A group of hackers from North Korea used the Google Play store to host at least three apps designed to target the personal data of defectors, McAfee researchers say. The apps have already been removed by Google, but they had at least 100 downloads at the time of removal.
Microsoft is touting its Azure cloud services as a more environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional computing methods, with potential energy savings of up to 93% with SharePoint collaboration software. Microsoft has been investing in renewable energy and programmable chips with artificial intelligence capabilities to improve its energy footprint.
With Verizon and Sprint announcing initial 5G network launch plans, channel partners are poised to benefit from higher bandwidths that will support new services, said Larry Walsh of The 2112 Group. He said the best opportunities for channel partners may come in the form of peripheral technologies and services.
A flaw in cellphone tracking company LocationSmart's website revealed millions of cellphone users' locations in real time. Robert Xiao, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, said the bug may have exposed nearly all of the 200 million mobile phone customers in the US and Canada.
Protecting ourselves from identity theft should go beyond keeping our Social Security numbers secret and simply reacting after breaches, writes Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas. Traditional safeguards are no longer working, and it's time for us to find a more effective solution, Johnson writes.
Public records, social media and online databases put data out in the open, leaving opportunities for "doxxing," or finding an opportunity to collect and share personal information. In addition to taking away a victim's control of their private data, doxxing can also turn data into a weapon, leading to harassment, prank calls and even death threats.
Hacking group AnonPlus has attacked three websites run by the Workers' Compensation Administration of New Mexico, so the state has pulled down the sites. The group in recent days has also claimed to have struck websites run by other states.
Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon this week has been pleading with lawmakers to allow him to spend $1.5 million in federal funds on election security. The money would be used to purchase new software, as well as to hire three computer coders to rewrite software.
Google has announced that it will remove secure labels from HTTPS sites in Chrome beginning in September and will display a warning label on HTTP sites starting in October. The company has been encouraging web developers to switch to the more secure HTTPS sites with changes to Chrome.
Students at a school in China will be monitored using a "smart classroom behavior management system." The system is intended to record and analyze students' expressions and movements to ensure they are paying attention in class.