This week has begun Apple is patching a bunch of zero-day vulnerabilities with Microsoft and Google, which means you expect to have some time on Tuesday to update all your devices. If not? Go ahead and do it now. All right, wait!
All right, welcome. Over the weekend, both Apple and Google removed an anti-voting app from their App Store in Russia at the request of the Kremlin. As far as precedents go, it’s not great, because authoritarian regimes are raising technology giants who are too eager to leave their markets in protest. Russia in particular is testing the border, but India and China are not far behind.
A new app available in Iran helps people fight censorship by allowing people to encrypt messages even during Internet blackouts. Known as Nahft, the app can turn messages into a random jungle in Persian, or even embed them in a picture to avoid identification by the Iranian regime.
You can now crack the password on your Microsoft account. Zero Trust is the most important cyber security concept of the year, no one else agrees with its meaning. Suppose your phone or computer has hidden files? Here’s how to find one. And anonymous Epic has leaked a lot of big information from the domain registrar that has attracted quite a few right-wing clients.
And there’s more! We do not publish all the security news of WIRED in depth every week. Click on the title to read the full story, and stay safe there.
Three former US Intel operatives have admitted to hacking US computer networks on behalf of the United Arab Emirates this week to avoid lawsuits. Instead they will have to pay $ 1.69 million in fines, and be barred from seeking future U.S. security clearances, which will severely limit their job prospects. Or maybe not so serious; One of the trio is currently working as the chief information officer for ExpressVPN, which has stood by him throughout a standing ovation. For the full story of the U.S. citizens who helped hack the UAE, be sure to read the Reuters story that first published “Project Raven” in 201.
Busy week for the judiciary! A Pakistani man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for a wide-ranging, lengthy scheme that unlocked nearly 2 million phones. He first bribed AT&T employees to unlock the phone, which he later resold. After AT&T predicted changing the way he unlocked his plan, he bribed an employee to install malware inside a call center.
Located in Austin, Texas, Exodus Intelligence is a so-called Zero Day Broker, an organization that sells information about software vulnerabilities that developers don’t know এবং and therefore can’t fix এবং and the exploits needed to compromise them. Usually it only sells exploits to government agencies, but it maintains an ongoing list of vulnerabilities that anyone can subscribe to. E.g. Forbes As reported exclusively this week, the Indian government appears to have used access to those feeds to find soft spots on Pakistani and Chinese networks and try to compromise with them. Exodus has since blocked entry to India, but the damage has been done.
At the request of Public Records, remote monitoring software was used on students in a Minneapolis school district using the nonprofit Education News Site 74. What was found was not beautiful: an offensive program that informs school officials about the contents of a student’s personal files, online conversations, and browsing activity. And while distance learning declined during this time of the epidemic, surveillance software was not used.
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