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

We Got the Phone the FBI Secretly Sold to Criminals (VICE, Jul 08 2021)
Anom’ phones used in an FBI honeypot are mysteriously showing up on the secondary market. We bought one.

Voice cloning of growing interest to actors and cybercriminals (BBC, Jul 11 2021)
As voice cloning technology has become ever more effective, it is of increasing interest to actors… and cybercriminals.

Android Updates for July 2021 Patch Tens of High-Severity Vulnerabilities (SecurityWeek, Jul 08 2021)
Google on Wednesday announced the availability of the July 2021 security updates for the Android operating system, which include patches for over 40 vulnerabilities.

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AI and Cybersecurity: Making Sense of the Confusion (Dark Reading, Jul 12 2021)
Artificial intelligence is a maturing area in cybersecurity, but there are different concerns depending on whether you’re a defender or an attacker.

Stop deepfakes with employee awareness training and better personal data management (SC Media, Jul 09 2021)
Today’s columnist, Rob Shavell of Abine, points out that better employee training about deepfake technology can possibly stop the famous 2019 case where a UK executive was duped by phone into transferring $200,000+ to a Hungarian bank, but companies also need to do a better job of managing the personal information of employees.

5G coverage now extends to 1662 cities across 65 countries (Help Net Security, Jul 07 2021)
Viavi Solutions released a research demonstrating the accelerating pace at which 5G is growing, with coverage extending to an additional four countries and 301 cities worldwide since the beginning of this year. The new total — 1662 cities across 65 countries — represents an increase of more than 20 percent during 2021 to date, according to the latest edition of the report.

Non-Malicious Android Crypto Mining Apps Scam Users at Scale (SecurityWeek, Jul 08 2021)
With no bad behavior, the mobile apps are difficult to detect by automated security scans

The FBI’s honeypot Pixel 4a gets detailed in new report (Ars Technica, Jul 09 2021)
FBI honeypot phones are now public—and showing up on the secondary market.

Consumer Group Lodges EU Complaint Against WhatsApp (SecurityWeek, Jul 12 2021)
The European Consumer Organisation announced Monday it had lodged a complaint with the European Commission against Facebook’s attempt to modify the terms of service for the WhatsApp messenging service.

An Office Phone Flaw Can’t Be Fixed by Cisco Alone (Wired, Jul 09 2021)
The company released a patch this week, but security researchers say the root of the problem is beyond its control—and symptomatic of a larger issue.

Don’t get tricked by this crashtastic iPhone Wi-Fi hack! (Naked Security – Sophos, Jul 12 2021)
Learn how the trick works so that you can avoid it in case someone thinks it’s a joke to catch you out.