InfoSec News Nuggets 02/22/2021

Clubhouse under scrutiny for sending data to Chinese servers Clubhouse was launched about a year ago and was initially only used by Silicon Valley’s rich and famous. It is different from other social media in that it focuses on the spoken word. Clubhouse members can enter virtual rooms to listen in or participate in live conversations. The conversations can only be joined when they are live and the people having the conversation determine who is…
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InfoSec News Nuggets 01/07/2021

Watch a Robot Dog Learn How to Deftly Fend Off a Human STUDY HARD ENOUGH, kids, and maybe one day you’ll grow up to be a professional robot fighter. A few years ago, Boston Dynamics set the standard for the field by having people wielding hockey sticks try to keep Spot the quadrupedal robot from opening a door. Previously, in 2015, the far-out federal research agency Darpa hosted a challenge in which it forced clumsy humanoid robots to…
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InfoSec News Nuggets 11/05/2020

WhatsApp now lets you post ephemeral messages, which disappear after 7 days Facebook recently announced that WhatsApp passed the whopping milestone of 100 billion messages sent per day, but not everyone wants those chats to stick around forever. Now, Facebook’s wildly popular messaging app with 2 billion users is adding a feature to give people more control on how their words and pictures live within the app. From today, messages — including photos and videos…
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InfoSec News Nuggets 3/19/2020

1 - Brave accuses Google of using 'hopelessly vague' privacy policies that breach GDPR Google has been accused of breaching one of the General Data Protection Regulation's (GDPR) principles surrounding consent that requires companies to provide a specific purpose for collecting and processing user personal data.  In a complaint [PDF] filed to the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), Chromium-based browser Brave alleges that Google's privacy policy infringes the GDPR "purpose limitation" principle as it "does not transparently…
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InfoSec News Nuggets 10/04/2019

Researchers Say They Uncovered Uzbekistan Hacking Operations Due to Spectacularly Bad OPSEC Nation-state spy agencies are only as good as their operational security—the care they take to keep their digital spy operations from being discovered. But occasionally a government threat actor appears on the scene that gets it all wrong. This is the case with a threat actor recently discovered by Kaspersky Lab that it’s calling SandCat—believed to be Uzbekistan’s repressive and much-feared intelligence agency, the State…
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