LinkedIn and Reddit Are The Latest Apps Found to be Snooping on Your Clipboards

iOS 14’s new privacy feature has been snitching on a lot of snooping apps in recent days, raising concerns from users and hopefully inspiring the companies behind the apps to do something about it. The latest apps caught snitching were LinkedIn and Reddit, although the companies want to assure users that they’re fixing it. Read More >>

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Credit Card Skimmers Can Hide in an Icon’s Metadata

In the midst of a news cycle filled with stories of the chaotic global pandemic and mass civil unrest raging around us right now, I personally find solace in stories about the constants we can rely on: Stories of brands continuing to show their arse on social media. Stories about budget art restorations continuing to be borked. And, of course, stories of scammers continuing to find new ways to scam. Read More >>

Zoom Finally Caves, Lets Free Users Have End-to-End Encryption

Video chat service Zoom will finally add end-to-end encryption to calls placed by users on the free version of its service, weeks after announcing it would only be available to premium users who shelled out for the privilege. Read More >>

The Mystery of ‘Hacked’ Houseparty Users May Have Been Solved

By the end of March, things were looking good for the group video chat app Houseparty as quarantined young people, perhaps put off by Zoom’s relentless security failures, were looking for a less corporate-seeming platform to keep in touch with friends and family. Vogue gushed that it was “the quarantine app you need to download immediately,” as daily downloads for the Epic Games-owned app approached 150,000 on Apple’s App Store. Read More >>

Samsung, Rolls-Royce Information Exposed by Leaky Database, Security Firm Says

Hypothetically, if you, a criminal, wanted to steal millions of dollars from a corporation, one place to start might be figuring out who it owes money to. Does it pay rent on any of its offices? How often does it make payments on the expensive software or equipment it leases? Which overworked account executive handles these payments and what would it take for her – eager to get home to her three kids after a long week – to accidentally authorise payment to you instead of the accounts she manages? Read More >>

Madonna, Mariah Carey and Other Major Celebs are Caught Up in a Recent Ransomware Attack

A Manhattan law firm frequented by some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry has been hit with a hack compromising over 750 gigabytes of intel on its famous clientele. Now, the hackers are threatening to go public with the resulting database unless the company pays up. Read More >>

Zoom’s Adding End-to-End Encryption for Real This Time, But It’ll Cost You

Zoom, the video conferencing platform du jour while nearly everyone’s stuck inside under shelter-in-place orders, has been gradually beefing up its security as part of a 90-day plan after a wave of disturbing troll attacks drew international ire. On Thursday the company announced its latest step: finally implementing the kind of encryption protocols that it led investors and users to believe it already supported. Read More >>

Facebook’s U.S. FTC Settlement Is Officially a Train Wreck

Well, it’s finally over. According to a post penned late Thursday by Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer on the company’s official blog, the social media giant got a federal court’s sign-off on its settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, marking the end of a historic case that involved roughly a full year of back and forth with the agency, a $5 billion (£4 billion) dollar civil penalty, and more than a few photo ops of Mark Zuckerberg in an array of suits. But just because the case is historic doesn’t mean it’s anything short of lacklustre. Read More >>

For the Love of God, Don’t Use Facebook’s Video Chat Rooms

Facebook is now rolling out a Messenger Rooms platform that will allow video calls to simultaneously host up to 50 people, up from eight in existing Messenger video conferences. According to CNBC, the initial launch will feature a lower capacity than that, but the company is working to hit the target of 50 in the relative short term. That is significantly more than competitor Houseparty, which allows a maximum of eight concurrent users, while less than Zoom, which has a free version that allows for a max of 100 people – but only for 40 minutes. Messenger Rooms will have no time cap. Read More >>

Zoom Has a Google Problem

Last week saw the U.S. Senate join the ever-growing chorus of federal officials advising staff against using Zoom, with one top official calling the video software a “privacy and security concern.” And while there are myriad reasons to be concerned about the video-call platform – from the potential for foreign snooping to its issues with encryption, to, well, everything else – it looks like the turning point for some federal officials boils down to one thing: shitty teens. Read More >>

Major European Players Push for Coronavirus-Tracking App Platform

Several preeminent states in the EU are backing Bluetooth-based, contact-tracing technology to help map the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak via smartphone apps, Reuters reported this week. This news comes courtesy of German tech entrepreneur Chris Boos, a major coordinator behind the project dubbed the Pan-European Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing (PEPP-PT) initiative. Read More >>

Hacking Attacks Against Corporations Have More the Doubled in the Last Month

Since the massive shift to remote work last month, hacking activity targeting corporations and businesses has more than doubled, Reuters reported. According to software and security company VMWare Carbon Black, ransomware attacks rose a whopping 148 per cent in March compared to February and the months prior. It seems hackers are taking advantage of the effects the covid-19 pandemic has had on most companies. Read More >>

Travelex Reportedly Paid Ransomware Hackers 285 Bitcoin Worth More Than £1.8 Million

Following a ransomware attack against foreign exchange company Travelex earlier this year, the company reportedly paid a hefty, multimillion-dollar sum to hackers in the form of hundreds of bitcoin. Read More >>

Researchers Find Android Apps for Kids Riddled With Malware

It’s a familiar story: Security researchers find apps in Google’s Play Store that are infected with some sort of malware, which eventually get pulled. Well, it’s happened again. This time, a new type of malware dubbed Tekya was discovered farming ad clicks to earn money in 56 apps, of which 24 were aimed at kids. Read More >>

Microsoft Says Critical Vulnerability in Windows is Already Being Used in ‘Limited Targeted Attacks’

Microsoft said on Monday that it has discovered a flaw in Windows 10 and other versions of the operating system that has already resulted in “limited targeted attacks.” There is as of yet no patch for the vulnerability, though Microsoft ranks it as a “critical” flaw. Read More >>