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Apple pulls Instagram-watching app from store

2 hours 4 min ago
Apple has yanked an app from its iTunes App Store that allowed Instagram users to follow their friends’ activities on the social network.

US-CERT warns of critical flaws in Medtronic equipment

2 hours 23 min ago
Medtronic's latest problem is in their Valleylab electrosurgical generators used by surgeons things like cauterisation during operations.

Microsoft says it will honor California’s new privacy law across US

2 hours 57 min ago
Microsoft said CCPA is good news, given the failure of Congress to pass a comprehensive privacy protection law at the federal level.

No, YouTube isn’t planning to jettison your unprofitable channel

3 hours 6 min ago
Or your small/new channel, or to shut you down if you use an ad blocker, though a clause in its new ToS is leading people to fear the worst.

Apple to fix Siri bug that exposed parts of encrypted emails

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 06:02
Apple may care about your privacy but that doesn't mean it gets it right all the time, especially when it comes to training its Siri AI assistant.

Nvidia patches graphics products and GeForce Experience update tool

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 05:58
The update fixes 11 mainly high-severity security flaws in Windows and GeForce graphics card drivers, including three in the program used to update them.

Sextortionist whisks away sex tapes using just a phone number

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 05:15
The SIM-swap victim knew he was in trouble when he got a 3:30 a.m. message about his phone service being cut off.

ASP.NET hosting provider recovering from ransomware attack

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 04:40
With more than 440,000 customers, SmarterASP.NET is said to be one of the most popular ASP.NET hosting providers.

Microsoft urges us to patch after partially effective BlueKeep attack

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 09:58
Microsoft has urged people to patch their Windows systems following the appearance of mass BlueKeep exploits just over a week ago.

Adobe fixes SDK weakness affecting mobile apps

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 06:13
Researchers noticed that the main app configuration file, ADBMobileConfig.json, contained settings that could lead to security problems.

AI wordsmith too dangerous to be released… has been released

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 05:50
The text-generating AI has only been released in neutered forms until now, for fear it would be used to mass-produce fake news and spam.

US military supplier in ‘Made in America’ fraud case

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 05:48
Aventura allegedly imported cheap cameras and network-enabled security gear from China, then slapped US flag stickers on them.

Huge Airbnb scam leads to promise to vet every host, every listing

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 04:22
Shuffling people into - surprise! - cobwebby rat traps has been a snap. Actual vetting may help, plus a new guarantee of 100% refunds.

Monday review – the hot 23 stories of the week

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 03:50
From hackable voice assistants to ISPs allegedly lying about encrypted DNS, and everything in between. It's weekly roundup time.

IT services pro hacked former client’s email

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 05:51
An IT project manager has pleaded guilty to accessing the email account of a former client's CEO, said reports this week.

Leak of 4,000 Facebook documents heaps more trouble on internet giant

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 05:44
This week’s bold rebrand of Facebook to FACEBOOK can’t hide the growing sense that nobody is happy with the company right now.

Another Facebook hoax: Robbers still throwing eggs at car windows?

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 05:25
Bandits? Egg hurling?! Up to 92.5% visibility obscured??!! Don't share this turkey, but do let us know if you decide to test your wipers!

S2 Ep16: BlueKeep, ransomware and sextortion – Naked Security Podcast

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:13
BlueKeep's back, ransomware batters Spain, and yet more sextortion - listen now!

WordPress sites hit by malvertising

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 08:01
An old piece of malware is storming the WordPress community, enabling its perpetrators to take control of sites and inject code of their choosing.

Linux users warned to update libarchive to beat flaw

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 07:16
The bug is identified as CVE-2019-18408, a high-priority ‘use-after-free’ bug when dealing with a failed archive.

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