We also got retrospective, cataloging decade's most dangerous people on the internet and its worst hacks . It was also the decade that , turning into a multibillion dollar industry.
And that's not all! Every Saturday we round up the security and privacy stories that we didn’t break or report on in-depth but think you should know about nonetheless. Click on the headlines to read them, and stay safe out there.The Army Bans TikTokSpeaking of TikTok! The US Army closed out the year by banning TikTok on government phones, citing it as a "cyber threat." The Navy has taken the same step, following Pentagon guidance to "uninstall TikTok to circumvent any exposure of personal information." This doesn't mean that TikTok is actively spying on its users, or that you should also purge it. But it's always healthy to be aware of what data apps are collecting from you and where they send it. In the case of TikTok, that means China, which means government employees are probably right to take extra precautions .
China's 'Cloud Hopper' Hacking Campaign Did Even More Damage Than ThoughtA 2018 indictment detailed how China's elite APT10 hackers used access to so-called managed service providers to steal intellectual properly from dozens of companies. As bad as it seemed at the time, the Wall Street Journal has shared fresh details that make clear how much worse things actually got. Companies like Hewlett Packard Enterprise were "so overrun that the cloud company didn’t see the hackers re-enter their clients’ networks," the report says. By breaking into one company that provides services over the internet to several clients, APT10's hacking spree was brutally efficient, even by China's high standards.
A Google Nest Hub Showed Other People's Images For a Xiaomi Camera UserYou literally hate to see it. When a Reddit user tried to stream images from his Xiaomi camera to his Google Nest Hub, the display instead showed what appeared to be still photos from other people's homes. It appears to be an isolated incident, and Google has suspended its Google Home and Assistant integraton with Xiaomi until it figures out what happened. Starting to feel like "smart home" was a pretty serious misnomer.Erie, Colorado Paid $1 Million to Email ScammersRemember that thing about email scamming becoming a big business over the last few years? Still is! Fraudsters tricked officials in the town of Erie, Colorado to send $1.01 million of payments intended for a construction company to an unauthorized bank account instead. From there, the funds were wired out of the country. It's not the biggest so-called BEC score in recent memory, but every one of them hurts.
It wasn’t the first time this month that lawmakers have questioned the security and content moderation practices of TikTok. Two weeks ago, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) called for the Committee on Foreign Investment to investigate ByteDance’s 2017 acquisition of , a lip-syncing app popular in the US that was later merged with TikTok. On Twitter, Rubio said he was concerned TikTok is “censoring content in line with #China’s communist government directives.”.
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