According to the researchers at security firm Check Point, “Hundreds of millions of Android smartphones may be at risk from a security flaw that allows hackers to hijack a handset without a victim’s knowledge. Devices made by Samsung, HTC, LG and ZTE, including those running the latest version of Android, are potentially vulnerable. Check point has dubbed the flaw “Certifi-gate.”
The company said that software installed on smartphones by the manufacturers, which cannot be disabled by users, could be exploited by malicious apps, giving them privileged access to the device.
This means hackers could steal contact information and other personal data, track a user’s location, and remotely activate the smartphone’s microphone without the user’s knowledge. Gabi Reish, Check Point’s vice president of product management stated that “it would make it a remote spying device.”
Warehouse membership club Costco says it needs more time to secure its photo processing website.
Third-party photo service provider PNI Digital Media was hacked last month, causing retailers Costco, CVS Health, and Wal-Mart to take down their respective photo processing websites and post cautionary notes in their place.
Costco had notified its customers at the time that it was “diligently working to determine when we can reenable the site, but in all likelihood, that will not occur until early August.” It updated that notice the other day to essentially say, on second thought, give us another week or so.
Hope everyone got a good look, because Lenny Kravitz has had just about enough of your gawking.
When the rocker’s “axe” first surfaced on the internet after its surprise cameo at a festival in Stockholm, Sweden, it was all laughs. Even Lenny himself took a lighthearted approach to the potentially embarrassing situation, taking to Twitter and posting a screenshot of a conversation between himself and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. He even coined the event #PenisGate. But those mirthful laughs and giggles at a potentially humiliating moment are over. The “Where Are We Running” singer is considering legal action about having the dick pics taken down off the internet.
According to Metro (via NME), Lenny’s legal representatives are now threatening publishers with lawsuits, saying the photos breach their “clients’ copyright, human rights, right-of-publicity and performer’s rights.”
In a fourth embodiment of the invention, the service provider is a lender. When an individual applies for a loan, the lender examines the credit ratings of members of the individual’s social network who are connected to the individual through authorized nodes. If the average credit rating of these members is at least a minimum credit score, the lender continues to process the loan application. Otherwise, the loan application is rejected.