Ubergizmo: Facebook Messenger Will Now Start Warning Users About Scams And Impersonations

Ubergizmo: Facebook Messenger Will Now Start Warning Users About Scams And Impersonations. “For example when receiving a message from a stranger, Messenger will show you a warning that offers some advice, like refusing requests to send money. For instances where an account that has been created to look like someone you know, Messenger will also warn users that this account appears to be similar to someone you know and that the person you’re chatting with might not actually be your friend.”

TechCrunch: Hackers release a new jailbreak that unlocks every iPhone

TechCrunch: Hackers release a new jailbreak that unlocks every iPhone. “The jailbreak, released by the unc0ver team, supports all iPhones that run iOS 11 and above, including up to iOS 13.5, which Apple released this week. Details of the vulnerability that the hackers used to build the jailbreak aren’t known, but it’s not expected to last forever. Just as jailbreakers work to find a way in, Apple works fast to patch the flaws and close the jailbreak.”

Wired: Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network

Wired: Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network. “IN THE SUMMER of 2013, I spent my days sifting through the most extensive archive of top-secret files that had ever reached the hands of an American journalist. In a spectacular act of transgression against the National Security Agency, where he worked as a contractor, Edward Snowden had transmitted tens of thousands of classified documents to me, the columnist Glenn Greenwald, and the documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras. One of those documents, the first to be made public in June 2013, revealed that the NSA was tracking billions of telephone calls made by Americans inside the US. The program became notorious, but its full story has not been told.”

UC Davis: Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Student Develop COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Tool

UC Davis: Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Student Develop COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Tool. “Digital platforms for mobile devices have been developed but raise concerns about privacy. Contacts can be traced by physical location using GPS or proximity via Bluetooth exchange. Companies like Google and Apple have said they would ban the use of location tracking in contact-tracing apps and are working together to develop a cross-platform system to notify people who have been near others who have tested positive for COVID-19. Prasant Mohapatra, vice chancellor for research and distinguished professor of computer science at UC Davis, and Vikram Rao, graduate student in the Department of Computer Science, developed We-Care as an alternative solution. The web-based contact-tracing application allows users to voluntarily check in to locations without sharing personal information with other devices.”

TechCrunch: A massive database of 8 billion Thai internet records leaks

TechCrunch: A massive database of 8 billion Thai internet records leaks. “Thailand’s largest cell network AIS has pulled a database offline that was spilling billions of real-time internet records on millions of Thai internet users. Security researcher Justin Paine said in a blog post that he found the database, containing DNS queries and Netflow data, on the internet without a password. With access to this database, Paine said that anyone could ‘quickly paint a picture’ about what an internet user (or their household) does in real-time.”

EurekAlert: Do privacy controls lead to more trust in Alexa? Not necessarily, research finds

EurekAlert: Do privacy controls lead to more trust in Alexa? Not necessarily, research finds. “Giving users of smart assistants the option to adjust settings for privacy or content delivery, or both, doesn’t necessarily increase their trust in the platform, according to a team of Penn State researchers. In fact, for some users, it could have an unfavorable effect.”

NBC News: Four states warn unemployment benefits applicants about data leaks

NBC News: Four states warn unemployment benefits applicants about data leaks. “At least four states are warning residents who have applied online for unemployment benefits because of the coronavirus that their personal information may have been leaked.”