Thursday, September 23, 2021

Brian Barrett

Former US Intelligence Operatives Admit They Hacked for UAE

Plus: Remote learning spyware, an AT&T bribery scandal, and more of the week's top security news.This week started with Apple, Microsoft, and Google all patching a bunch of zero-day vulnerabilities, which means that you hopefully set aside a little...

It’s a Good Day to Update All Your Devices. Trust Us

iOS, Windows, and Chrome all have zero-day vulnerabilities that hackers are going after. Now that the fixes are here, you need to install them ASAP.Another day, another nag from your iPhone and Mac that an update is ready. And...

WhatsApp Fixes Its Biggest Encryption Loophole

The ubiquitous messaging service will add end-to-end encryption to backups, keeping your chats safe no matter whose cloud they're stored in.Few, if any, services have done more to bring secure messaging to more people than WhatsApp. Since 2016, the...

BrakTooth Flaws Affect Billions of Bluetooth Devices

Plus: A spyware ban, a big WhatsApp fine, and more of the week's top security news.When Apple announced in August that it would check for child sexual abuse materials on its customers' devices, privacy advocates and cryptographers immediately and...

Why Ransomware Hackers Love a Holiday Weekend

Looking forward to Labor Day? So are ruthless gangs of cybercriminals.On the Friday heading into Memorial Day weekend this year, it was meat processing giant JBS. On the Friday before the Fourth of July, it was IT management software...

California Man Stole 620,000 iCloud Photos in Search of Nudes

Plus: The T-Mobile hacker, another big bad Microsoft bug, and more of the week's top security news.There's a lot to worry about in the world today, so apologies in advance for this additional level of existential stress: New research...

Hackers Stole Over $90M From Japan's Liquid Crypto Exchange

Plus: An Apple informant, a Census Bureau hack, and more of the week's top security news.Earlier this week, T-Mobile confirmed a data breach that affects at least 48 million people, a number that could still rise as the company...

The T-Mobile Breach Is Much Worse Than It Had to Be

The vast majority of victims weren’t even T-Mobile customers. Now their information is for sale on the dark web.In an email overnight, T-Mobile shared details about the data breach it confirmed Monday afternoon. They’re not great. Assorted data from...

The T-Mobile Data Breach Is One You Can’t Ignore

Hackers claim to have obtained the data of 100 million people—including sensitive personal information.Not all data breaches are created equal. None of them are good, but they do come in varying degrees of bad. And given how regularly they...

Hacker Steals $610M of Cryptocurrency—and Returns Most of It

Plus: An Apple lawsuit, a VPN audit, and more of the week's top security news.It was a big week for smartphone privacy, at least in various ways that external forces make your location data more or less secure. On...

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