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Apple halts contractors listening to Siri recordings, will offer opt-out

Apple will temporarily suspend its practice of allowing human contractors to grade snippets recordings of Siri conversations for accuracy. The move follows a Guardian report in which a former worker claimed contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex” as part of their job.  While Apple says user requests…

Pearson data breach impacts thousands of university accounts

London-based educational software maker Pearson reported on Wednesday a data breach involving about 13,000 school and university AIMSweb 1.0 accounts. Exposed data included first and last names, dates of birth, and emails, Pearson said in a blog post. While the company didn’t give any details surrounding what caused the incident, it did say strict data…

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Honda Motors Company databases leaked 40GB of employee data

Independent researcher xxdesmus discovered a Honda Motor Company database leaking the data of 134 million rows, roughly 40GB,  of employee information.  The researcher discovered the database July 4, 2019 and then began trying to contact Honda, which was accomplished early on July 6, 2019. By that evening the database had been secured, according to a…

Autonomous vehicle sensors tricked by “invisible” drone projections of road signs

A group of researchers developed an attack to trick “Level 0” autonomous vehicle sensors by using drones which project images too quick for humans to see but slow enough for the vehicle’s sensors.  Level 0 autonomy systems advise human drivers but don’t directly operate the vehicle and Ben Gurion University security researchers performed the experiment…

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DHS warns small aircraft are vulnerable to cyberattacks from those with physical access

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a warning that small aircraft can easily be hacked by threat actors who have physical access to the vehicles. By hacking into the aircrafts’ CAN bus system, threat actors can take control of key navigation systems and easily manipulate telemetry data potentially resulting in loss of control of…

BlueKeep built into exploitation tool, sparks fear of Wannacry style infections

Security firm Immunity has developed a working BlueKeep exploit module and added it to an automated exploitation platform, raising concerns that threat actors may be able to use the tool to recreate WannaCry scale attacks. The product is available for what some are describing as an “expensive” monthly rate and was released because “it’s important…

Google researchers discover six iPhone vulnerabilities, one unpatched

Google Project Zero researchers discovered six iPhone security vulnerabilities, one of which remains unpatched, and four of which could lead to the execution of malicious code. All of the vulnerabilities are “interaction-less,” meaning they can be run without any interaction from a user and can be exploited via  SMS, MMS, Visual Voicemail, iMessage and Mail, according…

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Multiple advisories for various VPN providers

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is warning users of multiple vulnerabilities in Virtual Private Network (VPN) applications. The vulnerabilities are in the Palo Alto GlobalProtect portal and GlobalProtect Gateway interface products, FortiGuard FortiOS system product, and Pulse Security Pulse Connect Secure / Pulse Policy Secure products and could allow threat actors to take…

Brazilian President Bolsonaro’s cellphones targeted in cyberattacks

The Brazilian Justice Ministry announced hackers targeted cell phones used by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. The announcement came in a statement made Thursday after a federal police briefing which referred to the incident “as a matter of national security,” according to Reuters.  The ministry claimed the cyberattack came from a group of four people arrested…

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