Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Marriott Got Hacked. Yes, Again

The hotel chain has suffered its second major breach in 16 months. Here's how to find out if you're affected.

Online Credit Card Skimmers Are Thriving During the Pandemic

As brick and mortars close due to the novel coronavirus, thieves have increasingly targeted digital check-out. 

Chinese Hacking Surges Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Plus: A Windows zero day, an iOS watering hole, and more of the week's top security news.

Google Bans Infowars Android App Over Coronavirus Claims

Apple kicked Alex Jones out of the App Store in 2018. The Google Play Store has finally followed suit.

A Twitch Streamer Is Exposing Coronavirus Scams Live

Kitboga has built a following by trolling telemarketers. Covid-19 opportunists have given him a whole new crop of targets.

An Elite Spy Group Used 5 Zero-Days to Hack North Koreans

South Korea is a prime suspect for exploiting the secret software vulnerabilities in a sophisticated espionage campaign.

The Top Reason Not to Ditch an iPhone for Android? WhatsApp

It should be simple to transfer your chat history from iOS to Android, but it's really not.

The Postal Service’s Surprising Role in Surviving Doomsday

The little-known Postal Plan, which dates back to the Clinton era, charges mail carriers with delivering critical supplies—like vaccines—as a last resort.

The US Army Corps of Engineers Deploys Against Coronavirus

The US is desperate for hospital beds. The USACE can build thousands of them in a matter of days.

Google Removes Adware-Laced Kids’ Apps From Play Store

After over a million downloads, the Tekya-infected Android offerings are finally on ice.

How to Avoid the Worst Online Scams

Phishing, malware, and more only escalate in times of uncertainty. Here's how to protect yourself.

Ransomware Groups Promise Not to Hit Hospitals Amid Pandemic

Plus: iPhone cracking, credit card skimming, and more of the week's top security news.

How Surveillance Could Save Lives Amid a Public Health Crisis

Smartphones could be a powerful weapon against the novel coronavirus. But tracking people's movements would offend many Americans' sense of privacy.

WhatsApp Is at the Center of Coronavirus Response

The World Health Organization is partnering with the messaging app to help disseminate trustworthy information.

Coronavirus Sets the Stage for Hacking Mayhem

As more people work from home and anxiety mounts, expect cyberattacks of all sorts to take advantage.

The Best and Worst Browsers for Privacy, Ranked

A new study examines how Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Brave, Edge, and Yandex collect user data. 

The Value and Ethics of Using Phone Data to Monitor Covid-19

Google and Facebook are discussing plans with the White House to share collective data on people's movements during the coronavirus pandemic.

How Microsoft Dismantled the Infamous Necurs Botnet

A years-long investigation and global cooperation disrupted one of the biggest botnets ever.

Watering-Holes Target Asian Ethnic Victims with Flash Update Decoy

About 10 compromised websites employ a multi-stage, targeted effort to fingerprint and compromise victims.

OpenWRT is vulnerable to attacks that execute malicious code

Enlarge (credit: OpenWRT) For almost three years, OpenWRT—the open source operating system that powers home routers and other types of embedded systems—has been vulnerable to remote code-execution attacks because updates were delivered over an unencrypted channel and digital...
SC Magazine

Privacy in critical care after telehealth demands jump

As coughs and body aches drive anxious Americans to telemed services in record numbers, relieving the burden on medical facilities stressed to breaking with COVID-19 cases, the subsequent relaxation of privacy requirements puts them at risk of PHI compromises,...

Zoom’s privacy problems are growing as platform explodes in popularity

Enlarge / Zoom's San Jose, Calif., headquarters looks like a lovely place to be socially distanced from. (credit: Smith Collection | Gado | Getty Images) We have several more weeks, if not several more months, to go in...
TechRepublic

FBI warns about Zoom bombing as hijackers take over school and business video conferences

Teleconferences are being disrupted by internet trolls shouting profanity and racist remarks and posting pornographic and hate images.