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Oracle will inherit TikTok security, privacy headaches

By partnering with the popular Chinese videosharing platform TikTok, Oracle will inherit a laundry list of security and privacy issues once the deal is approved, as soon as Sept. 20, by TikTok parent company ByteDance. TikTok boasts 100 million users in the U.S. and 689 million globally. Earlier this year President Trump threatened to ban…
Malware, Security News

Apple notarization process, meant to protect, approved Shlayer malware

Apple appears to have inadvertently approved OSX.Shlayer malware as part of the security notarization process it has touted would boost user confidence that the Developer ID-signed software they distribute has the innovative tech giant’s seal of approval. “While it is unclear “what the Shlayer folks did to get their malware notarized,” essentially Apple’s process “allowed…
Application Security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

1,200 iOS apps unknowingly handing over dollars to Chinese ad platform

Malicious code embedded in the Chinese mobile ad platform Mintegral SDK, used by 1,200-plus iOS apps downloaded more than 300 million times monthly, is siphoning off advertising dollars. The Mintegral SDK platform is intended to give app developers and advertisers an opportunity to monetize their ad-based marketing. But researchers from Snyk found evidence that other…
Data Breach, Security News

Coordinated attack on Reddit spreads pro-Trump messaging

In a coordinated attack against Reddit that underscored the importance of multifactor authentication hackers compromised moderator accounts and led to numerous subreddit accounts being vandalized and defaced with pro-Trump messaging. Reddit acknowledged the “ongoing incident” and said it is “working on locking down the bad actors and reverting the changes.” The platform administrators called for…
Coronavirus, Data Breach, Government/Defense, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Feds arrest teen Twitter hack leader, accomplices

The ringleader of the Twitter breach that used prominent accounts to run a cryptocurrency scam turns out to be a 17-year-old in Tampa arrested earlier today. Two accomplices, Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando and Mason Sheppard, 19, in the U.K., known as Rolex and Chaewon, respectively, were also arrested in the scheme that took over…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Government/Defense, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Chinese-made drone app may be spying on Americans

An Android application that controls a drone manufactured by China-based Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) contains a self-update feature that bypasses the Google Play Store, thus creating the ability for the app to transmit sensitive personal information to DJI’s servers or possibly the Chinese government. The DJI GO 4 Android app has been designed for use…
Apple Store
Mobile Security, Research, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Apple to send research phones to trusted hackers

Apple on Wednesday officially launched its iOS Security Research Device (SRD) program — a significant milestone for the white-hat hacker community, which has made significant strides in recent years gaining the trust of software developers, tech manufacturers and website operators that previously were reluctant to work with outsiders on security issues. Under the terms of…
Government, Phishing, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Twitter hackers accessed direct messages for 36 accounts

The hackers who ran a cryptocurrency scam using high-profile, verified Twitter accounts, including those belonging to Joe Biden, Apple, Bill Gates, Uber and Barack Obama, accessed the direct messages (DMs) of 36 accounts and downloaded account data from eight accounts via “Your Twitter Data.” There is no indication that the DMs of any former or…
Access Control, Cryptocurrency, Cybercrime, Insider Threats, Network Security, Security News, Web Services Security, E-Commerce Security

Twitter hack is a reminder of the dangers of unfettered employee access

Twitter’s acknowledgement that a “coordinated social engineering campaign” involving multiple employees was behind a hack of prominent verified accounts raises significant questions as to whether business organizations are implementing effective security controls that limit potential insider threats’ access to back-end administrative tools. The hacking incident — which promoted a cryptocurrency scam and victimized the accounts…
IoT, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Are your fleet’s vehicles leaking your data secrets?

Enterprise CISOs are used to worrying about corporate data leaks via typical mobile, remote locations, IoT and Shadow IT. But what about the vehicles used by so many people who have access to the systems and data you are paid to protect? Although those vehicles technically fall into many of those categories (mobile, remote and…
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