A leaked database compiled by a Chinese company has suddenly become the focus of news media reports warning that it could be used as an espionage instrument by Beijing. But on closer examination, the alleged "social media warfare database" looks like public information largely scraped from social media sites.
Connected devices for consumers don't come with service-level agreements agreements. The travails of Petnet, the maker of an automatic, cloud-enabled pet feeder that has now gone offline offer a tale of caution that points to the need for stronger consumer protection for cloud-enabled devices.
If you've managed to equip your home with smart devices and appliances that work properly, you probably think you're all set. But there are no regulations around how long manufacturers must provide security updates, which could mean a smart device could become a risk.
Last week, security researcher Bill Demirkapi said that Trend Micro used a trick to get one of its drivers to pass Microsoft's approval process. Trend Micro has withdrawn the driver and says it's working with Microsoft on incompatibility issues that are unrelated to the researcher's findings.
Don't forget to lock down online shared code repositories, as Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG learned the hard way after a researcher was able to access nearly 9 GB of software development documentation from a misconfigured GitLab repository.
Can you "big tech" a way out of a pandemic? Many governments around the world are trying, and Australia is joining the herd with a contact tracing app. But Australia has a splotchy record of large government tech projects, including in health, that may result in low voluntary adoption of an app.
It's a seductive story line: A chat app belonging to Saudi Arabia's crown prince is used to deliver malware to an American billionaire's phone. But a forensic investigation of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' phone raises more questions than it answers.
Internet crime has grown so rapidly that law enforcement is outpaced. Here's the story of how a Manhattan doctor lost $200,000 in an internet scam, and why he's struggling to get law enforcement's attention.