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Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant can be controlled silently, without you even realizing it

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The smarter our gadgets become, the more likely hackers will try to exploit them at any cost. With virtual assistants being all the rage these days, it's not surprising that someone would find a way to control them remotely without the user having any idea, and that's just what researchers from China's Zheijiang University have managed to accomplish.

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Mike Wehner

September 7th

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Millions of Time Warner Cable customers affected by security leak

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Hackers are a major concern for anyone with a cable, wireless, bank, or social media account — so, basically everyone — but sometimes bad actors don't even have to actually break into anything in order for companies to leak data on their customers. A new leak affecting millions of Time Warner Cable customers, including over 600GB of private information and sensitive data, was sitting on a completely unsecured Amazon server, and it was put there by the company that's supposed to be in charge of keeping it safe. Lovely.

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Mike Wehner

September 4th

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Libratone update will add Amazon Alexa voice control to its speakers

 Libratone, a Danish maker of snazzy high end wireless speakers, has announced its existing Zipp and Zipp Mini speakers will get support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant via a free app update, slated to arrive this fall. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

August 31st

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Putting the voice assistant speaker craze in context

 If you believe the hype, homes in the US are already lousy with speakers containing embodied AI — the most high profile being Amazon’s Echo, in its various incarnations, whose Alexa voice assistant can be commanded to do things like play music, answer trivia questions or tap into third party apps. But the truth is… Read More

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Natasha Lomas

August 25th

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AccuWeather’s iOS app caught sending location data when it says it isn’t

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AccuWeather is one of the most popular weather apps across iOS and Android, and it's a trusted service that countless people rely on every hour of every day. Now, security guru Will Strafach is sounding the privacy alarm after discovering that AccuWeather on iPhone is forwarding location data even if the user settings prohibit it, and that's not even the worst part.

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Mike Wehner

August 23rd

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AccuWeather’s iOS app caught sending location data when it says it isn’t

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AccuWeather is one of the most popular weather apps across iOS and Android, and it's a trusted service that countless people rely on every hour of every day. Now, security guru Will Strafach is sounding the privacy alarm after discovering that AccuWeather on iPhone is forwarding location data even if the user settings prohibit it, and that's not even the worst part.

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Mike Wehner

August 23rd

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EFF files court brief urging warrants for digital device searches at borders

 The EFF has filed a court filing pressing for warrants be required for searches of mobile phones, laptops and other digital devices by federal agents at international airports and U.S. land borders — describing these as “highly intrusive forays into travelers’ private information”. Read More

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Natasha Lomas

August 9th

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Karma’s next device is a Wi-Fi hotspot with built in Tor and a VPN

 Wi-Fi hotspot maker Karma Mobility will this fall unveil a specialized version of its KarmaGo hotspot device that includes built-in security features, including support for private anonymous browsing through Tor, an integrated VPN, black listing, and ad blocking. For customers, the promise is a device that encrypts your web activity, hides your physical location and identity, and adds… Read More

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Sarah Perez

August 2nd

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Roombas have been mapping your homes for years, and that data’s about to be sold to the highest bidder

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Once a curious novelty for people who absolutely despise traditional vacuum cleaners, Roomba's robotic vacuums are now offered in several models and price points. It would seem that the company is doing fairly well, but one of its most interesting — and potentially controversial — money-making strategies hasn't even been implemented yet. A new report reveals that one of Roomba's plays for the future involves using its fancy little cleaner bots as trojan horses which, while in the process of tiding up, will map your home's layout and then send that information to the company to be sold to the highest bidder.

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Mike Wehner

July 24th

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Officials arrest Apple distributors who sold private data

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Smartphone users — which, at this point, is pretty much everyone — already have enough to worry about when it comes to hackers, malicious apps, and malware invading their phones, but in China, some iPhone users found out their worst enemy was actually the folks selling them their devices in the first place. Chinese officials have now arrested 22 Apple distributors after discovering that they were selling off sensitive user data they found on a secure Apple database. The crooks apparently collected over $7.3 million (over 50 million yuan) from selling the information before being caught. 

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Mike Wehner

June 9th

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