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Google bans ads for stalkerware apps—with some exceptions
on July 13, 2020 at 3:22 pm
Google doesn't allow stalking apps in the Play Store but hadn't yet banned ads.
How Two-Factor Authentication Keeps Your Accounts Safe
on July 12, 2020 at 11:00 am
Here are some of the best authenticator apps and options. It may take a moment to set up, but once you have 2FA enabled where it counts, you can rest easier.
15 Billion Stolen Logins Are Circulating on the Dark Web
on July 11, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Plus: Facebook's Roger Stone takedown, the BlueLeaks server seizure, and more of the week's top security news.
The 'Super Smash Bros.' Community Reckons With Sexual Misconduct Allegations
on July 10, 2020 at 8:12 pm
Dozens of people have come forward over the past week, many pointing to a culture that they say enabled rampant predatory behavior.
Amazon bans TikTok on employee phones, then calls it a mistake [Updated]
on July 10, 2020 at 7:57 pm
Amazon told workers to delete TikTok or lose mobile access to company email.
IBM has a problem with Google’s Open Usage Commons
on July 10, 2020 at 6:45 pm
The ties between the Open Usage Commons and Google may be too strong and clear.
Amazon Says It Didn’t Mean to Ban Employees From Using TikTok
on July 10, 2020 at 6:28 pm
US lawmakers have repeatedly raised security concerns over the app's Chinese ownership. Are US businesses next?
Charter’s hidden “Broadcast TV” fee now adds $197 a year to cable bills
on July 10, 2020 at 6:03 pm
Hidden fee not included in Spectrum’s advertised prices raised yet again.
Microsoft Halts a Global Fraud Campaign That Targeted CEOs
on July 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm
A sophisticated scheme was designed to trick businesses in more than 60 countries into wiring large sums of money to attackers.
Frontier misled subscribers about Internet speeds and prices, AG finds
on July 9, 2020 at 5:30 pm
Washington state AG forces Frontier Northwest to clearly disclose prices, speeds.
Google Play apps with 500,000 downloads subscribe users to costly services
on July 9, 2020 at 3:22 pm
Malware family that has infiltrated Play since 2017 strikes again.
DoNotPay Unsubscribes You From Spam—and Tries to Get You Paid
on July 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm
There's finally a way to get off of email lists with your privacy intact.
Hong Kong's Security Law Puts Big Tech at a Crossroads
on July 8, 2020 at 10:11 pm
As China exerts more power over the city, companies like Facebook and Google have stopped handing over data—for now.
Microsoft neuters Office 365 account attacks that used clever ruse
on July 8, 2020 at 9:59 pm
Businesses in 62 countries targeted in financial fraud scam.
City builds open-access broadband network with Google Fiber as its first ISP
on July 7, 2020 at 3:54 pm
W. Des Moines to build fiber conduits city-wide, let multiple ISPs offer service.
Petnet charges new $30 annual fee for a service that still doesn’t work
on July 7, 2020 at 2:39 pm
The company promised to continue service for those who paid up. So far, it hasn't.
The rise and fall of Adobe Flash
on July 7, 2020 at 11:30 am
Before Flash Player sunsets this December, we talk its legacy with those who built it.
Looks Like Russian Hackers Are on an Email Scam Spree
on July 7, 2020 at 11:00 am
A group dubbed Cosmic Lynx uses surprisingly sophisticated methods—and targets big game.
Hackers Are Exploiting a 5-Alarm Bug in Networking Equipment
on July 6, 2020 at 5:10 pm
For companies that haven't patched their BIG-IP products, it may already be too late.
Uber plans to gobble up delivery rival Postmates in $2.6 billion deal
on July 6, 2020 at 4:15 pm
Analysts have been expecting the delivery apps to consolidate; now they are.
New Mac ransomware is even more sinister than it appears
on July 5, 2020 at 3:30 pm
ThiefQuest or EvilQuest can grab passwords and credit card numbers.
How to Passcode-Lock Any App on Your Phone
on July 5, 2020 at 11:00 am
Letting someone see your phone shouldn't also mean letting them snoop on your texts, photos, or emails. Here's how to stop it from happening.
The remote British village that built one of the UK’s fastest Internet networks
on July 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm
The serene, postcard-perfect village of Clapham is becoming known for more than its views.
Encryption-Busting EARN IT Act Advances in Senate
on July 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Plus: A massive crime bust in Europe, a warning from US Cyber Command, and more of the week's top security news.
The 416 quadrillion reasons why Japan’s supercomputer is number 1
on July 4, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Fugaku's compute power focus on parsing earthquakes, weather patterns, and coughs.
The Worst Hacks and Breaches of 2020 So Far
on July 3, 2020 at 11:00 am
Iran, China, Russia—the gang was all here in the first half of this year. Oh, and also an unprecedented pandemic that’s been a boon for hackers.
House OKs $100B broadband plan with $50 monthly discounts for poor people
on July 2, 2020 at 5:33 pm
House broadband plan is not guaranteed to pass in Republican-controlled Senate.
Dish buys Boost prepaid biz from T-Mobile, finally enters wireless market
on July 1, 2020 at 9:16 pm
Dish buys former Sprint prepaid business amid plans to build its own 5G network.
New Mac Ransomware Is Even More Sinister Than It Appears
on July 1, 2020 at 8:45 pm
The malware known as ThiefQuest or EvilQuest also has spyware capabilities that allow it to grab passwords and credit card numbers.
Unscheduled fixes released for critical flaw in optional Windows codec
on July 1, 2020 at 7:46 pm
Company uses Microsoft Store to fix remote code-execution bugs in codecs library.