Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Toys “R” Us Is Back—Now With More Surveillance!

Reports about the toy store using cameras to track shoppers caused an uproar, but the companies behind the tech insist their systems are trained to ignore kids.

This Alleged Bitcoin Scam Looked a Lot Like a Pyramid Scheme

Five men face federal charges of bilking investors of $722 million by inviting them to buy shares in bitcoin mining pools. 

Voltage Hacking, Big Tech’s ‘Green’ Data Score Card, and More News

Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.

Hackers Can Mess With Voltages to Steal Intel Chips’ Secrets

A new attack called Plundervolt gives attackers access to the sensitive data stored in a processor's secure enclave.

The FCC’s Push to Purge Huawei From US Networks

The rural carriers who rely on Huawei are wary of a costly “rip and replace” effort.

IG Report Exonerates the FBI’s Trump Campaign Investigation

Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report shows that the FBI's investigation of ties between Russia and the Trump campaign was both justified and without political bias.

Why the iPhone 11 Tracks Your Location Even When You Tell It Not To

Russian disinformation, a VC hack, vulnerable VPNs, and more are in the week’s top security news.

Alleged Russian Hacker Behind $100 Million Evil Corp Indicted

The US is charging Maksim Yakubets over two of the biggest cybertheft campaigns of the last decade, and offers a record reward for information on the case.

Meet the Activists Risking Prison to Film VR in Factory Farms

This animal liberation group actually wants to be put on trial. Their goal: force jurors to wear VR headsets and immerse them in the suffering of animals bound for slaughter.

The RCS Texting Protocol Is Way Too Easy to Hack

Rich Communication Services promises to be the new standard for texting. Thanks to sloppy implementation, it's also a security mess.

Ewoks Are the Most Tactically Advanced Fighting Force in Star Wars

Hate them or love them, the Ewoks have more strategic chops than any military in the Star Wars galaxy.

Hackers Find Ways Around a Years-Old Microsoft Outlook Fix

Microsoft patched a vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook in 2017. It hasn't slowed hackers down. 

Blockchain Developer Gets Busted After Talk in North Korea

Hacker and Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith was recently arrested by US authorities for speaking at a conference on blockchain technologies.

I Ditched Google for DuckDuckGo. Here’s Why You Should Too

Once you realize most things you search for online are boring and obvious, you realize you don't really need Google in your life. 

The 25 Most Dangerous Vulnerabilities, According to DHS

DMV privacy, a password ruling, and more of the week's top security news.

What Is a Dead Drop?

A mainstay of spycraft still has plenty of relevance in the digital age.
SC Magazine

Pensacola confirms ransomware attack

Pensacola officials confirmed that an ongoing cyberattack that began early Saturday morning is a ransomware attack. While the city did not release any additional details, the Pensacola News Journal said city spokeswoman Kaycee Lagarde confirmed the attack included a ransom, something that...

Trickbot Operators Now Selling Attack Tools to APT Actors

North Korea's Lazarus Group - of Sony breach and WannaCry fame - is among the first customers.
Brian Krebs

The Great $50M African IP Address Heist

A top executive at the nonprofit entity responsible for doling out chunks of Internet addresses to businesses and other organizations in Africa has resigned his post following accusations that he secretly operated several companies which sold tens of millions...

Intel Issues Fix for ‘Plundervolt’ SGX Flaw

Researchers were able to extract AES encryption key using SGX's voltage-tuning function.
TechRepublic

How to stop spam calls right now

Spam calls drive us all crazy. Here are four ways to stop robocalls and other unsolicited phone calls.