Top news this week, 4th-8th of February 2019
Important announcements

Some iOS apps use Glassbox SDK to record user screens without permission

A number of popular airline, hotel, and retail apps record the iPhone screen without the users knowledge or consent, according to an investigation from TechCrunch. Glassbox’s software records every action they take within the app, as well as taking screenshots along the way. Even worse, for some travel apps, this includes the fields where users input information like passport numbers, credit card numbers, and other financial and personal information.
You can read more here. 

Mozilla Firefox will block cryptocurrency miners

Cryptominers are snippets of JavaScript which use your PC’s resources to mine bitcoins and other crypto-currencies, causing high processor load and draining the batteries on laptops. Mozilla is expected to release the update on May 14.
More info are available here. 

A new security flaw was found in the 5G network protocol

A research conducted by SINTEF and academics from ETH Zurich and Germany’s Technische Universität Berlin found a vulnerability which affects 5G technology but also older 3G and 4G protocol. It can be used to create devices that break encryptions of cellular communications, allowing attackers to monitor the communications passing through a virtual mobile tower.
You can read more here. 

Top new products

Moto Z4 Play

Moto Z4 Play will have a 6.22-inch Super AMOLED display, Qualcomm SM6150 processor and 4GB or 6GB RAM. It will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor and a 3,600 mAh battery.
More info here. 

Samsung Galaxy A90

Samsung Galaxy A90 will have 6GB/8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It will come with three camera sensors on the back and an in-display fingerprint scanner.
More info here. 

Vivo V15 Pro

Vivo V15 Pro will have Snapdragon 675 processor, AMOLED display, 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. It will come with a triple camera on the back with 48MP, 8MP and 5MP sensors.
More info here. 

Top interesting info

Google eliminated 29 photo apps that stole pictures and promoted scams

This apps were discovered to have malicious code that pushed full-screen ads, stole information from users by tricking them into believing they have won a contest, and in some cases even took photos from devices to send to the malware designers behind the apps. According to a blog post by cybersecurity service Trend Micro, some of the apps were downloaded millions of times.
You can read more here. 

E-ticketing vulnerability could allow hackers to print boarding passes

Researchers discovered that the e-ticketing systems used by many major airlines send check-in links to passengers that are unencrypted. This can put passengers’ personally identifiable data (PII) at risk of being accessed by hackers and modified.
More info can be found here. 

Chrome will notify users if their passwords have been compromised

A new Chrome extension called Password Checkup will alert users if they enter a username / password combination that Google “knows to be unsafe”. The company said it has a database of 4 billion credentials that have been compromised in various data breaches that it can check against.
You can read more here. 


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