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Security Bits – Bad Times for Facebook, Data Transfer Project, Bluetooth Bugs, Malware in the Mail

Pre-amble (by Allison) — Bad Times for Facebook Facebook lost $120B in value after their July Earnings call, which is the biggest one-day stock fall in history — marketwatch.com/… One root cause is that European advertising growth in Europe “decelerated more quickly than other regions” because of GDPR. Facebook Chief Financial Officer David Wehner said, […]

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Security Bits – USB Protected Mode, Exactis Breach

Followups 🇪🇺 EU Copyright Directive: Italy Wikipedia shuts down in protest at EU copyright law — www.bbc.com/… Copyright Directive legislation voted down by European Parliament — nakedsecurity.sophos.com/… (This is not the end of this legislation, but it is a significant setback.) Spectre/Meltdown Another variant has been discovered, but it’s similar enough to previous ones that […]

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Security Bits – Mostly Good News

Followup Following on from security breaches at the 3rd-party companies all American cell phone companies were sharing real-time location data with, Verizon have announced they are ceasing all location data sharing (the other carriers have ended their relationships with some specifics companies, but not globally like this) — krebsonsecurity.com/… GDPR Fallout & Experiences: The Norwegian […]

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Security Bits – USB Restricted Mode, Apple’s Focus on Security in OS Announcements

Followups Telegram have now been able to update their apps on Apple’s non-Russian app stores — nakedsecurity.sophos.com/… The VPNFilter malware/botnet story continues to evolve as security researchers find more router makes and model are affected. Additions to the list include routers by Asus, D-Link, Huawei & ZTE — www.zdnet.com/…, nakedsecurity.sophos.com/… & www.imore.com/… 🇺🇸 As anticipated, […]

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Security Bits – VPNFilter, CallKit Removal in China, No Telegram Updates in App Store, End of Flash & Silverlight, Papua New Guinea Turns Off Facebook

Followups Spectre & Meltdown Details have been released of a new Spectre variant named Speculative Store Bypass, or SSB. The vulnerability affects AMD, ARM & Intel chips. Thankfully it can be mitigated quite easily, so it’s just a matter of applying software, OS, firmware, and microcode updates as they are released — arstechnica.com/…

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Security Bits – Efail, 4th Amendment, Glitch & ThrowHammer, Black Dot & Text-Bomb

Security Medium — The Efail Email Encryption Vulnerability The latest bug with a cool name and a cute logo is Efail, a mashup of the words email and fail. The bug affects encrypted email sent with both of the common email encryption protocols S/MIME & PGP/GPG. Under certain circumstances, the bug allows an attacker to […]

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