Archive for the ‘security’ Category

The Pentagon’s Hand-Me-Downs Helped Militarize Police. Here’s How

June 2nd, 2020
Over several decades, the 1033 program has shipped over $7.4 billion of Defense Department property to more than 8,000 law enforcement agencies.

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‘Nonlethal’ Anti-Protest Weapons Can Cause Serious Harm

June 2nd, 2020
Rubber bullets and tear gas are billed as relatively safe. They're anything but.

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Google fixes Android flaws that allow code execution with high system rights

June 2nd, 2020
Google fixes Android flaws that allow code execution with high system rights

(credit: Ron Amadeo)

Google has shipped security patches for dozens of vulnerabilities in its Android mobile operating system, two of which could allow hackers to remotely execute malicious code with extremely high system rights.

In some cases, the malware could run with highly elevated privileges, a possibility that raises the severity of the bugs. That’s because the bugs, located in the Android System component, could enable a specially crafted transmission to execute arbitrary code within the context of a privileged process. In all, Google released patches for at least 34 security flaws, although some of the vulnerabilities were present only in devices available from manufacturer Qualcomm.

Anyone with a mobile device should check to see if fixes are available for their device. Methods differ by device model, but one common method involves either checking the notification screen or clicking Settings > Security > Security update. Unfortunately, patches aren’t available for many devices.

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Facebook ‘Manage Activity’ Is a Long Overdue Privacy Feature

June 2nd, 2020
The new Manage Activity feature will let you archive and bulk delete posts for the first time.

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This Bot Hunts Software Bugs for the Pentagon

June 1st, 2020
Mayhem emerged from a 2016 government-sponsored contest at a Las Vegas casino hotel. Now it's used by the military.

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How to Protest Safely in the Age of Surveillance

May 31st, 2020
Law enforcement has more tools than ever to track your movements and access your communications. Here's how to protect your privacy if you plan to protest.

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This $350 “Anti-5G” Device Is Apparently Just a USB Stick

May 30th, 2020
Plus: A LiveJournal hack, Qatar's contact-tracing privacy failure, and more of the week's top security news.

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NSA: Russia’s Sandworm Hackers Have Hijacked Mail Servers

May 28th, 2020
In a rare public warning, the US spy agency says the notorious arm of Russian military intelligence is targeting a known vulnerability in Exim.

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Google Chrome Is Getting a Bunch of New Privacy Features

May 27th, 2020
The next version of the browser will be more secure than ever. Here’s what you need to know.

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Shadowserver, an Internet Guardian, Finds a Lifeline

May 27th, 2020
Ten weeks ago, Shadowserver's main source of funding dried up. Now it's back on level footing.

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