Mobile Security


Research: 5G Networks Still Vulnerable to Location Tracking, Downgrading Attacks

A group of researchers found 11 flaws, several of which would expose a device’s location and when a user calls or sends texts.

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Lasers Can Take Over Voice Assistant Systems From Long Distances, Research Finds

By pointing a laser or even a flashlight into the microphone of a Google Home, Siri or Alexa system, the researchers were able to control the devices and the systems connected to them.

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U.S. Government Opens Official National Security Investigation Into TikTok

The inquiry from the Department of Commerce is looking into TikTok’s acquistion of Musical.ly in 2017.

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What’s Scarier Than Halloween Night? The Rise of Scammers and Security Breaches in 2019

The horror stories of scammers targeting landline phone numbers and the elderly continue to pile up. Here are the steps that phone companies and governments could take to stop the madness.

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Senators Ask U.S. Intelligence To Investigate Potential Security Risks of TikTok and Chinese-Owned Companies

Chuck Schumer and Tom Cotton sent a letter to the director of national intelligence expressing concerns about ByteDance, which owns the video app TikTok.

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'Cyber Shield Act’ Aims To Establish Cybersecurity Standards for IoT Devices

The bill, introduced by Democratic legislators on Tuesday, would direct a committee to create security benchmarks and then give labels to products who meet those standards.

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Researchers: Google and Amazon Smart Speakers Are Vulnerable to Phishing, Eavesdropping Hacks

A group of security researchers found that applications for Google Home and Alexa could be used to obtain passwords and overhear conversations from unsuspecting users.

Delivery App DoorDash Becomes Latest Company To Suffer Data Breach Affecting Millions

Delivery App DoorDash Becomes Latest Company To Suffer Data Breach Affecting Millions

4.9 million users have been affected by the data breach, which DoorDash discovered in the past month.



London Police Partner With Facebook to Prevent Live Streaming of Terrorist and Firearm Attacks

London Police Partner With Facebook to Prevent Live Streaming of Terrorist and Firearm Attacks

The issue gained renewed attention after a mass shooter used Facebook to live stream his murder of over 50 people at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Report: Facebook Database Found Online Exposed Phone Numbers of Millions

Report: Facebook Database Found Online Exposed Phone Numbers of Millions

A database that was left without password protection was discovered by a security researcher, who said 419 million records of Facebook user phone numbers were exposed.

Russian Hacking Group is Targeting Corporate IoT Devices, Microsoft Researchers Say

Russian Hacking Group is Targeting Corporate IoT Devices, Microsoft Researchers Say

The state-sponsored hackers, best known as Fancy Bear, attempted to compromise popular IoT devices like office printers and a VOIP phone.

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10 Simple Steps to Take Right Now to Secure Your Business WiFi Network

Conducting regular maintenance and updates are the easiest ways to secure your corporate WiFi network

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Apple Contractors Regularly Overhear ‘Confidential’ Conversations Through Siri, Whistleblower Says

An employee spoke out due to their concerns about the potential misuse of information by firms working for Apple.

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Viral FaceApp Draws Concerns From Users About Data Privacy

The app, which is based out of Russia, was popular for its ability to make users look older. But critics say there’s a catch.

Security App Connects Law Enforcement Institutions to Reduce Response Times

Security App Connects Law Enforcement Institutions to Reduce Response Times

IN FORCE 911 allows staff to quickly launch an emergency alert and facilitates quick communication between victims and police.

Employees Still Struggle to Identify Phishing Threats and Properly Protect Their Data, Report Finds

Respondents, who answered 22 percent of questions incorrectly, struggled most with assessments about mobile device encryption and protections for personally identifiable information.

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China Installs Secret App to Travelers’ Phones to Monitor For ‘Objectionable Material’

The application is the Chinese government’s latest escalation of its surveillance operation of Uighurs, a Muslim minority, for supposed terrorist activity.

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Five Ways to Keep Your Workplace Safe Online

Regardless of size or business type, companies must institute these basic practices to make sure their organizations are well protected from cybercriminals.

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Major Security Vulnerabilities in Smart Home Devices Could Allow Hackers to Unlock Doors

A now-discontinued smart home hub had flaws that allowed researchers to hack into the device without even knowing the plain-text password put in place by the owner.

Thousands of Potentially Counterfeit Apps Found in Google Play Store

Thousands of Potentially Counterfeit Apps Found in Google Play Store

Researchers have found over 2,000 apps that are potentially counterfeits, modeled after popular app downloads. These counterfeits contain harmful malware that could harm unsuspecting users.

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