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The NSA and GCHQ have a direct line into your phone
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The NSA and GCHQ have a direct line into your phone

Dan Thorp-Lancaster 183

According to new documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the NSA and its UK counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), hacked into the computers of Gemalto, a company that manufactures SIM cards for a large number of carriers around the world. In doing so, the intelligence agencies acquired encryption keys that would allow them to intercept communications from customers of...

Microsoft issues security advisory affecting all versions of Windows, Windows Phone

Microsoft issues security advisory affecting all versions of Windows, Windows Phone

Chuong H Nguyen 65

Microsoft has issued a security advisory that affects users of all currently supported versions of Windows, including Windows 8, Windows Phone, and Windows RT. Though no immediate action may be required from the user on select platforms, it is important to know what is happening as it relates to the improper issuance of SSL certificates, which Microsoft says "could be used in attempts...

UK officials follow US counterparts by banning electronics that have no charge from boarding flights

UK officials follow US counterparts by banning electronics that have no charge from boarding flights

John Callaham 119

The UK government's Department of Transport has now joined with the U.S. in requiring that passengers on some international flights coming in and out of the country must show that their electronic devices can be powered up, in an effort to improve security. The new notice from the department stated: In line with the US advice, passengers on some routes into and out of the UK may...

Bitly alerts users of widespread account compromises, claims no accounts have been accessed

Bitly alerts users of widespread account compromises, claims no accounts have been accessed

Chris Parsons 13

If you've ever created an account for the url shortening service Bitly before, you'll want to listen up. Bitly has now announced via their blog that they have reason to believe that Bitly account credentials have been compromised and are suggesting users change their API keys and OAuth tokens. We have reason to believe that Bitly account credentials have been compromised. We have...

John McAfee's Chadder aims to keep your messages private, lands on Windows Phone before iOS

John McAfee's Chadder aims to keep your messages private, lands on Windows Phone before iOS

Daniel Rubino 79

John McAfee and his new company, Future Tense Private Systems (FTC), have released an encrypted messaging app for mobile users. The app is named 'Chadder' and it is now available on Android and Windows Phone 8.1, with an iOS version due in the coming weeks. The app is meant to address the growing concerns of mobile users who worry about government eavesdropping, especially after the...

Microsoft issues warning about limited, targeted attack vulnerability in Internet Explorer

Microsoft issues warning about limited, targeted attack vulnerability in Internet Explorer

Rene Ritchie 136

Microsoft has issued a security advisory for Internet Explorer due to a "zero-day" limited, targeted attack vulnerability it's found "in the wild". Versions of IE include Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, and Internet Explorer 11. "Zero day" means it came without warning and "in the wild" means it's already being...