AI, IoT, & Mobile Security – The Week’s Best News – 2021.02.23

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

Apple Offers Its Closest Look Yet at iOS and MacOS Security (Wired, Feb 18 2021)
In its latest Platform Security Guide, Cupertino raised the curtain on the critical features that protect against hackers.

Apple Is Going to Make It Harder to Hack iPhones With Zero-Click Attacks (VICE, Feb 22 2021)
Multiple exploit developers tell Motherboard an upcoming change in iOS could make zero-click exploits harder to pull off.

“ShareIt” Android app with over a billion downloads is a security nightmare (Ars Technica, Feb 16 2021)
Trend Micro audited one of Android’s most popular file-sharing apps. It’s not good.


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Cybersecurity risks connected to AI in autonomous vehicles (Help Net Security, Feb 17 2021)
By removing the most common cause of traffic accidents – the human driver – autonomous vehicles are expected to reduce traffic accidents and fatalities. However, they may pose a completely different type of risk to drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Cybersecurity and autonomous vehicles Autonomous vehicles use artificial intelligence systems, which employ machine learning techniques to collect, analyse and transfer data, in order to make decisions that in conventional cars are taken by humans.

“ScamClub” gang outed for exploiting iPhone browser bug to spew ads (Naked Security – Sophos, Feb 17 2021)
Stay away from popup surveys that want personal data. Tell your friends…

GPS Vulnerabilities (Schneier on Security, Feb 22 2021)
“Really good op-ed in the New York Times about how vulnerable the GPS system is to interference, spoofing, and jamming — and potential alternatives.

The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act included funding for the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Transportation to jointly conduct demonstrations of various alternatives to GPS, which were concluded last March.”

Samsung now updates Android for longer than Google does (Ars Technica, Feb 23 2021)
Galaxy devices going back to 2019 are now getting four years of security updates.

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