The latest iPad Pro disables mics when its case is closed
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The latest iPad Pro disables mics when its case is closed

These days, any connected device with a microphone could arguably be treated with suspicion, from smart speakers to phones to computers. Apple helped to address privacy concerns in 2018 by adding a feature that disconnects MacBook microphones when th… Continue Reading…

Zoom will enable waiting rooms by default to keep trolls out
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Zoom will enable waiting rooms by default to keep trolls out

Zoom will make a couple of important security changes in an effort to prevent trolls from crashing shared video calls on the app. To be exact, it will require passwords to enter calls and will switch on waiting rooms by default starting on April 5th…. Continue Reading…

Zoom will enable waiting rooms by default to stop Zoombombing
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Zoom will enable waiting rooms by default to stop Zoombombing

Zoom is making some drastic changes to prevent rampant abuse as trolls attack publicly shared video calls. Starting April 5th, it will require passwords to enter calls via Meeting ID, as these may be guessed or reused. Meanwhile, it will change virtual waiting rooms to be on by default so …

Before suing NSO Group, Facebook allegedly sought their software to better spy on users
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Before suing NSO Group, Facebook allegedly sought their software to better spy on users

Facebook’s WhatsApp is in the midst of a lawsuit against Israeli mobile surveillance outfit NSO Group. But before complaining about the company’s methods, Facebook seems to have wanted to use them for its own purposes, according to testimony from NSO founder Shalev Hulio. Last year brought news of an exploit …

Zoom admits some calls were routed through China by mistake
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Zoom admits some calls were routed through China by mistake

Hours after security researchers at Citizen Lab reported that some Zoom calls were routed through China, the video conferencing platform has offered an apology and a partial explanation. To recap, Zoom has faced a barrage of headlines this week over its security policies and privacy practices, as hundreds of millions …

Zoom: Thousands of calls found via web search, thanks to default file naming scheme after users saved them in unprotected spaces like open AWS S3 buckets
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Zoom: Thousands of calls found via web search, thanks to default file naming scheme after users saved them in unprotected spaces like open AWS S3 buckets

Everyone is using Zoom for everything from pandemic family gatherings to A.A. meetings to therapy sessions to teaching college classes, but the app has newly revealed and very concerning security vulnerabilities. The contents of thousands of video calls made on the app Zoom were exposed on the open web, and …

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Zoom patches Windows vulnerability that let attackers steal your Windows login from dodgy chat links

The suddenly popular videoconferencing app Zoom has issued a patch for a vulnerability in its Windows client that allowed attackers to steal the user’s Windows login credentials from malicious chat links. Hi @zoom_us & @NCSC – here is an example of exploiting the Zoom Windows client using UNC path injection …

Zoom transmits your info through China, and uses non-standard encryption, researchers say
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Zoom transmits your info through China, and uses non-standard encryption, researchers say

A team of researchers at The Citizen Lab says the suddenly popular videoconferencing app Zoom uses a non-standard method of encryption, and transmits user information through China. If true, huge: the concern is that China could have access to all the encryption keys needed to access the contents of all …

Using AI responsibly to fight the coronavirus pandemic
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Using AI responsibly to fight the coronavirus pandemic

Mark Minevich Contributor Share on Twitter Mark Minevich is president of Going Global Ventures, an advisor at Boston Consulting Group, a digital fellow at IPsoft and a leading global AI expert and digital cognitive strategist and venture capitalist. More posts by this contributor The American AI Initiative: A good first …

Recommended Reading: What happens when bands don't tour
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Recommended Reading: What happens when bands don’t tour

How coronavirus is destroying the livelihood of music’s behind-the-scenes workforce Samantha Hissong, Rolling Stone By now, you’ve watched, or at least heard about, a musician who’s cooped up at home turning to livestreams to connect with fans. Wh… Continue Reading…