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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Study: hundreds of apps in Google Play Store that help users connect to PCs via Wi-Fi leave some ports open and poorly secured, exposing the device to hackers   —  For hackers, scanning for an open “port”—a responsive, potentially vulnerable internet connection on a potential victim's machine …
May 1, 2017, 5:30 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Facebook releases beta version of Delegated Recovery, an ID system for third parties to recover accounts via Facebook, publishes SDKs, docs, and example apps   —  The stakes of computer security have risen far too high for any modern human to depend on their mother's maiden name to preserve their secrets.
Apr 19, 2017, 12:10 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Latest Shadow Brokers dump includes evidence NSA hacked SWIFT transaction system in the Middle East, has new exploits for older Windows versions up to Windows 8   —  For eight months, the hacker group known as Shadow Brokers has trickled out an intermittent drip of highly classified NSA data.
Apr 14, 2017, 3:35 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers say they have uncovered clues about Turla, a 20-year-old hacking group that is still active and is believed to have Kremlin ties   —  About a year ago, the two-decade-old trail of a group of Russian hackers led Thomas Rid to a house in the quiet London suburb of Hartley Wintney.
Apr 4, 2017, 9:50 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Nearly three years after debuting, GMail's end-to-end encryption project gets handed over to open source devs and may never formally launch as a Google product   —  Nearly three years have passed since Google announced it would offer an end-to-end encryption add-on for Gmail …
Feb 28, 2017, 3:50 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Open Whisper Systems announces beta rollout of video calling feature for Signal app, which comes with new privacy tradeoffs   —  Even as the encryption app Signal became the go-to private communications channel for activists, journalists, politicians, and more, its encrypted calling feature remained less than perfect.
Feb 14, 2017, 4:15 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Iran-focused app developer IranCubator debuts RadiTo, an Android podcast app that evades Iran's censors, giving Iranians and foreign pubs a broadcast platform   —  Reza Ghazinouri remembers the importance of pirate radio as a teenager growing up in in the city of Mashhad in northeast Iran.
Feb 5, 2017, 7:00 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
The value of hyper-anonymous cryptocurrency Monero has risen 2,760% from 50¢ to $12 over the past year; the collective value of all Monero is close to $165M   —  For the cryptocurrency community, 2016 was a very good year.  Bitcoin doubled in price.  The far-out Bitcoin alternative Ethereum shot up by a factor of 10.
Jan 27, 2017, 6:05 AMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Open Whisper Systems, the developers behind Signal, use “domain fronting” for its Android app to bypass censorship in Egypt and UAE, with iOS update coming soon   —  Any subversive software developer knows its app has truly caught on when repressive regimes around the world start to block it.
Dec 21, 2016, 4:00 PMIn context
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
150 prominent filmmakers sign an open letter to major camera makers, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, and others, asking for default storage encryption   —  In the summer of 2013, when documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras was shooting a still-secret NSA leaker named Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel room, she took security seriously.
Dec 14, 2016, 1:00 PMIn context

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