Ms. Smith

Ms. Smith (not her real name) is a freelance writer and programmer with a special and somewhat personal interest in IT privacy and security issues. She focuses on the unique challenges of maintaining privacy and security, both for individuals and enterprises. She has worked as a journalist and has also penned many technical papers and guides covering various technologies. Smith is herself a self-described privacy and security freak.

Meet the man-in-the-room attack: Hackers can invisibly eavesdrop on Bigscreen VR users

North Korean hackers target Russian-based companies

North Korean hackers target Russian-based companies

The North Korean Lazarus APT group is going after the Russians. Russian hackers, however, needed less than 20 minutes in 2018 to completely pwn an organization.

2.7M recorded medical calls, audio files left unprotected on web

2.7M recorded medical calls, audio files left unprotected on web

Every call made to 1177 Swedish Healthcare Guide service since 2013, and answered by the subcontractor Medicall, was stored on an unprotected server.

Disastrous cyber attack on email provider wipes US servers and backups

Disastrous cyber attack on email provider wipes US servers and backups

A cyber attack on email provider VFEmail caused “catastrophic destruction,” with hackers wiping the servers and backups.

Popular electric scooters can be remotely hacked

Popular electric scooters can be remotely hacked

Researchers warned that Xiaomi M365 scooters can be remotely hacked from 100 meters away to slam on the brakes or to accelerate.

Android phones can be hacked remotely by viewing malicious PNG image

Android phones can be hacked remotely by viewing malicious PNG image

Android users are being told to patch their Android OS Nougat (7.0), Oreo (8.0) and Pie (9.0) as soon as updates are available after a bug related to PNG images was found.

Vendor allegedly assaults security researcher who disclosed massive vulnerability

Vendor allegedly assaults security researcher who disclosed massive vulnerability

A security researcher alleges the COO of Atrient assaulted and threatened him after disclosing a massive vulnerability in an Atrient product.

Nest Secure had a secret microphone, can now be a Google Assistant

Nest Secure had a secret microphone, can now be a Google Assistant

The Nest Secure system had secret microphone that can now make the Nest Guard security hub double as Google Assistant device.

Hijacked Nest devices highlight the insecurity of the IoT

Hijacked Nest devices highlight the insecurity of the IoT

Internet of Things (IoT) devices, such as Nest cameras and thermostats, continue to be hacked. To prevent that, follow smart password practices and turn on 2FA.

Facebook secretly paid users $20 a month to use VPN spying app

Facebook secretly paid users $20 a month to use VPN spying app

After it was revealed that Facebook secretly paid people to use the Facebook Research VPN app, the social media site pulled the iOS version. But the Android version will continue.

Apple disables Group FaceTime after eavesdropping bug discovered

Apple disables Group FaceTime after eavesdropping bug discovered

A bug in Apple's Group FaceTime made eavesdropping easy. A patch is expected this week.

Top security and privacy TED Talks from 2018

Top security and privacy TED Talks from 2018

IoT security, insecure software, and data privacy are among the top security and privacy TED talks from 2018.

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