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Security Bits — 8 March 2020

Feedback & Followups Listener and community feedback, developments in recently covered stories, and developments in long-running stories we’re tracking over time. FireFox are continuing their roll-out of DoH, enabling it by default for new installs in the US — nakedsecurity.sophos.com/… Google stops indexing WhatsApp chats; other search engines still at it — nakedsecurity.sophos.com/… HomeKit Router […]

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Security Bits — 23 February 2020

Feedback & Followups Listener and community feedback, developments in recently covered stories, and developments in long-running stories we’re tracking over time. Developments in the Avast Browser History Data Sales story: Avast kills off Jumpshot, the subsidiary that sold all your Web data — arstechnica.com/… 🇨🇿 Czech Authorities to Investigate Avast Over Sale of Users’ Browser […]

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Security Bits — 9 February 2020

Feedback & Followups Listener and community feedback, developments in recently covered stories, and developments in long-running stories we’re tracking over time. 🧯Intel have released a fix for yet another named bug in performance-enhancing features of their CPUs. This one is named CacheOut because it involves cache evictions. The key takeaway is that like the other […]

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Security Bits – 25 July 2019

Followups The Zoom webcam/webserver issue We now have confirmation that the vulnerability was also present in the RingCentral and Zhumu apps — www.imore.com/… Apple have rolled out an additional automatic security update to address the issues with these apps — www.macobserver.com/… Related Opinion: John Gruber addresses the question Isn’t [Apple’s response] “nonconsensual technology” too? in […]

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Security Bits – 3 May 2019

Followups Marcus Hutchins, the young security researcher who shot to fame by killing the WannaCry malware and then to infamy when he was arrested and charged with cyber crimes while traveling to the US to present at a security conference, has pleaded guilty to writing and selling banking malware. The offences pre-date his work as […]

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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 – 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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CCATP #534 – Bart Busschots on GDPR

This content was originally posted as part of the Chit Chat Across the Pond podcast on 14 April 2018 but since the subject is evergreen it is repeated here as a permanent Page. Introduction In this article, Bart Busschots explains the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. This is a regulation that will take effect […]

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