Digital assistants are popping up everywhere. From Amazon Alexa to Google Home and Apple HomePod, more and more people have smart devices in their homes, right next to where they discuss much about their lives, preferences, and plans. It gives companies an opportunity to listen to their customers, which has led to an overarching belief that companies really are listening through their digital assistant devices and potentially blurring privacy lines.
A powerful form of malware which can be used to distribute threats including Trojans, ransomware and malicious cryptocurrency mining software has been updated with a new technique which has rarely been seen in the wild.
Facebook has plans for software which forces smartphones to record audio – despite years of denials that its app records conversations.
Microsoft has patched a vulnerability in the Cortana smart assistant that could have allowed an attacker with access to a locked computer to use the smart assistant and access data on the device, execute malicious code, or even change the PC’s password to access the device in its entirety.
Facebook disclosed a new privacy blunder on Thursday in a statement that said the site accidentally made the posts of 14 million users public even when they designated the posts to be shared with only a limited number of contacts.
The actual attack takes about 20 seconds to leak the username, 500 milliseconds to check the status of any liked/not-liked page, and around 20 minutes to retrieve a Facebook user’s avatar.