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OpenWRT code-execution bug puts millions of devices at risk
on March 31, 2020 at 8:25 pm
A partial fix mitigates the risk, but the lack of encryption and other weaknesses remain.
Zoom’s privacy problems are growing as platform explodes in popularity
on March 31, 2020 at 8:12 pm
Doing everything from home by video conference has its drawbacks and pitfalls.
Comcast waiving data caps hasn’t hurt its network—why not make it permanent?
on March 31, 2020 at 7:49 pm
Pandemic shows Comcast could kill data caps forever without ruining its network.
Marriott Got Hacked. Yes, Again
on March 31, 2020 at 7:32 pm
The hotel chain has suffered its second major breach in 16 months. Here's how to find out if you're affected.
Online Credit Card Skimmers Are Thriving During the Pandemic
on March 31, 2020 at 5:19 pm
As brick and mortars close due to the novel coronavirus, thieves have increasingly targeted digital checkout.
Saudi Arabia reportedly tracked phones by using industry-wide carrier weakness
on March 30, 2020 at 9:58 pm
Kingdom sent US carrier millions of location requests through SS7.
OneWeb goes bankrupt, lays off staff, will sell satellite-broadband business
on March 30, 2020 at 4:32 pm
OneWeb says pandemic ended chance of getting enough funding for full launch.
WireGuard VPN makes it to 1.0.0—and into the next Linux kernel
on March 30, 2020 at 3:20 pm
It's a good day for WireGuard users—DKMS builds will soon be behind us.
>4,000 Android apps silently access your installed software
on March 28, 2020 at 3:41 pm
Android API lets apps collect a list of all other installed apps, no permission needed.
Chinese Hacking Surges Amid Coronavirus Crisis
on March 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Plus: A Windows zero day, an iOS watering hole, and more of the week's top security news.
Control Panel isn’t dead yet—but the System applet is looking nervous
on March 27, 2020 at 10:24 pm
It's as if millions of sysadmins cried out and suddenly breathed a sigh of relief.
Broadband speeds fall in dozens of big US cities during pandemic
on March 27, 2020 at 6:08 pm
Download speeds fell at least slightly in 88 of 200 most populous US cities.
Google Bans Infowars Android App Over Coronavirus Claims
on March 27, 2020 at 4:07 pm
Apple kicked Alex Jones out of the App Store in 2018. The Google Play Store has finally followed suit.
Charter gives techs $25 gift cards instead of hazard pay during pandemic
on March 27, 2020 at 3:16 pm
Instead of bonus pay for risky work, techs get weekly $25 restaurant gift cards.
A Twitch Streamer Is Exposing Coronavirus Scams Live
on March 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Kitboga has built a following by trolling telemarketers. Covid-19 opportunists have given him a whole new crop of targets.
An Elite Spy Group Used 5 Zero-Days to Hack North Koreans
on March 26, 2020 at 10:30 pm
South Korea is a prime suspect for exploiting the secret software vulnerabilities in a sophisticated espionage campaign.
Google sent users 40,000 warnings of nation-state hack attacks in 2019
on March 26, 2020 at 9:05 pm
Government-backed hackers target journalists, dissidents, gov't officials, and others.
The Top Reason Not to Ditch an iPhone for Android? WhatsApp
on March 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm
It should be simple to transfer your chat history from iOS to Android, but it's really not.
New attack on home routers sends users to spoofed sites that push malware
on March 25, 2020 at 8:10 pm
Attack, which uses DNS hijacking, is the latest to capitalize on pandemic anxiety.
The exFAT filesystem is coming to Linux—Paragon software’s not happy about it
on March 25, 2020 at 6:49 pm
The proprietary filesystem vendor unleashed a '90s-level torrent of FUD yesterday.
How to get Verizon and AT&T data-cap fees waived during the pandemic
on March 25, 2020 at 4:20 pm
Verizon, AT&T waive mobile fees if you tell them pandemic hurt your finances.
The Postal Service's Surprising Role in Surviving Doomsday
on March 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm
The little-known Postal Plan, which dates back to the Clinton era, charges mail carriers with delivering critical supplies—like vaccines—as a last resort.
Never-before-seen attackers are targeting Mideast industrial organizations
on March 25, 2020 at 10:45 am
WildPressure uses malware and targets organizations not seen in other campaigns.
The Army Corps of Engineers Deploys Against Coronavirus
on March 24, 2020 at 8:38 pm
The US is desperate for hospital beds. The US Army Corps of Engineers can build thousands of them in a matter of days.
Google Play’s malicious app problem infects 1.7 million more devices
on March 24, 2020 at 7:51 pm
Apps went undetected by Google and antivirus scanners.
Comcast wins Supreme Court case over interpretation of civil rights law
on March 24, 2020 at 4:44 pm
Black-owned TV network alleged racism in Comcast decision not to carry channels.
Google Removes Adware-Laced Kids' Apps From Play Store
on March 24, 2020 at 10:00 am
After over a million downloads, the Tekya-infected Android offerings are finally on ice.
Here’s the Netflix account compromise Bugcrowd doesn’t want you to know about [Updated]
on March 23, 2020 at 10:37 pm
Weakness allows attackers to steal browser cookies used to authenticate Netflix users.
SpaceX gets FCC license for 1 million satellite-broadband user terminals
on March 23, 2020 at 8:49 pm
SpaceX now licensed to deploy 1 million of what Musk calls "UFOs on a stick."
Windows code-execution zeroday is under active exploit, Microsoft warns
on March 23, 2020 at 7:40 pm
There's no patch available now. Here's what to do until Microsoft issues one.