Labor’s plan to fix Australia’s encryption laws doesn’t go far enough

On Tuesday the Labor Party announced it would attempt to fix Australia’s controversial encryption laws. Yes, the laws that Labor itself voted for in December 2018, enabling the government to get them over the line. The text of the Telecommunications Amendment (Repairing Assistance and Access) Bill 2019 was then tabled on Wednesday. It’s worth looking at, as much for what it omits as what it includes. The two main features…

December 6, 2019
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FBI recommends that you keep your IoT devices on a separate network

Image:Bence Boros The FBI says owners of IoT (Internet of Things) devices should isolate this equipment on a separate WiFi network, different from the one they’re using for their primary devices, such as laptops, desktops, or smartphones. “Your fridge and your laptop should not be on the same network,” the FBI’s Portland office said in a weekly tech advice column. “Keep your most private, sensitive data on a separate system…

December 6, 2019
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Cloudera Q3 solid, ups Q4 outlook

Cloudera reported better-than-expected third quarter results as it aims to gain traction for its Cloudera Data Platform. The company reported a third quarter net loss of 29 cents a share on revenue of $198.3 million. The non-GAAP third quarter net loss was 3 cents a share. Wall Street was expecting Cloudera to report a third quarter non-GAAP loss of 6 cents a share on revenue of $189.1 million. Interim CEO…

December 6, 2019
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New vulnerability lets attackers sniff or hijack VPN connections

Image: kalhh Academics have disclosed this week a security flaw impacting Linux, Android, macOS, and other Unix-based operating systems that allows an attacker to sniff, hijack, and tamper with VPN-tunneled connections. The vulnerability — tracked as CVE-2019-14899 — resides in the networking stacks of multiple Unix-based operating systems, and more specifically, in how the operating systems reply to unexpected network packet probes. According to the research team, attackers can use…

December 6, 2019
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Get yourself a USB condom

Sometimes simple is best. And security doesn’t come much easier than the “Original USB Condom.” The other day I highlighted a cheap data blocker that you can use to keep you safe if you make use of public USB power charging stations at airports, hotels. But that wasn’t the “Original USB Condom.” Must read: Top gadgets for the security and privacy conscious (or the super paranoid!) This is the “Original…

December 6, 2019
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DocuSign Q3 strong amid tech earnings parade

DocuSign reported strong third quarter results with revenue growth of 40%. Tech Earnings The company, best known for e-signature software, reported a third quarter net loss of 26 cents a share on revenue of $249.5 million, up 40% from a year ago. Non-GAAP earnings were 11 cents a share. DocuSign was expected to report third quarter revenue of $239.86 million with non-GAAP earnings of 3 cents a share. CEO Dan…

December 6, 2019
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Zoom’s third quarter results top estimates

Zoom’s third-quarter financial results topped market estimates but also revealed a slight decline in revenue growth. Tech Earnings The video conferencing software company reported third-quarter non-GAAP earnings of 9 cents per share on revenue of $166.6 million, up 85%. Last quarter, Zoom’s revenue increased 96% year over year. Wall Street was looking for non-GAAP Q3 earnings of 3 cents per share on revenue of $154.86 million. In terms of outlook,…

December 6, 2019
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Digital transformation to boost IT spend in LatAm in 2020

Despite the socioeconomic instability and sluggish growth in Latin America, digital transformation efforts in the region will generate 4,5 percent growth ($48 billion) in 2020, according to IDC. According to the analyst house, growth in the hardware, software and services market in the region will reach 1,3 percent in 2019. But business in the segment is expected to gather pace next year. According to the vice president at IDC Latin…

December 6, 2019
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Your next iPhone may not have a Lightning port

How attached are you to your iPhone’s Lightning port? Do you use it to connect to devices and peripherals, or perhaps even your car? Well, you might have to live without it if analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is right. According to a research note by Kuo, seen by 9to5Mac, CNBC, and MacRumors, big changes could be on the way. Must read: Weird and super useful gadgets that make great gifts The first change Kuo is…

December 6, 2019
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Facebook sues Chinese malware operator for abusing its ad platform

Facebook filed a lawsuit today against a Chinese company and two Chinese nationals for abusing the Facebook ad platform to run a malware scheme. The accused are ILikeAd Media International Company Ltd., a Hong Kong-based company founded in 2016, and Chen Xiao Cong and Huang Tao, the two men behind it. Facebook said today that ILikeAd used Facebook ads to lure victims into downloading and installing malware. Once installed, the…

December 5, 2019
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