Android should let users deny and revoke permissions; Apple should let people encrypt Icloud backups, Twitter should end-to-end encrypt DMs; all these and more appear on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's #FixItAlready page, which calls out Big Tech's biggest players for their biggest security and privacy fumbles, and explains in clear terms why these changes are needed.
On Election Day, today, Twitter suspended a handful of relatively new right-wing news accounts for posting false or misleading information about the elections. The accounts suspended by Twitter included FJNewsReporter, Crisis_Intel, Faytuks, and SVNewsAlerts, which had 69,000 followers as of last week. All of the accounts were recently created. From Joseph Menn reporting for Reuters:… READ THE REST
On Wednesday night less than one week before the election, as COVID-19 cases spike throughout the United States, the nation's cybersecurity agency says: "there is an imminent and increased cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers." Here's the tweet tonight from CISA, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency: So far, Universal Health Services, a… READ THE REST
Security researcher Troy Hunt reports on a security flaw that let attackers change the email address of Grindr accounts. All you had to do was know the account's current email address and trigger a password reset: the secret login URL was sent to the browser too, hidden in the code of the "check your email!"… READ THE REST
Calling all caffeine addicts! There's no reason to pin all your hopes on Black Friday for your new coffee gadget fix. As part of the Boing Boing Store's Pre-Black Friday Sale, you can score a great deal right now on one of more than a dozen different coffee and espresso makers by top brands. With… READ THE REST
There used to be a name for people who carried around equipment that could handle almost anything at a moment's notice: Boy Scouts. Now, we're all carrying everyday essentials that will hopefully help us MacGuyver our way out of any sticky situation. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the fight against COVID. KeySmart has… READ THE REST
With everyone stuck in COVID quarantine for much of the year, online sales for Amazon and other retailers have gone through the roof. That means more and more packages coming right to your door, to the sheer delight of a more loathsome brand of COVID opportunist: the porch pirate. Thieves taking off with delivered packages… READ THE REST