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October 12, 2018

Facebook announced today that a security bug in its WhatsApp messaging service that allowed hackers to take control of users’ phones has been fixed. The vulnerability affected the WhatsApp app on both iPhone and Android devices.It allowed hackers to take control of accounts simply by having their victims answer a video call.

The bug was initially discovered by Google Project Zero, and reported by ZDNet and the Register in late August, but was not...

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October 10, 2018
Parents Must Be Firewall For Young Online Users

Parents, do you break out in a cold sweat when you see your child surfing the internet? Do you worry about what sites they’re visiting or who’s interacting with them? Is your teen or tween’s smartphone use a cause for concern?

Being the caretaker of a young digital native can be anxiety-inducing, but banning kids from using digital devices is impractical and may backfire if they start secretly...

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October 9, 2018

Amazon revealed a breach of customer data last week, but it wasn’t a data breach of the usual variety. Rather than falling prey to a cyberattack or having hackers exploit unsecured code, customer email addresses were leaked by an employee to an online reseller in exchange for money.

What you need to know: 1.) A crime was committed, and 2.) It still counts as a data compromise.

While this is Amazon’s...

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October 8, 2018

Google announced that it will be shutting down consumer use of the long-ailing social platform Google+ after it was revealed that a security bug dating back more than six months was not disclosed by the company.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Google may have opted not to disclose the bug at least in part to avoid...

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October 5, 2018
Chinese hacking

A China-linked hacking group is currently on the attack, targeting cloud service providers and managed service providers (MSP) in the U.S., warned the U.S. government and multiple cybersecurity firms.

The hacking group, known as Cloudhopper, APT10 and Red Leaves, has in the past focused, primarily but not exclusively, on theft of intellectual property and cyber espionage operations targeting high-tech industries...

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October 4, 2018
iPhone security

Apple’s iOS 12 update includes a workaround that can allow a hacker to access a device’s photos and contacts without having the passcode to unlock it.

It does not, however, allow unauthorized users full access to the device, and executing the workaround isn’t exactly an easy thing to do. Security research Jose Rodriguez recently posted a Youtube video showing how to exploit a bug in Siri, the iPhone’s voice assistant with a...

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