Amazon now lets you opt-out of having humans review your Alexa conversations

Now it’s Amazon’s turn to respond to growing concerns about sensitive personal conversations recorded by digital home assistants are being reviewed by third-party contractors.

Apple’s Siri contractors will no longer hear you having sex, making drug deals

Apple has decided to suspend what it calls Siri “grading” globally, while it conducts a “thorough review.”

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.

Smashing Security #138: Logic bombs, brain data exploitation, and Digga D tweets

Logic bombs in Excel spreadsheets, how should we protect our brain data from big companies, and how did bizarre messages about Drill rap end up on the Metropolitan Police’s Twitter account and website?

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 BJ Mendelson.

700 million reasons for Equifax to remember to patch its vulnerable IT systems in future

Equifax has agreed to pay up to $700 million in a FTC settlement following its 2017 data breach.

Smashing Security #137: Porn trolling lawyers, Insta hacking, and Ctrl-Alt-LED

Erection your honour! Lawyers find themselves behind bars after they make porn movies in an attempt to scam internet users, boffins in Israel detail a way to steal data from an air-gapped computer, and Instagram coughs up $30,000 after a researcher finds a simple way to hack into anybody’s account.

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

Apple pushes out another silent update to address flaws in RingCentral and other video conferencing apps

RingCentral and other video conferencing apps share the same flaws as those revealed in Zoom earlier this month, including the ability to hijack users’ webcams without their permission.

Apple pushes out further silent updates to protect users from sketchy app behaviour.

Apple pushes out silent update to remove sketchy Zoom code from Macs

Zoom, the makers of a video conferencing app used by millions of people around the world, did not handle the discovery of a privacy vulnerability its software at all well.

It’s a good thing, then, that Apple has nixed the software’s dodgy behaviour.

Apple says its Walkie-Talkie app could be exploited to spy on iPhones

Apple has chosen to temporarily disable a key feature of the Apple Watch after a critical vulnerability was discovered that could allow someone to eavesdrop on another person without their knowledge.

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

Smashing Security #136: Oops, we created Iran’s hacking exploit

Mac users of the Zoom video conferencing app are warned their webcams could be hijacked, security firms warn of how scammers are deepfaking audio to steal from businesses, and our guest owns up to the role he played in an Iranian cyberattack against US organisations.

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 Charl van der Walt.

Did a hacked smart TV upload footage of couple having sofa sex to a porn website?

A news report claims that hackers were able to secretly capture intimate footage of a married couple and upload it to a porn website.

But I’ve got a number of questions…

Zoom Mac flaw allows webcams to be hijacked – because they wanted to save you a click

If you have installed Zoom, any website can turn on your Mac’s webcam without asking your permission.

Oh, and if you’ve since uninstalled Zoom – that doesn’t fix the problem.

You lost US Customs Border data? You’re losing your government contracts…

“Evidence of conduct indicating a lack of business honesty or integrity” led to suspension of federal contracts for hacked subcontracting firm.

Fortune 100 passwords, email archives, and corporate secrets left exposed on unsecured Amazon S3 servers

Some of the world’s biggest companies have had 750GB worth of their innermost secrets revealed on unsecured Amazon S3 buckets, available for anybody to download – no password required.

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

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.

WeTransfer security failure results in file transfer emails being sent to the wrong people

WeTransfer, the popular online service for sharing large files easily without having to worry about gobbling up email inbox quotas, has suffered what the company is calling a “security incident.”