As concerns about the privacy and security of mobile devices and communications has increased in the post-Snowden era, the adoption of secure messaging apps backed by strong encryption has spiked. That has made life more difficult for both law enforcement agencies and attackers trying to get access to those messages, to the point that a private company now is offering $500,000 for zero-day exploits for most of the high-profile mobile messaging apps on iOS and Android.
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Google has been forced to remove more than 500 apps from the Play Store after researchers discovered that an advertising SDK the apps used contained functionality that enabled it to download malicious code and gather users’ data.
Digital rights and privacy advocates are urging a court of appeals to require law enforcement agents at the U.S. border to obtain warrants when they want to search someone’s digital device.
A new bill introduced in the Senate this week has the potential to make some actual progress on IoT security by using the rather large checkbook of the federal government as the motivating force.
Security researchers have discovered a serious, remotely exploitable vulnerability in a code library that’s present in potentially tens of millions of devices, mainly Internet-connected security cameras.
One of the few areas of information security that has yet to receive the kind of intense study it deserves is supply chain security, the way that software and hardware manufacturers up and down the continuum handle the security of their products while they’re in production. That’s about to change, though, as researchers at the University of California at Irvine are establishing a program to look at ways to improve supply chain security, among other key topics.
As difficult as it can be to believe, sometimes things actually get done in Washington. It’s not often, and many times the actual progress that does happen can go unnoticed because it’s hidden under layers of bureaucracy and mountains of government-speak. The FCC right now is on the verge of making a change that fits all of those descriptions but could make a significant difference for many consumers.
Among the Internet’s many talents is its seemingly inexhaustible capacity for reminding us how much we still have to learn about technology, about security, and most of all, about human nature.
It appears that this ransomware thing might be here for a while.
Microsoft has just thrown a lifeline to the millions of people and businesses still running outdated versions of Windows such as XP by issuing a set of patches for security flaws that the company says are at imminent risk of exploitation.