Tag: Security


Bipartisan Harvard panel releases guidelines on safeguarding elections from hacking and propaganda

(Reuters) — A bipartisan Harvard University project aimed at protecting elections from hacking and propaganda will release its first set of recommendations today on how U.S. elections can be defended from hacking attacks. The 27-page guidebook shown to Reuters ahead of publication calls for campaign leaders to emphasize security from the start and insist on…


Authorities serve Apple a warrant for Texas shooter’s iPhone

 Two weeks ago today, 26 people were killed by a gunman at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Two phones were discovered at the scene: older push-button LG and what local news described as a “blood spattered” Apple iPhone SE. Now local law enforcement has served Apple with a search warrant in order to…

Big Data

Pentagon Cache of Over 1.8 Billion Scraped Social Media Posts Left Unsecured on Amazon Server

The Pentagon accidentally left at least 1.8 billion publicly accessible posts it scraped from social media sites, forums and other web destinations unsecured on an Amazon S3 repository, where anyone with a free Amazon Web Services account could download the data, PC Mag reported . Read more… Read full post on Gizmodo.com


How to fix a program without the source code? Patch the binary directly

Enlarge (credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/iwannt/8596885627/in/photolist-e6FhzZ-5n6yCd-p1g6i5-5kBGaM-6rUhCf-5VB1pS-dqnvJU-tDQ1e-4ZUia7-fHxKgh-3kN7KE-hX7jzE-7eALhs-pJDBRh-vG5k3b-ekLp5R-6XELJ7-raZbPq-7gkptv-cMpT5h-6DxhSz-bnZtgV-7ni1D7-6Drmwd-cMpT33-dqRj39-4iQ8BN-bLTMuB-e78cFk-kj15Mt-7gkpxr-jiMAN-EbjJB-6rUhaL-cJ4bTm-6ATEuo-kM7t9-9mNVh-pd2zYK-83MfNm-HeQzPM-4uCHWm-5w4B85-6qDmeZ-85tW1S-4YWUGe-bxZ6AG-pZqMaT-bLTMji-4TDcC/) When a company like Microsoft needs to fix a security flaw in one of its products, the process is normally straightforward: determine where the bug lies, change the program’s source code to fix the bug, and then recompile the program. But it looks like the company had to step outside this typical…


Germany bans children’s smartwatches over privacy concerns

Germany’s telecommunications regulator, the Federal Network Agency, announced a ban today on the sale of kids’ smartwatches, the BBC reports, and encouraged parents to destroy the ones they already own. The agency appears to be taking particular issue with the devices’ abilities to transmit audio from its surroundings. Jochen Homann, the agency’s president, said today,…


Internet of Warnings: How Smart Technology Can Threaten Your Business’s Security

Science fiction technology may not be as far off as we believe. The Internet of Things (IoT) uses the powerful combination of Wi-Fi and cloud technology to send information and perform actions through devices with Internet capabilities. This advance stems from the use of telemetry, decades-old machine-to-machine communication via wired sensors and transmitters. Now the…