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Security Bits — 4 April 2021 Including Deep Dive on Firefox’s SmartBlock

Security Bits — 4 April 2021 Feedback & Followups Listener and community feedback, developments in recently covered stories, and developments in long-running stories we’re tracking over time. 🇺🇸 Following on from the excellent Motherboard reporting last time that showed how easy it was to hijack the SMS messages destined for a US cellphone number, the […]

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Security Bits — 21 March 2021

Feedback & Followups Listener and community feedback, developments in recently covered stories, and developments in long-running stories we’re tracking over time. An interesting timeline of the Microsoft Exchange mega-attack discussed last time (Editorial by Bart: it really begs the question ‘what took Microsoft so long?’) — krebsonsecurity.com/… Bloomberg Report that when Parler (the social media […]

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Security Bits — 28 January 2021

Feedback & Followups Listener and community feedback, developments in recently covered stories, and developments in long-running stories we’re tracking over time. The SolarWinds attack Malwarebytes Reveals it Was Hacked by Nation-State Behind ‘SolarWinds’ — www.macobserver.com/… Did not use SolarWinds products Vector was their Office365 tenancy (Microsoft spotted suspicious activity on their account and contacted them) […]

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Security Bits — 17 January 2021

Feedback & Followups Listener and community feedback, developments in recently covered stories, and developments in long-running stories we’re tracking over time. COVID Update: Apple have released iOS 12.5.1, bug-fix for the un-expected iOS 12.5 recently released to add COVID exposure tracking to older iPhones — www.macobserver.com/… Yelp have added fields to allow reviewers to mark […]

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Security Bits — 3 Jan 2021

Feedback & Followups Listener and community feedback, developments in recently covered stories, and developments in long-running stories we’re tracking over time. More Details Emerge on the Solar Winds Attack As expected, the private sector was targeted too: Big tech companies including Intel, Nvidia, and Cisco were all infected during the SolarWinds hack — www.theverge.com/… Microsoft Says […]

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Security Bits — 27 December 2020 – Oblivious DNS over HTTPS or ODoH

Deep Dive — Cloudflare & Apple add Privacy to Secure DNS with ODoH Cloudflare, Apple, & hosting company Fastly have collaborated to create a new secure and private DNS specification that extends DNS over HTTPS (DoH). They’ve both released the spec, and released sample implementations of the various components in Ruby and Go. The Problem […]

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Security Bits — 20 December 2020 – SolarWinds, Apple’s Tracking Transparency

Feedback & Followups Listener and community feedback, developments in recently covered stories, and developments in long-running stories we’re tracking over time. Listener Thomas Cooper Question — Is TikTok a National Security Threat? TL;DR — nope We got some listener feedback asking about the US’s proposed ban on TikTok on national security grounds. This is very […]

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