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InfoSec News Nuggets 6/24/2020

Four California Hotels Redefine Social Distancing with Robots Delivering Groceries, Towels and Pet Treats

As the California economy reopens, four California hotels have created a safe environment with elevated cleanliness and Social Distancing Robot Ambassadors.  With many guests preferring a touchless experience, the three-foot robots provide guests with peace of mind as they can deliver everything from pillows and pet treats to towels and groceries. Since the robots have no arms, they do not replace staff members as they cannot carry luggage, make beds or take reservations.  They enhance the guest experience while providing the necessary social distancing to keep everyone safe.


Cyberbullying: Adults can be victims too

If you think that adults being victims is an overstatement, just look at the comments under the social media posts of celebrities, athletes, or even politicians. You might say: “Those are public figures; they should be able to handle it!” As far as constructive criticism is concerned, then yes, by all means. But when does criticism cross the line and turn into cyberbullying? Cyberbullying isn’t limited to public figures; any one of us can become a target. Skeptical? The Pew Research Center begs to differ. Its recent study on online harassment found that approximately four in ten US adults have personally experienced online harassment, with a quarter of the respondents finding their experience very or extremely upsetting. As we mark Stop Cyberbullying Day, we should educate ourselves on the signs and threats of cyberbullying and how we can stand up to it.


Have Apple And Google Uploaded A COVID-19 Tracking App To Your Phone? The Facts Behind The Furor

If you have opened up your Facebook or Twitter apps only to be bombarded by messages from people warning that Apple or Google has suddenly and stealthily installed a COVID-19 tracking app to their phone, and you should check yours, then you are not alone. I’m sorry to disappoint those readers looking forward to a good old rant about the state violating their right to privacy or expecting fuel to feed another conspiracy theory fire. Neither Apple nor Google have uploaded an app to your smartphone without your permission; no stealthy and automatic tracking app installation has taken place.


Google is on a mission to stop you from reusing passwords

“Passwords are one of the worst things on the internet,” Mark Risher, Google’s senior director for account security, identity, and abuse told The Verge. Though they’re essential for security and to help people log in to many apps and websites, “they’re one of the primary, if not the primary, ways that people actually end up getting compromised.” It’s a strange thing for a Google security executive to say because the last time you logged into Gmail, you probably typed in a password. But the company has been trying to nudge users away from the model for years, or at least minimize the damage. And in the coming weeks, one of Google’s quietest tools in that fight — the Password Checkup plugin — will be getting a higher profile, as it joins the Security Checkup dashboard built into every Google account.


Apple Suddenly Confirms Hidden Problem Impacting All iPhone, iPad Users

Apple’s WWDC announcements this week have had a heavy focus on security and privacy. The U.S. tech giant has had a difficult few months, with multiple issues and vulnerabilities reported, and now seemingly wants to move past all this, to restate its security and privacy credentials, setting itself apart from the competition. But Apple doesn’t always get this right, as perfectly illustrated by a security issue that it originally denied, but has now suddenly confirmed by issuing a fix. That fix is not available yet, though, leaving users at risk. It will come with iOS 14, due in the fall.


Twitter Apologizes To Clients For Business Data Breach

Twitter has issued an apology to its business clients acknowledging that personal information may have been compromised, the BBC reported. “We’re very sorry this happened. We recognize and appreciate the trust you place in us, and are committed to earning that trust every day,” said an email to affected users seen by the news service. The email also noted, that it was “not believed that non-business Twitter users are affected,” according to the report. Billing information of some of its clients which use Twitter’s advertising and analytics platforms was stored in the browser’s cache, Twitter said in an email to its clients. It was possible others could have accessed personal information such as email addresses, phone numbers and the last four digits of clients’ credit card numbers.


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