Engadget is diving into security this week

Engadget is diving into security this week

It seems not a week goes by where Engadget doesn’t report on a data breach. Banks. Hotels. Credit monitoring. Medical records. Your smart home. Slack. Here at Engadget, we felt we needed to do more than just summarize the bleak facts of each new case and repe…

US Cyber Command has publicly posted malware linked to a North Korea hacking group

U.S. Cyber Command, the sister division of the National Security Agency focused on offensive hacking and security operations, has released a set of new samples of malware linked to North Korean hackers. The military unit tweeted Wednesday that it had uploaded…

Cryptocurrency Mining Employees Expose Nuclear Plant to Internet

Xbox eavesdropping, email scammers, and more of the week’s top security news.

Facebook expands its Data Abuse Bounty program to Instagram

Facebook will start rewarding security researchers who report data abuse happening on Instagram, the company has announced. This is an expansion of Facebook’s Data Abuse Bounty program, which it introduced in April 2018. As part of these efforts, Facebook wil…

Install the iOS 12.4.1 Update to Fix Apple’s Big Security Mistake

A quick heads up for iOS 12 users: This week’s iOS update, version 12.4.1, includes an important fix for a security gaffe discovered in iOS 12.4. We highly recommend you perform the system update if you haven’t already—unless, of course, you’re trying to jail…

Microsoft will let some Windows 7 customers get free security updates for an extra year

In four months time, Windows 7 will reach end-of-life and will no longer receive security updates. That’s going to be a problem for some enterprises which still run the decade-old operating system. Starting January 14, 2020, Windows 7 computers will stop rece…

Homeowner handcuffed after home security false alarm

A Raleigh homeowner was handcuffed by police and detained in his underwear after his home security system was tripped by mistake.

Yubico Makes It a Lot Easier to Use a Physical Security Key on Older iPhones For Super-Secure Logins

A hardware security key adds an almost bulletproof second layer of security for your password-protected accounts and info, but using them with mobile devices like iPhones has been less than straightforward. Today, Yubico is hoping to streamline that process w…

Giuliani Renews Push for Ukraine to Investigate Trump’s Political Opponents

Giuliani Renews Push for Ukraine to Investigate Trump’s Political Opponents

The president’s lawyer wants investigations of the Biden family and reports that Ukrainian officials tried to damage the Trump campaign in 2016.

Family Urge Investigation of Journalist Slain in South Sudan

Lawyers for the family of slain American-British journalist Christopher Allen are urging South Sudan’s government to investigate his death as a potential war crime, two years after he was killed.

VA Investigating Patient Deaths at West Virginia Hospital

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it is investigating allegations of “potential wrongdoing” resulting in multiple patient deaths at a VA hospital in West Virginia.

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I Liked Something Online Today

I Liked Something Online Today

It’s hard to shock the staff of Gizmodo dot com. Collectively, we’ve spent millions of hours online, covering everything from fishman dildos to catfish fetishists. Today, however, we discovered something truly surprising: Reddit Public Access Network, the pla…

Bernie Sanders endorses a targeted advertising tax to fund local journalism

On Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) unveiled a comprehensive plan to protect journalism, including a possible tax on targeted advertising.

Amazon Ring Alert Leads To Capture of ‘Extremely Dangerous’ Escaped Convict

ABC News describes how Amazon’s surveillance doorbell cameras today led to the capture of an “extremely dangerous” inmate: Homicide suspect Curtis Watson, 44, escaped from work detail on a tractor at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning, Tennessee…

Amazon’s secret deals with local cops give them access to realtime 911 data for use in scary alerts sent to Ring owners

Mining the results of public records requests relating to Amazon’s secret deals with local law enforcement to promote its Ring surveillance doorbells ( more than 200 agencies! ) continue to bear fruit. Yesterday, it was the news that these deals gave Amazon P…

William Gibson, danah boyd and Oakland Privacy will all receive this year’s EFF’s Pioneer Award

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced the winners of this year’s Pioneer Award (rechristened the “Barlow” in honor of EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow: sf writer William Gibson, anthropologist danah boyd, and activists Oakland Privacy. The Barlows …

Prior to Amazon acquisition, Ring offered “swag” to customers who snitched on their neighbors

Amazon is under fire over revelations that it did secret deals with local police departments to buzz-market its Internet of Things “Ring” brand surveillance doorbells, but Ring’s shady history predates its acquisition by Amazon in 2017. Earlier that year, Rin…

Everything Cops Say About Amazon’s Ring Is Scripted or Approved by Ring

Amazon’s home security company Ring has garnered enormous control over the ways in which its law enforcement partners are allowed to portray its products, going as far as to review and even author statements attributed to police in the press, according to ema…

Surveillance as a Condition for Humanitarian Aid

Excellent op-ed on the growing trend to tie humanitarian aid to surveillance. Despite the best intentions, the decision to deploy technology like biometrics is built on a number of unproven assumptions, such as, technology solutions can fix deeply embedded po…

Cathay Investigates After Crew Oxygen Bottles Were Found Empty

Cathay Investigates After Crew Oxygen Bottles Were Found Empty

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways on Tuesday said it had launched an investigation after a dozen oxygen bottles used by cabin crew in emergencies were found empty, or partially empty, on two of its aircraft.

Arson Investigation at House Owned by Disappearance Suspect

Officials believe an arsonist may be responsible for a fire that destroyed a home being built by the only named suspect in a woman’s high-profile disappearance.

N.B.A. Closes Luke Walton Sexual Assault Investigation

The league said it did not find “sufficient basis” for a former sports reporter’s allegations against Walton, the head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

!Mediengruppe Bitnik at The Influencers 2015 (part 2 of 2)

In the past they have actually been subverting on the internet security video cameras, bugging an Opera house to unlawfully transmit their performances outside, checking out the so called darknets as well as literally glitched buildings. -claim Bitnik’s members Carmen Weisskopf and also Domagoj Smoljo – We take on the very same reasoning procedure as well as use it to other systems”.

Your nifty Internet of Things gadgets are still vulnerable to hacks. Here's how to secure them.

Your nifty Internet of Things gadgets are still vulnerable to hacks. Here’s how to secure them.

While most of our beloved smart products have been designed to streamline our responsibilities and make life easier, they’re still vulnerable to the odd security breach from time to time. From old passwords to unsecured Wi-Fi connections, there are a number o…

After data incidents, Instagram expands its bug bounty

Facebook is expanding its data abuse bug bounty to Instagram. The social media giant, which owns Instagram, first rolled out its data abuse bounty in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw tens of millions of Facebook profiles scraped to help …

Scientist: Why do so many Americans ask me about nuking a hurricane?

On Sunday, as the Atlantic hurricane season showed signs of life with the formation of Tropical Storm Dorian, Axios reported that “President Trump has suggested multiple times to senior Homeland Security and national security officials that they explore using…

How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code

For the last four years, Facebook has quietly used a homegrown tool called Zoncolan to find bugs in its massive codebase.

An anonymous hentai porn site exposed over a million users’ emails

A popular hentai porn site that promises anonymity to its 1.1 million users left a user database exposed without a password, allowing anyone to identify users by their email addresses. You might not have heard of Luscious.net unless you’re into hentai and man…

Researchers Discover Malware That Can Record the Screen of French Internet User’s Watching Porn

Security researchers discovered a new form of malware that specifically targeted users of a French telecom giant. One of the more disturbing features of this malware is its capability to identify when someone was likely viewing porn and record their screen. R…

This Map Shows If Your Town’s Police Are Tapped Into Ring’s Surveillance Network

Ring, the smart doorbell home security system Amazon bought for over $1 billion last year, is involved in some fairly unnerving arrangements with local law enforcement agencies. Wouldn’t you like to know if the cops in your town are among them? Read more…

Bizarre Sponsored Talk on ‘Time AI’ Encryption Tech Mocked at Black Hat Conference

Attendees at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas booed and ridiculed a sponsored talk on Thursday called “The 2019 Discovery of Quasi-Prime Numbers: What Does This Mean For Encryption?” that touted a bizarre technology called “Time AI,” Motherboard…

A teen girl was caught on surveillance footage destroying an elaborate sand sculpture in the lobby of a Hawaiian hotel

A teen girl was caught on surveillance footage destroying an elaborate sand sculpture in the lobby of a Hawaiian hotel

A teen girl was caught on surveillance camera destroying a sand sculpture in the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu late Monday night. The teen, and her friend who filmed her, were later identified after police released surveillance footage on Thursday. Police …

NTSB: Collapsed landing gear to blame in Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s plane crash

According to the NTSB report, airport surveillance video captured the plane’s initial touchdown near the runway touchdown zone.

Six people aged 62 to 85 arrested for ‘sexual activity’ in woods after police surveillance operation

Six people aged 62 to 85 have been arrested after police officers went into the woods to watch them having sex.The group was arrested in a conservation area in Fairfield, Connecticut, which is some 87 acres in size.

Apple, Google, Mozilla all act to block state surveillance of web users

Apple, Google, and Mozilla are all taking action to block state surveillance of web users through their respective browsers… more… The post Apple, Google, Mozilla all act to block state surveillance of web users appeared first on 9to5Mac.

Google, Mozilla, and Apple are using this one weird trick to block Kazakhstan’s surveillance of its own citizens

Google and Mozilla are making changes to their respective web browsers to try and thwart the notoriously corrupt government of Kazakhstan’s efforts to launch a surveillance operation against its own citizens. Google (Chrome), Mozilla (Firefox), and now Apple …

Dana White Warns Conor McGregor, “You’re Not a Regular Guy” | TMZ Sports – TMZSports

Dana White Warns Conor McGregor, “You’re Not a Regular Guy” | TMZ Sports TMZSports Conor McGregor allegedly punches old man in the head over whiskey dispute Yahoo Sports Surveillance video shows Conor McGregor punching elderly man FOX5 Las Vegas Conor McGrego…

A Russian ‘Spy Plane’ Was Spotted Over the Midwest. But It’s Totally Normal (Yes, Really)

It reads like something out of a conspiracy theory. On Tuesday, Russia sent a surveillance plane over the Midwest, and the U.S. military didn’t do anything to stop it. Keen observers spotted the plane, a Tupolev Tu-154M, on commercial flight trackers as it en…

Video shows San Francisco woman trying to get inside apartment building for almost 3 minutes before attack

Paneez Kosarian was trying to get through the front door of her apartment building when a man grabbed and pulled her outside. The same surveillance camera that captured the attack also shows the San Francisco resident trying to get inside for almost three min…