the mythical unhackable phone

Why the unhackable phone doesn’t exist

What would you pay for an unhackable phone? $2000? $3,000? $14,000? Here’s the thing: it doesn’t matter what price you pay because there’s no such thing. Computers are hacked through flaws in software. Every smartphone has millions and millions of lines of software from the operating system, chips, and apps. There are over a million…

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The FBI wants access to another locked iPhone

Remember the court case in which the FBI wanted Apple to crack the locked iPhone of Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters? Bureau director James Comey assured everyone at that time that the case was just about that one individual’s phone and that he had no intention of gained access to other iPhone owners’…

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New details about that Yahoo hack two years ago

Last Wednesday, InfoArmor released new details about the Yahoo hack that took place two years ago. According to the threat intelligence agency, two cybercriminal gangs are to blame. This is at odds with what Yahoo stated earlier this month – not only were they wrong in saying that state-sponsored actors caused the attack, they also underestimated the number of stolen records…

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That major OpenJPEG flaw has been patched

Last week, an update was released for the OpenJPEG library that addressed a bunch of existing bugs and security problems – including one that allowed third parties to execute code using specially crafted image files. The open-source library was created for encoding and decoding images, specifically JPEG2000 files. This format is typically used to embed…

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The smarter your car gets, the more attractive it is to hackers

Despite the growing threats of hacked vehicles, the smart car is a concept that isn’t going away anytime soon. It’s estimated that 61 million cars will have wifi by 2020 (that’s up from 6.9 million last year) according to a new report from Gartner. By 2024, that number could hit 220 million. The future of smart…

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Voting cybersecurity is in serious threat

You know those rumors you keep hearing about? The ones about voting machines getting hacked? They’re onto something. If election officials aren’t careful, hackers could take advantage of state voting systems. The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement Saturday offering cybersecurity assistance to any state that needs it. Hack-based threats to the election process are…

the dropbox hack is making headlines again

That Dropbox hack is making headlines again

Remember the Dropbox hack situation in 2012? It’s making headlines again because the company only recently confirmed the data breach. Following this Motherboard report, a Dropbox employee came out to confirm that an astonishing 68,680,741 accounts were affected four years ago. Dropbox has used this as an opportunity to address the event and reassure its users…

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Several tech scammers have just been caught by the feds

Good news in the tech world! Several tech scammers from Florida, Iowa, Nevada, and Canada have had their assets and control of their businesses seized by the American federal government. This was one of the largest actions ever taken against scammers, who altogether make an estimated $1.5 billion off of unsuspecting consumers every year. In…

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Apple news: what’s coming this fall

Yes, we know iOS10 and macOS Sierra are coming, but what else? We don’t know for sure, but here’s what we really really want our analysis tells us could be on the way. Apple Watch At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, new features for Apple products were announced, like a faster processor and more RAM.…

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Privacy Shield: the basics

“The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield is a tremendous victory for privacy, individuals, and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic.” – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker The US Department of Commerce Privacy Shield is getting off to a slow start. Although 260 companies have applied (60 of which have self-certified so far), that’s less than the department was expecting. The application process…