Month: June 2017

How WhatsApp Exposes Your Information

One of the major advantages of the WhatsApp text, voice, photo and video messaging service is its end-to-end encryption of messages. The app, which is owned by Facebook, doesn’t necessarily offer the most highly protected service, but the feature is a major advantage for a messaging service that is the most widely used in the …

Google isn’t fixing a serious Android security flaw for months

Google acknowledged that there’s a serious security flaw in Android that would allow attackers to target unsuspecting users with malicious software, but it’s only be fixed in the next major release of Android. Found by CheckPoint, the flaw takes advantage of the way Android works to expose users to certain types of malware attacks, including …

Why Car Companies Are Hiring Computer Security Experts

It started about seven years ago. Iran’s top nuclear scientists were being assassinated in a string of similar attacks: Assailants on motorcycles were pulling up to their moving cars, attaching magnetic bombs and detonating them after the motorcyclists had fled the scene. In another seven years, security experts warn, assassins won’t need motorcycles or magnetic …

Electronic Setups of Driverless Cars Vulnerable to Hackers

Any part of a car that talks to the outside world is a potential opportunity for hackers. That includes the car’s entertainment and navigation systems, preloaded music and mapping apps, tire-pressure sensors, even older entry points like a CD drive. It also includes technologies that are still in the works, like computer vision systems and …

Tim Cook Says Apple Focused on Autonomous Systems in Cars Push

After years toiling away in secret on a car project, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has for the first time elaborated on the company’s plans in the automotive market. “We’re focusing on autonomous systems,” Cook said in a June 5 interview on Bloomberg Television that amounted to his most detailed comments yet on …

Ads will target your emotions and there’s nothing you can do about it

With everything about consumers now tracked online, it comes as little surprise that emotions have recently popped up as a quiet — and rather creepy — way for advertisers to target you. Over the weekend, The Australian revealed that Facebook’s ad targeting tools may be able to prey on teen insecurities. It’s the sort of …

Israel Successfully Hacked ISIS Computers; Trump Leaked It to the Russians, NYT Reports

Israeli cyber unit managed to penetrate Islamic State bombmakers’ cell in Syria; intel led to laptop flight ban The source of the classified intelligence that U.S. President Donald Trump shared with Russian officials in May was information Israel obtained after hacking computers belonging to ISIS, the New York Times reported Monday. According to the Times, which cited a …

Russian Gang Hacked Slot Machines and Plotted Over Stolen Sweets, U.S. Says

There were the usual accouterments of an organized crime prosecution: an illegal poker house and cases of stolen cigarettes, the authorities said. But there was also a scheme to defraud casinos with a hacking device that predicted the behavior of particular models of electronic slot machines. And a plot for a woman to seduce men, …

Microsoft slams government secrecy regarding big cyber attack

Officials across the globe scrambled over the weekend to catch the culprits behind a massive ransomware worm that disrupted operations at car factories, hospitals, shops and schools, while Microsoft on Sunday pinned blame on the U.S. government for not disclosing more software vulnerabilities. Cyber security experts said the spread of the worm dubbed WannaCry – “ransomware” …

United’s cockpit passcodes accidentally leak online

As if United Airlines didn’t have enough to worry about, the legacy carrier announced Sunday that one of its flight attendants posted confidential security information to a public website over the weekend. On Sunday, United Continental Holdings emailed its employees to alert them that a United staff member had inadvertently leaked pilot cockpit access codes, …