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Zack Whittaker


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Recent articles by Zack:

House Democrats debut new bill to limit US police use of facial recognition

The bill, if passed, would require police across the United States to first obtain a warrant before using facial recognition technologies. → Read More

Twitter discloses it wasn’t logging users out of accounts after password resets

Twitter disclosed a bug that had allowed Twitter accounts to stay open across devices even after the user reset their password. → Read More

Parsing Samsung’s data breach notice

What Samsung is saying — and isn't saying — about its July data breach. → Read More

Samsung says customer data stolen in July data breach –

The technology giant said the incident occurred in late-July. → Read More

A huge Chinese database of faces and vehicle license plates spilled online

Another mass data lapse exposes new weaknesses in China's sprawling surveillance state. → Read More

Apple releases iOS, iPadOS and macOS security fixes for two zero-days under active attack

Apple released surprise software updates for iPhones, iPads and Macs on Wednesday that fix two security vulnerabilities known by Apple to be actively exploited by attackers. The two vulnerabilities were found in WebKit, the browser engine that powers Safari and other apps, and the kernel, essentially the core of the operating system. The two flaws […] → Read More

TechCrunch launches TheTruthSpy spyware lookup tool –

This tool lets you check to see if your Android device was compromised. → Read More

Hands-on with Lockdown Mode in iOS 16

Here's what the new spyware-busting feature does, and why it might just work. → Read More

Twitter fixes security bug that exposed at least 5.4 million accounts

Twitter fixed the bug in January, but not before it was exploited. → Read More

JusTalk spilled millions of user messages and locations for months –

The messaging app left a huge database of unencrypted private messages online but without a password for months. → Read More

Security flaws in a popular GPS tracker are exposing a million vehicle locations –

Security vulnerabilities in a popular Chinese-built GPS vehicle tracker can be easily exploited to track and remotely cut the engines of at least a million vehicles around the world, according to new research. Worse, the company that makes the GPS trackers has made no effort to fix them. Cybersecurity startup BitSight said it found six […] → Read More

Runa Sandvik’s new startup Granitt secures at-risk people from hackers and nation states –

The Norwegian hacker talks about her new venture aimed at protecting journalists and critics from powerful adversaries. → Read More

A ransomware attack on a debt collection firm could be one of 2022’s biggest health data breaches

A cyberattack on a little-known debt collection firm affects over 650 healthcare facilities across the U.S. → Read More

A huge data leak exposes China’s vast surveillance state

A massive store of data containing information on about one billion Chinese residents could be one of the biggest breaches of personal information in history. Portions of the leaked data appeared last week on a known cybercrime forum from someone selling the cache for 10 bitcoins, or about $200,000, and was allegedly siphoned from a […] → Read More

Apple announces Lockdown Mode to counter government spyware attacks –

The security feature will be optional for iOS 16, iPadOS 16 and macOS Ventura. → Read More

WeWork India exposed visitors’ personal information and selfies

WeWork India visitor names, email addresses, phone numbers and selfies were exposed to the internet. → Read More

How did a rental startup I’d never heard of leak my home address? –

I consider myself a fairly privacy-conscious person, going out of my way to evade online tracking and, for the most part, avoiding spam mail. But when I found myself staring at my home address on the website of a company I had never heard of, I knew somewhere I had gone wrong. A few days […] → Read More

Period tracker Stardust surges following Roe reversal, but its privacy claims aren’t airtight

The current version of the app shares a user's phone number with an analytics firm. → Read More

Google is notifying Android users targeted by Hermit government-grade spyware –

Hermit spyware works on all Android versions, and also targets an unknown number of iPhone users. → Read More

Researchers say Hermit, a powerful mobile spyware, is used by governments –

The modular malware can targets Android and iOS devices, according to researchers. → Read More