Flaws in smart car alarms exposed 3 million cars to hijack

The vulnerabilities, which resided in associated smartphone apps, were both easy to find and easy to fix. Two smart alarm systems for cars have plugged critical security holes that put three million vehicles globally at risk of being hijacked, research by Pen Test Partners reveals. If exploited, the vulnerabilities would have enabled anyone to turn the alarm … More Flaws in smart car alarms exposed 3 million cars to hijack

Twitter bug may have exposed private tweets of Android users for years

If you use Twitter for Android and want your tweets to be private, you may want to play safe and review your settings. Twitter has disclosed that it’s fixed a bug that, for more than four years, made the private (aka ‘protected’) tweets of some of the platform’s users public. The flaw affected an unknown number … More Twitter bug may have exposed private tweets of Android users for years

Google+ to shut earlier as new bug exposed data of 52.5 million users

There is no evidence that the flaw was misused during the six days it was alive, said the tech giant. Google is closing down its social network Google+ for consumers sooner than planned following the discovery of a new security issue that exposed the data of 52.5 million users. Only two months ago, Google announced … More Google+ to shut earlier as new bug exposed data of 52.5 million users

Attackers exploit flaw in GDPR-themed WordPress plugin to hijack websites

The campaign’s goals aren’t immediately clear, as the malefactors don’t appear to be leveraging the hijacked websites for further nefarious purposes. Attackers have been exploiting a security weakness in a GDPR compliance plugin for WordPress to seize control of vulnerable websites, according to a blog post by Defiant, which makes Wordfence security plugins for the web … More Attackers exploit flaw in GDPR-themed WordPress plugin to hijack websites

Twitter patches bug that may have spilled users’ private messages

The flaw affected one of the platform’s APIs between May 2017 and September 10 of this year, when it was patched “within hours”. Twitter has fixed a bug that is believed to have shared Direct Messages (DMs) and protected Tweets of some users with developers who were not authorized to access that information. According to the … More Twitter patches bug that may have spilled users’ private messages

Could home appliances knock down power grids?

Far-fetched though it may sound, the answer is yes, according to researchers, who show that electrical grids and smart home appliances could make for a dangerous mix. Cybercriminals could rope internet-connected household appliances into a botnet in order to manipulate the demand side of the power grid and, ultimately, cause anything from local outages to large-scale blackouts, … More Could home appliances knock down power grids?