AI, IoT, & Mobile Security – The Week’s Best News – 2019.04.23

A Review of the Best News of the Week on AI, IoT, & Mobile Security

Thieves Somehow Stole 100 Car2Go Cars in Chicago (Motherboard, Apr 17 2019)
The company says it was not a “hack,” but Chicago police say that some of the carsharing cars may still be unaccounted for.

Google will check apps by new developers more thoroughly (Help Net Security, Apr 19 2019)
In an attempt to thwart Android developers who are set to distribute malicious apps through Google Play, Google will be taking more time when reviewing apps by developers with newly minted accounts.

Phone fingerprint scanner fooled by chewing gum packet (Naked Security – Sophos, Apr 23 2019)
A video has surfaced claiming to show someone unlocking a Nokia 9 by tapping a gum packet against the fingerprint scanner.


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Chucky is a rogue IoT device in latest Child’s Play trailer (SC Magazine, Apr 19 2019)
The new film’s trailer features Chucky connected to the “Buddi” platform which allows users to control all of their connected home devices including various electronics, toys, and anything else that can be forged into violent ad-hoc weapons and torture devices.

Free Princeton Application Provides IoT Traffic Insight (Dark Reading, Apr 19 2019)
The application developed by a research group allows users to spot possible IoT security problems.

Intel Adds Hardware Shield to New 8th Gen Intel Core vPro Mobile CPUs (SecurityWeek, Apr 16 2019)
Intel announced its new 8th Gen Intel Core vPro mobile processors. In addition to improved performance, longer battery life, and support for the faster Wi-Fi 6, the CPUs bring new security features designed to protect devices against firmware attacks.

Chrome flaw on iOS leads to 500 million unwanted pop-up ads (Naked Security – Sophos, Apr 18 2019)
If you own an iOS device and use the Chrome browser, you may have encountered some strange-looking pop-up ads in the past week.

Bug in French government’s WhatsApp replacement let anyone join Élysée chats (Ars Technica, Apr 22 2019)
Researcher found bug in email validation that let him log in and join “rooms” in Tchap app.

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