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Millions of Android phones may be vulnerable to camera spying vulnerability

Security researchers have uncovered a vulnerability in Android smartphones that could allow an attacker to secretly take photos and record videos without any permissions being granted.

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


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Smashing Security #154: A buttock of biometrics

The UK’s Labour Party kicks off its election campaign with claims that it has suffered a sophisticated cyber-attack, Apple’s credit card is accused of being sexist, and what is Google up to with Project Nightingale?

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.


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Smashing Security #151: Frankly, sometimes paying the ransom is a good idea

Remember how the City of Baltimore was badly hit by ransomware earlier this year? Turns out that wasn’t the end of their problems. Also, Carole takes a look at how smart speakers can be hacked to trick you into giving criminals your passwords or even credit card details. And we discuss the findings of the LastPass global password security report.

All this, and much much more, in the latest “Smashing Security” podcast.


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Alexa and Google Home devices can be exploited to eavesdrop on users, phish passwords

Researchers have shown just how easy it is for third-parties to exploit the so-called “smart” speakers that many home owners have purchased to eavesdrop on conversations and even steal passwords and credit card details.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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Smashing Security #145: Apple and Google willy wave while home assistants spy – DoH!

Apple’s furious with Google over iPhone hacking attacks against Uyghur Muslims in China, DNS-over-HTTPS is good for privacy but makes ISPs angry, and concern over digital assistants listening to our private moments continues to rise.

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 journalist John Leyden.


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Smashing Security #144: Google helps the FBI, Twitter Jack’s hijack, and car data woes

Should Google really be helping the FBI with a bank robbery? What’s the story behind the Twitter CEO claiming there’s a bomb in their offices? And how much does your car really know about you?

And we mourn the loss of Doctor Who legend Terrance Dicks…


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Google’s bug bounty bid to make big Android apps more secure

Google’s bug bounty has been expanded to not only covers the firm’s own products, but additionally all apps in the official Google Play store which have had 100 million or more installs.

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


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Won a free iPhone? No, it’s Calendar spam

An increasing number of people are reporting that their calendars are being bombarded with spam invitations. Here is how to stop them appearing in your Google calendar.


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YouTube joins Facebook and Twitter, disabling accounts targeting Hong Kong protests

Good luck to the social media sites playing whack-a-mole as they try to police the activities of state-sponsored groups trying to influence the public’s opinion with co-ordinated campaigns. This isn’t going to be a problem that’s easy to fix.


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Google contractors told to stop listening to conversations captured on your Home assistant… for now, in Europe at least

Google has agreed to temporarily stop listening to audio captured by its Google Home smart speaker across the European Union… after an investigation was started by German regulators.


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Smashing Security #139: Capital One hacked, iMessage flaws, and anonymity my ass!

Capital One gets hacked, critical vulnerabilities are found in iMessage, and data anonymization may not be as good as we hope. But listen up, we also discuss the Legend of Zelda, a biography of tech giants, offer advice for escaping an angry moose, and are introduced to… Penelope?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast.


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Google found a way to remotely attack Apple iOS devices by sending a boobytrapped iMessage

Have you updated your iPhone and iPad to iOS 12.4 yet?

If you care about your security and privacy, then Google researchers have given you a very good incentive to do so as soon as possible.


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Smashing Security #135: Zombie grannies and unintended leaks

We take a bloodied baseball bat to Android malware, and debate the merits of a social media strike, as one of the team bites the bullet and buys a smart lock for the office.

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 Oli Skertchly.


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Bought a second-hand Nest Cam? It might have been spying on you

Even if you initiated a factory reset of the popular Nest Cam Indoor home security camera, connected to third-party partner services via Works with Nest, it might still be possible for a user to access its video feed.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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Smashing Security #131: Zap yourself from the net, and patch now against BlueKeep

Microsoft issues warning to unpatched Windows users about worm risk, and how do you delete all traces of yourself off the internet after you murder your podcast co-host?

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.


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Smashing Security #130: Doctored videos, Bcc blunders, and a diva

You won’t believe who had to report themselves to the data protection agency for a breach, or who has been sharing doctored videos of political rivals, or how much money you can make selling a laptop infected with malware… and how Carole gets her diva on.

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.


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