Users dump AccuWeather iPhone app after learning it sends location data to a third party

 AccuWeather’s iOS app may be up to something fishy. Security researcher Will Strafach published a warning about the popular weather app’s behavior on Medium and users appear to be paying attention. I would find this less concerning if the AccuWeather's permission dialog mentioned tracking your home/work location, where you travel, etc. — Will Strafach (@chronic) August… Read More

Industrial hack can turn powerful machines into killer robots

 When we imagine the existential threat to the humanity posed by automation, we usually think of the negative impact on the workforce, not robots quite literally bludgeoning us to death. In a post titled “Exploiting industrial collaborative robots,” security researchers at IOActive detail how popular models of consumer and industrial robots have already been compromised in such a… Read More

Changing the security landscape for entrepreneurs

Digital security key concept background with binary data code Cloud computing and the IoT have given rise to seemingly intractable security exposure. The good news is that a new technological advance could unleash the full promise of cloud computing and put IoT on the verge of everyday use by U.S. intelligence agencies and in the private sector. Called “homomorphic encryption,” it allows data to be queried and analyzed without decrypting it. Read More

Changing the security landscape for entrepreneurs

Digital security key concept background with binary data code Cloud computing and the IoT have given rise to seemingly intractable security exposure. The good news is that a new technological advance could unleash the full promise of cloud computing and put IoT on the verge of everyday use by U.S. intelligence agencies and in the private sector. Called “homomorphic encryption,” it allows data to be queried and analyzed without decrypting it. Read More

Independent inquiry called for in FCC’s secretive cyberattack claims

 The FCC’s claim that its commenting system was attacked on the night of May 7 has been the subject of considerable controversy, but not because of the attack itself. The agency has been so reluctant to release any substantive details about the attack or the countermeasures it has taken since that Congress is calling for an independent investigation (PDF) by the Government… Read More