valuable Samsung NC10-14GB netbook (Source: Man of Many)

Infect yourself with multiple viruses to increase your net worth — it seems to work with laptops

The Samsung NC10-14GB netbook that was sold at an auction for a staggering US$1,345,000 is a 2008 model that runs Windows XP SP3 and comes loaded with 6 pieces of malware that have caused damages of over US$95 billion, namely ILOV...
Huawei has reportedly shipped 1 million phones with its custom HongMeng OS for testing

Huawei has reportedly shipped 1 million phones with its custom HongMeng OS for testing

Despite massive business embargoes levied against it by the United States Government, Huawei seems to be rolling along. The Chinese company has reportedly shipped one million smartphones running its custom HongMeng OS to testers t...
An ARM and a leg: What ARM's latest decision may cost Huawei

Opinion | An ARM and a leg: What ARM's latest decision may cost Huawei

ARM's recent announcement to cut ties with Huawei may leave the Chinese dragon in a lurch. While Huawei manufactures its own custom processors, they are built on ARM's architecture. Should ARM revoke Huawei's ability to use this a...
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Is Apple's App Store a monopoly? Depends on who you ask

A recent survey run by Blind shed some light on what various tech employees think of Apple and the App Store. Apple's own employees largely believe the company doesn't hold a monopoly on iOS app distribution, but other companies (...
Massive data breach may have affected millions of Instagram users, including some major influencers

Massive data breach may have affected millions of Instagram users, including some major influencers

A recently discovered hack has exposed the personal contact information of millions of Instagram users, including some prominent influencers and celebrities. The hackers attacked an Amazon Web Services-hosted database owned by Cht...
HongMeng OS, Huawei's replacement for Google (Source: Wccftech)

HongMeng OS: This is the name of Huawei's Android replacement

Given the trouble that Huawei has been having lately, it is not surprising to find out that the Chinese giant is already working on a Google Android replacement. Media reports confirm that HongMeng OS is in the trial phase already...
Affected Titan Security Keys have a printed "T1" or "T2" at the bottom (image: Google).

Security flaw found in Google's Titan Security Keys

A flaw discovered in Google's Bluetooth Low Energy Titan Security Keys leaves a hole open for potential attackers. Under certain circumstances and with proper timing, an attacker could potentially hijack the Bluetooth pairing proc...
Huawei and Samsung end their legal fight in China

Samsung and Huawei bury the hatchet in China

The legal battle between Samsung and Huawei that involves multiple patent infringement cases seems to be finally reaching its end — at least for the time being. After settling their lawsuits in the US earlier this year, the two te...
New ZombieLoad attack can exploit all Intel chips dating back to 2011

New ZombieLoad attack can exploit all Intel chips dating back to 2011

A flaw in Intel's modern CPU architectures can be used in a new attack. Dubbed "ZombieLoad," the vulnerability is similar to the Spectre and Meltdown bugs that haunted the PC market last year. ZombieLoad uses a similar flaw in Int...
HDMI sends a DMCA takedown notice for posting confidential protocol specs. (Source: Computer Cable Store)

GitHubber gets a DMCA takedown notice for archiving 'confidential' HDMI docs

The HDMI Licensing Administrator, Inc. has sent a DMCA takedown notice to GitHubber 'Glenwing' for posting detailed specifications of all versions of the HDMI standard, which are apparently copyrighted and confidential, on his per...
Microsoft has developed ElectionGuard in an attempt to make democratic processes more secure. (Source: In.gov)

Microsoft announces new solution to safeguard electronic voting systems

Microsoft has unveiled ElectionGuard, a software development kit (SDK) intended to make e-voting technology more secure. This open-source, encryption-enabled kit is intended to improve the polling systems to which it is applied. I...
Respawn has banned over 770,000 Apex Legends players for cheating

Respawn has banned over 770,000 Apex Legends players for cheating

Following up on a promise to combat cheating in Apex Legends more than ever, developer Respawn announced in a blot post today that the company has banned over 770,000 players for cheating so far. The company also banned over 4,000...
Six Android apps on Google's Play Store found to secretively harvest data from users

Six Android apps on Google's Play Store found to secretively harvest data from users

Six apps from Chinese developer DO Global have been found to secretly collect user data and send it to Chinese servers. While these apps have now been removed, this issue has once again turned a spotlight on a serious privacy prob...
Hero to villain: Security researcher responsible for stopping WannaCry pleads guilty to malicious hacking charges

Hero to villain: Security researcher responsible for stopping WannaCry pleads guilty to malicious hacking charges

The security analyst responsible for dismantling the WannaCry malware that crippled tens of thousands of computer systems (including many used in government services) pleaded guilty to two counts of writing malware used in banking...
Criminals using Android are at risk thanks to Google SensorVault (Source: Notebookcheck)

Use an Android phone, commit a crime, Google SensorVault could help police nab you

A new series by the New York Times investigating privacy has uncovered a Google database known internally as SensorVault. Police have been able to access the database to help identify suspects based on their movements recorded in ...
Julian Assange after being arrested by the London Metropolitan Police (Image source: Reuters)

The US charges Julian Assange after Ecuador ends his 7-year asylum in its London embassy

Julian Assange has finally been arrested after spending seven years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The founder of WikiLeaks has been arrested for breaching bail conditions relating to allegations of rape and sexual assault i...
Purism partners with Private Internet Access to develop a tracker-free VPN for PureOS and Librem 5 smartphone

Purism partners with Private Internet Access to develop a tracker-free VPN for PureOS and Librem 5 smartphone

In a new partnership announced today, Purism and Private Internet Access (PIA) have announced that the companies will develop a specialized VPN service for the Librem 13 and Librem 15 laptops as well as the Librem 5 smartphone. Th...
The free Office Depot PC Health Check allegedly operated in a similar fashion to scareware. (Source: FTC)

PC Health Check scareware allegations cost Office Depot and Support.com US$35 million

Office Depot, Inc. and Support.com, Inc. have agreed to pay a combined total of US$35 million to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after being accused of tricking customers into paying for unnecessary computer repair services....
Asus releases patch to fix Operation ShadowHammer vulnerability in Live Update Utility

Asus releases patch to fix Operation ShadowHammer vulnerability in Live Update Utility

In response to the massive media attention around Operation ShadowHammer yesterday, Asus has released a fix for the affected software (Asus Live Update Utility) to patch the security holes used in the attack. The company also rele...
Operation Shadowhammer

Operation ShadowHammer: Tens of thousands of computers had a security backdoor installed via Asus' Live Update Utility

Kaspersky Labs earlier today wrote about an attack they discovered in January that compromised Asus' Live Update Utility. The attack affected 57,000 Kaspersky customers and may have hit as many as 500,000 computers around the worl...
Not what you'd expect from Nokia. (Source: Yle)

Some Nokia devices have been clandestinely sending user data to China

Some users of the Nokia 7 Plus have reported that their phones are sending data to Chinese servers without permission, a direct violation of GDPR laws. This data includes IMEI's, serial numbers, and location, all of which are cons...
In plain sight: Hundreds of millions of Facebook user passwords were stored in plain text

In plain sight: Hundreds of millions of Facebook user passwords were stored in plain text

Due to a security oversight made by some Facebook employees, certain Facebook apps have been inadvertently logging user passwords as plain text on internal company servers. While still secured against outside intrusion, between 20...
The company hopes the day never comes. (Source: Gizbot)

Huawei confirms that it has built its own proprietary mobile OS...just in case

There have always been rumors that Huawei was working on its own OS. Those have now been confirmed by the company, with Huawei CEO Richard Yu affirming that the Chinese monolith has a working mobile OS all geared up and ready to g...
OneCoin has been called a get-rich-quick scheme. (Source: Bitcoin Exchange Guide)

Leader of OneCoin cryptocurrency pyramid scheme arrested by US authorities

The US Department of Justice, in conjunction with the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, has announced the arrest of Konstantin Ignatov, the so-called “leader” of the supposedly fraudulent OneCoin cryptocu...
Ghidra, the NSA's homegrown decompiler tool, is now open source

Ghidra, the NSA's homegrown decompiler tool, is now open source

Ghidra, the NSA's own reverse-engineering software, is now open source and freely available for download. The Agency voluntarily open-sourced the decompiler in an effort to benefit the cybersecurity community. Ghidra is a software...
The Canadian Department of Justice has authorized the extradition process. (Source: CTV News)

Canada allows extradition proceedings to continue for Huawei CFO

The Canadian government has moved ahead with extradition proceedings in regard to the case of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei. The executive will be back in court on March 6 to find out the date for her extradition hearing. The ne...
The hacker stole account information from the dating website/app Coffee Meets Bagel. (Source: Coffee Meets Bagel/VentureBeat)

Remember to have protection on Valentine's Day - for your data

A popular dating app, Coffee Meets Bagel, has revealed that it has suffered from a major data breach. Apparently, over 6.1 million accounts were affected by the hacks, which took place in late 2017 and again in May 2018. Coffee Me...
The general copyright strike message found on YouTube. (Image via YouTube)

The Verge issues copyright claims against multiple YouTube videos criticizing its infamous PC build video

Vox Media, the parent company of tech news outlet The Verge, has issued multiple copyright claims on videos criticizing its widely maligned PC building tutorial video. Using YouTube's copyright claim system, Vox lodged copyright s...
Huawei and ZTE are now risking complete bans in the U.S. as well as the European Union. (Source: VOA News)

Trump willing to ban Huawei and ZTE from US networks by end of February

All Chinese communications devices are primed for a complete ban in the U.S. and if Trump gets his way, this could happen before MWC in late February. One of the reasons for this hastened ban is the alleged violation of the Iran s...
Red Square - Moscow, Russia, Russia planning to disconnect from the world wide web (Source: World for Travel)

Russia planning to go internet-free, for now as an experiment

Working with all major internet providers in the country, Russian authorities are planning an interesting - and quite disturbing - experiment that involves disconnecting all local users from the internet. The purpose of this exper...
Meng Wanzhou and Huawei have faced a total of 23 criminal charges in two separate indictments. (Source: The Straits Times)

US officially charges Huawei and Meng Wanzhou with financial fraud; company also accused of commercial espionage

A 13-count indictment has been announced against Huawei and the company’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou, mostly in relation to fraud. Two of the Chinese manufacturer’s affiliates, Huawei Device USA and Skycom Tech, have also been included in ...
Financier and philantropist George Soros thinks that China's AI push is very dangerous (Source: Wired)

China’s push into AI is very dangerous, thinks George Soros

Notorious financier and philanthropist George Soros thinks that China's push in the AI field — which involves the plan to overtake the US by 2030 — is a severe threat to open societies. He also said that the social credit system "...
Google faces a penalty of €50 million for lack of transparency. (Source: Smart Money Press)

French regulatory body fines Google €50 million for GDPR violations

The Commission nationale de l'informatique et des libertés (CNIL) has imposed a fine of €50 million (~US$56.8 million) on Google for violating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The huge penalty has been justified by t...
YouTube pranksters have been blindly following Sandra Bullock's character's predicament in Bird Box. (Source: Bluegrass/Netflix)

Dangerous challenges and pranks join porn and hate speech on YouTube's banned list

YouTube has amended its policies in regard to content that depicts dangerous challenges and pranks. Videos that encourage or show activities that could lead to physical harm, make people think they are in danger, or show pranks th...

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)