Data Security

Google Home and Chromecast GPS location leak [Fix Incoming]

Google Home and Chromecast GPS location leak [Fix Incoming]

A security breach was discovered this month by a researcher with an eye on Google Home and GPS location reporting. In his proof of concept, a URL is opened on a computer connected to a Wi-Fi network that's also connected to a Google Home or Chromecast device. If the URL is clicked and the webpage is kept open for around a minute, the user's home GPS location is found - and subsequently exploited.

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Secure Data Act bill may block encryption backdoor orders

Secure Data Act bill may block encryption backdoor orders

Newly introduced bipartisan legislation called the Secure Data Act aims to prevent government access to encrypted data via backdoors. The proposal follows multiple government attempts to get access to encrypted devices, as well as increasing concerns that courts or government agencies could force a company to introduce backdoors into its products.

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Oculus privacy update lets you know what it knows about you

Oculus privacy update lets you know what it knows about you

Facebook as really stirred the hornet's nest when it comes to privacy matters. Now everyone is scrutinizing privacy policies and putting companies under a microscope. You might not immediately think of Oculus as one such company, but now that it is owned by Facebook, it naturally has come under the spotlight as well. It has just announced some changes to its Privacy Policies in light of the upcoming GDPR changes in Europe. Its FAQ, however, makes it too obvious what really caused the change.

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Here’s how to see your Facebook info shared with Cambridge Analytica

Here’s how to see your Facebook info shared with Cambridge Analytica

Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal seems unending, but this week, users are finally getting some answers about whether or not their data was shared. Yesterday, Facebook began surfacing links at the top of News Feeds to help users understand what kind of data they're sharing with third-party apps. Today, the company took things one step further and launched a new tool that allows users to see if their information was shared with Cambridge Analytica.

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Japan IT Week Spring 2018: Here’s what to expect

Japan IT Week Spring 2018: Here’s what to expect

Almost all of the major annual tech shows, like CES, MWC, and IFA, happen in the West, though, of course, their audience and exhibitors come from all over the world. There are, however, other equally big IT gatherings on the other side of the globe that also give important insight on the trends and developments in those regions. In two months’ time, Japan will be holding the country’s and one of the region’s largest trade show, Japan IT Week Spring, and its lineup shows just how much AI and IoT have spread throughout the world.

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Dark phone company caught selling phones to drug dealers

Dark phone company caught selling phones to drug dealers

The United States Department of Justice indicted 5 individuals for their work with Phantom Secure, a company that made "black" phones for users of all sorts. It's not the making of no-tracking smartphones that got the folks with Phantom Secure in trouble. It was the providing of these phones to international drug dealers that did them in.

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AMD Ryzen may have major security flaws

AMD Ryzen may have major security flaws

AMD processors were the subject of a report on security vulnerabilities by CTSlabs this week. In the report, CTSlabs reported that some of the most secure portions of several different sorts of AMD processors were at risk of exploit by malicious parties. Those malicious parties would need to have access to the computer with the AMD processor, but once they've got that, they'd potentially be free to do one whole heck of a lot of damage.

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1Password warns you off reusing leaked passwords

1Password warns you off reusing leaked passwords

Making sure that we secure our various online identities with unique passwords can be a tough thing to do, but thankfully, we have password managers to help us out with that. These password managers have varying features but at the end of the day should all do the same thing: allow you to organize and store your passwords securely. 1Password is a service that's frequently brought up in discussions about password managers, and today it's adding a neat new feature that should help you make even better password decisions.

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Two phone makers go bankrupt: WileyFox, Turing – UPDATE: One maybe not!

Two phone makers go bankrupt: WileyFox, Turing – UPDATE: One maybe not!

Two smartphone startups went under this week with public notifications released almost simultaneously. One is Turing Robotics, a company that would have made a smartphone that offered on-unit encryption in order to make security as its number one priority. The other company that's gone under is Wileyfox, a company with a slightly more complicated - and interesting - bit of history. UPDATE: Turing Robotics hasn't gone under completely - see our update below!

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This Android app shared thousands of private photos and docs

This Android app shared thousands of private photos and docs

This morning one intrepid Android user discovered a bit of a security hole in an app called XGimp. This app had good intentions, to be sure - but there's was a bit of a mistake in its basic structure. The app allowed the user to edit a photo with a simple image editor locally, or, if they wanted, the app allowed an upload to a server with a Gimp image editor. Therein lies the rub.

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OnePlus confirms security breach with a staggering number of affected users

OnePlus confirms security breach with a staggering number of affected users

Last week, we started hearing word of a potential security breach over at OnePlus. Users were reporting that their credit cards had been compromised shortly after making a purchase on the OnePlus website, which prompted the company to launch an investigation. Today we're getting the first results from that investigation, and things aren't looking good for OnePlus or its users.

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OnePlus customers reporting credit card fraud after purchasing phones

OnePlus customers reporting credit card fraud after purchasing phones

There's potentially bad news cropping up for OnePlus this morning, as some users are reporting that their credit cards have been compromised after making a purchase on the OnePlus website. Over the weekend, a thread on the OnePlus support forum has been filling up with claims of compromised credit cards, with a fair few customers saying they fell victim to fraud after making a purchasing their phones. Though OnePlus has made a statement about these claims, that statement doesn't really say much about the accuracy of them.

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