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Election Coverage, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Vulnerability in Trump campaign app revealed keys and secrets

A security vulnerability in President Trump’s mobile campaign app exposed Twitter application keys and secrets, Google apps and maps keys and Branch.io keys in the Android APK file, researchers at Website Planet recently discovered. A research team led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar said the exposed keys and secrets provided access to the app’s…
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Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Phishing, Security News

Chinese, Iranian phishing campaigns target Biden, Trump campaigns

Joe Biden and Donald Trump’s campaigns may be worlds apart on issues and in style, but they share common cyber enemies, according to the Google Threat Analysis Group (TAG), which said both are the targets of phishing campaigns by nation-states like China and Iran. “Recently TAG saw China APT group targeting Biden campaign staff &…
Coronavirus, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Google, Apple collaboration on Bluetooth-based Covid-19 contact tracing prioritizes privacy

A collaboration between Google and Apple that leverages Bluetooth technology could help health and government officials curb the COVID-19 pandemic and kickstart economies around the world by offering vital contact tracing while still ensuring data security and privacy. Contact tracing is a critical – but challenging – part of controlling the spread of disease and…
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Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights, Election Coverage, Government/Defense, Mobile Security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Voatz mobile voting app vulnerable, MIT researchers say

On the heels of the voting app debacle during the Iowa Democratic caucuses, researchers at MIT have found multiple security- and privacy-related vulnerabilities in an online voting app, Voatz, used in West Virginia during the 2018 midterm elections and on track to be used again for the 2020 contests, according to a security audit released…
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Email Security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News, Vulnerabilities

WhatsApp bug allows access to content, users should update

A “double-free” bug in WhatsApp lets attackers exploit it using a malicious GIF to access user content, according to a blog post by a self-described technologist and information security enthusiast that goes by the handle Awakened on GitHub. An attacker would need to send the GIF via a messaging platform to a victim’s device where…
Huawei responds to allegations of NSA hacking
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Huawei accuses U.S. of cyberattacks, pressing employees to spy

In a barrage of tweets, Huawei accused the U.S. government of resorting to a battery of actions, including launching cyberattacks, to disrupt its business and coerce companies and other countries to ban the embattled telecommunications company’s products. The U.S. used cyberattacks “to infiltrate Huawei’s intranet and internal information,” the company tweeted and reiterated in a…
Government/Defense, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Chinese-made drones could transmit flight data back to makers, gov’t, DHS CISA warns

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warned in a Monday alert that drones made in China might be transmitting flight data back to their makers that the Chinese government can access. Noting the drones “contain components that can compromise your data and share your information on a server accessed…
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Mobile Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Flaws make it possible for Androids to be hacked by viewing images

Simply viewing an image from any source – the Internet, text and the like – could hack an Android smartphone thanks to a trio of vulnerabilities fixed by Google in its February security updates. “The most severe of these issues is a critical security vulnerability in Framework that could allow a remote attacker using a…
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Network Security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Germany bans Facebook from combining user data without permission

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, or Bundeskartellamt, on Thursday banned Facebook from combining user data from its various platforms such as WhatsApp and Instagram without explicit user permission. The decision, which comes as the result of a nearly three-year antitrust investigation into Facebook’s data gathering practices, also bans the social media company from gleaning user data…
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Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

French privacy regulator fines Google $57M for GDPR violation

French regulators hit Google with a $57 million fine for violating GDPR rules that took effect last May by being less than upfront about how user data is collected and used. French data privacy agency CNIL levied the fine, the first against a U.S. company since GDPR took effect last spring, noting that Google “Essential…
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