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Australia Passes Controversial Encryption Bill Despite Opposition From Apple and Other Tech Companies

The Australian parliament on Thursday passed controversial encryption legislation that could result in tech companies being forced to give law enforcement access to encrypted customer messages. As we reported in October, Apple opposed the legislation in a seven-page letter to the Australian parliament, calling the encryption bill “dangerously ambiguous” and wide open to potential abuse …

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Apple says T2 chip can limit third-party repairs for recent Macs

Yes, the reports were true — Apple's T2 chip can potentially restrict third-party Mac repairs. The company confirmed to The Verge that the co-processor can limit third-party repairs for certain components on recent systems, likely including the iMac… Source: Engadget | Apple says T2 chip can limit third-party repairs for recent Macs

Income, tax and immigration data stolen in Healthcare.gov breach

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) now has details about the data stolen in the breach of Healthcare.gov that occurred last month. According to the government agency, a significant amount of personal information including partial So… Source: Engadget | Income, tax and immigration data stolen in Healthcare.gov breach

Twitter expands its reporting options for spam tweets and accounts

Until now, Twitter's reporting process has offered limited options for you to let the company's staff know exactly why you're flagging iffy tweets. That changed somewhat on Wednesday, as you can specify the type of spam you're drawing attention to wh… Source: Engadget | Twitter expands its reporting options for spam tweets and accounts

Google refutes reported Home Hub security flaw

A security researcher discovered a series of commands that could be used to brick the Google Home Hub. According to Jeremy Gamblin, it's possible to exploit a "undocumented (and amazingly unsecured)" API. It can be used to force the device to reboot… Source: Engadget | Google refutes reported Home Hub security flaw

Engadget giveaway: Stay protected and connected courtesy of Kaspersky Lab!

Kaspersky Lab, has been a familiar name in infosec for quite some time, uncovering malware and espionage tools all along the way. These finely honed skills are also available to help everyday people protect their data and manage their digital lives…. Source: Engadget | Engadget giveaway: Stay protected and connected courtesy of Kaspersky Lab!

Google's new reCAPTCHA doesn't require a click

Google first launched its bot-detection reCAPTCHA system in 2007, which means that for over 10 years we've been deciphering garbled text, identifying street lights and clicking tiny boxes in a bid to prove we're human and subsequently access the site… Source: Engadget | Google's new reCAPTCHA doesn't require a click

With Khashoggi, tech confronts its blood money

In 2015 we laughed at Hacking Team for getting hacked. Their profit-driven facilitation of human rights abuses around the world was somehow barely competent, but notorious. They sold illegal hackware and surveillance tech to brutal regimes and traine… Source: Engadget | With Khashoggi, tech confronts its blood money

Google’s smart city dream is turning into a privacy nightmare

Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet division focused on smart cities, is caught in a battle over information privacy. The team has lost its lead expert and consultant, Ann Cavoukian, over a proposed data trust that would approve and manage the collection of i… Source: Engadget | Google’s smart city dream is turning into a privacy nightmare

Arlo cameras will soon detect animals, vehicles and packages

Arlo's cameras are getting more AI-powered features though the Arlo Smart subscription service, which will soon detect packages, animals and vehicles. The features arrive later this year and will work with all Arlo cameras. Source: Engadget | Arlo cameras will soon detect animals, vehicles and packages

China and Russia reportedly eavesdrop on Trump's cellphone calls

President Trump's reported decision to ignore phone security advice may have had serious consequences. Current and former officials talking to the New York Times said that Trump has refused to stop making calls on his iPhones (two official ones, one… Source: Engadget | China and Russia reportedly eavesdrop on Trump's cellphone calls

Cathay Pacific data breach affects up to 9.4 million customers

Cathay Pacific, the primary airline of Hong Kong known for its high-speed WiFi, was hit with a major data breach that affects up to 9.4 million passengers. The company said that personal information including passport numbers, identity card numbers,… Source: Engadget | Cathay Pacific data breach affects up to 9.4 million customers

Popular Android devices must receive two years of security updates

When word got out that Google would require timely security updates for Android devices, there were unanswered questions: when would it take effect, how long would it last, and which devices would be affected? Now we know. The Verge says it has obtai… Source: Engadget | Popular Android devices must receive two years of security …

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