Saturday, July 11, 2020

Amazon bans Tiktok on employee phones as US gov’t scrutinizes Chinese app

Enlarge / A person using the video-sharing application TikTok on a smartphone in Faridabad in India on June 30, 2020. (credit: AFP) Amazon ordered employees to delete TikTok from their phones today, citing "security risks." Amazon's email to employees...

Google says trademarks should be open source, too—IBM disagrees

Enlarge / Nobody from IBM is proposing any lawsuits over Google's addition of Istio to its new Open Usage Commons foundation. But they're not happy about it. (credit: Nick Youngson) This Wednesday, Google announced a new open source...

Charter’s hidden “Broadcast TV” fee now adds $197 a year to cable bills

(credit: Getty Images | DonNichols) Charter Communications is raising the "Broadcast TV" fee it imposes on cable plans from $13.50 to $16.45 a month starting in August, Stop the Cap reported. Charter says the Broadcast TV fee covers the...

Frontier misled subscribers about Internet speeds and prices, AG finds

Enlarge / A Frontier Communications service van. (credit: Mike Mozart / Flickr) Frontier Communications misled thousands of customers about the prices it charges and about the speeds its broadband network can provide, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson's...

Google Play apps with 500,000 downloads subscribe users to costly services

Enlarge (credit: portal gda / Flickr) Hackers and Google Play have been caught up in a tense dance over the past decade. The hackers sneak malware into the Google-owned Android app repository. Google throws it out and develops...

Microsoft neuters Office 365 account attacks that used clever ruse

Enlarge (credit: Emerson Alecrim) Microsoft has neutered a large-scale fraud campaign that used knock-off domains and malicious apps to scam customers in 62 countries around the world. The software maker and cloud-service provider last week obtained a court order...

City builds open-access broadband network with Google Fiber as its first ISP

Enlarge / Illustration of fiber-optic cables. (credit: Getty Images | Tetra Images) Google Fiber's wireline broadband is expanding to a new city for the first time in several years as part of a public-private partnership to build an...

Petnet charges new $30 annual fee for a service that still doesn’t work

Enlarge / Example of how your furry friend may react to your automated pet feeder being offline. Not pictured: Insistent, deeply annoyed meowing. (credit: Catherine Falls Commercial | Getty Images) It has not been a good year...

The rise and fall of Adobe Flash

Soon, Adobe itself will remove Flash Player from computers, too. Few technologies have yielded such divisive and widespread passion as Flash. Many gush over its versatility and ease of use as a creative platform or its critical...

Uber plans to gobble up delivery rival Postmates in $2.6 billion deal

Enlarge / Bicycle couriers making deliveries to Uber Eats customers in São Paulo in April, 2019 (a year before the novel coronavirus pandemic). (credit: Joel Carillet | Getty Images) Uber is trying again to acquire a food...

New Mac ransomware is even more sinister than it appears

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) The threat of ransomware may seem ubiquitous, but there haven't been too many strains tailored specifically to infect Apple's Mac computers since the first full-fledged Mac ransomware surfaced only four years ago. So when...

The remote British village that built one of the UK’s fastest Internet networks

Enlarge / Laying some cable in rural UK. (credit: B4RN, Author provided / The Conversation) Nestled between Lancashire’s stand-out beauty, the Forest of Bowland, and the breathtaking vistas of the Yorkshire Dales, the serene, postcard-perfect village of Clapham...

The 416 quadrillion reasons why Japan’s supercomputer is number 1

Local Fox news stations had this English captioned version of a very popular, supercomputer-generated video from Japan. For a good part of last week, the unrivaled highlight of Japanese television—looped on news programs—was a short computer simulation of a...

House OKs $100B broadband plan with $50 monthly discounts for poor people

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Bonilla1879) The US House of Representatives yesterday approved $100 billion worth of broadband funding as part of a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill. The broadband portion is modeled on the Democrats' "universal fiber" plan we...

Dish buys Boost prepaid biz from T-Mobile, finally enters wireless market

Enlarge (credit: Dish Network) Dish Network has completed a $1.4 billion acquisition of Boost Mobile, a former Sprint subsidiary that resells prepaid mobile service. After years of buying up spectrum but never delivering service, Dish is finally a mobile...

Windows 10 Security Game-Changer As Microsoft Reveals New Hacker Protection

Microsoft is set to bring a powerful new security feature to Windows 10 that just might be a game-changer.

15 Billion Stolen Logins Are Circulating on the Dark Web

Plus: Facebook's Roger Stone takedown, the BlueLeaks server seizure, and more of the week's top security news.
The Hacker News

Exclusive: Any Chingari App (Indian TikTok Clone) Account Can Be Hacked Easily

Following vulnerability disclosure in the Mitron app, another viral TikTok clone in India has now been found vulnerable to a critical but easy-to-exploit authentication bypass vulnerability, allowing anyone to hijack any user account and tamper with their information, content,...

Is TikTok Seriously Dangerous—Do You Need To Delete It?

Here's the reality behind all the headlines...

iPhone User Sues LinkedIn For Reading Clipboard Data After iOS 14 Alert Revelations

The fallout from Apple's new iOS 14 privacy notification feature continues as one iPhone user files a class-action lawsuit against LinkedIn for silently reading clipboard data.