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Smashing Security #116: Stalking debtors, Facebook farce, and a cyber insurance snag

How would *you* track someone who owed you money? What was the colossal flaw Facebook left on its website for anyone to exploit and hijack accounts? And what excuse are insurance companies giving for not paying victims of the NotPetya malware millions of dollars?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Joe Carrigan of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University.


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The man suing Apple over two-factor authentication has ‘previous’

Many have been baffled by Jay Brodsky’s legal action against Apple, including his claim that it takes between two and five minutes for him to pass the 2FA security check.

But things began to fall a little more into place when you discover it’s not the first time he has sued Apple.


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Apple sued because two-factor authentication… oh, I give up

An American man is bringing a class action against Apple, complaining that two-factor authentication (2FA) on an iPhone or Mac takes too much time.


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Smashing Security #115: Love, Nests, and is 2FA destroying the world?

Is two factor authentication such a pain in the rear end that it’s costing the economy millions? Do you feel safe having a Google Nest in your home? And don’t get caught by a catfisher this Valentine’s Day.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by B J Mendelson.


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Some OkCupid users have their accounts compromised. Why don’t more dating apps use 2FA?

It’s easy to imagine the harm that could result from a hacker reading users’ private communications on a dating app. So it’s a disgrace that more don’t offer a higher level of security to help prevent accounts from being hijacked.


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bitdefender.com

Update your iOS devices now against the FaceTime eavesdropping bug

Apple has finally issued an update to iOS, iOS 12.1.4, which fixes the high profile problem which allowed FaceTime callers to listen and even see you *before* you answered an incoming call.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Smashing Security #114: Darknet Diaries, death, and beauty apps

Jack Rhysider from the “Darknet Diaries” podcast joins us to chat about his interview with the elusive Hacker Giraffe, how a death is preventing cryptocurrency investors from reaching their money, and how ‘beauty camera’ apps are redirecting users to phishing websites and stealing their selfies.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast, hosted by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.


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Patch your Android now against critical .PNG image bug

Android users are being reminded to be careful about the files they open on their smartphones, after the discovery that harmless-looking image files could be harbouring malicious code.


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Smashing Security #113: FaceTime, Facebook, faceplant

FaceTime bug allows callers to see and hear you *before* you answer the phone, Facebook’s Nick Clegg tries to convince us the social network is changing its ways, and IoT hacking is big in Japan.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by John Hawes from AMTSO.


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Exposed! Facebook pays teenagers to install app that harvests personal data

Since 2016 Facebook has been paying users aged 13-35 up to $20 per month to install an app which has almost unlimited limitless access to their smartphones and most sensitive data.


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Apple races to fix FaceTime bug that lets you spy on someone *before* they pick up your call

Don’t panic, but a bug has been found in FaceTime that could allow someone to spy on your conversation – and even see through your iPhone’s front-facing camera – before you answer an incoming call.


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Twitter exposed some Android users’ protected tweets, and didn’t notice for over four years

Twitter has owned up to a privacy goof that exposed some Android users’ private tweets.


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Earn $2,000,000 by remotely jailbreaking an iPhone

Will anyone come up with a zero-day remote exploitation of iOS 12.x without user interaction?

The sad truth is that we may never know for sure… but intelligence agencies might.


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tripwire.com

Unlocking Android phones with a 3D-printed head

Forbes journalist Thomas Brewster wanted to find out just how well a variety of Android phones and a top-of-the-range Apple iPhone would fare against a determined attempt to break facial recognition. And he did that by having a 3D-model printed of his head.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Fitness-tracking apps caught misusing Touch ID to steal money from iPhone users

Two iOS fitness apps have been found exploiting a sneaky user interface trick to fool users into making unwanted in-app purchases with Touch ID.


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More details on One Planet York app vulnerability don’t paint council in a good light

New information has come to light which makes it more difficult to defend York city council’s actions and communications in response to being told about a vulnerability in its One Planet York app.


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