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The Family That Mined the Pentagon's Data for Profit

The Freedom of Information Act helps Americans learn what the government is up to. The Poseys exploited it—and became unlikely defenders of transparency.

The Android 13 Privacy Settings You Should Update Now

Google’s new mobile operating system has arrived. Take back some control with these privacy and security tips.

How to Create a Secure Folder on Your Phone

Keep private photos, videos, and documents away from prying eyes.

A New Tractor Jailbreak Rides the Right-to-Repair Wave

A hacker has formulated an exploit that provides root access to two popular models of the company’s farm equipment.

Flaw in the VA Medical Records Platform May Put Patients at Risk

The Veterans Affairs’ VistA software has a vulnerability that could let an attacker “masquerade as a doctor,” a security researcher warns.

A Single Flaw Broke Every Layer of Security in MacOS

An injection flaw allowed a researcher to access all files on a Mac. Apple issued a fix, but some machines may still be vulnerable.

Zoom’s Auto-Update Feature Came With Hidden Risks on Mac

The popular video meeting app makes it easy to keep the software up to date—but it also introduced vulnerabilities.

Meta Just Happens to Expand Messenger’s End-to-End Encryption

The company says an expansion of privacy features in Messenger is unrelated to a high-profile Nebraska abortion case.

This Anti-Tracking Tool Checks If You’re Being Followed

The Raspberry Pi-powered device can scan for phones around you. If it keeps spotting the same one, it’ll send you an alert.

Will Europe Force a Facebook Blackout?

Regulators are close to stopping Meta from sending EU data to the US, bringing a years-long privacy battle to a head.

A Phone Carrier That Doesn’t Track Your Browsing or Location

The new Pretty Good Phone Privacy service for Android hides the data linking you to your mobile device.

How to Use Lockdown Mode in iOS 16 to Make Your Phone More Secure

Whether you want to turn off link previews or block unwanted FaceTime calls, here's what you need to know.

You Need a Password Manager. Here Are the Best Ones

Keep your logins locked down with our favorite apps for PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, and web browsers.

Apple Just Patched 39 iPhone Security Bugs

Plus: A Google Chrome patch licks the DevilsTongue spyware, Android’s kernel gets a tune-up, and Microsoft fixes 84 flaws.

How to Safely Lend Someone Else Your Phone

The next time someone wants to borrow your device to make a call or take a picture, take these steps to protect your privacy.

The Feds Gear Up for a Privacy Crackdown

Plus: Cisco gets hit by ransomware, Twilio gets phished, a new way to fight email spammers, and much more.

Here’s What Trump’s ‘Nuclear Documents’ Could Be

FBI agents reportedly searched Mar-a-Lago for “nuclear documents.” That can fall into one of these four categories.

Sloppy Software Patches Are a ‘Disturbing Trend’

The Zero Day Initiative has found a concerning uptick in security updates that fail to fix vulnerabilities.

Google's Android Red Team Had a Full Pixel 6 Pwn Before Launch

Before the flagship phone ever landed in users’ hands, the security team thoroughly hacked it by finding bugs and developing exploits.
Cybercrime

The US Offers a $10M Bounty for Intel on Conti Ransomware Gang

The State Department organization has called for people to share details about five key members of the hacking group.
DefCon

A Long-Awaited IoT Reverse Engineering Tool Is Finally Here

Ten years after it was first unveiled, the powerful firmware analysis platform Ofrak is now available to anyone.
Glitchy McFlatface

The Hacking of Starlink Terminals Has Begun

It cost a researcher only $25 worth of parts to create a tool that allows custom code to run on the satellite dishes.
Black Hat

One of 5G’s Biggest Features Is a Security Minefield

New research found troubling vulnerabilities in the 5G platforms carriers offer to wrangle embedded device data.
Mar-a-Uh-Oh

Big Takeaways From the FBI's Mar-a-Lago Raid

The fact that a search of Donald Trump's Florida home was even necessary says a lot.
Sign Here

GitHub Moves to Guard Open Source Against Supply Chain Attacks

The popular Microsoft-owned code repository plans to roll out code signing, which will help beef up the security of open source projects.
Security Roundup

The US Emergency Alert System Has Dangerous Flaws

Plus: A crypto-heist extravaganza, a peek at an NSO spyware dashboard, and more.
Record Scratch

An ISP Settled Piracy Lawsuits. Could Users Take the Hit?

Now that Charter has reached settlements with major record labels, it’s unclear whether the cable provider will pull the plug on users who pirate music.
Slacking Off

A Slack Bug Exposed Some Users’ Hashed Passwords for 5 Years

The exposure of cryptographically scrambled passwords isn’t a worst-case scenario—but it isn’t great, either.
Neighborhood Watch

All the Data Amazon's Ring Cameras Collect About You

The popular security devices are tracking (and sharing) more than you might think.
Rising Tensions

An Attack on Albanian Government Suggests New Iranian Aggression

A Tehran-linked hack of a NATO member marks a significant escalation against the backdrop of US-Iran nuclear talks.
Under Pressure

The Microsoft Team Racing to Catch Bugs Before They Happen

What's it like to be responsible for a billion people's digital security? Just ask the company's Morse researchers.
SIKE Out

A New Attack Easily Knocked Out a Potential Encryption Algorithm

SIKE was a contender for post-quantum-computing encryption. It took researchers an hour and a single PC to break it.
Mixed Bag

Bitcoin Fog Case Could Put Cryptocurrency Tracing on Trial

Roman Sterlingov, accused of laundering $336 million, is proclaiming his innocence—and challenging a key investigative tool.
Security Roundup

You Pay More When Companies Get Hacked

Plus: Google delays the end of cookies (again), EU officials were targeted with Pegasus spyware, and more of the top security news.
Counter Measures

How Tor Is Fighting—and Beating—Russian Censorship

Russia has been trying to block the anonymous browser since December—with mixed results.
Blind Spots

Don’t Call the New Federal Gun Law a Gun Law

Democratic senators lacked actionable gun data for their negotiations—so they passed mental health reform instead.
Stuck in Place

Interstate Travel Post-Roe Isn’t as Secure as You May Think

Despite the DOJ vowing to protect people's ability to travel out of state for abortion care, legal experts warn not to take that freedom for granted.
Splinternet

Russia Is Quietly Ramping Up Its Internet Censorship Machine

Since Vladimir Putin blocked Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in March, Russia has been pushing away from the global internet at a rapid pace.
Security Roundup

The January 6 Secret Service Text Scandal Turns Criminal

Plus: The FCC cracks down on car warranty robocalls, Thai activists get targeted by NSO's Pegasus, and the Russia-Ukraine cyberwar continues.