This is a busy week. There are many to catch. But before you continue reading, please take a minute to make sure you’ve heard updated your iPhone to iOS 14.5. And if you already have, use the new AppTrackingTransparency feature to tell Facebook and other companies to stop tracking your activity on other apps and websites. Basically, they all now have to give you the choice, like it or not. When will they do? Choice.
That’s not the only important Apple update this week. On Monday the company also pushed out a patch for a vulnerability in macOS that hackers are actively taking advantage to spread adware on Macs. The underlying error is not in the macOS security precautions, but in the logic of the operating system itself, and it will allow almost any software to break through. Security researchers have also focused on how to use Apple The AirDrop feature drops email addresses and phone numbers—But nothing has been found for another.
VPN hacks are especially risky Corporations in recent years, especially most of the workers have lost. The issue has come to a head, with Pulse Secure VPN errors leading to hacks of government agencies, financial institutions, and even more high-value targets, which may be many state -supported Chinese groups. It’s still not as bad a situation as it is Ransomware, which a new coalition hopes to find a solution to through a good old-fashioned relationship both publicly and privately. Which, well, good luck!
Tracked by IRS investigators and arrested the alleged manager of Bitcoin Fog, the longest running cryptocurrency laundering service on the dark web. And Google’s imagined cookie -killing project is facing pushback from the European Union.
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It’s been a wild week or so for ransomware group Babuk. They first claimed to have stolen 250 GB of data from the Metropolitan Police Department, including some that could have been disclosed to informants. Then they said they would definitely retire. They later changed the statement saying that they had just stopped being part of the ransomware to focus on extortion the whole time. What a journey! In fact, you can find many ransomware trends sticking to their little roller coater: more severe targets, a focuses on data theft than to encrypt it, and frequent press releases attempt to provide a veneer of professionalism.
In what qualifies as both a heartwarming intelligence story and an outrageous lawsuit against the U.S. health care system, a security researcher earned $ 50,000 in full yet. hours after digging into the vulnerabilities to help pay for the heart surgery his unborn daughter would need upon his arrival. He and a friend who helped find the bug put a portion of the money into a GoFundMe account that eventually topped $ 31,000.
In the course of its operation, the NSA monitored an extensive scrutiny of foreign communications. The FBI is apparently dipping into that cookie jar to find links to racially motivated terrorists in the country without first getting an order. The Daily Beast reports that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge has criticized the agency for violating its standards multiple times.
The problem with the location data that is widely available both law enforcement and private actors have long been established. but The Wall Street Journal this week looked at how different information collected by apps and passed on to third-party brokers can also be used to determine the locations and movements of U.S. troops. The report looks at activity in Syria, in particular, from a few years ago, since the U.S. has since left the country. Yet it provides confusing clarity on how much data even more locked-up smartphone users are given each day.
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