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Olympic Athletes Advised Not To Bring Phones To Beijing Over Spying Concerns


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Athletes who are preparing to travel to Beijing for the Winter Games next month might want to think about leaving their personal smart phones at home. The reason: a new app developed by Beijing to track Olympic athletes’ health data has been found to have several startling security flaws, according to a group of Canadian researchers called Citizen Lab.

Citizen Lab told the NYT and other news organizations that it had shared its findings with the Beijing Organizing Committee on Dec. 3 but…


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What to Do in the Aftermath of a Data Breach

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Internet users in the United States rank first for data breaches. In this edition of SecurityWatch, we tell you what to do if your information winds up in someone else’s possession.

Shortly after joining the PCMag team in 2021, I started receiving weird emails. They weren’t from readers or Twitter reply guys as I expected. Instead, they were from Instagram, informing me that people in Brazil, China, or Iran were trying to access my long-dormant account. The warnings prompted me to log in, change my password, store it in a password manager, and enable multi-factor authentication on my account. The process took…


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Army ‘Significantly’ Expanding Bring-Your-Own-Device Pilot


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If the Army’s top IT officials have their way, soldiers will soon be able to bring their own approved devices to use at work “on an enduring basis.”

Army chief information officer Dr. Raj Iyer told reporters Tuesday that a short pilot program led by the National Guard earlier this year “came back with flying colors” and passed key security tests. He indicated that the pilot is focused on enabling access “to email and other collaboration tools.” …


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Army Bring-Your-Own-Device Experiments Test New Security Concepts


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Some U.S. soldiers and National Guardsmen will be allowed to carry their own cellphones and other devices on missions next year, under an expanded Army pilot program that seeks to understand the risks of bringing some commercial technologies onto the battlefield.

 “We did an initial pilot in the fall, very very promising reports came out of that,” Lt. Gen. John B. Morrison, Jr., the Army’s deputy chief of staff, G-6, told reporters on Tuesday.

Officials said that the National Guard in particular would…


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Pegasus Malware


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Pegasus malware is spyware that can hack any iOS or Android device and steal a variety of data from the infected device, including text messages, emails, key logs, audio and information from installed applications, such as Facebook or Instagram. The spyware can record conversations and video as well as snap pictures from the device’s camera. The malware was created by NSO Group, an Israeli cybersecurity firm founded in 2010, and has been around since at least the summer of 2016.

Threat actors can use Pegasus to stealthily gather information from high-value targets, including…


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U.S. State Department Phones Hacked with Israeli Company Spyware – Sources


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WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Apple Inc iPhones of at least nine U.S. State Department employees were hacked by an unknown assailant using sophisticated spyware developed by the Israel-based NSO Group, according to four people familiar with the matter.

The hacks, which took place in the last several months, hit U.S. officials either based in Uganda or focused on matters concerning …


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