Pandemic Shutdowns Will Help the Economy, Too

A study by economists Sergio Correia, Stephan Luck and Emil Verner suggests that the best way to save your economy is to save your people. The authors looked at the economic impact of the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918 on different U.S. cities. They concluded that the earlier, more forcefully and longer cities responded, the Read more about Pandemic Shutdowns Will Help the Economy, Too[…]

Ex-NSA hacker drops new zero-day doom for Zoom

Zoom’s troubled year just got worse. Now that a large portion of the world is working from home to ride out the coronavirus pandemic, Zoom’s popularity has rocketed, but also has led to an increased focus on the company’s security practices and privacy promises. Hot on the heels of two security researchers finding a Zoom Read more about Ex-NSA hacker drops new zero-day doom for Zoom[…]

Zoom User Warning: This Is How Attackers Could Steal Windows Passwords

Today, news of a Zoom issue affecting Microsoft Windows users. The Zoom Windows client is at risk from a flaw in the chat feature that could allow attackers to steal the logins of people who click on a link, according to tech site Bleeping Computer. When using Zoom, it’s possible for people to communicate with each Read more about Zoom User Warning: This Is How Attackers Could Steal Windows Passwords[…]

Zoom Users Beware: Here’s How A Flaw Allows Attackers To Take Over Your Mac Microphone And Webcam

Every day, a new Zoom security or privacy issue emerges. At least, that’s the way it seems during the COVID-19 crisis as an increasing number of people use the Zoom video conferencing app while working from home. Soon after a security problem was disclosed that could allow attackers to steal Windows passwords, another researcher has identified Read more about Zoom Users Beware: Here’s How A Flaw Allows Attackers To Take Over Your Mac Microphone And Webcam[…]

Report reveals ‘massive plastic pollution footprint’ of drinks firms

Four global drinks giants are responsible for more than half a million tonnes of plastic pollution in six developing countries each year, enough to cover 83 football pitches every day, according to a report. The NGO Tearfund has calculated the greenhouse gas emissions from the open burning of plastic bottles, sachets and cartons produced by Read more about Report reveals ‘massive plastic pollution footprint’ of drinks firms[…]

Apple’s latest macOS Catalina update mysteriously borks SSH for some unlucky fans. What could be the cause?

Apple’s latest update to macOS Catalina appears to have broken SSH for some users. Developer Tyler Hall published a blog post on Monday detailing the issue, but removed it after his writeup got noticed. The issue is that under Apple’s macOS 10.15.4 update, released on March 24, trying to open a SSH connection to a Read more about Apple’s latest macOS Catalina update mysteriously borks SSH for some unlucky fans. What could be the cause?[…]

OpenWRT code-execution bug found – update!

For almost three years, OpenWRT—the open source operating system that powers home routers and other types of embedded systems—has been vulnerable to remote code-execution attacks because updates were delivered over an unencrypted channel and digital signature verifications are easy to bypass, a researcher said. OpenWRT has a loyal base of users who use the freely Read more about OpenWRT code-execution bug found – update![…]

Yes! Honda Follows Mazda By Ditching Some Touchscreen Controls For Not Being ‘Intuitive’

It seemed like a bit of a risk when Mazda decided to not offer a touchscreen in the new Mazda 3. But Mazda may have just been ahead of the trend, as Honda has also abandoned some reliance on the new Honda Jazz’s touch controls because they just aren’t “intuitive.” Despite nearly a decade of Read more about Yes! Honda Follows Mazda By Ditching Some Touchscreen Controls For Not Being ‘Intuitive’[…]

Ubisoft offers free games to encourage you to stay at home

Ubisoft thinks it has a simple way to encourage people to stay at home and wait out the COVID-19 pandemic: shower them with games. It’s running a month-long campaign that will give away free games, trials, discounts and other offers to give you something to do while you’re cooped up. It’s starting things off by Read more about Ubisoft offers free games to encourage you to stay at home[…]

Marriott Hotels hacked AGAIN: Two compromised employee logins abused to siphon off guests’ personal info

Marriott Hotels has suffered its second data spillage in as many years after an “unexpected amount” of guests’ data was accessed through two compromised employee logins, the under-fire chain has confirmed. The size of the latest data exposure has not been disclosed, though Marriott admitted it seemed to have started in January 2020 and was Read more about Marriott Hotels hacked AGAIN: Two compromised employee logins abused to siphon off guests’ personal info[…]

Zoom is Leaking Peoples’ Email Addresses and Photos to Strangers

Popular video-conferencing Zoom is leaking personal information of at least thousands of users, including their email address and photo, and giving strangers the ability to attempt to start a video call with them through Zoom. The issue lies in Zoom’s “Company Directory” setting, which automatically adds other people to a user’s lists of contacts if Read more about Zoom is Leaking Peoples’ Email Addresses and Photos to Strangers[…]

Zoom: how you were able to join random meetings due to incredibly poor security design

In this publication we describe a technique which would have allowed a threat actor to potentially identify and join active meetings. All the details discussed in this publication were responsibly disclosed to Zoom Video Communications, Inc. In response, Zoom introduced a number of mitigations, so this attack is no longer possible. The Problem If you Read more about Zoom: how you were able to join random meetings due to incredibly poor security design[…]

FBI Issues Warning, NY Attorney General Makes Inquiry After Wave of Zoom Hijackings

The FBI has issued a warning about video messaging service Zoom, and New York Attorney General’s office has made an inquiry into its cybersecurity practices, after a string of disturbing incidents involving takeovers of teleconferences. Per Agence France-Presse, malicious individuals have been taking advantage of lax security and the surge in teleconferencing during the coronavirus Read more about FBI Issues Warning, NY Attorney General Makes Inquiry After Wave of Zoom Hijackings[…]

Zoom Meetings Aren’t End-to-End Encrypted, Despite Misleading Marketing. Also, they mine your data with vampire teeth.

Zoom, the video conferencing service whose use has spiked amid the Covid-19 pandemic, claims to implement end-to-end encryption, widely understood as the most private form of internet communication, protecting conversations from all outside parties. In fact, Zoom is using its own definition of the term, one that lets Zoom itself access unencrypted video and audio Read more about Zoom Meetings Aren’t End-to-End Encrypted, Despite Misleading Marketing. Also, they mine your data with vampire teeth.[…]

Hacker hijacks all Microsoft and CCC YouTube accounts to broadcast crypto Ponzi scam

A hacker has hijacked all of Microsoft’s official YouTube accounts and is broadcasting a cryptocurrency Ponzi scam to the company’s subscribers, ZDNet has learned from one of our readers. The hacks appear to have occurred about 13 hours ago, according to our source. The hijacked accounts are still streaming at the time of writing, despite Read more about Hacker hijacks all Microsoft and CCC YouTube accounts to broadcast crypto Ponzi scam[…]

Someone Convinced Google To Delist Our Entire Right To Be Forgotten Tag In The EU For Searches On Their Name, which means we can’t tell if they are abusing the system

The very fact that the tag being delisted when searching for this unnamed individual is the “right to be forgotten” tag shows that whoever this person is, they recognize that they are not trying to cover up the record of, say, an FTC case against them from… oh, let’s just say 2003… but rather are Read more about Someone Convinced Google To Delist Our Entire Right To Be Forgotten Tag In The EU For Searches On Their Name, which means we can’t tell if they are abusing the system[…]

A Woman Who Can Smell Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, Cancer, TBC, Is Inspiring New Research Into Diagnosis

For most of her life, Joy Milne had a superpower that she was totally oblivious to. She simply had no idea she possessed an utterly amazing, slightly terrifying biological gift that scientists would itch to study. In fact, Joy probably would have stayed oblivious if it hadn’t been for her husband, Les Milne. […] But Read more about A Woman Who Can Smell Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, Cancer, TBC, Is Inspiring New Research Into Diagnosis[…]

US Officials Use Mobile Ad Location Data to Study How COVID-19 Spreads, not cellphone tower data

Government officials across the U.S. are using location data from millions of cellphones in a bid to better understand the movements of Americans during the coronavirus pandemic and how they may be affecting the spread of the disease… The data comes from the mobile advertising industry rather than cellphone carriers. The aim is to create Read more about US Officials Use Mobile Ad Location Data to Study How COVID-19 Spreads, not cellphone tower data[…]

Israel uses anti-terrorist tech to monitor phones of virus patients

Israel has long been known for its use of technology to track the movements of Palestinian militants. Now, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to use similar technology to stop the movement of the coronavirus. Netanyahu’s Cabinet on Sunday authorized the Shin Bet security agency to use its phone-snooping tactics on coronavirus patients, an official confirmed, Read more about Israel uses anti-terrorist tech to monitor phones of virus patients[…]

Zoom Removes Code That Sends Data to Facebook – but there is still plenty of nasty stuff in there

On Friday video-conferencing software Zoom issued an update to its iOS app which stops it sending certain pieces of data to Facebook. The move comes after a Motherboard analysis of the app found it sent information such as when a user opened the app, their timezone, city, and device details to the social network giant. Read more about Zoom Removes Code That Sends Data to Facebook – but there is still plenty of nasty stuff in there[…]

Yeah, that Zoom app you’re trusting with work chatter? It lives with ‘vampires feeding on the blood of human data’

As the global coronavirus pandemic pushes the popularity of videoconferencing app Zoom to new heights, one web veteran has sounded the alarm over its “creepily chummy” relationship with tracking-based advertisers. Doc Searls, co-author of the influential internet marketing book The Cluetrain Manifesto last century, today warned [cached] Zoom not only has the right to extract Read more about Yeah, that Zoom app you’re trusting with work chatter? It lives with ‘vampires feeding on the blood of human data’[…]

Android Apps Are Transmitting what other apps you have ever installed to marketing peole

At this point we’re all familiar with apps of all sorts tracking our every move and sharing that info with pretty much every third party imaginable. But it actually may not be as simple as tracking where you go and what you do in an app: It turns out that these apps might be dropping Read more about Android Apps Are Transmitting what other apps you have ever installed to marketing peole[…]

cheap High-frequency, high-power and nanoscale semiconductors that can see through walls

Scientists have crafted a tiny flexible electrical device capable of generating terahertz waves that can penetrate walls and microscopic cells, potentially paving the way for new imaging techniques – and fast switching in chips. Terahertz radiation lies in the electromagnetic spectrum where microwaves and infrared meet. These so-called T-waves, ranging from 0.3 to 3THz according Read more about cheap High-frequency, high-power and nanoscale semiconductors that can see through walls[…]

LA Teen Who Died of Covid-19 Was Denied Treatment Because He Didn’t Have Health Insurance. The US looks like a banana republic.

A 17-year-old boy in Los Angeles County who became the first teen believed to have died from complications with covid-19 in the U.S. was denied treatment at an urgent care clinic because he didn’t have health insurance, according to R. Rex Parris, the mayor of Lancaster, California. Roughly 27.5 million Americans—8.5 percent of the population—don’t Read more about LA Teen Who Died of Covid-19 Was Denied Treatment Because He Didn’t Have Health Insurance. The US looks like a banana republic.[…]