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Chrome browser has a New Year’s resolution: HTTPS by default

by Paul Ducklin HTTPS, as you probably know, stands for secure HTTP, and it’s a cryptographic process – a cybersecurity dance, if you like – that your browser performs with a web server when it connects, improving privacy and security by agreeing to encrypt the data that goes back and . . . Read more

Researcher Breaks reCAPTCHA With Google’s Speech-to-Text API

Researcher uses an old unCAPTCHA trick against latest the audio version of reCAPTCHA, with a 97 percent success rate. An old attack method dating back to 2017 that uses voice-to-text to bypass CAPTCHA protections turns out to still work on Google’s latest reCAPTCHA v3. That’s according to researcher Nikolai Tschacher, . . . Read more

Tech Giants Lend WhatsApp Support in Spyware Case Against NSO Group

Google, Microsoft, Cisco Systems and others want appeals court to deny immunity to Israeli company for its alleged distribution of spyware and illegal cyber-surveillance activities.

3M Users Targeted by Malicious Facebook, Insta Browser Add-Ons

Researchers identify malware existing in popular add-ons for Facebook, Vimeo, Instagram and others that are commonly used in browsers from Google and Microsoft. Twenty-eight popular extensions for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers may contain malware and likely should be uninstalled by the more than 3 million people that already . . . Read more

Sextortionist Campaign Targets iOS, Android Users with New Spyware

Goontact lures users of illicit sites through Telegram and other secure messaging apps and steals their information for future fraudulent use. New spyware is targeting iOS and Android frequenters of adult mobile sites by posing as a secure messaging application in yet another twist on sextortionist scams. The spyware, dubbed . . . Read more

Google Play Apps Remain Vulnerable to High-Severity Flaw

Patches for a flaw (CVE-2020-8913) in the Google Play Core Library have not been implemented by several popular Google Play apps, including Cisco Teams and Edge. Researchers are warning that several popular Google Play applications – including mobile browser app Edge and business app Cisco Teams – have yet to . . . Read more

iPhone Bug Allowed for Complete Device Takeover Over the Air

Researcher Ian Beer from Google Project Zero took six months to figure out the radio-proximity exploit of a memory corruption bug that was patched in May. Details tied to a stunning iPhone vulnerability were disclosed by noted Google Project Zero researcher Ian Beer. Apple patched the vulnerability earlier this year. . . . Read more

Facebook Messenger Bug Allows Spying on Android Users

The company patched a vulnerability that could connected video and audio calls without the knowledge of the person receiving them. Facebook has patched a significant flaw in the Android version of Facebook Messenger that could have allowed attackers to spy on users and potentially identify their surroundings without them knowing. . . . Read more