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Security Bits — 4 October 2020

Feedback & Followups Listener and community feedback, developments in recently covered stories, and developments in long-running stories we’re tracking over time. COVID apps continue to roll out 🇺🇸 Pennsylvania launches contact tracing app built on Apple and Google tech — www.imore.com/… 🇬🇧 (🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿) — NHS COVID-19 app released in England and Wales — www.imore.com/… […]

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Security Bits — 30 August 2020

Feedback & Followups Listener and community feedback, developments in recently covered stories, and developments in long-running stories we’re tracking over time. 🇺🇸 Pennsylvania has announced plans to release an Apple/Google-based COVID app in September — www.imore.com/… Which U.S. states are using Apple’s Exposure Notification API for COVID-19 contact tracing? 9to5mac.com/… 🇦🇺 Australia’s non-Google/Apple COVID app […]

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Security Bits — 16 August 2020

Feedback & Followups Listener and community feedback, developments in recently covered stories, and developments in long-running stories we’re tracking over time. COVID Exposure Notification/Contact Tracing apps continue to roll out: 🇺🇸 Virginia releases first Apple and Google-powered COVID-19 app in U.S. — www.imore.com/… 🇺🇸 North Dakota, Wyoming, and Alabama follow: Three more U.S. states launch […]

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Security Bits — 17 May 2020

Feedback & Followups Listener and community feedback, developments in recently covered stories, and developments in long-running stories we’re tracking over time. Work continues on Apple & Google’s Exposure Notification API: Apple releases concepts for how exposure notification could look on iOS — www.imore.com/… Apple and Google to ban location tracking in contact tracing apps — […]

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Security Bits — 22 March 2020

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 iOS clipboard security weakness discussed in the previous instalment, security researchers have now observed many popular iOS apps periodically polling the clipboard for no apparent reason, and it’s not known […]

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Security Bits – Zero-Day on macOS, Facebook Rates User Trustworthiness, Facebook’s VPN Was Tracking Users, Excessive Google Tracking, Teenager Hacks Apple

Followups More speculation-based flaws in Intel Chips (Editorial by Bart: as with other recent Spectre/Meltdown variants, there’s no need for home users to panic, just keep your OSes patched. It’s cloud providers that really need to worry about these flaws.) L1 Terminal Fault AKA L1TF – Intel have released mitigations, and they don’t have significant […]

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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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