whatsapp
WhatsApp Vulnerability Could Have Allowed Attackers to Hijack Phones Using Malicious GIFs

Fair warning: It’s time for users to update encrypted messaging service WhatsApp. Read More >>

hacking
Fake Lightning Cables That Can Hijack Connected Devices Are Heading for Mass Production

Dummy Lightning cables that allow an attacker to gain remote control of computers they’re plugged into are slated to hit mass production, per a Wednesday report in Motherboard. Read More >>

google
US Antitrust Investigators Now Scrutinising Google’s Plans to Add DNS Encryption to Chrome

Antitrust investigators with the US House Judiciary Committee are looking into Google’s plans to add Domain Name System over Transport Layer Security (DNS over TLS) to its Chrome browser, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, in the latest escalation of scrutiny over the company’s business practices. The US Department of Justice has also heard complaints, a source told the paper. Read More >>

cybersecurity
Microsoft, Cisco Talos Discover Malware Campaign That Turns PCs Into “Zombie Proxies”

A newly discovered strain of malware transforms PCs into what Microsoft ominously calls “zombie proxies” using otherwise legitimate programs, and the company claims it’s infected thousands of computers across the U.S. and Europe. Read More >>

cybersecurity
German Police Raid Data Centre and Alleged Cybercrime Hub Based Out of Former NATO Bunker

German authorities raided a data centre based out of “former NATO bunker that hosted sites dealing in drugs and other illegal activities", the Associated Press reported on Friday, resulting in seven arrests. Read More >>

facebook
Report: UK and U.S. to Sign Treaty Forcing Platforms Like Facebook to Share Encrypted Chats With Police

The U.S. and UK governments are expected to sign a treaty in October that will force social media platforms based in either of the countries to “disclose encrypted messages from suspected terrorists, paedophiles and other serious criminals” to police in the other, according to The Times. Read More >>

google
Google Says Mysterious Wave of Unbootable Macs is Their Bad

A serious flaw in Google Keystone, which controls Chrome updates, is capable of doing major damage to macOS file systems on some computers and has been linked to data corruption that struck Hollywood video editors and others on Monday evening, Variety reported. Read More >>

huawei
Huawei Says Mate 30 Series Bootloader Will Be Unlockable, Allowing Easier Access to Google Apps

The recently launched Huawei Mate 30 and Mate Pro 30 boast a lot of upgraded hardware including extra cameras and edge to edge, bezel-free screens, but they come with a huge trade off: Due to the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China and the associated Commerce Department blacklisting of Huawei on national security grounds, Huawei was forced to switch to Android open source and can’t ship them with Google apps and services preinstalled. That means no Play Store, leaving buyers restricted to its in-house alternative Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) for apps. Read More >>

privacy
Loophole That Lets People Share Your Private Instagram Pics and Stories Isn’t a ‘Hack’—but Still, Heads Up

Here’s another reminder to be wary of what you share online: BuzzFeed News noticed on Monday that the way Instagram and its owner Facebook serve up media content allows for anyone who has access to a private photo or video to root around in the HTML code and copy-paste a direct link to it. Read More >>

cybersecurity
Wikipedia Goes Dark Across Europe, Middle East After DDOS Attack

Wikipedia went offline Friday afternoon and into Saturday morning after a cyber attack forced an international shutdown. The outage affected millions of users across Europe and in parts of the Middle East. Read More >>

amazon
Report: Amazon Really Wants to Scan Your Soft, Soft Hands

Amazon is “quietly testing scanners that can identify an individual human hand as a way to ring up a store purchase” with the aim of rolling it out at retail locations, specifically its subsidiary Whole Foods, per a Tuesday report in the New York Post. Read More >>

cybersecurity
XKCD Forum Breach Impacts More Than Half a Million Users

XKCD, a popular science and technology webcomic, is the latest site to have its user's information breached, resulting in 562,000 accounts having their usernames, passwords, and IP addresses exposed online. Read More >>

business
The Question of Whether or Not WeWork Is a Tech Company Has Been Answered

Is WeWork, the sprawling chain of coworking spaces expanding across America and elsewhere, a tech company? WeWork is sure scrambling to find reasons to claim so, because “tech” is apparently some kind of magic word that it thinks will justify its $47 billion (£38.5 billion) valuation. Its critics have instead characterised WeWork as a traditional real estate company in the risky business of signing cheap long-term leases and flipping them to customers as more expensive short-term leases, which would leave it scrambling to pay off its $47.2 billion (£38.6 billion) in liabilities in the event of a downturn, and which has masked this fact with cult-like branding and just saying the word “tech” over and over. Read More >>

huawei
Report: Huawei Could Get 90 More Days to Buy American Parts to Fill Pre-Blacklist Orders

Though US trade sanctions are still in effect, Huawei Technologies will have an additional 90 days to buy from American companies so it can wrap up work with existing customers, according to a Reuters report. Read More >>

apple
Apple Sues Corellium for Selling Access to Cloud-Based ‘Perfect Replicas’ of iOS

Apple is suing a company, Corellium LLC, that it says is illegally reselling virtual copies of its iOS operating system under the pretence of legitimate security research, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. Read More >>