Iowa asked researchers to break into a courthouse, then it arrested them

Ransomware attacks have cost cities like Atlanta and Baltimore millions of dollars and made it clear that state and municipal governments need to protect themselves against cyberthreats. With that in mind, the state of Iowa hired cybersecurity firm C...

Huge cyberattack against country of Georgia knocks out 15,000 websites

The country of Georgia is reeling from a particularly vicious cyberattack. Officials are investigating after intruders striking on October 28th defaced over 15,000 websites hosted on local provider Pro-Service, including those for the President of G...

Microsoft has a new way to keep your computer’s firmware from being hacked

In the constant cat and mouse game that is PC security, hackers have increasingly turned to firmware exploits to carry out their attacks. There are a couple of reasons for the uptick. One obvious one is that firmware, as the code that defines the rel...

Facebook’s 2020 election ‘protections’ still allow for lying politicians

Today, Facebook outlined new measures to stop abuse and interference in the 2020 election. They include safeguards meant to make Facebook more secure and transparent, but they make one glaring omission. The new policies don't change Facebook's rules...

Chrome for Android update protects against Spectre-like chip hacks

Last year, Chrome 67 for desktop introduced Site Isolation to protect users from Spectre-style security threats by making it harder for attackers to steal data from other websites. Now, Chrome 77 is bringing Site Isolation to Chrome on Android.

Senator Wyden pushes his ‘Mind Your Own Business’ privacy act forward

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is advancing his data privacy bill. Today, he shared his "Mind Your Own Business Act" an official version of the draft legislation we saw last year. Like the draft, the official version would give the Federal Trade Commission...

iPhone exploit could allow permanent jailbreak for millions of devices

Jailbreaks seemed to be a thing of the past, but last month, a security research released the first free, public iPhone jailbreak in years. Now, another security researcher has discovered an exploit that could make it possible to permanently jailbrea...

Researchers easily breached voting machines for the 2020 election

The voting machines that the US will use in the 2020 election are still vulnerable to hacks. A group of ethical hackers tested a bunch of those voting machines and election systems (most of which they bought on eBay). They were able to crack into eve...