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Snapdragon chip flaws put >1 billion Android phones at risk of data theft

Enlarge Qualcomm A billion or more Android devices are vulnerable to hacks that can turn them into spying tools by exploiting more than 400 vulnerabilities in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip, researchers reported this week. The vulnerabilities can be exploited when a target downloads a video or other content that’s rendered by the chip. Targets can also …

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The quest to liberate $300,000 of bitcoin from an old ZIP file

Enlarge Getty Images In October, Michael Stay got a weird message on LinkedIn. A total stranger had lost access to his bitcoin private keys—and wanted Stay’s help getting his $300,000 back. It wasn’t a total surprise that The Guy, as Stay calls him, had found the former Google security engineer. Nineteen years ago, Stay published …

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Trump declares TikTok, WeChat “national emergency,” preps bans

Enlarge / If the Trump administration has its way, these logos will be scarce inside the US in a few weeks. Ivan Abreu | Bloomberg | Getty Images The White House’s campaign against the China-based developers of popular apps escalated dramatically in the last day, as President Donald Trump declared both TikTok and WeChat to …

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Lawn chairs and kitchen tables: Ergonomics in the involuntary work-from-home era

Enlarge / This is your skeleton. This is your skeleton working from home. Any questions? Aurich Lawson / Getty Images With offices shuttered around the world, many people are experiencing working from home for the first time—or experiencing it in much longer doses than they were used to. Many companies are planning to keep employees …

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More than 20GB of Intel source code and proprietary data dumped online

Enlarge Tillie Kottman Intel is investigating the purported leak of more than 20 gigabytes of its proprietary data and source code that a security researcher said came from a data breach earlier this year. The data—which at the time this post went live was publicly available on BitTorrent feeds—contains data Intel makes available to partners …

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Insecure satellite Internet is threatening ship and plane safety

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty Images More than a decade has passed since researchers demonstrated serious privacy and and security holes in satellite-based Internet services. The weaknesses allowed attackers to snoop on and sometimes tamper with data received by millions of users thousands of miles away. You might expect that in 2020—as satellite Internet has …

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SpaceX now plans for 5 million Starlink customers in US, up from 1 million

Enlarge / A SpaceX Starlink user terminal/satellite dish. SpaceX SpaceX has asked the US for permission to deploy up to 5 million user terminals for its Starlink satellite-broadband network in the US after nearly 700,000 people in the country registered interest in the service. SpaceX in March received a Federal Communications Commission license for up …

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What’s this? A bipartisan plan for AI and national security

Enlarge / Closeup of a Predator MQ-9 uncrewed aerial vehicle. Tobias Schwarz | Getty Images US Reps. Will Hurd and Robin Kelly are from opposite sides of the ever-widening aisle, but they share a concern that the United States may lose its grip on artificial intelligence, threatening the American economy and the balance of world …

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Florida teen charged as “mastermind” in Twitter hack hitting Biden, Bezos, and others

Enlarge Tom Raftery / Flickr Authorities on Friday charged three people with orchestrating this month’s epic hack of Twitter and using it to generate more than $100,000 in a bitcoin scam promoted by hijacked accounts of politicians, executives, and celebrities. Federal prosecutors in San Francisco charged Mason Sheppard, 19, Nima Fazeli, 22, and an unnamed …

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