'Simjacker' Attack Can Track Phones Just by Sending a Text

'Simjacker' Attack Can Track Phones Just by Sending a Text

The good news is that the so-called Simjacker attack revealed this week by AdaptiveMobile Security doesn't appear to affect the major US carriers.The Treasury Department this week leveled sanctions against three North Korean hacking groups, including the Lazarus Group, a team thought responsible for the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures and other major targets.

281 Alleged Email Scammers Arrested in Massive Global Sweep

281 Alleged Email Scammers Arrested in Massive Global Sweep

The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of 281 suspects in connection with email scams and wire transfer fraud.Tuesday's law enforcement initiative, dubbed Operation reWired, involved extensive international coordination to make 167 arrests in Nigeria, 74 in the United States, 18 in Turkey, and 15 in Ghana.

States Are Turning Up the Heat on Google and Facebook

States Are Turning Up the Heat on Google and Facebook

Monday, the attorneys general of 48 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, said they had begun an investigation of whether Google is abusing its power as the dominant provider of internet search.

Trump Administration Says Carmakers’ California Pact Is Illegal

Trump Administration Says Carmakers’ California Pact Is Illegal

Separately, the Justice Department has opened an antitrust probe into the deal, in which four automakers reached a pact on compromise tailpipe emissions with California, defying federal regulators, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Swatting Is a Deadly Problem—Here's the Solution

Swatting Is a Deadly Problem—Here's the Solution

Third, a Seattle resident who is, Whitcomb says, “a well-known internet celebrity” reached out to Whitcomb, asking if there was anything the police department could do to ensure they weren’t swatted.

The $26.5B T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Moves a Big Step Forward

The $26.5B T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Moves a Big Step Forward

Justice Department officials said they approved the deal after they were convinced that the sale of Sprint’s so-called prepaid business, which includes the Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile brands, and portions of Sprint’s wireless spectrum, would help Dish create a viable network.

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon's Revolutionary Retail Strategy? Recycling Old Ideas

Amazon is so new, and so dramatic in its speed and scale and aggression, that we can easily forget how many of the things it’s doing are actually very old. Amazon is systematically going through every branch of the idea tree around what retail is, and doing it without any pride.

The Latest Charges Against Julian Assange Are an Assault on Press Freedom

The Latest Charges Against Julian Assange Are an Assault on Press Freedom

Unlike the previous indictment—which focused narrowly on an apparent offer to help crack a password —the 17 superseding counts focus instead on alleged violations of the Espionage Act. In doing so, the DOJ has aimed a battering ram at the freedom of the press , whether you think Assange is a journalist or not.

The Danger in Assange’s Charges, a Memory Experiment, and More News

The Danger in Assange’s Charges, a Memory Experiment, and More News

New charges against Julian Assange threaten all of the press, scientists have figured out how to alter emotional memories, and Memorial Day is coming. New charges unveiled by the Justice Department against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange paint a troublesome picture for him—and for all journalists.

How Huawei Might Handle the Latest US Sanctions

How Huawei Might Handle the Latest US Sanctions

On Monday, the US government agreed to a 90-day exception to the export restrictions that allow Huawei to deal with US companies to support existing products. Even without the 90-day exemption, Huawei will still be able to use Google's open source Android operating system for its phones.

Indictment Alleges Who Hacked Anthem, but Not Why

Indictment Alleges Who Hacked Anthem, but Not Why

“More than 90 percent of the department’s cases alleging economic espionage over the past seven years involve China,” then-deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein said in a December press conference announcing a wave of indictments that specifically tied hackers to the Chinese government.

Facebook Can Ban Whomever It Wants. Just Ask Trump's Lawyers

Facebook Can Ban Whomever It Wants. Just Ask Trump's Lawyers

If the Trump administration believes that the President's own Twitter account can't infringe on people's free speech rights, then it seems dubious at best to claim that a privately-owned company with no ties to the government can, Citron says.

Riding a Scooter? Protect Your Head

Riding a Scooter? Protect Your Head

“A helmet is recommended for safety in riding a scooter or a bicycle,” says Marissa Monroy, the city transportation department’s communications head, though she notes no city rules require riders to do so.

Feds Rule That One Company’s Gig Workers Are Contractors

Feds Rule That One Company’s Gig Workers Are Contractors

On Monday, the US Department of Labor hinted at an answer, writing in a letter to one gig-economy company that its workers are, in fact, independent contractors.

How can Bhutan better prepare for earthquakes?

How can Bhutan better prepare for earthquakes?

To that end, Bhutan embarked on the $1.29 million Improving Resilience to Seismic Risk project funded by the Japan Policy and Human Resources Development (PHRD) Technical Assistance Program to Support Disaster Reduction and Recovery.

Census Citizenship Question Riles Tech and Privacy Groups

Census Citizenship Question Riles Tech and Privacy Groups

"Our position is that collecting citizenship information from every person in the country and transferring it in bulk to another federal agency potentially for criminal law enforcement is a gross invasion of privacy that isn't justifiable," says John Davisson, counsel at EPIC.The organization filed a lawsuit in the US District Court in Washington DC, laying out much the same argument.

A New Method of DNA Testing Could Solve More Shootings

A New Method of DNA Testing Could Solve More Shootings

They published their study in a peer-reviewed academic journal, Forensic Science International , and the San Diego Police Department began using it in 2014—around the same time they tested the evidence in the Gregory Benton murder case.

US Air Force Defector Allegedly Helped Iran Hack Americans

US Air Force Defector Allegedly Helped Iran Hack Americans

Bella Wood The Iranian hackers, according to the indictment, used Witt's target profiles to send phishing emails and social media messages to her former colleagues, including one based in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon Doubles Down on AI–and Wants Help from Big Tech

The Pentagon Doubles Down on AI–and Wants Help from Big Tech

Federal contracting records indicate that Google, Oracle, IBM, and SAP have signaled interest in working on future Defense Department AI projects. John "Jack" Shanahan, who leads the JAIC, said the unit will focus on rapidly deploying existing AI algorithms and tools, often contracted from technology companies, in military scenarios.

Cybersecurity Workers Scramble to Fix a Post-Shutdown Mess

Cybersecurity Workers Scramble to Fix a Post-Shutdown Mess

Furloughed cybersecurity employees returned to expired software licenses and web encryption certificates, colleagues burned out from working on skeleton crews, and weeks-worth of unanalyzed network activity logs.

Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities

Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities

Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities The Labor Department says the vast majority of engineers Oracle hired out of college for its headquarters in California, shown here, were Asian, including many on student visas.

In Project Maven's Wake, the Pentagon Seeks AI Tech Talent

In Project Maven's Wake, the Pentagon Seeks AI Tech Talent

Thousands of the company’s employees had signed a petition two months earlier calling for an end to its work on the project, an effort to create algorithms that could help intelligence analysts pick out military targets from video footage.Inside the Pentagon, Google’s withdrawal brought a combination of frustration and distress—even anger—that has percolated ever since, according to five sources familiar with internal discussions on Maven, the military’s first big effort to utilize AI in warfare.About This StoryThis article was produced in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization.“We have stumbled unprepared into a contest over the strategic narrative,” said an internal Pentagon memo circulated to roughly 50 defense officials on June 28.

How China’s Elite Spies Stole the World’s Most Valuable Secrets

How China’s Elite Spies Stole the World’s Most Valuable Secrets

“It’s a potential foothold into hundreds of organizations.”"More than two-thirds of the Justice Department’s cases involving thefts of trade secrets are connected to China."Deputy attorney general Rod RosensteinFor an even greater sense of scale: The indictment alleges, among other things, that by hacking into a single New York-based MSP, APT10 was able to compromise data from companies in a dozen countries, from Brazil to the United Arab Emirates.

DOJ Indicts Hackers for Ransomware That Crippled Atlanta

DOJ Indicts Hackers for Ransomware That Crippled Atlanta

Regardless of the impact on the alleged SamSam hackers specifically, the Justice Department made a statement that should resound among cybercriminals who rely on bitcoin and the dark web for anonymity.“It absolutely adds a chilling effect,” Jarvis says.

The Government's Role in the Rise of Lab-Grown Meat

The Government's Role in the Rise of Lab-Grown Meat

The Government's Role in the Rise of Lab-Grown MeatA small scale production line of the leghemoglobin for a plant-based hamburger is displayed during a media tour of Impossible Foods labs and processing plant in Redwood City, California.Beck Diefenbach/ReutersLast month, the US Department of Agriculture and FDA convened to debate meat: what it is and isn't, and if plant-based or lab-grown products like those made by Impossible Burger and Memphis Meats should be called meat.

The Mueller Investigation May Be Safe Despite Matt Whitaker

The Mueller Investigation May Be Safe Despite Matt Whitaker

At the same time, the forced resignation of attorney general Jeff Sessions, and appointment of his chief of staff Matt Whitaker to be the acting attorney general—a decision that is of at least debatable legality—has raised fears that the Trump administration is closing in on firing Mueller himself.Yet as the dust settles from the midterms and Sessions’ abrupt departure, there are five clear reasons to be optimistic that the rule of law will hold, and that Mueller will be able to complete his probe, regardless of what he ultimately finds.

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.