security

Snapchat update leaked some of its iOS app's source code

Snap's user losses aren't the only things the company has had to worry about as of late. A spokesperson has confirmed to Motherboard that a May update for the Snapchat iOS app exposed a "small amount" of its source code, and that someone posted that… Source: Engadget | Snapchat update leaked some of its iOS …

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Reviewing election cybersecurity in this week's primary states

Since learning of Russia's attempts to hack into the elections systems of 21 states during the 2016 US presidential race, legislators have been on high alert. Cybersecurity experts have warned it's likely the Kremlin will attack again, and already it… Source: Engadget | Reviewing election cybersecurity in this week's primary states

Robocall company exposes hundreds of thousands of voter records

Hundreds of thousands of voter records were left exposed on an Amazon S3 bucket, ZDNet reports, this time by Virginia-based robocalling firm Robocent. Among the information that was left accessible were names, home addresses, gender, phone numbers, a… Source: Engadget | Robocall company exposes hundreds of thousands of voter records

California mall owner's license plate readers send info to ICE

Some shopping malls in California are scanning license plates and sending that data to a surveillance vendor that works with — and sells information to — Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. That's according to a report by tech watchdog group Elec… Source: Engadget | California mall owner's license plate readers send info to ICE

iOS update adds security-focused USB restricted mode

Apple just released iOS 11.4.1 with an improved Find My AirPod feature and some stability fixes. It also appears to include USB Restricted Mode, a feature that was part of the 11.4.1 and iOS 12 betas. The feature was originally discovered by The Verg… Source: Engadget | iOS update adds security-focused USB restricted mode

Timehop admits attacker stole 21 million users' data

Timehop, a popular app that reminds you of your social media posts from the same day in past years, is the latest service to suffer a data breach. The attacker struck on July 4th, and grabbed a database which included names and/or usernames along wit… Source: Engadget | Timehop admits attacker stole 21 million users' …

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Timehop Service Suffers Data Breach Affecting 21 Million Users

The company behind social media app Timehop has revealed its servers suffered a data breach in which the personal details of around 21 million users was stolen. The company, whose service integrates with users’ social media accounts to display photos and memories they may have forgotten about, said it became aware of the attack as …

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Australian airport begins passport-free biometric check-in trials

Qantas passengers who travel through Sydney Airport will be among the first groups of travelers to use facial recognition in automated check-ins, bag drop, lounge access and plane boarding. The system will ultimately allow officials to process travel… Source: Engadget | Australian airport begins passport-free biometric check-in trials

Third-party app developers could be reading your Gmail

Last summer, Google promised to stop scanning your Gmail for keywords that helped them target advertising. However, as The Wall Street Journal points out, Google still allows third-party app developers to scan your inbox. This happens after a user g… Source: Engadget | Third-party app developers could be reading your Gmail

US Army tests AI that predicts vehicle repairs

Keeping vehicles in good working order is about more than just getting to work on time for the US Army. A breakdown in the middle of a combat zone could prove deadly. So, to help keep on top of repairs, the army is testing artificial intelligence to… Source: Engadget | US Army tests AI that …

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New Twitter users will have to verify a phone number or email address

Twitter has begun to acknowledge that it has persistent problems with malicious automation and spam accounts and it has been working on ways to fix these issues. Today in a blog post, the company shared some of its efforts as well as the progress it… Source: Engadget | New Twitter users will have to verify …

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Twitter adds support for login verification with a USB key

Twitter announced today that you can now use a USB security key, such as Yubikey, as part of the two-factor authentication process. It's the latest expansion of Twitter's verification support, which, as of last year, also includes third-party apps li… Source: Engadget | Twitter adds support for login verification with a USB key

US extends sanctions against Russians over cyberattacks

The US Department of the Treasury has issued another round of sanctions against a handful of Russian groups and individuals. These latest sanctions have been placed against companies that are controlled by and/or have provided support to Russia's Fed… Source: Engadget | US extends sanctions against Russians over cyberattacks

Atlanta ransomware attack may cost another $9.5 million to fix

The effects of the ransomware attack against Atlanta's government were much worse than it seemed at first glance. To start, city Information Management head Daphney Rackley revealed at a meeting that more than a third of Atlanta's 424 necessary progr… Source: Engadget | Atlanta ransomware attack may cost another .5 million to fix