Archive for the ‘security’ Category

Hackers Made an App That Kills to Prove a Point

July 16th, 2019
Medtronic and the FDA left an insulin pump with a potentially deadly vulnerability on the market—until researchers who found the flaw showed how bad it could be.

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An Amazon Phishing Scam Hits Just in Time For Prime Day

July 12th, 2019
Some deals are too good to be true, even on the most made-up holiday of all.

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On TikTok, Teens Meme Life360, the Safety App Ruining Their Summer

July 12th, 2019
Parents can use Life360 to track their teen’s location in real time. The company can use that data to sell car insurance.

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Magecart Hacker Group Hits 17,000 Domains—and Counting

July 11th, 2019
Magecart hackers are casting the widest possible net to find vulnerable ecommerce sites—but their method could lead to even bigger problems.

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Silent Mac update nukes dangerous webserver installed by Zoom

July 10th, 2019
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Apple said it has pushed a silent macOS update that removes the undocumented webserver that was installed by the Zoom conferencing app for Mac.

The webserver accepts connections from any device connected to the same local network, a security researcher disclosed on Monday. The server continues to run even when a Mac user uninstalls Zoom. The researcher showed how the webserver can be abused by people on the same network to force Macs to reinstall the conferencing app. Zoom issued an emergency patch on Tuesday in response to blistering criticism from security researchers and end users.

Apple on Wednesday issued an update of its own, a company representative speaking on background told Ars. The update ensures the webserver is removed—even if users have uninstalled Zoom or haven’t installed Tuesday’s update. Apple delivered the silent update automatically, meaning there was no notification or action required of end users.

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The Window to Rein In Facial Recognition Is Closing

July 10th, 2019
As Congress continues to punt on facial recognition, advocacy groups have redoubled their efforts.

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Zoom Will Fix the Flaw That Let Hackers Hijack Webcams

July 9th, 2019
While it at first dismissed the vulnerability, Zoom says it will release a patch Tuesday night.

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A Zoom Flaw Gives Hackers Easy Access to Your Webcam

July 9th, 2019
All it takes is one wrong click, and the popular video conferencing software will put you in a meeting with a stranger.

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How to Protect Our Kids’ Data and Privacy

July 7th, 2019
Opinion: Kids today have an online presence starting at birth, which raises a host of legal and ethical concerns. We desperately need a new data protection framework.

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What Is Credential Dumping?

July 7th, 2019
Modern network intrusions thrive on a counterintuitive trick: stealing passwords from computers that hackers have already compromised.

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