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‘Agent Smith’ Android Malware Infected 25M Devices

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A new strain of Android malware has infected 25 million devices and modified legitimate apps with a malicious ads module, according to a report by the security company Check Point. It’s believed the malware originated from a Chinese internet company that helps Chinese Android developers publish and promote their apps in foreign markets. The malware […]

Trump Cannot Block Twitter Users, Appeals Court Rules | News & Opinion

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It’s a busy news day for Twitter. Nearly a year after announcing its dehumanization policy to curb the hateful speech that runs rampant on the social media platform, the company is explicitly extending its rules to cover religious persecution. Separately, a US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the First Amendment forbids President Trump from […]

Second Florida City Decides to Pay Ransomware Hackers | News & Opinion

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A second Florida city is giving in to the hackers behind a ransomware attack, offering them $500,000 to free its computers. On Monday, Lake City authorized its insurer to send the hackers 42 bitcoins, according to The Gainesville Sun. The city itself will only pay a $10,000 deductible on its insurance policy, while the Florida […]

Police Body Camera Vendor Says No to Facial Recognition | News & Opinion

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A major vendor of police body cameras, Axon, has decided against adding facial recognition to its products over “ethical concerns.” “In addition, there are technological limitations to using this technology on body cameras,” Axon’s CEO said in a blog post on Thursday. “Consistent with the board’s recommendation, Axon will not be commercializing face matching products […]

Huawei’s 5G Technology Is a Security Risk

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Huawei has vulnerabilities in its networking equipment, according to Nokia exec. Nokia chief technology officer Marcus Weldon pointed to a report from US security firm Finite State, which states that “Huawei devices are less secure than comparable devices from other vendors.” Weldon also said that pressure from the United States is acting as a market […]