Security News This Week: Apps for Kids Have Been Tracking Their Locations

Security News This Week: Apps for Kids Have Been Tracking Their Locations

This week, New Mexico's attorney general filed a lawsuit against Tiny Lab, an app developer behind games like Fun Kid Racing, as well as advertising companies including Google and Twitter, alleging that they violated children’s privacy laws by tracking and sharing data for users under the age of 13.

A Decade-Old Attack Can Break the Encryption of Most PCs

A Decade-Old Attack Can Break the Encryption of Most PCs

It's not super technically challenging."Segerdahl notes that the findings have particular implications for corporations and other institutions that manage a large number of computers, and could have their whole network compromised off of one lost or stolen laptop.'It's pretty quick and very doable for a knowledgable hacker.'Olle Segerdahl, F-SecureTo carry out the attack, the F-Secure researchers first sought a way to defeat the the industry-standard cold boot mitigation.

Trump's New Executive Order Slaps a Bandaid on Election Interference Problems

Trump's New Executive Order Slaps a Bandaid on Election Interference Problems

"We remain woefully underprepared to secure the upcoming elections, and an executive order is simply no substitute for congressional action," Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement.Analysts also noted that the apparent lack of collaboration between the White House and Congress could indicate that the order is more of a bandaid than a concerted effort by the administration to build deterrents against election meddling."Trump is way late to the game.

Climate change driving up malnutrition rates in Pacific, UN warns

Climate change driving up malnutrition rates in Pacific, UN warns

Climate change is making people hungry – with nearly 100 million people across the world needing humanitarian food aid because of climate shocks last year – and a growing number of people are malnourished across the Pacific, a new United Nations report says.

How You Can Prepare to Evacuate Your Home for Hurricane Florence

How You Can Prepare to Evacuate Your Home for Hurricane Florence

How You Can Prepare to Evacuate Your Home for Hurricane Florence Here are some tips for getting ready: Make a plan, bring documents, close lids, clear the yard, blast the freezer.Illustration by Claire O'Neill/The New York TimesFor the latest updates, read our Hurricane Florence live briefing here.When a hurricane is poised to make landfall and the authorities issue an evacuation order, you may not have much time before you leave to protect your home from the storm — and from flooding.“People have a hard time internalizing, preparing for something that’s outside their realm of experience,” said J.

The 19th Century Argument for a 21st Century Space Force

The 19th Century Argument for a 21st Century Space Force

Security experts warn that Russia and China are both catching up and developing anti-satellite weapons capable of tripping up America’s strategic orbital foothold.The fourth thing to know about space power is, if America gives up its military dominance, expect its economic influence to wane as well.

One of Most Popular Mac Apps Acts Like Spyware

One of Most Popular Mac Apps Acts Like Spyware

Particularly, Wardle says the program tries different tactics to get information about the other software running on a user's computer.'This app is horrible, it just blatantly violates so many Apple App Store guidelines.'Patrick Wardle, Digita SecuritySome programs, like trustworthy antivirus scanners, use this capability safely and legitimately, but App Store apps aren't supposed to be able to access it from inside their sandboxes.

Australia signs declaration saying climate change 'single greatest threat' to Pacific

Australia signs declaration saying climate change 'single greatest threat' to Pacific

The first assertion of the strongly worded Boe Declaration says all Pacific nations, including Australia, “reaffirm that climate change remains the single greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and wellbeing of the peoples of the Pacific, and our commitment to progress the implementation of the Paris agreement.

Google Wants to Kill the URL

Google Wants to Kill the URL

And the group won't offer any examples at this point of the types of schemes they are considering.The focus right now, they say, is on identifying all the ways people use URLs to try to find an alternative that will enhance security and identity integrity on the web while also adding convenience for everyday tasks like sharing links on mobile devices."I don’t know what this will look like, because it’s an active discussion in the team right now," says Parisa Tabriz, director of engineering at Chrome.

How Google Chrome Spent a Decade Making the Web More Secure

How Google Chrome Spent a Decade Making the Web More Secure

So the original design of Chrome had two big pieces: auto-updates to make sure you always had the most updated version, and the Chrome sandbox to make sure that if there was a vulnerability that could be exploited we could confine that within the sandbox."'I will be very, very upset if three to five years from now password phishing is still something that we don’t feel we’ve largely solved.'Justin Schuh, Chrome EngineerThese features that set Chrome apart in 2008 are now an industry standard, but at the time Google received criticism for its new browser's big bets.

For Pacific Island nations, rising sea levels are a bigger security concern than rising Chinese influence

For Pacific Island nations, rising sea levels are a bigger security concern than rising Chinese influence

The key question heading into the forum is: can the agreement find a balance between the security priorities of Australia and New Zealand and the needs of the Pacific Island nations?

Riding With the Diplomatic Couriers Who Deliver America's Secret Mail

Riding With the Diplomatic Couriers Who Deliver America's Secret Mail

We’re on just one of thousands of such trips the service will execute this year as it delivers classified cargo, contained in tamper-proof orange pouches, to 270 US embassies and consulates around the world.The little-known, 100-year-old Diplomatic Courier Service works like your interoffice mail system, but on a planetary scale, with complex protocols and security measures that ensure the reliable transport of sensitive material by land, air, and sea.

Security News This Week: Hackers Hit The Oatmeal, and It Wasn't Funny

Security News This Week: Hackers Hit The Oatmeal, and It Wasn't Funny

Newman reported on how a T-Mobile data breach last week exposed personal information, like phone numbers, and why that matters so much.Another major security story this week came out of California, which is trying to pass a comprehensive digital privacy law to give residents control over their data.

Phone Numbers Were Never Meant as ID. Now We’re All At Risk

Phone Numbers Were Never Meant as ID. Now We’re All At Risk

Companies don't seem interested in catching up.'If it’s not a secret, then you can’t use it as an authenticator.'Jeremy Grant, Better Identity CoalitionIdentity management experts have warned for years about over-reliance on phone numbers.

Why strengthening land rights strengthens development

Why strengthening land rights strengthens development

Reflecting the importance of secure land ownership to the SDGs’ success, the World Bank Group is now working with developing countries to improve their land-tenure systems and expand the coverage of legally recognized and registered rights.