The strange, unexplained journey of ToTok in Google Play fuels user suspicions
In a reversal, Google now warns app can spy on texts, recordings, photos, and other data.
21-02-2020 13:00

Former congressman confirms he offered to broker pardon for Assange
Rohrabacher offered Assange a pardon if he implicated Seth Rich in DNC email leak.
20-02-2020 21:21

As satellite TV tanks, Dish says merger with DirectTV is “inevitable”
Dish Chairman Ergen says merger is likely because of threat from streaming TV.
20-02-2020 18:04

A US gas pipeline operator was infected by malware—your questions answered
The infection has generated no shortage of questions and opinions. Here's what we know.
20-02-2020 17:53

Ars Technicast special edition, part 2: Spotting bad actors inside a company
Our limited edition podcast series continues as we focus on dangerous insiders.
20-02-2020 13:00

Anatomy of a dumb spear-phish: Hitting librarians up for Zelle, CashApp cash
Librarians smell something phishy in scam that scraped emails from association website.
19-02-2020 18:34

Why fixing security vulnerabilities in medical devices, IoT is so hard
Op-ed: It's not so easy to just patch or upgrade medical devices, IU Health's CISO explains.
19-02-2020 15:05

US natural gas operator shuts down for 2 days after being infected by ransomware
Infection spread to site's OT network that monitors and controls physical processes.
19-02-2020 03:00

Hackers exploit critical vulnerability found in ~100,000 WordPress sites
Flaw in ThemeGrill plugin lets attackers wipe sites clean and possibly take them over.
18-02-2020 20:08

Signal is finally bringing its secure messaging to the masses
Encryption app puts $50 million infusion from WhatsApp cofounder to go mainstream.
16-02-2020 11:52

US government goes all in to expose new malware used by North Korean hackers
Malicious wares are used in attacks to steal money and conduct other illegal activities.
14-02-2020 21:23

500 Chrome extensions secretly uploaded private data from millions of users
Extensions were part of a long-running ad-fraud and malvertising network.
13-02-2020 22:54

Pwns for sale: Scythe prepares a marketplace for sharing simulated hacks
Looks to make "adversarial vulnerability management" a thing, let red teams share their work.
13-02-2020 22:39

Amazon wins court injunction on controversial JEDI contract
Amazon's suit argues it lost the deal because Trump personally hates Jeff Bezos.
13-02-2020 21:03

Nasty Android malware reinfects its targets, and no one knows how
Users report that xHelper is so resilient it survives factory resets.
13-02-2020 13:45

Ars Technicast special edition, part 1: Machine learning assimilates athletics
Join us for a new three-part limited edition podcast on the future of AI.
13-02-2020 13:00

Huawei fires back, points to US’ history of spying on phone networks
Huawei denies having secret access to phone networks, calls it "impossible"
13-02-2020 03:03

Rental cars can be remotely started, tracked, and more after customers return them
Previous driver could start and stop the engine, lock and unlock doors, and track location.
12-02-2020 22:30

One of the most destructive botnets can now spread to nearby Wi-Fi networks
Emotet's sophistication and reach continues to evolve.
11-02-2020 21:26

Office365 Pro Plus won’t hijack your search engine after all
Sysadmin blood pressures—and projected support call volumes—decreased sharply.
11-02-2020 17:41

For decades, US and Germany owned Swiss crypto company used by 120 countries
Unfettered access to encrypted messages from Iran, Libya, and others.
11-02-2020 17:31

New “red team as a service” platform aims to automate hacking tests for company networks
Automated reconnaissance and attacks in security's name, without boutique red team.
11-02-2020 14:36

The Iowa caucuses were a comedy of tech errors and poor planning
Broken app, jammed phone lines, and understaffed IT help desk led to disaster.
10-02-2020 18:52

Why is the healthcare industry still so bad at cybersecurity?
This demanded a cross-industry summit—so now medical, security pros attend CyberMed.
09-02-2020 14:00

Windows trust in abandoned code lets ransomware burrow deep into targeted machines
Motherboard driver from Gigabyte was deprecated after being found vulnerable.
07-02-2020 21:30

Comcast “not welcome” here: Customers protest sale of tiny cable company
"I'd rather have no Internet service than give one penny to Comcast."
07-02-2020 20:11

Why you can’t bank on backups to fight ransomware anymore
Ransomware operators stealing data before they encrypt means backups are not enough.
07-02-2020 17:54

SpaceX plans likely spinoff and IPO for Starlink broadband division
Starlink "likely to spin out and go public," SpaceX president says.
06-02-2020 21:30

Google Play apps with 470k installs can log into your Facebook and Google accounts
A smorgasbord of activity, including bank fraud, theft of personal data, and ransomware.
06-02-2020 21:10

Google Play apps with 470k installs can log in to your Facebook and Google accounts
A smorgasbord of activity, including bank fraud, theft of personal data, and ransomware.
06-02-2020 21:10

Malicious warez hosted on Bitbucket get more than 500,000 downloads
Ongoing campaign installs credential stealers, RATs, ransomware, and cryptominers.
05-02-2020 21:10

Google Fiber kills TV service, focuses on broadband and YouTube TV
Fiber TV no longer available to new customers, but YouTube TV is.
05-02-2020 20:45

Flaws in WhatsApp’s desktop app allowed remote access to files
Yet another Electron implementation of a “secure” app turns out not to be.
05-02-2020 16:33

Serious flaw that lurked in sudo for 9 years hands over root privileges
Flaw affecting selected sudo versions is easy for unprivileged users to exploit.
04-02-2020 21:07

AT&T is doing exactly what it told Congress it wouldn’t do with Time Warner
AT&T lost $1.2B in Q4 by preventing Time Warner shows from airing on Netflix.
04-02-2020 20:10

Microsoft’s failures to renew: Teams, Hotmail, and Hotmail.co.uk
SSL certificates aren't optional anymore—no cert, no authentication, no service.
04-02-2020 19:02

Robust, scalable not words that apply to Iowa Dem Caucus app
Untested platform from campaign tech startup buckles under strain of caucus tallies.
04-02-2020 17:48

“Robust,” “scalable” not words that apply to Iowa Dem Caucus app [Updated]
Untested platform from campaign tech startup buckles under strain of caucus tallies.
04-02-2020 17:48

New ransomware doesn’t just encrypt data. It also meddles with critical infrastructure
Ekans represents a "new and deeply concerning" evolution in malware targeting control systems.
04-02-2020 00:50

Dear Ashley Madison user. I know everything about you. Pay up or else.
Emails threaten to publish intimate details unless members pay a hefty ransom.
01-02-2020 12:45

Dear Ashley Madison user, I know everything about you. Pay up or else
Emails threaten to publish intimate details unless members pay a hefty ransom.
01-02-2020 12:45

The fractured future of browser privacy
Browser makers increase privacy protection but disagree on how exactly it should work.
01-02-2020 12:15

Ajit Pai: Carrier sales of phone-location data is illegal, FCC plans punishment
Pai tells lawmakers that "one or more wireless carriers" violated US law.
31-01-2020 21:10

Ajit Pai’s “surprise” change makes it harder to get FCC broadband funding
Nearly 30 states may have “eligibility reduced or eliminated,” Democrat says.
31-01-2020 19:22

Exonerated: Charges dropped against pentesters paid to break into Iowa courthouse
Dismissal is a victory for the security industry and the customers who rely on it.
30-01-2020 22:57

More than 200 browser extensions ejected from Firefox and Chrome stores
Firefox ousts almost 200 add-ons while Google detects a significant increase in abuse.
30-01-2020 21:15

AT&T slashed billions from network spending, cut tens of thousands of jobs
Despite government favors, AT&T capital spending and employment keep declining.
30-01-2020 20:55

DOD tester’s report: F-35 is still a lemon
Inaccurate gun, cybersecurity issues, and poor reliability found by testing director.
30-01-2020 19:30

DOD launches swarming drone in test of C-130 “drone mothership” concept
Next comes test of in-flight capture and recovery with sky-hook equipped cargo plane.
30-01-2020 16:09

Dozens of companies have data dumped online by ransomware ring seeking leverage
Maze operators "gift" Pensacola by removing data dump, but others not so lucky.
29-01-2020 20:55

Skimming heist that hit convenience chain may have compromised 30 million cards
Point-of-sale machines at ~850 Wawa locations were infected for 9 months.
29-01-2020 18:59

AT&T loses another 1.2 million TV subscribers as DirecTV keeps tanking
AT&T began 2019 with 24.5 million premium-TV customers, ended with 20.4 million.
29-01-2020 18:10

London to deploy live facial recognition to find wanted faces in a crowd
Tech from NEC aimed at spotting wanted persons on the streets to alert officers.
28-01-2020 22:39

Ajit Pai promised faster broadband expansion—Comcast cut spending instead
Despite net neutrality repeal, Comcast spent less on expanding cable network.
28-01-2020 18:51

The tools and tricks that let Ars Technica function without a physical office
Looking at the “future of work” with a team that’s been living it for two decades.
28-01-2020 15:34

Maryland bill would outlaw ransomware, keep researchers from reporting bugs
Requires consent before infecting, criminalizes other computering.
27-01-2020 22:21

Verizon brings 5G to the Super Bowl—for part of the stadium, anyway
It looks like Verizon 5G still can't cover a whole NFL stadium.
27-01-2020 17:23

Sonos sunsets several smart speakers’ software support, spurring storm [Updated]
Sonos met its "at least five years" support pledge, but that window's closed.
24-01-2020 14:44

Mac users are getting bombarded by laughably unsophisticated malware
For malware so trite and crude, Shlayer is surprisingly prolific.
23-01-2020 22:20

Time check: Examining the Doomsday Clock’s move to 100 seconds to midnight
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advance symbol of doom 20 seconds past historic peak.
23-01-2020 21:58

CenturyLink, Frontier took FCC cash, failed to deploy all required broadband
ISPs fell short of interim deadlines, leaving Americans without service.
23-01-2020 21:21

Microsoft’s sneaky plan to switch Chrome searches from Google to Bing
Get ready for support calls when users see Bing results they never asked for.
23-01-2020 20:26

DirecTV races to decommission broken Boeing satellite before it explodes
Boeing satellite has irreversible damage to batteries, creating explosion risk.
23-01-2020 17:31

FCC shuts New York out of $20B broadband fund, and senators are angry
NY ineligible for new money because FCC previously gave to a state fund.
23-01-2020 14:00

Google researchers find serious privacy risks in Safari’s anti-tracking protections
Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention can open users to a variety of attacks.
23-01-2020 12:51

Sonos sunsets several smart speakers’ software support, spurring storm
Sonos met its "at least five years" support pledge, but that window's closed.
22-01-2020 22:14

Report: Bezos phone uploaded GBs of personal data after getting Saudi prince’s WhatsApp message
The gigabytes-big data grab allegedly came over WhatsApp text from Mohammed bin Salman.
22-01-2020 03:25

Report: Bezos’ phone uploaded GBs of personal data after getting Saudi prince’s WhatsApp message
The gigabytes-big data grab allegedly came over WhatsApp text from Mohammed bin Salman.
22-01-2020 03:25

737 Max fix slips to summer—and that’s just one of Boeing’s problems
Boeing's previously best-selling aircraft won't fly until at least June.
22-01-2020 00:35

Internet routers running Tomato are under attack by notorious crime gang
The Muhstik botnet has targeted other IoT devices. Now it's attacking Tomato routers.
21-01-2020 20:27

Smart scale goes dumb as Under Armour pulls the plug on connected tech
Under Armour is making a pile of pricey devices into so many useless bricks.
21-01-2020 20:05

Reuters: Apple cut backup end-to-end encryption plans after FBI complained
Decision means Apple can still decrypt iPhone/iPad backups for law enforcement.
21-01-2020 17:43

Boeing seeks $10 billion in loans as 737 Max crisis continues
Planes still grounded as another software problem was disclosed Friday.
20-01-2020 21:45

As attacks begin, Citrix ships patch for VPN vulnerability
Hundreds of US government agencies have vulnerable VPNs, data shows.
20-01-2020 17:41

Frontier, an ISP in 29 states, plans to file for bankruptcy
Frontier subscribers suffer from poor customer service and failing networks.
20-01-2020 16:47

A Georgia election server was vulnerable to Shellshock and may have been hacked
Vulnerable server distributed election and voter files to counties throughout the state.
18-01-2020 15:41

Smart homes will turn dumb overnight as Charter kills security service
Charter's product shutdown highlights lack of interoperability in alarm systems.
17-01-2020 20:15

WeLeakInfo gets pwned by FBI; Dutch, Irish police arrest alleged breach brokers
Site aggregated 12 billion usernames and passwords from over 10,000 breaches.
17-01-2020 16:42

WeLeakInfo gets pwned by FBI; Dutch, N. Irish police arrest alleged breach brokers
Site aggregated 12 billion usernames and passwords from over 10,000 breaches.
17-01-2020 16:42

Researchers find serious flaws in WordPress plugins used on 400k sites
Attention users of InfiniteWP, WP Time Capsule, and WP Database Reset: It's time to patch.
17-01-2020 11:45

Another reason to hurry with Windows server patches: A new RDP vulnerability
Crypto library's certificate bug isn't the only reason to hustle with latest Windows patch.
16-01-2020 16:11

Critical Windows 10 vulnerability used to Rickroll the NSA and Github
Attack demoed less than 24 hours after disclosure of bug-breaking certificate validation.
16-01-2020 00:30

The broken record of breaking encryption skips again in Florida shooter case
Trump's Twitter tantrum doesn't change the laws of mathematics. Neither does Cellebrite.
15-01-2020 23:40

US may subsidize Huawei alternatives with proposed $1.25 billion fund
Democrats and Republicans pitch $1.25 billion fund to boost non-Huawei 5G tech.
15-01-2020 21:15

Google plans to drop Chrome support for tracking cookies by 2022
The ad company wants to protect its revenue model and user privacy at the same time.
15-01-2020 13:15

Apple’s rack-mountable Mac Pro is now available
The internal configurations are the same, but the case design is very different.
14-01-2020 23:30

Verizon offers no-tracking search engine, promises to protect your privacy
With "OneSearch," Verizon promises no cookie tracking or personal profiling.
14-01-2020 22:49

Researchers find 17 Google Play apps that bombard users with battery-draining ads
Apps employed a variety of tricks to avoid detection by Google and infected users.
14-01-2020 20:59

Patch Windows 10 and Server now because certificate validation is broken
Crypto library bug allows spoofing of certificates, but no attacks in wild—yet.
14-01-2020 20:40

Windows 7: “I’m not dead yet!”
Over half of businesses still haven't finished move to Windows 10; zombie systems flourish.
14-01-2020 18:18

Unable to unlock gunman’s iPhones, the FBI (once again) asks for Apple’s help (updated)
The request may signal a new showdown between law enforcement and tech companies.
14-01-2020 01:05

Exploit that gives remote access affects ~200 million cable modems
Cable Haunt lets attackers take complete control when targets visit booby-trapped sites.
13-01-2020 22:00

Unpatched Citrix vulnerability now exploited, patch weeks away
Software fix over a week away and patches going slowly.
13-01-2020 20:31

Iranian hackers have been “password spraying” the US grid
State-sponsored group "Magnallium" has been probing US utilities for the past year.
12-01-2020 12:05

Amazon takes a swipe at PayPal’s $4 billion acquisition
Holiday shoppers warned that Honey, a popular browser extension, was a “security risk.”
11-01-2020 11:30

US Government-funded Android phones come preinstalled with unremovable malware
Phones were sold to low-income people under the FCC's Lifeline Assistance program.
09-01-2020 21:26

Ukraine airliner that crashed in Iran likely shot down, US officials say
Satellite imagery suggests antiaircraft missile was involved in crash that killed 176.
09-01-2020 20:25

Verizon’s great FiOS offer to me: Pay $50 extra for slower Internet
Verizon claims it's killing the cable bundle, then tells me I can't un-bundle.
09-01-2020 18:36

Paul Krugman’s no good, very bad Internet day
Claims "security team" told him his IP address was downloading child porn, got blockchain spam.
09-01-2020 16:19

Firefox gets patch for critical 0-day that’s being actively exploited
Flaw allows attackers to access sensitive memory locations that are normally off-limits.
09-01-2020 02:03

source : arstechnica