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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
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers find flaw in Amazon Key that lets any computer in WiFi range freeze and disable Cloud Cam; Amazon says a fix is coming later this week   —  WHEN AMAZON LAUNCHED its Amazon Key service last month, it also offered a remedy for anyone—realistically, most people …
Nov 16, 2017, 1:00 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
How Mimikatz, a tool coded by a French government IT manager in his spare time, became a ubiquitous password stealer for hackers globally   —  FIVE YEARS AGO, Benjamin Delpy walked into his room at the President Hotel in Moscow, and found a man dressed in a dark suit with his hands on Delpy's laptop.
Nov 10, 2017, 9:15 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Google launches new “advanced protection” setting for Google accounts of high-risk users, which requires use of a hardware key with every login   —  WHEN IT COMES to the eternal tradeoff between digital security and convenience, most tech firms focus their efforts on the vast majority …
Oct 17, 2017, 10:55 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
The difficulty of the three steps required to hack power grids explains why actual disruptions are so rare   —  IN 2017, IT can sometimes seem like power grids are practically crawling with digital intruders.  Over just the last four months, news has emerged that Russian hackers penetrated …
Oct 16, 2017, 12:10 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Open Whisper Systems, makers of Signal, are testing a way to scan contacts and then provably delete the data from its servers, rolling out in coming months   —  THE ENCRYPTED-COMMUNICATION APP Signal has a sterling reputation within the security and crypto community, but its critics point to a nagging flaw …
Sep 27, 2017, 10:30 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Cisco Talos report: hackers who hid backdoor in CCleaner targeted computers inside at least 20 tech firms including Akamai, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft   —  HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of computers getting penetrated by a corrupted version of an ultra-common piece of security software was never going to end well.
Sep 21, 2017, 10:15 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Study: Apple may be overselling its differential privacy protections, which add noise to a user's info before it's sent to iCloud; Apple disputes the findings   —  FOR THE LAST year, Apple has touted a mathematical tool that it describes as a solution to a paradoxical problem: mining user data …
Sep 18, 2017, 6:50 AMIn context

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