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Rep. Zoe Lofgren to talk privacy and policy at Disrupt 2020

We’re excited to announce that Rep. Zoe Lofgren is coming to Disrupt 2020 this September 14-18. Lofgren, a Democrat congresswoman and California native, has served at the heart of Silicon Valley since she was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995, under which she’s served four presidents — and impeached exactly half of them. As one of the most prominent lawmakers in Silicon Valley, Lofgren has a unique insights into the wants and needs of the world’s biggest tech giants that...
Tags: Security, TC, California, Events, Tech, Silicon Valley, Capitol Hill, U S House of Representatives, Zoe Lofgren, Lofgren, Silicon Valley Lofgren


Hide Files on Your Android With a PIN-Protected 'Safe Folder'

Files by Google is a handy app that helps manage your Android phone’s storage space and securely transfer data to the cloud and other devices. Now, it can also lock your personal files in an encrypted, PIN-protected folder, thanks to its new Safe Folder feature.Read more...
Tags: Google, Security, Privacy, Lifehacks, Data Privacy, Files by Google


Get One Bonus Year of Updates With These Samsung Phones

When you buy a Samsung Android, you used to be able to get around two major Android updates out of them—two years, basically. After that, Samsung could not guarantee that future dessert-themed Android updates (now boring numbers) would arrive one your phone, meaning that you’d have to root your device and find an…Read more...
Tags: Security, Samsung, Smartphone, Update, Lifehacks, Operating System, Samsung Phones, Samsung Android


Haunted by Regret Over Killing Vine, Twitter Purportedly Eyes Acquiring TikTok

While we’re all waiting to see if Microsoft succeeds in striking a deal to buy TikTok, bam! Surprise! Another big tech company, although not nearly as big as Microsoft, has apparently entered the fray, saying that it too is interested in arguably one of the hottest apps currently on the market. That company is…Read more...
Tags: Security, Twitter, Science, Microsoft, Vine, Donald Trump, Tiktok


Reddit Gets Trumped: Hackers Vandalize Communities With MAGA Messages

Reddit got Trumped. On Friday, many users visited their favorite subreddits and found something unexpected: pro-Donald Trump Make America Great Again campaign banners and messages supporting the president. It was not a coincidence. Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, Hacking, Reddit, Donald Trump, Donald Trump Make America Great Again


How Do I Get Into My Email If I've Lost My Recovery Codes?

Whenever you get the chance, you should use two-factor authentication to secure your various accounts. That’s a no-brainer. However, I also appreciate services that try to enhance your account security on your behalf—like, for example, requiring you to input a special one-time code to even reset your password…Read more...
Tags: Security, Password, Lifehacks, Recovery Code, Two Factor Authentication, Account


Security bugs let these car hackers remotely control a Mercedes-Benz

Few could ever forget back in 2015 when security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek remotely killed a Jeep’s engine on a highway with a Wired reporter at the wheel. Since then, the car hacking world has bustled with security researchers looking to find new bugs — and ways to exploit them — in a new wave of internet-connected cars that have only existed the past decade. This year’s Black Hat security conference — albeit virtual, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic — is no different. Secu...
Tags: Security, Europe, China, Cars, Tech, Vulnerability, Automotive, Hacking, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes, TCU, Signal, Daimler, Qihoo, Computer Security, Miller


Hackers say ‘jackpotting’ flaws tricked popular ATMs into spitting out cash

In 2010, the late Barnaby Jack, a world-renowned security researcher, hacked an ATM live on stage at the Black Hat conference by tricking the cash dispenser into spitting out a stream of dollar bills. The technique was appropriately named “jackpotting.” A decade on from Jack’s blockbuster demo, security researchers are presenting two new vulnerabilities in Nautilus ATMs, albeit virtually, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Security researchers Brenda So and Trey Keown at New York-based secur...
Tags: Security, Europe, New York, Technology, Microsoft, Tech, Bloomberg, Banking, Vulnerability, United States, Hacking, Computing, Hacker, Financial Services, Jack, Science and Technology


Moving Tiktok’s ownership to Microsoft will benefit tech giants — not users

In what seems to be a common occurrence, Chinese video-sharing app TikTok is once again in the headlines. After months of speculation about national security risks and users’ data being harvested by the Chinese Communist Party, US President Donald Trump has announced plans to ban TikTok in the United States any day now. In response, a deal is being negotiated between TikTok’s parent company ByteDance and US software giant Microsoft. If successful, Microsoft will take over the app’s operations in...
Tags: Security, Startups, Microsoft, India, US, Social Media, Tech, United States, New Zealand, Canada Australia, Syndication, Bytedance, Tiktok, Chinese Communist Party US President Donald Trump


TikTok announces first data center in Europe

TikTok, the Chinese video sharing app that’s found itself at the center of a geopolitical power struggle which threatens to put hard limits on its global growth this year, said today it will build its first data center in Europe. The announcement of a TikTok data center in the EU also follows a landmark ruling by Europe’s top court last month that put international data transfers in the spotlight, dialling up the legal risk around processing data outside the bloc. TikTok said the forthcoming ...
Tags: Security, Social, Cloud, Facebook, Apps, Europe, UK, Microsoft, Privacy, China, Russia, India, Disney, US, Social Media, Tech


YouTube bans thousands of Chinese accounts to combat ‘coordinated influence operations’

YouTube has banned a large number of Chinese accounts it said were engaging in “coordinated influence operations” on political issues, the company announced today. 2,596 accounts from China alone were taken down from April to June, compared with 277 in the first three months of 2020. “These channels mostly uploaded spammy, non-political content, but a small subset posted political content primarily in Chinese similar to the findings in a recent Graphika report, including content related to th...
Tags: Google, Security, Youtube, Government, China, Russia, Tech, Iran, Spam, Propaganda, Facebook Twitter, YouTube Facebook Twitter, COVID, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd


A new technique can detect newer 4G ‘stingray’ cell phone snooping

Security researchers say they have developed a new technique to detect modern cell-site simulators. Cell site simulators, known as “stingrays,” impersonate cell towers and can capture information about any phone in its range — including in some cases calls, messages and data. Police secretly deploy stingrays hundreds of times a year across the United States, often capturing the data on innocent bystanders in the process. Little is known about stingrays, because they are deliberately shrouded in ...
Tags: Security, Privacy, Mobile Security, Washington, San Francisco, Tech, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, United States, Telecommunications, Washington Dc, Cell Phones, Dc, Mobile Phone, Bermuda, Electronic Frontier Foundation


Twitter says Android security bug gave access to direct messages

Twitter says a security bug may have exposed the direct messages of Android app users, but said that there was no evidence that the vulnerability was ever exploited. The bug could have allowed a malicious Android app running on the same device to siphon off a user’s direct messages stored in the Twitter app by bypassing Android’s in-built data permissions. Twitter said, however, that the bug only worked on Android 8 (Oreo) and Android 9 (Pie), and has since been fixed. A Twitter spokespers...
Tags: Android, Security, TC, Twitter, Tech, Spokesperson, Smartphones, Software, Computing, Department Of Justice, Justice Department, Operating Systems, HackerOne, TechCrunch Twitter, Kik Messenger, Google Allo


Deepfakes are the most worrying AI crime, researchers warn

Deepfakes are the most concerning use of AI for crime and terrorism, according to a new report from University College London. The research team first identified 20 different ways AI could be used by criminals over the next 15 years. They then asked 31 AI experts to rank them by risk, based on their potential for harm, the money they could make, their ease of use, and how hard they are to stop. Deepfakes — AI-generated videos of real people doing and saying fictional things — earned the top spot...
Tags: Security, Startups, Privacy, Artificial Intelligence, University College London, Neural


Apple wants to make 2FA safer with domain bound SMS codes

Authenticating transactions or login sessions through SMS-based two-factor authentication is standard practice. However, SMS as a 2FA medium might not be totally secure. Hackers can intercept these messages and use them to log in to your account. Apple is trying to make this method a tad bit more secure through domain-bound messages for developers. Make no mistake, the company’s new effort is trying to improve autofill — a function that lets you automatically put received code in the field. Here...
Tags: Apple, Security, Startups, Scooters


Garmin Reportedly Coughed Up Millions in Ransom to Get Its Services Back Online

On July 23, Garmin’s entire network went offline in what was later confirmed to be a cyberattack. Now, Sky News is reporting that the company paid millions in ransom via Arete IR, a ransomware negotiation firm, to get its services up and running again. Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Ransomware, Sky News, Garmin, Arete


GreyNoise announces $4.8M seed investment to filter harmless security alerts

Security professionals are constantly dealing with an onslaught of information as their various tools trigger alerts, some of which require their attention and some which don’t. Unfortunately, it requires addressing the alert to find that out. GreyNoise wants to help by filtering out benign security alerts, leaving security pros to deal with the ones that matter. Today, the company announced a $4.8 million seed investment led by CRV with participation from Paladin Capital Group and several in...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Cloud, Washington, Funding, Tech, Morris, Andrew, CRV, Paladin Capital Group, Andrew Morris, Security Alerts, GreyNoise, Security Alert Filtering, Reid Christian


Vectrix is developing cloud security marketplace built for and by security pros

In a typical security team, engineers write one-off scripts to track a particular problem on a cloud vendor such as an unauthorized user on your GitHub account, and while engineers are capable of writing such scripts, it’s not exactly an efficient or scalable way to deal with the range of security problems these pros need to track. Vectrix, a member of the Y Combinator Summer 2020 cohort started by three security veterans, wants to fix that problem. It has created a security marketplace where fe...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Cloud, Y Combinator, Tech, Silicon Valley, Marketplaces, Cloud Security, Coo, Cto, Jira, Matthew Lewis, Vectrix, YC Summer 2020, Alex Dunbrack


Twitter warns investors of possible fine from FTC consent order probe

Twitter has disclosed it’s facing a potential fine of more than a hundred million dollars as a result of a probe by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which believes the company violated a 2011 consent order by using data provided by users for a security purpose to target them with ads. In an SEC filing, reported on earlier by the New York Times, Twitter revealed it received the draft complaint from the FTC late last month. The activity the regulator is complaining about is alleged to have taken...
Tags: Travel, Security, Social, Twitter, Europe, Elon Musk, Florida, Privacy, Advertising Tech, US, Social Media, Joe Biden, Data Breach, United States, Ireland, Bill Gates


Trump Demands Microsoft Pay Off the U.S. Treasury to Secure TikTok Deal

Donald Trump is demanding the U.S. government somehow get a juicy cut of any deal for Microsoft to buy Chinese-owned video app TikTok—or else.Read more...
Tags: Security, Apps, Music, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Privacy, China, Espionage, Donald Trump, U S Treasury, Bytedance, Tiktok, Trump Demands Microsoft


Garmin reportedly used decryption key, may have paid ransom after cyberattack

It was a victim of the WastedLocker software
Tags: Security, News, Trends, Ransomware, Cyberattack, Garmin


Google to invest $450M in smart home security solutions provider ADT

Google said on Monday it will invest $450 million in ADT and work with the Florida-headquartered firm’s 20,000 technicians to sell and install the search giant’s Nest family of smart home products. As part of the long-term investment — which is granting Google a 6.6% stake in ADT — the two companies will first attempt to reach more individual consumers and small businesses, and then work on building and selling next-generation smart home security offerings, they said. Both companies have also...
Tags: Google, Security, Apps, Florida, Funding, Tech, Gm, Nest, Adt, Rishi Chandra


Pardon the Intrusion #23: Read this if you have a wearable

Subscribe to this bi-weekly newsletter here! Welcome to the latest edition of Pardon The Intrusion, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter in which we explore the wild world of security. GPS and fitness-tracking company Garmin became the latest in a long list of firms that have become victim to a ransomware attack. The incident left some of its systems encrypted, interrupting many of its online services, including website functions, customer support, customer-facing applications, and company communications ...
Tags: Security, Startups, Newsletter, Garmin


All the storage you'll ever need to back up your data for under $100

140,000 hard drives crash in America every week. 93 percent of businesses that suffer data loss for over 10 days file for bankruptcy within 12 months.Four million data records are stolen or lost every single day. Data loss is an expensive problem. The enormous amount of data that is lost due to hard drive crashes creates financial headaches as well as emotional pain. There's nothing worse than losing years of photos, videos, or music because you forgot to back up your data. But sadly, it happen...
Tags: Security, Google Drive, Cloud, Technology, Sweden, America, Data, Computers, Innovation, Ai, Tb, AES, Degoo


If You Won't Wear a Mask to Stop Coronavirus, How About Surveillance?

Facial recognition technology raises ethical dilemmas and privacy concerns. Is it okay that our phones, computers, and social media apps not only recognize us, but also collect and store data about our faces? These concerns grow as the tech becomes more accurate, and more government agencies, private businesses, and …Read more...
Tags: Security, Masks, Surveillance, Lifehacks, Data Privacy


New AI tool detects child sexual abuse material with ‘99% precision’

Child sexual abuse material on the web has grown exponentially in recent years. In 2019, there were 69.1 million files reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the US — triple the levels of 2017 and a 15,000% increase over the previous 15 years. A new AI-powered tool called Safer aims to stem the flow of abusive content, find the victims, and identify the perpetrators. The system uses machine learning to detect new and unreported child sexual abuse material (CSAM). T...
Tags: Security, Startups, Privacy, US, Artificial Intelligence, Thorn, CSAM, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Neural, Safer


Why Am I Locked Out of My Netflix Account?

Living in quarantine for the past however many months—how long has it been, anyhow?—I can think of few things worse than what happened to one Lifehacker reader recently. No, they didn’t get coronavirus. That would definitely be the worst-case scenario. They did, however, get locked out of their Netflix. Read more...
Tags: Security, Netflix, Accounts, Password, Lifehacks


North Korean hackers phish for victims with ‘too good to be true’ job offers

Times are tough, but don’t let malicious recruiters trick you with job offers too good to be true: North Korean hackers might be luring you into disclosing your private details with tempting career opportunities. An investigation by McAfee found that North Korean actors have been actively posing as recruiters over the past couple of months in hopes of infiltrating the networks of aerospace and defense firms on multiple continents, CyberScoop reports. The researchers have uncovered a months-long ...
Tags: Security, Startups, Europe, US, McAfee


Twitter says ‘phone spear phishing attack’ used to gain network access in crypto scam breach

Twitter has revealed a little more detail about the security breach it suffered earlier this month when a number of high profile accounts were hacked to spread a cryptocurrency scam — writing in a blog post that a “phone spear phishing attack” was used to target a small number of its employees. Once the attackers had successfully gained network credentials via this social engineering technique they were in a position to gather enough information about its internal systems and processes to tar...
Tags: Travel, Security, Twitter, UK, Hack, Social Engineering, Breach, Reuters, Graham Cluley, Cluley, Crypto Scam, Phone Spear Phishing


Amazon says police demands for customer data have gone up

Amazon has said the number of demands for user data made by U.S. federal and local law enforcement have increased during the first half of 2020 than during the same period a year earlier. The disclosure came in the company’s latest transparency report, published Thursday. The figures show that Amazon received 23% more subpoenas and search warrants, and a 29% increase in court orders compared to the first half of 2019. That includes data collected from its Amazon.com retail storefront, Amazon Ech...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Business, Publishing, Hardware, Kindle, Articles, Tech, Law Enforcement, United States, Web Services, Silicon Valley, Department Of Justice, Cloud Services, Amazon Echo, Justice Department