IT WAS A busy week in security, but aren’t they all these days! It’s always something when yet another Yahoo hack ends up somehow not even cracking the top news.
What did? With the recent Customs and Border Patrol crackdown, we offered a guide on how to enter the US with your digital privacy intact. Privacy was on Edward Snowden’s mind as well, as he starts his new gig as the president of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, helping protect journalists from snooping spies. One thing that should help? Popular encrypted chat app Signal added videothis week, although it comes with a potential privacy tradeoff.
Secrecy was a central issue in the White House this week as well. Encrypted apps like Confide and Signal are helping staffers leak, but also may be helping them break the law. One thing that’s certain? Leaks themselves are as Americanas apple pie. Although secrecy still has its place; for instance, it’s probably not ideal to hold high-level national security conversations in full view in the Mar-a-Lago resort dining room https://stag-komodo.wired.com/2017/02/trump-north-korea-scif/.
Not everything touched on politics this week, thank goodness. IBM introduced a cybersecurity-focused voice assistant, called Havyn, that an 11-year-old helped invent. A chip-level flaw leaves millions of devices exposed to previously innocuous bugs. And if you’re using an Android app to control your car, well, read this quick-like.
And there’s more. Each Saturday we round up the news stories that we didn’t break or cover in depth but that still deserve your attention. As always, click on the headlines to read the full story in each link posted. And stay safe out there.