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How to Turn Off Amazon Sidewalk

June 8th, 2021

The company is enlisting your Echo and Ring devices into an internet-sharing mesh network starting Monday. It’s not too late to opt out.

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Ransomware Hit Another Pipeline Firm—and 70GB of Data Leaked

June 7th, 2021

LineStar Integrity Services was hacked around the same time as Colonial Pipeline, but radical transparency activists have brought the attack to light.

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How to Protect Your Files From Ransomware

June 6th, 2021

It’s a growing threat for individual users and businesses alike—but there are ways to protect yourself.

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The Safest Way to Store and Share Your Nudes

June 5th, 2021

Listen, if you’re going to take them, follow these precautions so they don’t go anywhere you don’t intend them to.

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The FBI’s Director Compares Ransomware Threat to 9/11

June 5th, 2021

Plus, a Supreme Court decision on a controversial anti-hacking law, a WhatsApp walk-back, and more of the week’s top security news.

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Microsoft’s Vote Tracking Software Clears a Major Hurdle

June 3rd, 2021

Hart InterCivic will be the first private vendor to partner with the company on using its open-source ElectionGuard system.

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Ransomware Hits a Food Supply Giant—and Underscores Dire Risk

June 1st, 2021

Hackers targeting JBS USA have disrupted meat processing facilities around the world, just one month after the Colonial Pipeline attack caused fuel distribution havoc.

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What Is a Supply Chain Attack?

May 31st, 2021

From NotPetya to SolarWinds, it’s a problem that’s not going away any time soon.

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Apple’s M1 Chip Has a Fascinating Flaw

May 30th, 2021

The covert channel bug is harmless, but it demonstrates that even new CPUs have mistakes in them.

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Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors

May 29th, 2021
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If you use Alexa, Echo, or any other Amazon device, you have only 10 days to opt out of an experiment that leaves your personal privacy and security hanging in the balance.

On June 8, the merchant, Web host, and entertainment behemoth will automatically enroll the devices in Amazon Sidewalk. The new wireless mesh service will share a small slice of your Internet bandwidth with nearby neighbors who don’t have connectivity and help you to their bandwidth when you don’t have a connection.

By default, Amazon devices including Alexa, Echo, Ring, security cams, outdoor lights, motion sensors, and Tile trackers will enroll in the system. And since only a tiny fraction of people take the time to change default settings, that means millions of people will be co-opted into the program whether they know anything about it or not.

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