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Recent articles by Zack:

A security bug in health app Docket exposed COVID-19 vaccine records –

The bug, now fixed, allowed access to other people's vaccination records. → Read More

US retail giants pull Chinese surveillance tech from shelves –

Home Depot, Best Buy, and Lowe's removed the Chinese video surveillance makers over links to human rights abuses. → Read More

Olympus US hack tied to sanctioned Russian ransomware group –

The Macaw malware is linked to the U.S.-sanctioned Evil Corp. → Read More

A massive ‘stalkerware’ leak puts the phone data of thousands at risk –

Call records, text messages, and location data from hundreds of thousands of phones are easily accessible. → Read More

Security takes center stage at TC Sessions: SaaS this month –

Microsoft, Cisco, and Amplitude talk security at TC Sessions: SaaS this month. Enterprises face a constant stream of threats from nation-state hackers and cybercriminals to corporate insiders. But the pandemic upended the world of work that saw millions of people shift from their downtown city offices to their spare room at home practically overnight. The […] → Read More

Google pulls ‘stalkerware’ ads that promoted phone spying apps –

Five stalkerware apps had ads pulled after violating Google's policies on promoting spousal surveillance. → Read More

Twitch source code and creator payout data leaks online –

Several Twitch users have already confirmed their payout amounts. → Read More

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram are slowly returning. Why did they disappear to begin with? –

Facebook’s day-long outage is by far its longest and most extreme in years. At around 9 a.m. PDT on the U.S. West Coast — where the social giant is headquartered — Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger seemed to vanish from the internet. The outage continued through market close, with the company’s stock dropping around […] → Read More

Russian authorities arrest cybersecurity giant Group-IB’s CEO on treason charges –

Group-IB, founded in 2003, is one of Russia's largest cybersecurity companies. → Read More

YC-backed Malloc wants to take the sting out of mobile spyware –

Mobile spyware is one of the most invasive and targeted kinds of unregulated surveillance, since it can be used to track where you go, who you see and what you talk about. And because of its stealthy nature, mobile spyware can be nearly impossible to detect. But now one Y Combinator-backed startup is building an […] → Read More

Twitter’s Rinki Sethi on why CISOs win when security is a shared responsibility –

Sethi draws on her decade-plus cybersecurity experience to talk about the role of the modern CISO and how the next-generation of CISOs can stay ahead. → Read More

Osano, a risk and compliance startup, raises $11M –

Osano, a risk and compliance startup, has confirmed it has raised $11 million in new funding. The round was led by Jump Capital and with participation from existing investors LiveOak Venture Partners and Next Coast Ventures. The Austin, Texas-based company describes the round as a Series A-1, following a $5 million Series A raise in […] → Read More

Web host Epik was warned of a critical website bug weeks before it was hacked –

Hackers claim to have dumped gigabytes of data from the web host's servers. → Read More

Apple patches an NSO zero-day flaw affecting all devices –

Citizen Lab says the ForcedEntry flaw affects all iPhones, iPads, Macs and Watches. → Read More

Technology giant Olympus hit by BlackMatter ransomware –

BlackMatter set up in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline and Kaseya attacks, which drew a threat of action from the U.S. government. → Read More

WhatsApp will finally let users encrypt their chat backups in the cloud

The messaging app giant says it will offer users two ways to encrypt their cloud backups, and the feature is optional. → Read More

Texas Right to Life website exposed job applicants’ resumes –

The anti-abortion group publicized a "whistleblower" website, which was flooded with fake tips. → Read More

Apple delays plans to roll out CSAM detection in iOS 15 –

The CSAM detection technology was due to launch with iOS 15. → Read More

FTC bans spyware maker SpyFone, and orders it to notify hacked victims –

The ban lands three years after SpyFone exposed thousands of victims' personal data. → Read More

Apple secures first states to support digital driver’s licenses, but privacy questions linger –

Apple’s plan to digitize your wallet is slowly taking shape. What started with boarding passes and venue tickets later became credit cards, subway tickets, and student IDs. Next on Apple’s list to digitize are driver’s licenses and state IDs, which it plans to support in its iOS 15 update expected out later this year. But […] → Read More