This week’s security news: Google could owe you $100 million

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Not a freak nobody, but there serious flaw in all supported versions of Microsoft Windows allowing attackers to take over your machine. The so-called Follina vulnerability could be exploited using a weaponized Word document, and security researchers say they’ve already found government-backed hackers using the attack in the wild. Fingers crossed that Microsoft, downplaying the severity of the vulnerability, will soon release a patch.

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Speaking of fixes, everything from Apple iOS and Google Android to Chrome, Firefox and Zoom received major security updates in May. Check out our full list available updates to see which apps you need to visit as soon as possible.

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We also researched the race to protect your voice from hackers and corporate greed. And we tried to solve the mystery China’s sudden warnings about US state-sponsored hackers haunt Chinese systems, despite the fact that these hacks are well known and happened a long time ago.

Meanwhile in India, the country’s telecommunications regulator is gearing up fight spam and scammers from robocall requiring caller names to appear in the caller ID. The idea sounds good until you realize the privacy implications and the fact that such a plan might not even work.

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Finally, because nothing is sacred, Canada’s privacy commissioner announced this week that a mobile app for Tim Horton, the coffee chain’s favorite, illegally spied on the location of its users. The app, which used location tracking technology from the US company Radar, collected a constant stream of user location data, checking it every 2.5 minutes, and creating an “event” every time the user “entered or left” their home. at home, in the office, at a major sports complex, or at a competing coffee shop, depending on the commissioner’s office.

But that’s not all guys. Every week we collect important security and privacy news that we didn’t cover ourselves. Click the links for full stories and stay safe.

If you lived in Illinois between May 1, 2015 and April 25, 2022, Google may owe you money. The company recently settled a class action lawsuit over a feature in the Google Photos app that categorized photos of people based on their faces. Problem? According to the lawsuit, Google failed to obtain consent to this from millions of users, which is a violation of the state’s biometric privacy law. Google pleaded not guilty as part of the settlement, but agreed to pay $100 million and take steps to avoid further privacy violations. If you were an Illinois resident during this seven-year period and appeared in a photo uploaded to the Google Photos app, you can sue for his piece of the $100 million pie.

The blurry line between “fighting” and “not fighting” has become even blurrier this week. General Paul Nakasone, head of US Cyber ​​Command and the NSA, told Sky News that the US military has conducted a “series of operations across the spectrum” including “offensive, defensive and information operations” in support of Ukraine’s defense against a Russian invasion. Nakasone declined to detail what these operations entailed, but assured them that they were perfectly legal. General’s Confession Matches U.S. Consent provide Ukraine with modern missile systems with a range of 50 miles. The Kremlin reacted to the news by saying that the US was “adding fuel to the fire.”

As part of the U.S. Supreme Court’s investigation into the leaking of a draft opinion abolition of guaranteed abortion rights in the United StatesAccording to CNN, court clerks were asked to hand over their private phone records and sign affidavits. The “unprecedented” move is irritating civil liberties advocates. Albert Fox Kahn, Founder of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, writing for WIRED: “The haunting investigation reveals a disturbing turn by the Supreme Court, and especially by Chief Justice John Roberts, on powers of observation.” In the meantime, clerks are reportedly hesitant to refuse a demand for phone records or seek legal advice for fear of being mistakenly suspected of leaking a draft report. Politico reporters.

Trump-era conspiracy theories can finally be put to rest, at least in theory. BUT 52-page secret report The “exposure” of Michael Flynn, former U.S. National Security Adviser Donald Trump, has now been made public thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Jason Leopold of Buzzfeed News. Republicans have long accused Obama administration operatives of exposing Flynn’s name in classified material for political purposes ahead of the 2016 election. But a Justice Department report by former U.S. Attorney John Brush found “no evidence that whistleblowing requests were filed for political purposes or other improper reasons during the 2016 election period or the subsequent transitional period.” resigned in 2017 for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about Flynn’s calls to the Russian ambassador to the United States.


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