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11,877 Android Apps and 6,608 iOS Apps Leak Data Due to Cloud Misconfigurations

Researchers found misconfigurations in 14 percent of analyzed apps—11,877 Android apps and 6,608 iOS apps—exposing users' personal information, passwords, and even medical information.
February 25, 2021

Hackers Tied to Russia's GRU Targeted the US Grid for Years, Researchers Warn

In its annual report on the state of industrial control systems security, industrial cybersecurity firm Dragos names four new foreign hacker groups focused on critical infrastructure systems.

A Windows Defender Vulnerability Lurked Undetected for 12 Years

The flaw, discovered by researchers at the security firm SentinelOne, showed up in a driver that Windows Defender uses to delete the invasive files and infrastructure that malware can create.

Anti-Secrecy Activists DDoSecrets Publish a Terabyte of Ransomware Victims' Data

The DDoSecrets group is also offering to privately share an additional 1.9 terabytes of data from more than a dozen other firms with selected journalists or academic researchers.

Ransomware Is Headed Down a Dire Path

Though some researchers say that the scale and severity of ransomware attacks crossed a bright line in 2020, others describe this year as simply the next step in a gradual and predictable devolution.

Some UK Stores Are Using Facial Recognition to Track Shoppers

Branches of Co-op in the south of England have been using real-time facial recognition cameras to scan shoppers entering stores. It was quietly introduced for limited trials during the last 18 months.

Russia's Hack Wasn't Cyberwar. That Complicates US Strategy

Because states routinely spy on one another—friends and foes alike—there are a very limited number of credible punishments states can use to threaten others into not spying.

Critical Flaws in Millions of IoT Devices May Never Get Fixed

At the Black Hat Europe security conference, Forescout researchers will detail the bugs found in seven open-source TCP/IP stacks, the collection of network communication protocols that broker connections between devices and networks.

The NSA Warns That Russia Is Attacking Remote Work Platforms

In addition to warning about the VMware bug, the NSA emphasized that it "encourages NSS, DoD and DIB network administrators to prioritize mitigation of the vulnerability on affected servers."

‘Magical Bug’ Exposes Any iPhone in a Hacker's Wi-Fi Range

A hack that can let an attacker take full control of iPhones without user interaction is bad enough. One that can also then spread automatically from one iPhone to the next is practically unheard of.

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