TikTok and other popular iOS apps are spying on your iPhone clipboard

TikTok and other popular iOS apps are spying on your iPhone clipboard

App developers Tommy Mysk and Talal Haj Bakry recently published their research uncovering a major vulnerability with the cut-copy-paste feature on Apple iOS devices.The two developers found that Apple provides apps with the ability to read data stored in the system’s clipboard, officially called Pasteboard on iOS devices.

Firefox attacks: Homeland Security urges all users to update browsers immediately in rare warning

Firefox attacks: Homeland Security urges all users to update browsers immediately in rare warning

The issue is this: Firefox versions for desktop older than the just-patched version contain a critical vulnerability that could allow an attacker to take control of a user’s entire operating system—whether they use Windows or Mac. More alarming, the vulnerability is already being exploited in the wild, thus Homeland Security stepping in with the urgent plea for users to upgrade.

Many Popular Smartphones Vulnerable to Actively Exploited Zero-Day Android Flaw

Many Popular Smartphones Vulnerable to Actively Exploited Zero-Day Android Flaw

A zero-day flaw in the Android operating system used by some of the most popular mobile phones on the market is being exploited in real-world attacks.Since malicious apps can find their way into the Google Play Store, app downloads should be limited as far as possible until the flaw has been patched.

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that

That’s right, under pressure from lawmakers and users, both Google and Apple have added new privacy features to their upcoming mobile operating systems – Android and iOS – that will make it impossible for Facebook to hide its tracking activity.

Snubbed by Google, Huawei is trying out a Russian operating system instead of Android

Snubbed by Google, Huawei is trying out a Russian operating system instead of Android

For the purpose, it will use 3,60,000 tablets which run on the Russian operating system---Aurora.The smartphone maker kickstarted a pilot programme where it will use a Russian operating system to replace Android.

Massive 40GB Honda data breach described as ‘a hacker’s dream’

Massive 40GB Honda data breach described as ‘a hacker’s dream’

This meant that anyone who knew where to look could have come across the company’s most sensitive data, not only including information about the company’s security systems and networks, but also technical data on all of its IP addresses, operating systems and what patches they had.

What can we learn from Palantir’s secret user manual for police users of its big data software?

What can we learn from Palantir’s secret user manual for police users of its big data software?

A Bloomberg article last year gave some details of how the Los Angeles Police Department uses Palantir’s Gotham product for Operation Laser, a program to identify and deter people likely to commit crimes: Information from rap sheets, parole reports, police interviews, and other sources is fed into the system to generate a list of people the department defines as chronic offenders, says Craig Uchida, whose consulting firm, Justice & Security Strategies Inc., designed the Laser system.

Over 1,300 Android Apps Caught Collecting Data Even If You Deny Permissions

Over 1,300 Android Apps Caught Collecting Data Even If You Deny Permissions

The security model of modern mobile operating systems, like Android and iOS, is primarily based on permissions that explicitly define which sensitive services, device capabilities, or user information an app can access, allowing users decide what apps can access.

São Paulo subway to deploy surveillance system with facial recognition

São Paulo subway to deploy surveillance system with facial recognition

The company operating the majority of the city's subway network, Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo (METRO), has launched a tender for a new set-up to replace its current legacy system and a non-integrated estate of 2200 cameras, of which only some are digital.

Facebook wants to pay you for your data — read this before you sign up

Facebook wants to pay you for your data — read this before you sign up

The social-media giant this week announced Study, a “market research program” that will compensate willing users of Android, Google’s GOOG, +0.66% GOOGL, +0.70% operating system, in exchange for information about their phone-app use.

Apple Announces 'Sign in With Apple' for Signing into Apps Using Your Apple ID

Apple Announces 'Sign in With Apple' for Signing into Apps Using Your Apple ID

Apple is releasing a new API to allow developers to add the new sign-in function to their apps for a more convenient way of logging in using Face ID without revealing additional personal information. The new sign-in feature is coming with Apple's new operating systems this fall and will be available across macOS, iOS, and through websites.

Apple and WhatsApp condemn GCHQ plans to eavesdrop on encrypted chats

Apple and WhatsApp condemn GCHQ plans to eavesdrop on encrypted chats

“Second, in order to ensure the government is added to the conversation in secret, GCHQ’s proposal would require messaging apps, service providers, and operating systems to change their software so that it would 1) change the encryption schemes used, and/or 2) mislead users by suppressing the notifications that routinely appear when a new communicant joins a chat.”.

South Korea will ditch Microsoft Windows for Linux

South Korea will ditch Microsoft Windows for Linux

And now, as a result of the upcoming death of Windows 7 support, the South Korean government has reportedly decided to ditch Microsoft Windows entirely. According to The Korea Herald, the Asian country's government will switch from Windows 7 to a Linux-based operating system.

WhatsApp exploit let attackers install government-grade spyware on phones

WhatsApp exploit let attackers install government-grade spyware on phones

“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 to compromise information stored on mobile devices,” the company said in a statement.

The EU voted to create a giant biometric database just 1 year after introducing the world’s strictest privacy laws

The EU voted to create a giant biometric database just 1 year after introducing the world’s strictest privacy laws

The new system will pull together identifying information of more than 35o million EU and non-EU citizens, ZDNet reported, including passport numbers and dates of birth. The European Parliament says the the giant database "will make EU information systems used in security, border and migration management interoperable enabling data exchange between the systems."

GrapheneOS is an Android-based, security-hardened, open source operating system

GrapheneOS is an Android-based, security-hardened, open source operating system

It’s called GrapheneOS, and it comes from Daniel Micay, the former lead developer of another security-based Android fork called CopperheadOS. Since it’s an open source project, independent developers may be able to port the operating system to run on additional devices.

ADAMANT Puts Privacy Back In Your Hands

ADAMANT Puts Privacy Back In Your Hands

The main point of the article is that none of these messengers use E2EE to secure the group chats. With this in mind, let us look closer at the main key points of the article: Supporting apps running both on smartphones and computers request various permissions excessively and sometimes contain Trojan, however, many users continue to trust their devices’ operating system.

Guide to reasonable privacy on Android

Guide to reasonable privacy on Android

The primary purpose for this purchase was to test the feasibility of having to use Android for everyday needs as an alternative to the unfortunate and seemingly inevitable demise of Window Phone, like my ultra-awesome Lumia 950 , which remains the most graceful and elegantly designed mobile operating system, decent privacy included.

The privacy risks of pre-installed software on Android devices

The privacy risks of pre-installed software on Android devices

Many pre-installed apps facilitate access to privileged data and resources, without the average user being aware of their presence or being able to uninstall them. On the one hand, the permission model on the Android operating system and its apps allow a large number of actors to track and obtain personal user information.

A “serious” Windows 0-day is being actively exploited in the wild

A “serious” Windows 0-day is being actively exploited in the wild

with 80 posters participating Share this story Google security officials are advising Windows users to ensure they’re using the latest version 10 of the Microsoft operating system to protect themselves against a “serious” unpatched vulnerability that attackers have been actively exploiting in the wild.

Windows 10 Shouldn’t Upload Encryption Keys to Microsoft, Privacy Watchdog Says

Windows 10 Shouldn’t Upload Encryption Keys to Microsoft, Privacy Watchdog Says

Microsoft is one of the giants that can further improve how user security is handled, as the EFF says that Windows 10 should actually allow customers who install the Home version of the operating system to keep the disk encryption keys to themselves.

China's cybersecurity law update lets state agencies 'pen-test' local companies

China's cybersecurity law update lets state agencies 'pen-test' local companies

New provisions made to China's Cybersecurity Law last November gives state agencies the legal authority to remotely conduct penetration testing on any internet-related business operating in China, and even copy and later share any data government officials find on inspected systems.

Powerful iPhone spy tool allowed UAE to view photos, emails, texts, locations and passwords

Powerful iPhone spy tool allowed UAE to view photos, emails, texts, locations and passwords

A team of former U.S. government intelligence operatives working for the United Arab Emirates hacked into the iPhones of activists, diplomats and rival foreign leaders with the help of a sophisticated spying tool called Karma […] The […] operatives described Karma as a tool that could remotely grant access to iPhones simply by uploading phone numbers or email accounts into an automated targeting system.

WiFi firmware bug affects laptops, smartphones, routers, gaming devices

WiFi firmware bug affects laptops, smartphones, routers, gaming devices

In a report published today, Selianin described how someone could exploit the Avastar firmware (based on a custom implementation of the ThreadX real-time operating system) to execute malicious code without any user interaction.

Windows 10 1903 may display Let's make Windows even better prompt

Windows 10 1903 may display Let's make Windows even better prompt

Windows 10 version 1903, the next feature update for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system, may display a prompt to users to link more of their devices and services to the operating system and their Microsoft account.

Eldridgea/erised: Adblocking DNS-Over-TLS Proxy

Eldridgea/erised: Adblocking DNS-Over-TLS Proxy

ERISED A project to only see what you want to see. This is a project with the goal of blocking unwanted ads, trackers, etc across an entire operating system (web and apps). Note: This currently deploys the Caddy container using a Caddy install using a Personal License.

Other Operating Systems

Other Operating Systems

Switch VirtualBox VM Settings Follow these steps in order: Users who want to download and import a Whonix-Custom-Workstation template using the stable method, click on Expand on the right.

Private Winten: new Windows 10 privacy tweaker with firewall

Private Winten: new Windows 10 privacy tweaker with firewall

Private Winten is a new open source software program to adjust privacy and other settings on devices running Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system. The software program has two main functions: provide users with access to privacy related settings, and act as a firewall frontend to block outbound connections by default.

How to Choose an Operating System for Maximum Privacy

How to Choose an Operating System for Maximum Privacy

Let’s take a look at some of the more secure operating systems to enhance your privacy. And since it’s not used by amateur users, hackers don’t target Linux systems anyway. It’s another open source and free operating system that’s popular because of its integrated cryptography and security.

Telegram, WhatsApp and Signal open to side-channel attacks

Telegram, WhatsApp and Signal open to side-channel attacks

Researchers at Cisco's Talos Group are warning users to not to assume that the very popular encrypted messaging apps Telegram, WhatsApp and Signal will keep the communications confidential, as they partly delegate security to the operating systems they run on.

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