27 May 2020

State-Based Contact-Tracing Apps Could Be a Mess

Worldwide, governments have been exploring contact tracing options that utilize technology, aiming to combat the spread of COVID-19. The United States has not done so yet, and it seems as though the apps will be deployed on a state-to-state basis, leaving room for potential backlash or deliberation over which states

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20 May 2020

Bluetooth Bugs Allow Impersonation Attacks on Legions of Devices

According to security researchers, unpatched security bugs remain in Bluetooth chips from companies like Apple, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung, and others, allowing for Bluetooth Impersonation Attacks (BIAS). Researchers found the vulnerabilities in Bluetooth Classic, allowing attackers to spoof paired devices, posing as a trusted endpoint. This then allows the attackers to

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04 May 2020

India orders mandatory use of COVID-19 contact tracing app for all workers

On Friday, the Indian government announced that it is implementing a mandatory download of the nation’s COVID-19 contact tracing app for all workers in both the public and private sectors. India is preparing to ease lockdown measures for its lower-risk areas and has been working on re-opening non-essential businesses. Along

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30 Apr 2020

2 million Australians have downloaded a coronavirus contact tracing app

A new COVID-19 tracing app called COVIDSafe was launched in Australia on Sunday and has already amassed more than 2 million downloads in just a matter of days. The app is voluntary and is designed to aid health authorities in tracking what individuals a COIVD-19 patient may have come into

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15 Apr 2020

COVID-19: Google And Apple Reveal More Intriguing Details Of Contact-Tracing

Apple and Google have revealed more information on how their new collaborative Bluetooth-run contact tracing initiative will work in the fight against COVID-19. The API that the companies are developing aims to overcome contact-tracing technology’s biggest issues, the lack of interoperability. The companies stressed that they are building this functionality

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13 Apr 2020

Apple, Google Team on Coronavirus Tracking – Sparking Privacy Fears

Apple and Google have announced that they are teaming up to launch new COVID-19 tracking technology. Despite claims that privacy and security are important, many experts have expressed concerns around the new tech. The collaboration aims to trace the spread of the coronavirus through iOS and Android apps. The apps

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09 Apr 2020

The Technology That Could Free America From Quarantine

Several countries are currently using a tactic called tracing, otherwise known as tracking or contact tracing, to identify all of the people someone infected with COVID-19 may have come into contact with while they were contagious. Although testing can help to combat the outbreak of the virus by letting people

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16 Aug 2019

Critical Bluetooth flaw opens millions of devices to eavesdropping attacks

Security researchers have uncovered a serious flaw in the Bluetooth Core Specification that can enable attackers to capture and meddle with Bluetooth communications between impacted devices. The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2019-9506, has already been fixed in many devices. According to the research report[pdf], the Key Negotiation Of Bluetooth (KNOB) attack

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18 Jul 2019

Bluetooth Flaws Could Allow Global Tracking of Apple, Windows 10 Devices

Boston University researchers have discovered[pdf] flaws in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) that can make it possible to track Windows 10, iOS and macOS devices that support the technology. BLE is a Bluetooth implementation designed to provide connectivity at reduced power consumption and cost compared to classic Bluetooth. While BLE was

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17 Jul 2019

Photo Shared via iPhone Leads to JetBlue Evacuation

A recent incident affecting passengers on a JetBlue flight demonstrates how security issues affecting Bluetooth could be abused by threat actors to target people with alarming or obscene messages. On Tuesday an unidentified passenger on a JetBlue flight heading to Tampa, Florida, used the iPhone’s AirDrop feature to send an

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