Category: Security

January 15, 2020

Now Stores Must Tell You How They’re Tracking Your Every Move

California’s new privacy law has spurred a torrent of online notices. But the law is also forcing changes offline, in traditional stores.

by Tom Simonite in Business
January 14, 2020

Now It’s Really, Truly Time to Give Up Windows 7

After Tuesday, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for the operating system, leaving users who don’t upgrade vulnerable to malware.

by Klint Finley in Business
January 11, 2020

This Government-Subsidized Phone Comes With Malware

The Android devices are a part of the FCC’s Lifeline Assistance Program, which makes free or subsidized phones available to millions of low-income users.

by Dan Goodin Ars Technica in Business
December 18, 2019

Creditors Seek to Exhume the Body of a Dead Crypto Executive 

Gerry Cotten took at least $137 million to the grave when he died without giving anyone the password to his encrypted laptop.

by Dan Goodin Ars Technica in Business
December 18, 2019

The Pentagon’s AI Chief Prepares for Battle

Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan doesn’t want killer robots—but he does want artificial intelligence to occupy a central role in warfighting.

December 15, 2019

5G Is More Secure Than 4G and 3G—Except When It’s Not

The next-generation wireless networks make it harder to track and spoof users, but security holes remain because devices still connect to older networks.

by Lily Hay Newman in Business
December 10, 2019

This Alleged Bitcoin Scam Looked a Lot Like a Pyramid Scheme

Five men face federal charges of bilking investors of $722 million by inviting them to buy shares in bitcoin mining pools. 

by Gregory Barber in Business
November 25, 2019

Tainted Data Can Teach Algorithms the Wrong Lessons

Researchers show how AI programs can be sabotaged by even subtle tweaks to the data used to train them.

by Will Knight in Business
November 22, 2019

More than 1 million T-Mobile customers exposed by breach

T-Mobile has confirmed a data breach affecting more than a million of its customers, whose personal data (but no financial or password data) was exposed to a malicious actor. The company alerted the affected customers but did not provide many details in its official account...

by Devin Coldewey in Hack
November 8, 2019

WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton on Why Privacy Matters

The cofounder of the messaging service and the current chair of the Signal Foundation talks about the proliferation of end-to-end encryption in personal communications.

by Boone Ashworth in Business