security

informed consent

Senators Introduce Bill That Would Ban Websites From Using Manipulative Consent Forms

Platforms have a problem with informed consent. A new Senate bill might change that.
Caroline Haskins
4.9.19
security

Major Vulnerability Potentially Impacted 150 Million Smartphone Users Worldwide

Researchers discovered a since-patched vulnerability in an app pre-installed on smartphones made by Xiaomi.
Karl Bode
4.4.19
CYBER

Why The ASUS Supply Chain Hack Is a Big Deal

This week, CYBER speaks to Kim Zetter about her blockbuster scoop on a daring, sophisticated supply chain attack against computer giant ASUS.
Motherboard Staff
4.1.19
supply chain

Hackers Hijacked ASUS Software Updates to Install Backdoors on Thousands of Computers

The Taiwan-based tech giant ASUS is believed to have pushed the malware to hundreds of thousands of customers through its trusted automatic software update tool after attackers compromised the company’s server and used it to push the malware to machines.
Kim Zetter
3.25.19
Facebook

Facebook’s Phone Number Policy Could Push Users to Not Trust Two-Factor Authentication

Users are angry that Facebook is letting others, including advertisers, look up users via the phone numbers they provided to enable two-factor authentication.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.4.19
amazon

Amazon’s Home Security Company Is Turning Everyone Into Cops

Neighbors, a social media crime-reporting app owned by Amazon, creates a digital ecosystem in which you are encouraged to assume the worst about your neighbors—and people of color are once again being harmed.
Caroline Haskins
2.7.19
Another Day Another Hack

We Asked a Hacker Who Spoke to a Guy Through His Nest Cam Why He Did It

The Anonymous Calgary Hivemind has been systematically hacking into smart home security cameras to warn their owners.
Kaleigh Rogers
12.21.18
amazon

Amazon Sent 1,700 Alexa Recordings to the Wrong Person

Home assistants are continuously recording and constantly uploading details of your everyday life, and sometimes, these recordings can end up in the wrong hands.
Caroline Haskins
12.20.18
security

Hacker Talks to Arizona Man Directly Through His IoT Security Camera

The man identified himself as a “white hat hacker” and part of the “Anonymous Calgary Mindhive.”
Kaleigh Rogers
12.17.18
adblockers

Why Your Ad Blocker Doesn’t Block Those ‘Please Turn Off Your Ad Blocker’ Popups

It is technically pretty simple to disable those pop ups, but many ad blocker plugins choose to let them live.
Kaleigh Rogers
12.12.18
Opinion

The Internet Needs More Friction

Tech companies’ obsession with moving data across the internet as fast as possible has made it less safe.
Justin Kosslyn
11.16.18
The Weakest Link

Patching Is Failing as a Security Paradigm

Many of the most damaging hacks in recent history were only possible because someone failed to update software.
Bruce Schneier
11.16.18
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