Tag: Security

Google quintuples top reward for hacking Android to $1 million

Google, which has already paid security researchers over $15 million since launching its bug bounty program in 2010, today expanded its Android Security Rewards program. Most notably, the company is introducing a top prize of $1 million. The previous top prize was $200,000. That’s technically a quintupling, although the maximum reward could be even higher. […]

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Buttigieg and Yang say AI is essential to U.S. national security

Presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Andrew Yang called artificial intelligence essential to U.S. national security in the fifth Democratic debate on Wednesday. Buttigieg said the U.S. is spending a fraction of the attention and resources on AI research China is. “If we fall behind on artificial intelligence, the most expensive ships that the United States […]

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Popular Android apps are shipping with outdated bug-ridden software

Researchers have found that several popular Android apps, including Facebook, AliExpress, and WeChat, come with outdated software components that contain unpatched security flaws. Native vulnerabilities in third-party mobile apps are one kind. Those at the operating system level are another. Both necessitate that device makers and software vendors issue patches on a timely basis to mitigate […]

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WeWork Developers Exposed Contracts and Customer Data on GitHub

WeWork developers exposed customer contracts, some of which contained bank account details, and the personal and contact information of other potential customers to the open internet. The issue impacts a subset of WeWork customers based in India, China, and Europe. The news comes after WeWork has essentially imploded, with its valuation tumbling and investor SoftBank […]

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Trust issues loom large over Google’s ambitious healthcare plans

Google‘s healthcare deal with Ascension has rightly attracted a lot of scrutiny, and now the search giant has stepped in once again to clarify the controversial undertaking. David Feinberg, the head of Google‘s health initiatives, said the company is working towards building an “intelligent suite of tools to help doctors, nurses, and other providers take […]

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Sonos acquires privacy-conscious AI startup Snips for $37.5 million

Audio company Sonos today announced the acquisition of Snips, a privacy-conscious conversational AI company based in Paris. The $37.5 million acquisition will bring machine learning engineers and others from Snips, a company with about 50 employees, into Sonos. Snips is the creator of open source conversational AI projects that have been used by more than […]

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Antivirus giants form new coalition to put an end to stalkerware

A bunch of antivirus software vendors and non-profits including Avira, Kaspersky, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) have banded together to take on secretly-installed snooping apps plaguing your devices. Dubbed the Coalition Against Stalkerware (CAS), the collaborative effort aims to fight domestic violence, stalking, and harassment by addressing the use of stalkerware and raising public […]

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Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple play defense in congressional antitrust probe

(Reuters) — Four top U.S. tech companies, Alphabet’s Google, Facebook, Amazon.com, and Apple, responded to questions from a congressional committee by defending their practices and declining to answer some questions. The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, which released the answers Tuesday, had sent the queries as part of its antitrust probe of the four giants, […]

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Microsoft announces Confidential Computing for Kubernetes, IPv4/IPv6 dual-stack, and KEDA 1.0

At KubeCon North America in San Diego today, Microsoft announced several Kubernetes updates. The company is bringing Confidential Computing to Kubernetes, supporting both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses for the same Pods; releasing KEDA 1.0; and debuting Azure Event Grid support for CloudEvents 1.0. Kubernetes is an open source container-orchestration system for automating application deployment, scaling, […]

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ZecOps raises $10.2 million to automatically detect and remediate cyberattacks

Juniper Research pegs the number of digital records that will be stolen in 2023 at 33 billion, compared with the 12 billion stolen in 2018. As recently as 2017, the U.S. outranked all other countries in the volume of ransomware attacks, according to Symantec. And analysts elsewhere estimate that the cybercrime economy has grown to $1.5 trillion in annual profits and […]

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HackNotice Premium taps machine learning to tell you exactly what was exposed for $50 per year

HackNotice today launched HackNotice Premium, a threat monitoring service with real-time insights into potential breaches and data leaks. The premium version can tag the specific personal identifier (email, credit card information, social media account, and so on) that was compromised. HackNotice Premium also taps machine learning to gives consumers personalized response recommendations. The subscription service […]

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IntSights raises $30 million to detect and remediate cyberthreats

IntSights, a threat intelligence and protection platform developer headquartered in New York with offices in Amsterdam, Boston, Dallas, Singapore, Tel Aviv, and Tokyo, today announced that it’s raised $30 million in a series D fundraising round led by Qumra Capital with participation from undisclosed previous backers. It brings the company’s total raised to date to […]

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Hackers breached Macy’s website and hijacked customers’ payment info

Popular US department store chain Macy’s has revealed that its website was hacked with malicious scripts in an attempt to steal customers’ payment information. According to Bleeping Computer, the online storefront — macys.com — was infected with “unauthorized code” on October 7 to its ‘Checkout’ and ‘My Wallet’ pages, allowing the bad actor to capture […]

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Disney Plus Accounts Hacked In Less Than A Week After Its Launch

So Disney Plus was only just launched but it seems that in less than a week, the service has since been hacked where thousands of Disney customers have had their accounts compromised and stolen, where they have appeared on the dark web where they are available for purchase. Advertising That being said, it is unclear […]

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Instagram cracks down on app that allowed users to stalk private profiles

Instagram is cracking down on an app that allowed users to look into private profiles without their permission. According to Android Police, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing network has confirmed that the app — named Ghosty — violates its terms. It also added it will be sending a cease and desist letter to the app makers “ordering them […]

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How Chronicle is fitting into Google Cloud

In January 2018, Google parent Alphabet formed an enterprise security company named Chronicle. The big bet was on machine learning analyzing massive amounts of data, detecting cyber threats more quickly and precisely than traditional methods. But less than a year and a half later, Google Cloud swallowed Chronicle. Google completed the “acquisition” on October 1. […]

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