Today, a week ago, hackers triggered the first known attack with the known BlueKeep vulnerability. This long-feared development turned out to be relatively harmless in practice. For now! But do not worry, many other things still went awry. Take, for example, the revelation that you can hack Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri with lasers.
Take the two former Twitter employees who allegedly used their insider access to spy on Saudi Arabia – a clear reminder of how badly prepared they are Even the largest companies have the task of keeping consumer data in front of people to protect those who work there. Or the flood of February zombie text messages that fell on people's phones without explanation on Thursday, the result of a third-party server that had failed on February 1
We looked at the new tools that campaigns use to protect themselves from hackers – and why they still can not afford to. To celebrate the release of Andy Greenberg's new book Sandworm we have collected the three gripping excerpts that appeared in the journal in one place. And we've shown you how to sign out of online data broker websites, even though you've warned that this is a big problem.
Finally, we concluded the week with WIRED25, a conference in San Francisco where tech stars were held for insightful moments. These included the head of the NSA for Cybersecurity, Anne Neuberger, Matthew Prince, CEO of Cloudflare, and Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp.
And there is more! Every Saturday brings together the safety and privacy reports that we have neither informed nor detailed, but which we believe you should know. Click on the headlines to read them and play it safe outside.
The IronMarch Forum was one of the worst places on the Internet until it closed in November 2017, a breeding ground and an online gathering place for neo-Nazi groups. This week, someone put down a 1GB SQL database of information such as usernames, IP addresses, private messages, public posts, and the emails used to register accounts. In summary, this means that the extremist hate group members massively increased a few years ago. Bellingcat's independent journalists have put together a guide to search and interpret the data and raised the possibility that several IronMarch members were active US military personnel.
Stop us if you've heard that it has given some 100+ developers access to more data than they should have, especially in terms of groups. At least eleven of these developers have actually accessed this data and Facebook has asked them to delete it. It is not as comprehensive or devastating as the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, but it is clearly not ideal to have your name and profile picture shared with unauthorized developers. At some point, it is easy to become deaf to these missteps. Do not try too; You and your data are worth more.
Amazon ringtones have sparked much controversy over how to normalize surveillance. It turns out, however, that they may have disclosed their owners' Wi-Fi passwords by sending them in plain text when joining a network. The vulnerability was fixed in September, but would allow hackers relative access to your Wi-Fi password, which could lead to a number of issues.
According to a report from Motherboard, this week's Chronicle, it is a reputed cybersecurity company within Google's parent company Alphabet: Employee Departures and "Uncertainties about the Future of Chronicle". It is still a functioning operation, but seems to be averse to the grand visions it was launched nearly two years ago.