mobile devices

Israeli Group Exploited WhatsApp to Spy on Users

An Israeli firm has exploited a flaw in the popular messaging mobile app WhatsApp to plant spyware on iPhones and Android. One phone call is all it takes for software developed by the Israeli firm NSO Group to install itself on a vulnerable iPhone or Android device, according to a published report in the FT Times. The publication broke the news, saying it potentially affects 1.5 billion users of the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging application, on Monday. WhatsApp quickly issued a fix for the exploit, described in an alert on the Facebook website as “a buffer overflow vulnerability in WhatsApp VOIP stack” that allows for “remote code execution via specially crafted series of SRTCP packets sent to a target phone number.” “WhatsApp encourages people to upgrade to the latest version of our app, as well as keep their mobile operating system up to date, to protect against potential targeted exploits designed […]

Report: China Eyes IoT as Next Front of Cyber War on U.S.

China is eyeing dominance of the Internet of Things (IoT) market and may use vulnerabilities in these technologies as the next front on its ongoing cyberwar with the United States, according to a new report.

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BLU settles with FTC over unauthorized transmission of personal customer data to China

Florida-based mobile device maker BLU has settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges it allowed a Chinese partner to collect detailed personal customer information from some of its devices without authorization or consent.

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Podcast Episode 93: Talking GDPR with Cisco’s Chief Privacy Officer and RSA 2018 Recap

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 33:08 — 37.9MB)Subscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSThis episode of The Security Ledger Podcast (#93) was sponsored by Keysight Technologies, a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers, and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Check them out at Keysight.com. In this episode: with the May 25th go-live date of the EU General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) just around the corner, we talk with Cisco Chief Privacy Officer Michelle Dennedy about her expectations for the May 25th deadline and what lies beyond it. Also: with the 2018 RSA Conference now in the history books, we invited Steve McGregory, the Senior Director of Application and Threat Intelligence at Ixia in to talk about his big takeaways from the show. Steve also weighs in on one of the big trends this year: machine learning.