don’t panic Anyone, but there is a critical flaw in all supported versions of Microsoft Windows that could allow an attacker to take over your computer. The so-called Follina vulnerability can be exploited using weaponized Word documents, and security researchers say they have found government-backed hackers using the attack in the wild. Fingers crossed Microsoft, which downplayed the severity of the vulnerability, will release a patch soon.
Speaking of patches, everything from Apple’s iOS and Google Android to Chrome, Firefox, and Zoom received major security updates in May. Check out our full list of available updates to find out which apps you need to use soon.
We also explore the race to protect your voice from hackers and corporate greed. We try to unravel the mystery of China’s sudden warning that U.S. government-sponsored hackers are attacking Chinese systems, even though these hacks are well known and occurred a long time ago.
Meanwhile, in India, the country’s telecom regulator is preparing to crack down on spam calls and scammers by requiring caller names to appear on caller ID. The idea sounds good—until you realize the privacy implications and the fact that such a plan might not even work.
Finally, since nothing is sacred, Canada’s Privacy Commissioner announced this week that the mobile app of beloved coffee chain Tim Hortons is illegally monitoring the location of its users. The app uses location-tracking technology from US company Radar, which continuously collects users’ location data — checked every 2.5 minutes — and creates an “event” whenever a user “enters or leaves” them. According to the commissioner’s office, a home, office, a large sports complex or a competitor’s coffee shop.
But that’s not all, guys. Every week, we round up major security and privacy news that we don’t cover ourselves. Click the link for the full story and stay safe.
If you lived in Illinois between May 1, 2015 and April 25, 2022, Google may owe you some cash. The company recently settled a class-action lawsuit over a feature in the Google Photos app that sorts photos based on faces. question? According to the lawsuit, Google failed to obtain consent from millions of users, violating the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act. As part of the settlement, Google has not admitted wrongdoing, but it has agreed to pay $100 million and take steps to avoid further privacy violations.If you were an Illinois resident during these seven years and appeared in photos uploaded to the Google Photos app, you can Propose compensation Your piece of the $100 million pie.
This week, the line between “in a state of war” and “not in a state of war” has become even more blurred. General Paul Nakasone, director of U.S. Cyber Command and the National Security Agency, told Sky News that the U.S. military has conducted a “full range of operations” including “offensive, defensive and information operations” to support Ukraine’s defense against a Russian incursion. Nakasone declined to elaborate on what those actions entailed, but assured they were fully legal.General’s acknowledgment and U.S. consent Provide Ukraine with advanced missile systems Range is 50 miles. The Kremlin’s response to the news was that the US was “adding fuel to the fire.”
Court staff were asked to turn over their private phone records and sign an affidavit as part of the U.S. Supreme Court’s investigation into the leak of a draft opinion overturning America’s guaranteed abortion rights, CNN reported. The “unprecedented” move rattled civil liberties advocates.As Albert Fox Cahn, discoverer of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, wrote for WIRED: “Intrusive investigations reveal a disturbing shift in surveillance powers by the Supreme Court, and especially Chief Justice John Roberts.” reported that the draft opinion was leaked to the politics reporter.
Trump-era conspiracy theories can finally be put to rest — at least in theory.One 52-page confidential report Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s “revelations” are now public thanks to a FOIA request by Buzzfeed News’ Jason Leopold . Republicans have long accused Obama administration operatives of revealing Flynn’s name in classified material for political purposes ahead of the 2016 election.But a Justice Department report prepared by former U.S. Attorney John Brash found “no evidence that a request for disclosure was made for political purposes or for other improper reasons during the 2016 election or during the transition that followed.” Flynn ultimately Resign In 2017, for misleading Vice President Mike Pence during a call between Flynn and the Russian ambassador to the United States.
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