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Trump call with Sondland in Ukraine restaurant raises concerns over security breach

A mobile call between President Trump and U.S. EU ambassador, Gordon Sondland, as he sat in a restaurant in Kyiv, Ukraine, over the summer and heard by a member of the State Department’s diplomatic corps, opened the conversation up to the prying eyes and ears of foreign intelligence organizations. The breach of security protocol, referred…

System bug gives Facebook access to iPhone cameras

A bug in the latest version of iOS opens iPhone cameras as users peruse their Facebook feeds, letting the social media giant access the cameras. “We have seen no evidence of photos or videos being uploaded due to this bug,” a spokesman told the Guardian, confirming that glitch would let the Facebook app “navigate to…

49 Google Play app titles found to deliver pesky ads

Researchers recently uncovered 49 adware-laced Android apps that were downloaded from the Google Play store more than 3 million times, collectively, before they were reportedly removed. Many of the apps were disguised as games, video editors and stylized photo and filter programs. Sample titles included Cut Out Studio Pro, Tattoo Maker, Bubble Effect, CLOWN MASK,…

Imaginative attack scenarios elicit intrigue at NYU’s CSAW cyber event

Using AI to create artificial fingerprints that can unlock strangers’ phones… abusing electric vehicle charging stations to overwhelm the power grid… exploiting 3D printer technology to execute an all-new form of supply chain attack… These may have once sounded like far-flung ideas, but top cyber minds at New York University have been actively exploring such…

Google forms App Defense Alliance

Google has announced the creation of the App Defense Alliance, a collaboration of the search giant and three cybersecurity firms to vet apps prior to being placed in the Google Play Store. To accomplish this task ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium, gratis, will integrate their scanning engines with the Google Play Protect detection systems. “This will…

Patched bug allows beaming of malicious apps to NFC-enabled Android devices

Google last month patched an Android bug that could allow attackers to transfer a malicious application to a nearby NFC-enabled device via the Android Beam feature, bypassing security mechanisms in the process. The vulnerability was discovered in early 2019 by the research team at Nightwatch Cybersecurity, which late last month published a company blog post…

Facebook sues surveillance tool provider and hosts of hacking websites

Facebook this week filed a lawsuit against a reputed spyware provider that allegedly exploited a WhatsApp vulnerability to enable smartphone hacking, and also pursued legal action against the domain hosts of multiple websites that allegedly offer tools for hacking the social network. On Tuesday, Facebook and its encrypted messaging subsidiary WhatApp filed a complaint against…

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