Month: March 2017

Sirin, maker of the Solarin $14K smartphone, cuts 30 staff and pivots

So much for super-private, high-end phones for the super-rich? Sirin Labs, the startup that makes the Solarin, an Android-based smartphone released last May with a $14,000 price tag and promise of extreme security for its owner, is laying off one-third, or 30, of its staff after seeing just $10 million in sales since launch. The …

Justice Department charges Russian spies, hackers in massive Yahoo breach

The Russian spies wanted secrets; the hacker was motivated by money. Together, they orchestrated one of the largest thefts of consumer data in history: pilfering detailed user information from more than 500 million Yahoo accounts, including those of diplomats, journalists, Russian officials and politicians critical of the Kremlin. Meanwhile, the hacker searched through Yahoo emails …

Vulnerability in WhatsApp and Telegram allowed complete account takeover

Check Point researchers today revealed a new vulnerability on WhatsApp and Telegram’s online platforms – WhatsApp Web & Telegram Web. By exploiting this vulnerability, attackers could completely take over user accounts, and access victims’ personal and group conversations, photos, videos and other shared files, contact lists, and more. Vulnerability impact The vulnerability allows an attacker …

Facebook stops use of its platform for surveillance

Facebook has barred software developers from using the massive social network’s data to create surveillance tools, closing off a process that had been exploited by US police departments to track protesters. Facebook, its Instagram unit and rival Twitter came under fire last year from privacy advocates after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in …

Confide, the app of choice for some of the most powerful and “paranoid Republicans” in Trump’s White House is profoundly insecure!

Encryption is en vogue in Washington, D.C., but the app of choice for some of the most powerful and “paranoid Republicans” in the capital is profoundly insecure — a problem emblematic of the confounding security issues that have plagued Donald Trump’s young presidency. Republicans in D.C., including members of the Trump administration, are now using Confide, …

American Citizens: U.S. Border Agents Can Search Your Cellphone

When Buffalo, New York couple Akram Shibly and Kelly McCormick returned to the U.S. from a trip to Toronto on Jan. 1, 2017, U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers held them for two hours, took their cellphones and demanded their passwords. “It just felt like a gross violation of our rights,” said Shibly, a 23-year-old …

Why Did Apple Acquire Facial Recognition Company RealFace?

Why did Apple acquire RealFace the AI facial recognition company? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Brian Roemmele, Founder + Editor at ReadMultiplex, on Quora: Why did Apple acquire RealFace the AI facial recognition company? There are …

TransferWise launches money transfers via Facebook – is it safe?

Money transfer company TransferWise has launched a new service that allows users to send money internationally through Facebook Inc’s chat application, as competition in the digital payments landscape intensifies. The London-based startup said on Tuesday that it had developed a Facebook Messenger “chatbot”, or an automated program that can help users communicate with businesses and …

The Truth About the WikiLeaks C.I.A. Cache

On Tuesday morning, WikiLeaks released an enormous cache of documents that it claimed detailed “C.I.A. hacking tools.” Immediately afterward, it posted two startling tweets asserting that “C.I.A. hacker malware” posed a threat to journalists and others who require secure communication by infecting iPhone and Android devices and “bypassing” encrypted message apps such as Signal and …

Consumer Reports To Start Rating Security, Privacy Of Connected Devices

Consumer Reports announced Monday (Mar. 6) that it is gearing up to rate consumer appliances based on their security and privacy. According to a blog post by Consumer Reports, the moves to include this new rating comes as a recent CR Consumer Voices survey found 65 percent of Americans are slightly or completely not confident …