Category: Security

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August 29, 2019

Google to pay security researchers who find Android apps and Chrome extensions misusing user data

Google said it will pay security researchers who find “verifiably and unambiguous evidence” of data abuse using its platforms. It’s part of the company’s efforts to catch those who misuse user data collected through Android apps or Chrome extensions — and to avoid its own...


by Zack Whittaker in Android
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August 28, 2019

Hackers to stress-test Facebook Portal at hacking contest

Hackers will soon be able to stress-test the Facebook Portal at the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest, following the introduction of the social media giant’s debut hardware device last year. Pwn2Own is one of the largest hacking contests in the world, where security researchers descend to...


by Zack Whittaker in Apps
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August 26, 2019

Apple patches previously-fixed security bug that allowed iPhone jailbreak

Apple has fixed a security flaw for a second time after it accidentally reintroduced an old bug in a recent software update. iOS 12.4.1, released Monday, contains a security fix that was first patched months earlier in iOS 12.3. Apple rolled out a fix in...


by Zack Whittaker in Apple
August 26, 2019

OpenAI Said Its Code Was Risky. Two Grads Recreated It Anyway

The artificial intelligence lab cofounded by Elon Musk said its software could too easily be adapted to crank out fake news.


by Tom Simonite in Business
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August 22, 2019

US cell carriers team up to combat robocalls — but no deadline set

Twelve cell carriers, including the four largest — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon — have promised to make efforts to prevent spoofed and automated robocalls. Announced Thursday, the pledge comes after 51 U.S. attorneys general brokered a deal that would see the telecom giants roll...


by Zack Whittaker in Mobile
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August 21, 2019

T-Mobile customers report outage, can’t make calls or send text messages

T-Mobile customers across the U.S. say they can’t make calls or send text messages following an apparent outage — although mobile data appears to be unaffected. We tested with a T-Mobile phone in the office. Both calls to and from the T-Mobile phone failed. When...


by Zack Whittaker in Mobile
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July 24, 2019

Tinder’s new personal security feature can protect LGBTQ+ users in hostile nations

A new security feature rolling out on Tinder will help to protect LBGTQ+ users who travel to dozens of nations, which still criminalize same-sex acts or relationships. As part of the update, users who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer on the app...


by Zack Whittaker in Apps
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July 22, 2019

UK to toughen telecoms security controls to shrink 5G risks

Amid ongoing concerns about security risks posed by the involvement of Chinese tech giant Huawei in 5G supply, the U.K. government has published a review of the telecoms supply chain, which concludes that policy and regulation in enforcing network security needs to be significantly strengthened...


by Natasha Lomas in 5g
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July 22, 2019

Huawei reportedly helped North Korea build out 3G network in secret

A new report could ultimately prove another bombshell in Huawei’s on-going conflicts with the U.S. government. New documents obtained by The Washington Post tie the Chinese hardware giant to North Korea’s commercial 3G wireless network. If proven, the ties would be yet more fodder for...


by Brian Heater in huawei
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July 19, 2019

Huawei 5G indecision is hitting UK’s relations abroad, warns committee

The UK’s next prime minister must prioritize a decision on whether or not to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei to be a 5G supplier, a parliamentary committee has urged — warning that the country’s international relations are being “seriously damaged” by ongoing delay. In a...


by Natasha Lomas in 5g