Monthly Archives - August 2019

Gmail Users Will Get Updated Spelling and Grammar Assistance

There are changes afoot in Gmail designed to help improve the quality of your writing using new AI features. These features will auto-correct simple spelling errors and offer suggestions to improve your grammar. As the company notes in a recent blog post on the matter: "If you're working against deadlines to write a lot of emails daily, correct spelling and grammar probably isn't top of the mind.  These capabilities can also help you write and edit with more confidence if you're a...

New Adware Uses Interesting Technique To Avoid Detection

Being more of a nuisance than anything, adware doesn't see as many innovations as other forms of malware. Once in a while, an adware developer surprises the security researchers. That happened recently when two researchers working for enSilo discovered an innovation in an adware strain, known as DealPly. As Adi Zeligson and Rotem Kerner indicated in a recent blog post, DealPly has some interesting features bolted on, which make it much more adept than most other forms of adware at avoiding...

LeapPad Kids Tablet Found To Have Security Issues

Researchers at CheckMarx recently discovered some serious security flaws in the popular LeapPad Ultimate tablet. The tablet was designed by LeapFrog to provide kids in the UK and Europe with a safe environment to access games, videos, and educational apps.   The researchers had this to say about their discovery: "The first thing we found is that some of LeapFrog's communications aren't encrypted.  It's using the very simple HTTP protocol, storing information in clear text, and allowing an attacker to become a man-in-the-middle." The...

Facebook Is Making Changes To Privacy Following Huge Fine

We're talking about the result of a massive five billion dollar fine over violations surrounding the Cambridge Analytica scandal. While the staggering size of the fine made all the headlines, there's more to the company's agreement than just several billion dollars. In addition to the fine itself, the company has also accepted an agreement. It forces Facebook to implement a new privacy framework and to be monitored and held accountable for decisions it makes about its users' privacy and information it...

Capital One Data Breach Puts Millions At Risk

Another week, another massive data breach. In this case, Capital One was the target when an unknown individual gained access to the company's servers. The breach was detected by an independent security researcher, who contacted Capital One on July 19th. Apparently, the hacker gained access via a server configuration vulnerability. Upon being made aware of the issue, Capital One addressed it immediately, which cut the hacker off from the data. At this time, it is not believed that the hacker has sold...

Bluetooth Security Issue Could Affect Most Devices

Recently, researchers from Boston University published a paper called "Tracking Anonymized Bluetooth Devices". The paper detailed a flaw in the ubiquitous Bluetooth communication protocol that could expose device users to tracking and even leak their IDs. As explained in the paper, many Bluetooth devices announce their presence by using their MAC addresses as the basis to generate a random number in order to prevent long-term tracking. The team discovered a flaw in the system and identified tokens that exist alongside...

Update iPhone to Avoid Possible iMessage Bug

People like and tend to gravitate to Apple products because the company has gone to great lengths to make their products are highly secure. Sure, you pay more for them, but most people justify the added expense because a) they look better and are better designed than competing products and b) they've got a reputation for being more secure. Unfortunately, even the most secure technology isn't immune to hacking and other problems.  In the not so distant past, we've seen reports...

New Phishing Scam Targets Your Amazon Account

McAfee researchers have discovered a new version of the 16Shop phishing kit in use by hackers around the world. According to the latest research, there are now more than 200 URLs currently being used by hackers to collect login information from Amazon customers. The methodology the hackers are using is simple. The hackers craft an email that appears to come from Amazon that indicates a problem with the user's account. Ironically, most of the emails claim that an unauthorized login...