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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Experts worry Trump's decision to pull US out of 2015 Iran nuclear deal could lead to reemergence of Iran-sponsored cyberattacks on Western targets   —  WHEN THE US last tightened its sanctions against Iran in 2012, then-president Barack Obama boasted that they were “virtually grinding the Iranian economy to a halt.”
May 9, 2018, 1:05 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers find flaw in Vingcard's Vision locks, used in 140K hotels in 160 counties, that lets them make a master key using an old key card and a $300 reader   —  IN 2003, FINNISH security researcher Tomi Tuominen was attending a security conference in Berlin when a friend's laptop …
Apr 25, 2018, 10:30 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
After testing 1.2K Android phones from 2017, researchers find OEMs often don't install the security patches they claim to install; ZTE and TCL each omitted 4+   —  GOOGLE HAS LONG struggled with how best to get dozens of Android smartphone manufacturers—and hundreds of carriers—to regularly push out security-focused software updates.
Apr 12, 2018, 11:45 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Alphabet's Jigsaw announces Outline, open source VPN software that users can host on their own servers and that will run on Windows and Android to start   —  A VIRTUAL PRIVATE network, that core privacy tool that encrypts your internet traffic and bounces it through a faraway server …
Mar 20, 2018, 11:00 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Inside Operation Bayonet, the Dutch police sting and takeover of Hansa, once the largest dark web market in Europe, that netted data on ~420K users   —  FOR ANYONE WHO has watched the last few years of cat-and-mouse games on the dark web's black markets, the pattern is familiar …
Mar 10, 2018, 11:45 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton invests $50M in newly-formed Signal Foundation, a non-profit that will maintain Signal app, and joins as its executive chairman   —  IN THE FOUR or so years since it launched, end-to-end encrypted messaging app Signal has become the security community's gold standard …
Feb 21, 2018, 2:11 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers show Tinder's lack of encryption lets hackers see all photos, inject their own images in users' photo streams, and watch users' every swipe   —  IN 2018, YOU'D be forgiven for assuming that any sensitive app encrypts its connection from your phone to the cloud …
Jan 23, 2018, 1:55 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Experts dispute WhatsApp's “end-to-end encryption” claim, saying confidentiality of group chat could be broken if servers were compromised   —  When WhatsApp added end-to-end encryption to every conversation for its billion users two years ago, the mobile messaging giant significantly raised …
Jan 10, 2018, 2:05 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Snowden-backed Haven app for Android alerts users of “evil maid” and other physical attacks using a phone's accelerometers, cameras, microphones, light sensor   —  YOUR DIGITAL SECURITY, any sufficiently paranoid person will remind you, is only as good as your physical security.
Dec 22, 2017, 7:55 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
macOS upgrades from High Sierra 10.13.0 to 10.13.1 break “root” bug patch issued earlier this week; fix by re-installing patch after upgrade, rebooting computer   —  WHEN A COMPANY like Apple rushes out a software patch for a critical security bug, it deserves praise for protecting its customers quickly.
Dec 1, 2017, 8:20 PMIn context

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