Adware Is the Malware You Should Actually Be Worried About

When you think of malware, it’s understandable if your mind first goes to elite hackers launching sophisticated dragnets. But unless you’re being targeted by a nation-state or advanced crime syndicate, you’re unlikely to encounter these ultra-technical threats yourself. Run-of-the-mill profit-generating malware, on the other hand, is rampant. And the type you’re most likely to encounter is adware. In your daily life you probably don’t think much about adware, software that…

July 21, 2019
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Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Europeans had to navigate by the stars this week—well, GPS, but still—after the continent’s burgeoning Galileo satellite navigation network went dark for a full seven days. The incident is a warning for everyone of how fallible the infrastructure of our modern lives really is. In more uplifting news, security researchers made an app designed to kill, to prove a point about the intense risks of internet-connect health devices, and the…

July 20, 2019
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The App Creeping on Your IG Location, Jakarta’s Insurance Crisis, and More News

The new app that creeps on your Instagram location, Jakarta is sinking, and all things Comic Con. Fast. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today’s Headlines This app lets your Instagram followers track your location Wherever you go, Instagram’s there too. A new app called Who’s in Town offers its…

July 20, 2019
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The FaceApp Privacy Panic, a Mysterious Satellite Outage, and More News

FaceApp isn’t alone in the land of privacy concerns, a curious week-long satellite outage for Europe has finally ended, and WIRED did the math on what it would take to bike to the moon. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today’s Headlines Think FaceApp is scary? Wait until you hear…

July 19, 2019
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Europe’s Galileo Satellite Outage Serves as a Warning

Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system largely regained service Thursday, a full week after a mass outage began on July 11. The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency, known as GSA, said that commercial users would start to see coverage returning, but that there might be “fluctuations” in the system. What remains unclear is what exactly caused the downtime—and why it persisted for so long. The incident took down all of…

July 18, 2019
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Think FaceApp Is Scary? Wait Till You Hear About Facebook

FaceApp is a viral lark that takes a convincing guess at what you’ll look like when you’re old. FaceApp is also the product of a Russian company that sends photos from your device to its servers, retains rights to use them in perpetuity, and performs artificial intelligence black magic on them. And so the FaceApp backlash has kicked into gear, with anxious stories and tweets warning you off of its…

July 17, 2019
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Why Microsoft’s BlueKeep Bug Hasn’t Wreaked Havoc—Yet

When news appeared in May of the security vulnerability in Windows that would come to be known as BlueKeep, security researchers almost immediately cautioned that the flaw looked like the central ingredient for a destructive worm sure to rampage through the internet. Microsoft issued a series of stark warnings to patch the flaw, which persisted in roughly a million computers. Even the NSA took the rare step of noting the…

July 17, 2019
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Hackers Made an App That Kills to Prove a Point About Medtronic Insulin Pumps

Two years ago, researchers Billy Rios and Jonathan Butts discovered disturbing vulnerabilities in Medtronic’s popular MiniMed and MiniMed Paradigm insulin pump lines. An attacker could remotely target these pumps to withhold insulin from patients, or to trigger a potentially lethal overdose. And yet months of negotiations with Medtronic and regulators to implement a fix proved fruitless. So the researchers resorted to drastic measures. They built an Android app that could…

July 16, 2019
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Hackers Made an App That Kills to Prove a Point

Two years ago, researchers Billy Rios and Jonathan Butts discovered disturbing vulnerabilities in Medtronic’s popular MiniMed and MiniMed Paradigm insulin pump lines. An attacker could remotely target these pumps to withhold insulin from patients, or to trigger a potentially lethal overdose. And yet months of negotiations with Medtronic and regulators to implement a fix proved fruitless. So the researchers resorted to drastic measures. They built an Android app that could…

July 16, 2019
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How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

In these predominantly digital times, it’s all too easy to build up a long trail of unused accounts that are now gathering dust: free trials that you never followed up on, streaming services you abandoned, on-demand clothing boxes that in the end weren’t quite what you were looking for, and so on. In some ways these old accounts aren’t doing any harm besides gathering virtual dust or sending you the…

July 14, 2019
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