AI, IoT, & Mobile Security – The Week’s Best News – 2020.08.18

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

Secret Service Bought Phone Location Data from Apps, Contract Confirms (VICE, Aug 17 2020)
An internal Secret Service document describes the purchase of Locate X, a product that uses location data harvested from ordinary apps.

Should I Segment my IoT Devices Onto Their Own Networks? (Dark Reading, Aug 17 2020)
Understanding the criticality and importance of the device determines the level of segmentation.

Hackers can eavesdrop on mobile calls with $7,000 worth of equipment (Ars Technica, Aug 13 2020)
VoLTE calls were supposed to be more secure. A fatal flaw can unravel that promise.


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An Alexa Bug Could Have Exposed Your Voice History to Hackers (Wired, Aug 13 2020)
Amazon has patched the flaw, but its discovery underscores the importance of locking down your voice assistant interactions.

The Secret SIMs Used By Criminals to Spoof Any Number (VICE, Aug 12 2020)
Criminals use so-called Russian, encrypted, or white SIMs to change their phone number, add voice manipulation to their calls, and try to stay ahead of law enforcement.

Phishing Tactic Targets Verizon Users’ Credentials (Infosecurity Magazine, Aug 13 2020)
Phishing attack targets and collects Verizon user credentials

9 Apps to Boost Your Phone’s Security and Privacy (Wired, Aug 16 2020)
Android and iOS are getting better about protecting your data and device. But if you’re looking for an extra line of defense, these can help.

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