When Apple introduced in August that it could check for child sexual abuse materials on its customers’ devices, privateness advocates and cryptographers instantly and loudly rejected the concept. Within the face of that sustained backlash, the company said Friday that it would stand down, not less than for now. Whereas Apple hasn’t reversed course utterly, a lot of its critics had been not less than relieved that it is taking extra time to listen to out their considerations earlier than pushing the system stay.
In Louisiana, tons of of 1000’s of individuals stay with out energy a number of days after Hurricane Ida tore by way of. We took a take a look at what it takes to get lights back on in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes, and why it could possibly be weeks nonetheless till everybody’s again up and working.
Completely happy Labor Day weekend to those that have fun! Properly, aside from ransomware gangs and other hackers, who use long weekends and holidays to inflict maximum pain on targets who’re prone to be short-staffed or distracted. The largest ransomware hacks of the yr have taken place earlier than Mom’s Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July. Like clockwork, not lengthy after we printed this story US Cyber Command warned of a “mass exploitation” of a flaw in distant administration software program from Atlassian. Hope you bought your patches executed! On a extra particular person stage, here is a information from our pals at WIRED UK to assist prevent getting hacked your self.
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We have written about large Bluetooth flaws so many times, to not point out why they keep happening and why you would possibly wish to turn Bluetooth off when you’re not using it consequently. Which is to say that the existence of a brand new set of flaws, identified collectively as BrakTooth, shouldn’t be shocking. But it surely additionally should not be ignored; the vulnerabilities can result in a spread of outcomes, as much as and together with the power to execute malware on a tool. On a much less damaging however nonetheless annoying stage, an attacker might us the failings to crash a close-by Bluetooth system. Given the massive variety of affected firms, it is not possible to know what number of potential targets are patched or ever will likely be. Add BrakTooth to the more and more alarming pile.
The FTC this week banned an organization referred to as SpyFone from promoting surveillance software program, a primary for the company. It took the extra step of ordering SpyFone to inform anybody who had the adware put in on their system. The app and others prefer it can provide stalkers an abusers a method to monitor a sufferer’s images, texts, emails, location, and extra. The FTC ordered the corporate to delete any of that data it might nonetheless have on its servers. Adware stays a bustling business generally, so the FTC should not have any scarcity of alternatives for additional enforcement.
The OMG cable, first launched in 2019, is one thing of a hacker’s delight. Whereas it appears like a standard Lightning cable, it creates its personal hotspot, permitting hackers hook up with any system that it plugs into. From there, they will implant malware, steal information, or report keystrokes. The newest model, demonstrated this week, is available in new codecs like Lightning to USB-C and USB-C to USB-C, has a wider vary, and introduces geofencing options. It is best to solely be utilizing cables from trusted sources anyway, however let this be a reminder.
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