Latest news from Naked Security (2019/07/11)

Facial recognition surveillance must be banned, says Fight for the Future

“We don’t need to regulate it, we need to ban it entirely.”

Cyberattack lands ship in hot water

Less than two months after warning of cybersecurity problems on ships, the US Coast Guard has revealed that a large international vessel has suffered a cyberattack.

GDPR superpowers lead to whopper ICO fines for BA, Marriott

The ICO isn’t pulling its punches: The penalty for BA’s data breach is about 367 times higher than the previous record-setting fine.

“Mozilla aren’t villains after all” – ISPs back down after public outcry

Mozilla was nominated for an “Internet Villain” award – and The People Of The Internet were not pleased

Latest news from Naked Security (2019/07/10)

Two zero days and 15 critical flaws fixed in July’s Patch Tuesday

Patch Tuesday July 2019 offers fixes for a total of 77 vulnerabilities, including 15 marked critical, rounded out by two zero-day flaws.

Rogue Android apps ignore your permissions

New research has revealed that apps are snooping on data such as location and unique ID number – even when users haven’t given permission.

Instagram asks bullies, ‘Are you sure you want to say that?’

A new anti-bullying feature uses AI to recognize mean words in comments and warns users before they post them.

Zoom flaw could force you into a meeting, expose your video feed

Its local web server reportedly also automatically reinstalls Zoom if a user removes the app and joins a meeting.

Latest news from Naked Security (2019/07/09)

Backdoor discovered in Ruby strong_password library

An eagle-eyed developer has discovered a backdoor recently sneaked into a library (or ‘gem’) used by Ruby on Rails (RoR) web apps to check password strength.

Google suspends Trends emails after revealing murder suspect’s name

People subscribed to Google Trends in New Zealand were emailed the murder suspect’s name in violation of a New Zealand court’s order.

Firefox to include tracker blocking report feature

Mozilla has introduced a lot of tracker blocking protections into Firefox lately. Now, it is planning a new feature that will let you see how many online snoopers you’ve successfully evaded. A new feature called the Tracking Protections Panel (aka the Protection Report) will tell users how many trackers Firefox blocked in the prior week, […]

Apple aims privacy billboard at Google’s controversial smart-city

It’s outside of Sidewalk Labs HQ in Toronto, where Google’s sister company is working on stuffing the city with data-collecting sensors.