Popular password manager in the spotlight over web trackers

While the trackers in LastPass’ Android app don’t collect any personal data, the news may not sit well with some privacy-minded users LastPass, a popular password manager, has come under some fire following a report that its Android app features seven built-in advertising and analytics trackers that gather data ranging from the user’s device type and Android version to whether the user is on a free plan and has enabled biometric protection. Mike Kuketz, a German researcher who disclosed the issue, finds it completely unacceptable for apps that process extremely sensitive data to have advertising and analytics modules integrated into them: “Or to put it in general terms: no proprietary and non-transparent external [...]

Oxford University COVID‑19 lab hacked

Neither clinical research into the coronavirus nor any patient data were affected by the incident Oxford University has confirmed that one of its biology laboratories that is researching ways to combat the COVID-19 pandemic has fallen victim to a cyberattack. Details about the incident at the Division of Structural Biology (Strubi) were released by Forbes. “We have identified and contained the problem and are now investigating further. There has been no impact on any clinical research, as this is not conducted in the affected area. As is standard with such incidents, we have notified the National Cyber Security Center and are working with them,” an Oxford University spokesperson was quoted as saying. [...]

Safeguarding children against cyberbullying in the age of COVID‑19

As screen time has increased, so has the risk of cyberbullying. What you can do to help protect your children from online harassment? It’s been almost a year since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, and people everywhere have been doing their best to adhere to regional and national stay-in-place orders and social distancing rules, in the hope that the world can return to some semblance of normalcy as soon as possible. Entire families are now stuck inside, with most of their daily activities taking place from behind the screens of their devices. While it is challenging for everyone, it could be argued that coming to grips [...]

Championing worthy causes: How ESET gives a helping hand

A snapshot of some of the ways ESET makes an impact supporting the well-being of people, communities and the environment Technology companies have been developing software and hardware that has over time become an integral part of our lives. But besides providing people with the products they need, many companies are also an essential part of the communities where they are present, by creating job opportunities and benefiting local economies. Companies also pitch in by taking part in various activities that support and give back to the regions where they are located. This is usually done by actively participating in various initiatives that are important to their communities and may intersect with [...]

Facebook ramps up fight against child abuse content

Two new tools will warn users about the risks of searching for and sharing content that exploits children, including the potential legal consequences of doing so Facebook has announced a pair of new tools to help combat child abuse and exploitation content on its platform and apps. While one tool aims to curb the potentially malicious sharing of exploitative content, the other deals with its non-malicious sharing. The former is a pop-up that will be shown to users who search on Facebook’s apps for terms that are typically associated with child exploitation. “The pop-up offers ways to get help from offender diversion organizations and shares information about the consequences of viewing illegal content,” [...]

Clubhouse chats streamed to third‑party website

The incident raises concerns about the privacy and security of conversations taking place on the platform Clubhouse, the social media platform du jour, has experienced a data incident as an unidentified user found a way to stream audio feeds from the app’s chat rooms to a third-party website. Speaking to Bloomberg, Clubhouse spokeswoman Reema Bahnasy confirmed that over the weekend a user was able to pull audio feeds from “multiple rooms” and made them available on their own website. The user was then “permanently banned” and the social media platform went on to add new “safeguards” to prevent the situation from occurring again. The apparent audio spillage comes on the heels of a [...]