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Browse safely and securely with Opera’s unlimited VPN on Android

Opera has added a new VPN to its Android browser, offering an easy way to keep your privacy and data locked up solid, and with no limits on usage or cost, you can keep it on all the time. The post Browse safely and securely with Opera’s unlimited VPN on Android appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Android, Security, Mobile, News, Trends, Vpn, Opera

Microsoft warns Windows 7 users of looming end to security updates

Microsoft has rolled out a patch that will warn Windows 7 users that security updates will soon come to an end. The patch rolled out Wednesday warning users of the impending deadline, January 14, 2020, when the software giant will no longer roll out fixes for security flaws and vulnerabilities. The deadline comes some 10 years after Windows 7 first debuted in 2009, more than half a decade before Microsoft’s most recent operating system Windows 10 was introduced. Microsoft’s move to stop issui...
Tags: Security, Apps, Microsoft, Tech, Ransomware, Cybercrime, Windows 10, National Security Agency, Windows 7, Operating System, Microsoft Windows, Windows Xp, Operating Systems, Cyberattacks

Law enforcement needs to protect citizens and their data

Robert Anderson Contributor Robert Anderson served for 21 years in the FBI, retiring as executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch. He is currently an advisor at The Chertoff Group and the chief executive of Cyber Defense Labs. Over the past several years, the law enforcement community has grown increasingly concerned about the conduct of digital investigations as technology providers enhance the security protections of thei...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Security, Facebook, Column, Human Rights, Privacy, Law, Australia, Tech, Eu, European Union, Encryption, Cryptography, Fbi

Donated devices are doxing your data, says new research

In the space of six months, one security researcher found thousands of files from dozens of computers, phones and flash drives — most of which contained personal information. All the researcher did was scour the second-hand stores for donated and refurbished tech. New research published by security firm Rapid7 revealed how problematic discarded technology can be. For his research, Josh Frantz bought 85 devices for $650, and found over 366,300 files, including images and documents. After an analy...
Tags: Security, Ebay, Tech, Cryptography, Social Security, Computing, Driver, Data Recovery, Computer Security, FRANTZ, University of Hertfordshire, USB flash drive, Josh Frantz

Sprint customers say a glitch exposed other people’s account information

Several Sprint customers have said they are seeing other customers’ personal information in their online accounts. One reader emailed TechCrunch with several screenshots describing the issue, warning that they could see other Sprint customers’ names and phone numbers. The reader said they informed the phone giant of the issue, and a Sprint representative said they had “several calls pertaining to the same issue.” In all, the reader saw 22 numbers in a two-hour period, they said. Several other...
Tags: Security, Privacy, Tech, Companies, Telecommunications, Sprint, Telephony, Caller ID, Madeline Finch

Security & Android apps: why automated testing matters

Android smart devices have gained tremendous popularity, leading to the pervasiveness of its apps. As of December 2018, there were over 2.6 million Android applications distributed within its official app store, Google Play. Ranging from financial and educational to personalization and entertainment, the app store had over 30 categories of apps.  Source: Android Central Given the widespread adoption of Android as an efficient mobile operating system (OS), there is an increasing need ...
Tags: Google, Security, Mobile, Seo

Slack hands over control of encryption keys to regulated customers

Slack announced today that it is launching Enterprise Key Management (EKM) for Slack, a new tool that enables customers to control their encryption keys in the enterprise version of the communications app. The keys are managed in the AWS KMS key management tool. Geoff Belknap, chief security officer (CSO) at Slack, says that the new tool should appeal to customers in regulated industries, who might need tighter control over security. “Markets like financial services, health care and governmen...
Tags: Security, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Encryption, Slack, CSO, Geoff Belknap, Belknap, Encryption Key Management, TechCrunch Slack, Slack Belknap

A huge trove of medical records and prescriptions found exposed

A health tech company was leaking thousands of doctor’s notes, medical records, and prescriptions daily after a security lapse left a server without a password. The little-known software company, California-based Meditab, bills itself as one of the leading electronic medical records software makers for hospitals, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies. The company, among other things, processes electronic faxes for healthcare providers, still a primary method for sharing patient files to other provide...
Tags: Health, Security, California, Articles, Tech, Fax, Social Security, Dubai, Health Insurance, Illness, Puerto Rico, San Juan, University of Texas, U S Department of Health and Human Services, Marrero, HIPAA

Facebook failed to block 20% of uploaded New Zealand shooter videos

Facebook said it removed 1.5 million videos from its site within the first 24 hours after a shooter livestreamed his attack on two New Zealand mosques, killing 50 people. In a series of tweets, Facebook’s Mia Garlick said a total of 1.2 million videos were blocked at the point of upload. Videos that included “praise or support” from the attack were also removed, she said, using a mix of automated technologies — like audio detection — and human content moderators. Facebook did not say why the 300...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Islamic State, Social Media, Tech, New Zealand, Photo Sharing, Sheryl Sandberg, World Wide Web, Facebook Twitter, Garlick, Christchurch New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, Facebook Newsroom, Ardern, Mia Garlick

Passbase is building a full stack identity engine with privacy baked in

Digital identity startup Passbase has bagged $600k in pre-seed funding led by a group of business angel investors from Alphabet, Stanford, Kleiner Perkins, EY; as well as seed fund investment from Chicago-based Upheaval Investments and Seedcamp. The 2018-founded Silicon Valley-based startup — whose co-founder we chatted to briefly on camera at Disrupt Berlin — is building what it dubs an “identity engine” to simplify identity verification online. Passbase offers a set of SDKs to developers to...
Tags: Apple, Security, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Apps, Europe, Privacy, Identity, Identity Management, Stanford, US, Tech, Authentication, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Airbnb

Google distributed malicious Chrome app designed to steal your cryptocurrency

Be wary if you come across ads that promote an airdrop, distributing tokens for popular cryptocurrency exchange desk Huobi: the offer might be fake, and you might be getting swooped into an elaborate ploy designed to steal your coins. Security researcher Harry Denley, who maintains popular anti-phishing database EtherscamDB, has unearthed a phishing campaign that tricks victims into downloading a malicious Chrome extension, programmed to get a hold of your wallet‘s private keys. What makes the a...
Tags: Google, Security, Startups, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork, Harry Denley

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 74: Spoiler Alert

New processor vulnerabilities, and much more.
Tags: Security, Podcast, Tech, Blogging, Intego Mac Podcast Episode

Gearbest security lapse exposed millions of shopping orders

Gearbest, a Chinese online shopping giant, has exposed millions of user profiles and shopping orders, security researchers have found. Security researcher Noam Rotem found an Elasticsearch server leaking millions of records each week, including customer data, orders, and payment records. The server wasn’t protected with a password, allowing anyone to search the data. Gearbest ranks as one of the top 250 global websites, and serves top brands, including Asus, Huawei, Intel, and Lenovo. TechCrunch...
Tags: Security, Europe, Privacy, Tech, Eu, European Union, Encryption, Czech Republic, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Data Protection, Lenovo, Huawei, Shenzhen, Data Security, Database

F5’s $670M Deal for Nginx Expands Firms’ Control of Web Servers, Apps

Internet users are celebrating the World Wide Web’s 30th birthday this week by reminiscing about early Web technologies like America Online and dial-up modems. But users’ Web experiences—from the 1990s to today’s social media-dominated digital landscape—are only possible with behind-the-scenes Internet infrastructure in place. The value of that infrastructure was highlighted in F5 Networks’ recent announcement that it has agreed to acquire Nginx for $670 million in cash.F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) and Ng...
Tags: Deals, Security, Cloud, Internet, Cloud Computing, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Www, Cybersecurity, M&a, Data Centers, Api, Seattle, Nginx, World Wide Web

Inside Tufts University’s grade-hacking case

Each week, Extra Crunch members have access to conference calls moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. This week, security reporter Zack Whittaker discussed   his exclusive report about Tufts University veterinary student Tiffany Filler who was expelled on charges she hacked her grades. Being Canadian and therefore in the U.S. on a student visa, she had to immediately leave the country. From the transcript: Firstly, given the legal risks, the potential public relations nightmare...
Tags: Security, TC, Tech, Eric Eldon, Tufts University, Eric, Tufts, Zack, Whittaker, Zack Whittaker, Tiffany Filler

New Adware With Destructive Capabilities Infects Over 200 Google Play Store Apps

Researchers have uncovered a new adware strain running rampant on the Google Play Store. More than 200 applications are said to carry the malware.Read more...
Tags: Google, Google Play, Security, Science, Adware

New Android adware found in 200 apps on Google Play

Security researchers have found a new kind of mobile adware hidden in hundreds of Android apps, and downloaded more than 150 million times from Google Play. The malware masquerading as an ad-serving platform, dubbed SimBad by researchers at security firm Check Point, infected more than 200 apps which, likely unbeknownst to the app developer, would open a backdoor to install additional malware as a way to outsmart Google’s app store scanning. Once installed, the downloaded malware also removes th...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Security, Google Search, Tech, Malware, App-store, Simulation, App Developer, Check Point, Real Tractor Farming Simulator, Ambulance Rescue Driving, Aviran Hazum, Hazum

Marking 30 years of the web, Tim Berners-Lee calls for a joint fight against disinformation

The inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has published an open letter to mark the 30th anniversary of the day — March 12, 1989 — when he submitted his original proposal for an information management system that went on to underpin the birth of online services. The proposal, dubbed “vague but exciting” by his boss at the time, married hypertext with Internet TCP and domain name system ideas. Berners-Lee also had to design and build a web browser and put together the first web serv...
Tags: Security, Europe, Privacy, Tech, Cern, Social Network, World Wide Web, Tim Berners Lee, Berners Lee, TCP, Online Abuse, Web Foundation, Disinformation, Berners Lee s Web Foundation

US threatens to reduce intelligence sharing if Germany doesn’t ban Huawei

The U.S. government is threatening to reduce the amount of intelligence it shares with Germany if Huawei wins a contract to build the country’s next-generation 5G network. That’s the takeaway from a letter sent by the U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, to Germany’s economics minister, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. Grenell, appointed by President Trump last year, said the U.S. would not be able to continue sharing the same level or amount of classified intelligence over fears ...
Tags: Security, Mobile, Europe, Government, China, Germany, US, Tech, Beijing, Telecommunications, Nato, Edward Snowden, European Commission, Huawei, National Security Agency, 5g

Towards a general theory of "adversarial examples," the bizarre, hallucinatory motes in machine learning's all-seeing eye

For several years, I've been covering the bizarre phenomenon of "adversarial examples (AKA "adversarial preturbations"), these being often tiny changes to data than can cause machine-learning classifiers to totally misfire: imperceptible squeaks that make speech-to-text systems hallucinate phantom voices; or tiny shifts to a 3D image of a helicopter that makes image-classifiers hallucinate a rifle A friend of mine who is a very senior cryptographer of longstanding esteem in the field rece...
Tags: Google, Security, Post, News, Harvard, Infosec, Scholarship, Ai, Computer Science, Princeton, MIT Media Lab, Jonathan Zittrain, Joi Ito, ML, Labsix, Adversarial Examples

Okta to acquire workflow automation startup Azuqua for $52.5M

During its earnings report yesterday afternoon, Okta announced it intends to acquire Azuqua, a Bellevue, Washington workflow automation startup for $52.5 million. In a blog post announcing the news, Okta co-founder and COO Frederic Kerrest saw the combining of the two companies as a way to move smoothly between applications in a complex workflow without having to constantly present your credentials. “With Okta and Azuqua, IT teams will be able to use pre-built connectors and logic to create s...
Tags: Security, Startups, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Okta, Identity Management, San Francisco, Tech, Bellevue, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Northwest, Vmware, Exit, Bellevue Washington

Use Private Browsing to Maintain Your Privacy on the Web

All major web browsers offer a private browsing mode. Here's how to use this feature.
Tags: Security, Tech, Blogging, Web

Intego Mac Podcast, Episode 73: Maintain Your Privacy When Browsing the Web

Private browsing helps maintain your privacy when using the web.
Tags: Security, Podcast, Tech, Blogging, Intego Mac Podcast Episode

Car alarms with security flaws put 3 million vehicles at risk of hijack

Two popular car alarm systems have fixed security vulnerabilities that allowed researchers to remotely track, hijack and take control of vehicles with the alarms installed. The systems, built by Russian alarm maker Pandora and California-based Viper — or Clifford in the U.K., were vulnerable to an easily manipulated server-side API, according to researchers at Pen Test Partners, a U.K. cybersecurity company. In their findings, the API could be abused to take control of an alarm system’s user acc...
Tags: Security, California, Tech, Pandora, Automotive, United Kingdom, Api, Alarms, Clifford, Pearson, Founder, Computer Security, Pen Test Partners, CalAmp, Chris Pearson, Ken Munro

Facebook May Have Built Mark Zuckerberg an Escape Tunnel Nicknamed the 'Panic Chute'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg—who used to be concerned about maintaining a low public profile until mounting scandals forced him into the limelight last year—understandably has a rather hefty security detail. As the CEO of a company with billions of users across the globe, a fair number of whom are presumably are less…Read more...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Technology, Social Media, Tunnels, Menlo Park, Backup Plans, Escape Tunnels

Email firm left 809 million records exposed online

Security researchers announced at RSAC today announced they have discovered a trove of 809 million personal records exposed on the internet. This time more than just emails and passwords were exposed -- data also includes physical addresses, personal mortgage details, social media accounts, and credit score analysis. The database was owned by "email validation" firm, and has been taken offline by the company. From WIRED News: Last week, security researchers Bob Diachenko and V...
Tags: Security, Post, Technology, News, Picks, RSAC, Vinny Troia, Bob Diachenko, Diachenko,

Huawei opens a cybersecurity transparency center in the heart of Europe

5G kit maker Huawei opened a Cyber Security Transparency center in Brussels yesterday as the Chinese tech giant continues to try to neutralize suspicion in Western markets that its networking gear could be used for espionage by the Chinese state. Huawei announced its plan to open a European transparency center last year but giving a speech at an opening ceremony for the center yesterday the company’s rotating CEO, Ken Hu, said: “Looking at the events from the past few months, it’s clear that thi...
Tags: Network Security, Security, Mobile, Asia, Internet Of Things, Europe, China, US, Tech, Eu, Cybersecurity, Telecommunications, Commission, European Commission, Brussels, EC

Update Google Chrome Right Now 

A security flaw in Google Chrome was under active attack last week; although Google’s most recent Chrome update (hopefully) automatically fixed the problem in your browser, it’s important that you double-check that you’re running the newest version (72.0.3626.121).Read more...
Tags: Chrome, Google Chrome, Google, Security, Updates, Hackers, Lifehacks

Apple MacOS hit with yet another critical system security issue

Apple, a company normally held in high stature for its software's security, hasn't had quite a smooth journey over the last few months. The Project Zero team at Google discovered a severe flaw within the MacOS kernel that could affect user data. The post Apple MacOS hit with yet another critical system security issue appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Google, Security, News, Trends, Computing, macOS, XNU

Google's Project Zero Team Releases Details on 'High-Severity' macOS Bug

Google’s bug-zapping Project Zero team has uncovered what it said was a “high-severity” flaw in the macOS kernel, Wired reported on Monday, and revealed the details on March 1 following the expiration of a 90-day period for Apple to patch the exploit.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Security, Science, Technology, Privacy, Bugs, Cybersecurity, Project Zero, macOS

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