Facebook investigated by New York AG’s office for harvesting email contacts

New York attorney general’s office is investigating Facebook for harvesting the email contacts of about 1.5 million users without their consent. “Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumers’ information while at the same time profiting from mining that data.” – New York Attorney General Letitia James The social network confirmed in April that it collected the email contacts of its users, but said it wasn’t on purpose. The attorney general’s office said in a press release that hundreds of millions of Facebook users could have been affected because users might have hundreds of email contacts stored. The attorney general’s investigation comes as other regulators and lawmakers are cracking down on Facebook for its privacy practices e.g. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission is investigating whether Facebook safeguarded its users’ passwords properly, which could show violations of GDPR. In December, the DC attorney general sued Facebook for allegedly failing to safeguard the data of its users and Canadian regulators have accused Facebook of violating local laws for mishandling user data and said they could take the company to court for its privacy mishaps. The privacy commissioner of Canada and the information and privacy commissioner for British Columbia started investigating Facebook last year after revelations surfaced that a UK political consultancy Cambridge Analyticaharvested data from about 87 million users without their permission.

CloudBleed a Cloudflare flaw leaks customer data

Cloudbleed aka Cloudleak is a bug in Cloudflare which is a CDN service, a proxy service, and a DNS provider… well to be honest cloudflare is a LOT of things these days and provides a freemium set of services, you can run your site using their DNS, proxy / CDN service for free or pay $20-$200, to get some interesting set of goodies. According to their own homepage: “Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet. Our Anycast technology enables our benefits to scale with every server we add to our growing footprint of data centers.” They provide these services for ~6 Million websites, and recently a researcher at google found a critical flaw in cloudflare’s inhouse parser that may have leaked passwords and authentication tokens. Tavis Ormandy a self-described “Vulnerability researcher at Google” currently working for Google’s Project Zero which is a security initiative found a bug on February 18th. He posted an issue on Feb 19th. he tweeted looking for anyone from cloudflare security to get in touch with him. https://twitter.com/taviso/status/832744397800214528 Cloudflare people got back to him right away and they worked on solving this issue ASAP. Unfortunately, the issue may be as old as September 2016.  Cloudflare released a statement letting us know that the larger issue started on February 13th when a code update meant one in every 3,300,300 HTTP requests potentially resulted in memory leakage which doesn’t mean anything until you realize the massive amount of information being passed through the Cloudflare network. […]

virustotal api policy changes to curb one sided usage

Virustotal is a webapp that lets you upload files to check them for viruses before you install them. You can also scan a URL directly or search the VirusTotal database. The great thing about virustotal is that it checks the uploaded file against many commercial antivirus and malware detection engines not just one, and then it tells you which ones detected the file as malware.  Consequently lots of people, companies, websites, & tools have started to make use of this amazing tool to bolster their virus and malware detecting capabilities. If, for example, multiple high rated engines detect a file as suspect, then we can be certain it requires a further inspection. The Issue at hand is that many companies have taken this service as granted. They use the results provided by virustotal as is or with little to no face checking and due diligence on their part. In some cases their own detection engines are so lack luster that it is actually better for everyone involved that they don’t bother. However this does cause a bit of an issue as this is rather unfair. Some companies and products are basically taking whats put on virustotal by other providers, checking results against those but not putting their own engines on virustotal so no one can benefit from that extra bit of checking. Dont get me wrong, every one of these product pays for a Virustotal API access subscription, but that subscription relies on a lot of great people and companies making their engines available to […]

Android 4.4.4 (KTU84P) AOSP changelog published – minor security updates

A new Android changelog has been posted and it rolls out as we speak to all Nexus devices. Android 4.4.4 (KTU84P) is mostly a security update and it basically includes Android Open Source Project changes. The update does not include any significant proprietary component from Google changes or any manufacturer updates. One of the most important changes is the fixing of Open SSL vulnerability. This update changes a few things in Open SSL, WebView and Chromium projects. Some logging and security bugs were also fixed. Android 4.4.4 proves to be a minor update that will make Android devices less vulnerable. Funky Android has more information regarding the update.

1Password – a new password encrypting app for Android – free until August 1

AgileBits releases a new app that may make things easier for you on a day to day basis. It recently released a 1Password app for Android and what this thing does is keep all of the user’s credentials encrypted safely stored under one master key. The app is now supported on more platforms such as Windows, Mac and iOS and can be used on Android. It works similarly to Last Pass and tries to not let users use the same password for more sites. It keeps passwords and encrypts them and offers users the possibility of generating encrypted passwords the app will remember so that when they log in a site, users will not have to write their credentials. 1Password is free until August 1st, after which it will require a single in-app purchase to be used as an encryption device. Its free version will remain a reader client for the online vault and users will not be able to edit anything. The iOS version costs around $18 and the Windows version or Mac one cost $49.99.  The app would be an investment after it is no longer free so now is your chance to get it for free. You can find it on Google Playstore for free HERE!