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Apple says it’ll fix the Telugu bug that crashes iPhones with a single character

News emerged on Thursday that a single message containing an Indian character can crash your iPhone. That’s not something unheard of, as such bugs …

iOS

A potent botnet is exploiting a critical router bug that may never be fixed | Ars Technica

With Internet stability hanging in the balance, router maker maintains radio silence.<p>A fast-moving botnet that turns routers, cameras, and other …

Information Security

Google details how Chrome will block ads

As planned, Google Chrome will start blocking ads on February 15. The company today shared more details on how this feature will work when it’s turned on tomorrow.<p>Google last year joined the Coalition for Better Ads, a group that offers specific standards for how the industry should improve ads for …

Digital Advertising

Facebook employees are next-level paranoid the company is watching them

A recent <i>Wired</i> profile details the lengths at which Facebook employees are willing to go to ensure the company isn’t monitoring their communications.<p>The piece examines two years of Facebook’s struggles, detailing everything from its Trending Topics debacle, to the dismissal, acceptance, and regret …

Privacy

That mega-vulnerability Cisco dropped is now under exploit | Ars Technica

Bug with maximum severity rating is generating plenty of interest among hackers.<p>Hackers are actively trying to exploit a high-severity vulnerability …

Information Security

Camera makers resist encryption, despite warnings from photographers

iPhones, Android phones, computers, and instant messengers all come with encryption. But cameras lag behind the times, putting sources at risk.<p>A year …

Privacy

A number of 'jackpotting' hackers have stolen over $1 million from ATMs across the US

A coordinated group of hackers likely tied to international criminal syndicates has pilfered more than $1 million (£710 million) by hijacking ATM machines across the United States and forcing them to spit out bills like slot machines dispensing a jackpot, a senior U.S. Secret Service official said …

U.S. Secret Service

New York’s attorney general is investigating a company that sells fake followers on social media

The investigation comes after a New York Times exposé<p>Following an extensive report published yesterday by <i>The New York Times</i> about the industry that provides fake followers to social media users, New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman announced that he has opened an investigation into the …

Social Media

Fitness tracking app gives away location of secret US army bases

Data about exercise routes shared online by soldiers can be used to pinpoint overseas facilities<p>Latest: Strava suggests military users ‘opt out’ of heatmap as row deepens<p>Sensitive information about the location and staffing of military bases and spy outposts around the world has been revealed by a …

Falkland Islands

Google X is spinning out a cybersecurity company called Chronicle

As of today, there’s a new company under the Alphabet banner: Google X announced a new spinoff focusing entirely on cybersecurity, dubbed Chronicle.<p>Billed by Google X chief Astro Teller as a “digital immune system,” Chronicle focuses on detecting threats by analyzing and storing security-related …

Journalism

Windows 10 can now show you all the data it’s sending back to Microsoft

Microsoft’s and its partners’ engineers use the telemetry data from Windows 10 to diagnose crashes, learn about its users hardware configurations and more. It’s on by default and while Microsoft tells you that it collects this data and gives you a choice between basic (the default setting) and …

Cortana

Researchers have discovered a new kind of government spyware for hire

A Lebanese hacking campaign could be part of something much larger<p>There’s a string of spyware campaigns operating out of a government building in Lebanon, according to new research from Lookout Security and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Dubbed “Dark Caracal,” the new group is linked to …

Security

Intel says Meltdown / Spectre patch causes reboots in computers with newer processors too

Data center performance can degrade by up to 25 percent for certain workloads<p>As we reported last week, Intel’s Meltdown and Spectre patch is causing reboot problems for older processors. Now Intel says the current firmware updates may be causing computers with newer chips to reboot more frequently …

Brian Krzanich

MaMi malware targets Mac OS X DNS settings

The malware is potentially a rehash of an old Windows DNS hijacker.<p>A researcher has discovered a strain of malware in the wild which targets Mac OS X …

Google details how it protected services like Gmail from Spectre

Google says it already deployed anti-Spectre and Meltdown solutions to protect its products, and users didn't even notice. The downside of the patches companies are rolling out to fix the CPU vulnerabilities is that they have the potential to slow down systems. For the big G, that means slowdown …

Researchers found a way to infiltrate WhatsApp group chats

Anyone with control of WhatsApp servers can infiltrate group chats<p>German cryptographers have found a way to infiltrate WhatsApp’s group chats despite its end-to-end encryption.<p>Researchers announced they had discovered flaws in WhatsApp’s security at the Real World Crypto security conference in …

Researchers Discover Two Major Flaws in the World’s Computers

SAN FRANCISCO — Computer security experts have discovered two major security flaws in the microprocessors inside nearly all of the world’s computers.<p>The two problems, called Meltdown and Spectre, could allow hackers to steal the entire memory contents of a computer. There is no easy fix for …

Ad targeters are pulling data from your browser’s password manager

New research shows an alarming new way to track web users<p>Nearly every web browser now comes with a password manager tool, a lightweight version of the same service offered by plugins like LastPass and 1Password. But according to new research from Princeton's Center for Information Technology …

CryptoKitties, Explained ... Mostly

SAN FRANCISCO — Joe Buttram, a former mixed martial arts fighter and start-up security guard turned cryptocurrency investor, was looking at a new toy called a CryptoKitty.<p>“You can see he wants to sire,” Mr. Buttram, 27, said.<p>For about 20 of the cryptocurrency called ether ($14,000 at the time), the …

Your guide to Japan’s restorative winter bath traditions

If you think you’ve made an art of bathing at this point—you’ve soaked in everything from crystal-infused bath salts to apple cider vinegar, after …

Edward Snowden just launched an app that turns any Android device into a remote security camera

The relentless march of technology has produced a world where citizen journalists and activists can push information out to the world at a moment’s …

EngineerMode backdoor discovered on another Android handset

• The EngineerMode app backdoor, recently found on OnePlus devices, has been discovered on another Android handset<br>• The Archos 40 Power may also be able to be exploited, according to the person who discovered the initial backdoor<br>• It’s not yet clear how many Android phones have the same potential<p>You may …

Thales agrees to buy Gemalto in digital security deal worth ~$5.43BN

Digital security solutions provider Gemalto has agreed to a €51 per share acquisition offer from French aerospace and defense firm Thales — in a deal worth around $5.43BN.<p>The unanimously board approved all-cash offer represents a premium of 57% over the closing price of Gemalto stock as of 8 …

Android keyboard app leaks personal data of 31 million users

AI.type's server wasn't password-protected, but has since been secured, according to a report.<p>Personal data for more than 31 million users of an Android keyboard app called AI.type has leaked online, according to ZDNet and researchers at the Kromtech Security Center.<p>The app's database server wasn't …

Linux creator Linus Torvalds: This is what drives me nuts about IT security

Torvalds explains why he gets angry with security people.<p>Developers are often accused of not thinking about security, but Linux kernel founder Linus …

Intel Chip Flaws Leave Millions of Devices Exposed

Security researchers have raised the alarm for years about the Intel remote administration feature known as the Management Engine. The platform has a …

More than 400 of the most popular sites are logging everything you type

Researchers at Princeton University have uncovered one of the biggest security flaws on the internet<p>For years, keyloggers have been synonymous with …

ProtonMail launches an encrypted contacts manager to protect journalists' sources

ProtonMail, a secure email service, is launching an encrypted contacts manager today for its users. The manager provides "zero access" to contacts, ProtonMail says, meaning the company can't view what users have saved. It also features a digital signature that should prevent anyone from …

Encryption

Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled

Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, haven’t used any apps, and haven’t even inserted a carrier SIM card?<p>Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it …

Privacy

Pentagon contractor leaves social media spy archive wide open on Amazon | Ars Technica

Trove included more than 1.8 billion posts spanning eight years, many from US people.<p>A Pentagon contractor left a vast archive of social-media posts …

Imran Khan