Monthly Archives - July 2019

New Spyware Is Targeting WhatsApp Messages

Recently, Kaspersky Labs has identified a new strain of malware to be concerned about, and it is spreading across the internet. Called FinSpy, it specifically targets WhatsApp on both Android and iOS devices.  An analysis of the code reveals that the spyware was created by a German company called Gamma Group, and that it is primarily used by state actors. In other words, it's a serious piece of code, as is anything that's predominately used by governmental agencies. If this malware...

New Spyware Is Targeting WhatsApp Messages

Recently, Kaspersky Labs has identified a new strain of malware to be concerned about, and it is spreading across the internet. Called FinSpy, it specifically targets WhatsApp on both Android and iOS devices.  An analysis of the code reveals that the spyware was created by a German company called Gamma Group, and that it is primarily used by state actors. In other words, it's a serious piece of code, as is anything that's predominately used by governmental agencies. If this malware...

Google Home Device Recordings May Not Be Private

Do you own a Google Home?  If so, you probably find it to be indispensable.  It's a powerful, genuinely helpful piece of technology, but there's a catch.  It's so good and so useful because it listens constantly for voice commands from you.  Those commands get recorded. Recently, Google acknowledged that it hires third-party contractors to listen to and transcribe recordings made by the devices. The stated purpose of the transcription is to help the company improve Google Home's speech recognition. ...

Android Devices May Soon Get New Fast Sharing Feature

Google's first attempt at making it possible for Android users to share files with each other was called Android Beam. While it was functional, it left a lot to be desired, and never really caught on. That fact prompted the company to announce that it would be calling a halt to further Beam development in preference for a new tool. It is called 'Fast Share', which the company sees as a direct competitor to iOS's "AirDrop." Fast Share will allow users to share...

Update Your Browser To Fix New Firefox Security Vulnerability

Fix New Firefox security vulnerability Are you a Firefox user?  If so, you'll want to update to version 67.0.4 as soon as possible.  Just last week, Mozilla released Firefox 67.0.3 to address a critical remote code execution vulnerability that was being used in the wild to selectively target vulnerable systems. Unfortunately, that proved to be just the tip of the iceberg. Since then, the company discovered that the vulnerability they initially addressed was merely the second part in a chained pair of...

Windows Possibly Removing Option To Use Outdated Wifi Connections

If you haven't already installed the 1903 Windows 10 update released in May, be advised. When you install it, you'll start seeing warning popup boxes any time you connect to a WiFi network that is using TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) or WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) to encrypt and secure those connections. The particulars of the message the popup box contains will vary depending on the situation, but in general, you'll see one of two things. Either you will get a...

NASA Suffers Data Breach With Device Connected To Network

Not even NASA is immune to hacking.  Recently, the American space agency announced that they traced a breach back to April of 2018. That was when a group described as an APT (Advanced, Persistent Threat) breached the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's network via a 'Raspberry-Pi' device that was improperly connected to the network. The hackers made off with more than 500MB worth of data in 23 files. Two of the files contained sensitive information relating to international Traffic in Arms Regulations relating...

Update Any Nest Cam Security Cameras You May Own

Did you get your Google Nest Security Camera system used or second hand?  If you did, be sure your cameras are running the latest firmware. Recently, the tech review site Wirecutter reported that some older Nest cams allowed their former owners to access camera feeds, even after the devices had been reset to factory settings. This is an interesting case because, in this instance, the bug wasn't found by a group of savvy researchers, but by a Facebook group for Wink...

Sudden Bluetooth Issues Could Be Due To Microsoft Update

Be advised, according to a recently published Microsoft support document, certain Bluetooth devices may experience pairing and connectivity issues after installing the latest Windows 10 update. The bulletin reads in part, as follows: "These security updates address a security vulnerability by intentionally preventing connections from Windows to unsecure Bluetooth devices.  Any device using well-known keys to encrypt connections may be affected, including certain security fobs." The reference to security fobs in the bulletin refers to Google's BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) Titan Security...

RSVP Site Evite Suffers Data Breach

The hacker who calls himself 'Gnosticplayers' has been busy and prolific.  Over the years, he's sold more than one billion user accounts on the Dark Web.  His most recent product is more than ten million user records for the social planning and e-invitations service, Evite. ZDNet researchers first discovered the data for sale on the Dark Web back in April of this year, and at that time, reached out to the company to inform them. For reasons unknown, Evite was...