04 Aug 2020

Google Bans Ads Linking to Hacked Political Content

Google has decided to block ads that contain hacked political content in an effort to prevent their platforms from being used for interference in the 2020 US Presidential election. Google’s move appears to be a preventative measure due to the occurrences of the last election in which damaging material was

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03 Jun 2020

Two Critical Android Bugs Open Door to RCE

In June updates, Google and Qualcomm addressed significant vulnerabilities affected Andriod users that could lead to remote code execution (RCE) on applicable devices. The bugs, CVE-2020-0117, and CVE-2020-8597 affect Andriod versions 8 to 10 and can allow for RCE in the context of a privileged process. An attacker could potentially

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28 May 2020

Amazon Said To Be In Talks To Buy Self-Driving Startup Zoox

Amazon is allegedly in talks with self-driving car company Zoox, looking to expand into the autonomous vehicle world. Zoox is a developer of robotaxi technology that has reportedly received other offers besides Amazon’s. The purchase terms would value the startup below the estimated market value of $3.2 billion, which was

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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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21 May 2020

Crooks Tap Google Firebase in Fresh Phishing Tactic

Researchers have uncovered a new series of phishing campaigns that use Google Firebase storage URLs, stating that the threat actors are leveraging the reputation of cloud infrastructure created by Google to lure victims. The phishing campaign begins with spam emails that prompt victims to click on a Firebase link inside

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15 May 2020

Utah Says No to Apple/Google COVID-19 Tracing; Debuts Startup App

A new startup company called Twenty Holding has developed an app called “Healthy Together” that will aid in contact tracing for the Coronavirus in Utah. Healthy Together uses location data that includes GPS, cell tower triangulation, and bluetooth to distinguish users and Coronavirus transmission zones. Contact tracers can use the

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06 May 2020

Samsung patches 0-click vulnerability impacting all smartphones sold since 2014

Samsung released an update this week that patches a 0-click vulnerability that impacts all phones sold by the vendor since 2014. Google’s Project Zero bug-hunting team discovered the flaw, which lies in how the Android OS running on Samsung phones handles Qmage image format that is custom-made and supported on

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20 Apr 2020

Google Can Now Help You Locate The Nearest COVID-19 Testing Facility

Google has recently launched a new tool that allows Americans to identify the closest COVID-19 testing facility to them with ease. For most users, a google search of “coronavirus testing centers” will now lead to a Google Map that displays all facilities that are currently testing for the virus. This

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20 Apr 2020

GitHub Shares Details on Six Chrome Vulnerabilities

GitHub has released new information on six vulnerabilities that were uncovered by one of its security researchers. The vulnerabilities are in the WebAudio component of Chrome. The vulnerabilities were reported to Google by GitHub Security Lab in February and March. The security researcher identified several Chrome sandbox escape vulnerabilities, and

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20 Apr 2020

COVID-Themed Phishing Messages Fill Phishing Filters on Gmail

Google has stated that nearly a fifth of all phishing email messages that have been identified on its Gmail platform feature COVID-19 as part of their content, using the pandemic to lure victims into malicious links and attachments. The giant stated that last week, they saw roughly 18 million email

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