Security

European Court of Human Rights prohibits weakening end-to-end encryption

The European Court of Human Rights has banned the weakening of end-to-end encryption of messages in messengers. The decision was made on February 13, EUReporter reports. The day before, the European Commission and an industry surveillance network called for a general check of users’ personal messages to detect signs of ... Read more

Mozilla introduces a tool to remove personal information from data brokers’ websites

Earlier, Mozilla launched a tool to detect your personal data on unwanted websites, and now it also gives you the opportunity to delete this information. The Monitor tool notified users when their personal data was published on brokerage websites. Now, the company has introduced a paid enhancement, Monitor Plus, which ... Read more

Netflix series shows hacking of Ajax keyboard, company says it’s impossible

The Netflix streaming service in one of the episodes of the Berlin series showed a security system being hacked through an Ajax keypad. The company reassured and explained why you shouldn’t trust what you see in the movies. Ajax noted that hacking is usually performed in three stages: searching for ... Read more

Apple has added new iPhone theft protection in iOS 17.3. How to activate it?

Apple has released iOS 17.3 update, which includes a new anti-theft feature – Stolen Device Protection. It should provide additional security measures to prevent thieves from accessing iCloud and other important accounts, such as bank accounts and email, even if the attackers manage to steal the iPhone. Unlike the usual ... Read more

End-to-end encryption in Facebook Messenger will now work by default

Facebook Messenger will finally get support for end-to-end encryption by default, reports The Verge. Messenger has been able to use E2EE since 2016, but only for a limited number of users. Later, in 2022, the company added the ability to use encryption for everyone in the form of disappearing messages. ... Read more

73% of Internet traffic is generated by bots and Internet fraudsters

According to a new study by security company Arkose Labs, 73% of all web and app traffic is malicious, generated by bots and people working in fraud farms. It is reported by Interest Engineering. The report titled Breaking (Bad) Bots: Bot Abuse Analysis and Other Fraud Benchmarks discusses frauds involving ... Read more

Intel has fixed an issue that was causing very strange processor behavior

On Tuesday, Intel released a microcode update that fixed a bug in CPUs that attackers could exploit against cloud hosts, reports ArsTechnica. This bug, designated CVE-2023-23583, affected almost all modern Intel processors. According to one of Google’s security researchers, Tavis Ormandy, the bug caused processors to “enter a state of ... Read more

In South Korea, a robot crushed a man, not distinguishing him from boxes of vegetables

In South Korea, a robot crushed a man, not distinguishing him from boxes of vegetables. The incident is reported by BBC. The tragedy occurred when an employee of a robotics company was checking the robot’s sensors before its test run at a pepper sorting plant. At that moment, the robotic ... Read more

Microsoft focuses on improving the security of its programs and services

Microsoft is making great efforts to improve cybersecurity. The company announced a new stage in security – Secure Future Initiative (SFI). According to The Verge, this will be the biggest change in the company’s security since 2004. With the introduction of SFI, the company will change the way it designs, ... Read more

OpenAI forms team to study AI risks, including nuclear threats

OpenAI has announced the creation of a new team that will study artificial intelligence models to protect against what it calls “catastrophic risks”, writes TechCrunch. The team is called Preparedness, and its main responsibilities will be to track, predict, and protect against the dangers of future AI systems, ranging from ... Read more

Ajax Systems presented new devices and software features at the Special Event

Ajax Systems held the fifth online presentation of the Special Event and presented new devices and software features. This is stated in the company’s statement. These are video surveillance devices with an innovative approach to privacy. Among them are TurretCam, BulletCam and DomeCam Mini video cameras that provide a high ... Read more

Unity closes two offices in Austin and San Francisco due to death threats

Unity Technologies Inc. canceled a planned meeting and closed two offices due to real death threats after a controversial business decision to introduce game download fees, reports Bloomberg. The company has been informed of the potential threat to some of its offices and has taken immediate steps to ensure the ... Read more

Better update your Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, and Brave browsers

Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, and Brave have released critical security patches. This is reported by Stack Diary. The fixes address the CVE-2023-4863 vulnerability, which could be exploited by remote attackers to gain access to or run malicious code on users’ computers. The vulnerability was found in the libwebpm library, which is ... Read more

Apple has patched two vulnerabilities that allowed the installation of malware

Apple has released security updates for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS to fix two zero-day vulnerabilities. Attackers could use them to install malware, writes Ars Technica. The company fixed the vulnerabilities with updates for iOS 16.6.1, iPadOS 16.6.1, macOS 13.5.2, and watchOS 9.6.2. However, there were no updates for older ... Read more

Modern cars can collect information about drivers’ health, weight and personal life, – Mozilla

Modern cars can collect confidential information about drivers. This is evidenced by the Privacy Not Included project, prepared by the international non-profit organization Mozilla, writes Gizmodo. We are talking about cars that have been released in the past few years. The organization’s experts concluded that automotive brands do not comply ... Read more

Google will protect Gmail user accounts more closely

Google’s Gmail email service will strengthen security measures. They will act on user attempts to access sensitive settings, writes Ars Technica. These are settings such as account forwarding, editing filters, or changes to the IMAP protocol. In this case, the user must go through two-factor authentication (2FA), even if they ... Read more

Finland temporarily bans Yango taxi service from transferring passenger data to Russia

The Finnish Data Protection Authority (DPA) has banned Yandex and Ridetech International B.V. from processing and transferring to Russia personal data of customers collected by the Yango taxi service, writes The Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman of Finland. The temporary order will come into effect on September 1 and ... Read more

In New Orleans, facial recognition has helped police catch zero criminals

New Orleans police have been using facial recognition for more than a year, but the technology hasn’t had much of an influence on the city’s violent crime crisis, writes Gizmodo. According to Datalytics’ Quarterly Public Safety Review, there were no arrests of any person here that could be identified through ... Read more

OpenAI is forming a team to take control of “superintelligent” AI

OpenAI is forming a new team led by chief scientist and one of the company’s co-founders, Ilya Sutskever, to develop ways to manage and control “superintelligent” AI systems. This is reported by TechCrunch. According to forecasts by Sutskever and the head of the company’s control group, Jan Leike, AI with ... Read more

Spain advocated a complete ban on end-to-end encryption in private messages

While the European Union is considering a proposal to introduce scanning of private messages, Spain has advocated a complete ban on the use of end-to-end encryption (E2EE) in them. This is reported by WebProNews. The initiative arose against the background of a discussion of a bill that would force companies ... Read more

Driver fatigue monitoring functions were found in the Tesla code

Tesla has long used cameras in the interior of its electric cars to monitor hand position and the driver’s attention to the road while using Autopilot. The autonomous control system requires you to keep your hands on the steering wheel and be ready to take control at any moment, and ... Read more

Apple has released an update with Rapid Security Responses for iOS, iPadOS and macOS

Previously, operating systems for Apple smartphones, tablets and computers received the function Rapid Security Responses — security updates that aim to quickly fix critical issues. Such updates can be installed automatically and without a full system update. Users started receiving the first such update yesterday evening. Rapid Security Responses are ... Read more

Microsoft Edge caught giving Bing data about the sites you visit

As Reddit user found out, Microsoft browser Edge sends almost all URLs that its users visit to the Bing API website. There is currently no official information on why Edge does this, but Rafael Rivera, one of the developers of the EarTrumpet system utility, who was addressed by The Verge ... Read more

Proton Pass is a new secure password manager from the developers of Proton Mail

The Swiss developer Proton AG, known primarily for the email client Proton Mail, has announced about the release of a new product — the Proton Pass password manager. Today we're launching the Proton Pass beta. With Pass, we're applying our privacy and encryption knowledge to a service that many of ... Read more

The FBI considers the risk of charging smartphones from public charging stations to be high and advises avoiding them

In the modern world, there are already many options to charge a smartphone in public places — from power banks in cafes to benches with solar panels in parks. Among such devices, there are also special charging stations that are installed in airports, train stations, shopping centers, etc. And the ... Read more