Saturday, January 16, 2021

Lily Hay Newman

WhatsApp Has Shared Your Data With Facebook for Years

A pop-up notification has alerted the messaging app's users to a practice that's been in place since 2016. Since Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014, users have wondered and worried about how much data would flow between the two platforms. Many...

Post-Riot, the Capitol Hill IT Staff Faces a Security Mess

Wednesday's insurrection could have exposed congressional data and devices in ways that have yet to be appreciated. In the aftermath of destructive riots that trashed the United States Capitol on Wednesday, the nation is grappling with questions about the stability...

Ransomware Is Headed Down a Dire Path

2020 was a great year for ransomware gangs. For hospitals, schools, municipal governments, and everyone else, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. At the end of September, an emergency room technician in the United States gave WIRED...

The Worst Hacks of 2020, a Surreal Pandemic Year

From ransomware schemes to supply chain attacks, this year melded classic hacks with extraordinary circumstances. What a Way to kick off a new decade. 2020 showcased all of the digital risks and cybersecurity woes you've come to expect in the...

A ‘Bulletproof’ Criminal VPN Was Taken Down in a Global Sting

Plus: Dozens of reporters get hit by an iMessage exploit, continued fallout from the SolarWinds hack, and more of the week’s top security news. As 2020 comes to a close, it is perhaps only fitting that the US government and...

How to Understand the Russia Hack Fallout

Not all SolarWinds victims are created equal.  This week news broke that United States government agencies and corporations alike—as well as international targets—were victims of a massive nation-state espionage campaign. But as the revelations continue to pile up, and new...

Russia’s Hacking Frenzy Is a Reckoning

Despite years of warning, the US still has no good answer for the sort of “supply chain” attack that let Russia run wild.  This week, several major United States government agencies—including the Departments of Homeland Security, Commerce, Treasury, and State—discovered...

No One Knows How Deep Russia's Hacking Rampage Goes

A supply chain attack against IT company SolarWinds has exposed as many as 18,000 companies to Cozy Bear's attacks. Since as far back as March, Russian hackers have been on a sinister tear. By slipping tainted updates into a widely...

Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward

It remains unclear how effective the warnings will be, but the attempt alone is a promising development. Starting today, apps in the Mac and iOS App Stores will display mandatory labels that provide a rundown of their privacy policies. Think...

Russia's FireEye Hack Is a Statement—but Not a Catastrophe

The fallout from the attack may not be as dire as it first sounds. FireEye has built its reputation on defending high-stakes clients from hackers. Today, the cybersecurity firm acknowledged that it had itself been the victim of a breach—and...

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