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As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency

In a bygone analog era, lawmakers and corporate chiefs traveled great distances to swap secrets, to the smoke-filled back rooms of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, or the watering holes at the annual Allen & Company conference in Sun Valley, Idaho. But these days, entering the corridors of power is as easy as …

WhatsApp design feature means some encrypted messages could be read by third party

  A design feature that could potentially allow some encrypted messages to reach unintended recipients is present within the WhatsApp messaging service. Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which has about one billion users, has not made it widely known that there is an aspect of WhatsApp that results in some messages being re-encrypted and resent automatically, without first giving the …

Apple Exploring Two-Step Touch ID and Facial Recognition System for iPhone 8

Noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a research report today in which he outlined further expectations for Apple’s 2017 iPhone, including new biometric identification technology as well as the necessity of a new design to provide better structural support for a flexible OLED display with 3D Touch capability. Apple may switch to a film sensor from the current …

Facebook bug may have exposed moderators to extremists

acebook has acknowledged that a security hole in its software may have exposed the identities of its online monitors to suspected terrorist groups and others whose pages were removed for inappropriate content. A Guardian report says more than 1000 people, which Facebook calls moderators, were affected. Facebook says it fixed the error, which occurred last …

Israeli Lawmakers Back Bill Allowing Shin Bet to Wiretap Workers Handling Sensitive Info

Two former Shin Bet heads on panel express concerns over overly invasive law The Knesset’s defense committee approved a bill Monday that would allow the heads of the Shin Bet security service and Military Intelligence to order wiretaps on the phones of employees who handle sensitive security information, in order to prevent leaks. The bill …

Cyber attack hits Israeli hospitals

Computer breaches were reported at Hadassah Ein Kerem, Hadassah Mount Scopus, and Poriya Medical Center in Tiberias. Computers in Israel’s health system were attacked yesterday. Computers of several hospitals, including Hadassah Ein Kerem, Hadassah Mount Scopus, and Poriya Medical Center in Tiberias, were breached, Walla! reports. Shortly after the attack began, the Ministry of Heath …

Google Photos: Should you be worried about privacy?

There has been a fair bit of discussion about online privacy recently, specifically with regard to the new Google Photos service. It offers free, unlimited space to automatically back up all of your photos and videos online. There is no definitive answer to the question of whether you should be worried about your privacy if …

SECURITY FLAW IN ISRAELI PROPAGANDA APP EXPOSED USER EMAILS

A propaganda app connected to the Israeli government failed to include basic privacy and security protections, putting the email addresses of at least 1,900 of the Israeli government’s most ardent supporters at risk. The vulnerabilities in the app, called Act.il, were discovered by an independent security researcher, who disclosed the flaws to the Intercept. Act.il …

Anthem settles a security breach lawsuit affecting 80M

Anthem has agreed to pay $115 million to settle class-action lawsuits stemming from a 2015 cyberattack breach that may have affected the personal information of nearly 80 million customers, company officials said Monday. The settlement agreement, which needs to be approved in court, will end multidistrict class action litigation against the Indianapolis-based company. Anthem discovered …

HUGE ‘PETYA’ CYBER ATTACK SPREADING ACROSS THE WORLD IN POTENTIAL REPEAT OF ‘WANNACRY’ HACK

A huge cyber attack that initially hit Ukraine has spread across the world, causing major disruption. The hack was already the biggest in Ukraine’s history but it has now affected other countries – including the UK, Spain and India – and may be functioning like the massive “Wannacry” attack that crippled the NHS, according to cyber …