USA Today: ‘Hundreds of millions of people’ may have had their text messages exposed online, researchers say

USA Today: ‘Hundreds of millions of people’ may have had their text messages exposed online, researchers say. “A database housing millions of private SMS text messages was left open online for an extended period of time, a team of researchers at the online privacy company vpnMentor said Sunday. The Texas-based text messaging firm TrueDialog is thought to be responsible for the leak, the cybersecurity experts said.”

BetaNews: Consumers shun social media and apps in favor of emails and texts

BetaNews: Consumers shun social media and apps in favor of emails and texts. “In recent years there has been an explosion in the number of different channels that businesses use to keep in touch with their customers. But a new study from cloud communications platform Twilio reveals that the newer channels aren’t especially popular, with 83 percent of global consumers saying they prefer email when receiving communications from businesses.”

Ars Technica: Researchers unearth malware that siphoned SMS texts out of telco’s network

Ars Technica: Researchers unearth malware that siphoned SMS texts out of telco’s network. “Dubbed ‘Messagetap’ by researchers from the Mandiant division of security firm FireEye, the recently discovered malware infects Linux servers that route SMS messages through a telecom’s network. Once in place, Messagetap monitors the network for messages containing either a preset list of phone or IMSI numbers or a preset list of keywords”

Slashgear: Google Voice voicemail transcript forwarding shut down due to spam abuse

Slashgear: Google Voice voicemail transcript forwarding shut down due to spam abuse. “In an email sent to Google Voice users, the tech giant announced that Google Voice’s SMS voicemail transcription forwarding will be shutting down. It was pretty clear for the reason for the rather abrupt change: spam robocalls.”

CNET: Political campaign texts are working, researchers say

CNET: Political campaign texts are working, researchers say. “A new report from Democratic technology company Tech for Campaigns has found that people who received text messages from election campaigns were 1% more likely to vote. The company’s researchers found Democratic campaigns and organizations sent 350 million texts in 2018. That’s six times more than were sent in 2016 and 2017.”