Category: Security

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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
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July 15, 2019

No technical reason to exclude Huawei as 5G supplier, says UK committee

A UK parliamentary committee has concluded there are no technical grounds for excluding Chinese network kit vendor Huawei from the country’s 5G networks. In a letter from the chair of the Science & Technology Committee to the UK’s digital minister Jeremy Wright, the committee says:...


by Natasha Lomas in 5g
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July 11, 2019

Apple disables Walkie Talkie app due to vulnerability that could allow iPhone eavesdropping

Apple has disabled the Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app due to an unspecified vulnerability that could allow a person to listen to another customer’s iPhone without consent, the company told TechCrunch this evening. Apple has apologized for the bug and for the inconvenience of being...


by Matthew Panzarino in Apple
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June 25, 2019

FTC, Justice Dept. takes coordinated action against robocallers

Federal authorities have announced its latest crackdown on illegal robocallers — taking close to a hundred actions against several companies and individuals blamed for the recent barrage of spam calls. In the so-called “Operation Call It Quits,” the Federal Trade Commission brought four cases —...


by Zack Whittaker in caller id
May 26, 2019

4 Best Password Managers of 2019 (Paid, Family, and Free)

We’ve picked our favorite password managers for PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, and web browsers.


by Scott Gilbertson in Gear
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May 23, 2019

A cryptocurrency stealing app found on Google Play was downloaded over a thousand times

Researchers have found two apps masquerading as cryptocurrency apps on Android’s app store, Google Play. One of them was largely a dud. The second was designed to steal cryptocurrency, the researchers said. Security firm ESET said one of the two fake Android apps impersonated Trezor,...


by Zack Whittaker in app-store
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May 13, 2019

WhatsApp exploit let attackers install government-grade spyware on phones

WhatsApp just fixed a vulnerability that allowed malicious actors to remotely install spyware on affected phones, and an unknown number reportedly did so with a commercial-grade snooping package usually sold to nation-states. The vulnerability (documented here) was discovered by the Facebook-owned WhatsApp in early May,...


by Devin Coldewey in Apps
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May 7, 2019

Freedom Mobile server leak exposed customer data

A security lapse at Canada’s fourth largest cell network Freedom Mobile exposed customer data. Security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar found an Elasticsearch server leaking five million logs containing customer data. The server wasn’t protected with a password, allowing anyone to access the data....


by Zack Whittaker in Canada
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April 30, 2019

Developers can now verify mobile app users over WhatsApp instead of SMS

Facebook today released a new SDK that allows mobile app developers to integrate WhatsApp verification into Account Kit for iOS and Android. This will allow developers to build apps where users can opt to receive their verification codes through the WhatsApp app installed on their...


by Sarah Perez in Android
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April 24, 2019

UK gives Huawei an amber light to supply 5G

The UK government will allow Huawei to be a supplier for some non-core parts of the country’s 5G networks, despite concerns that the involvement of the Chinese telecoms vendor could pose a risk to national security. But it will be excluded from core parts of...


by Natasha Lomas in 5g