How apps ignore "do not track", and other privacy and security news


The big privacy story last was that When you ‘Ask app not to track,’ some iPhone apps keep snooping anyway. They fingerprint the devices! Here’s a Study: Effectiveness of Apple's App Tracking Transparency

The invasion of mobile devices into our lives continues to expand:

Even more intrusive, here’s what’s coming: Look at this tiny winged microchip the size of a grain of sand

Illustrating the risks, The NSA and CIA Use Ad Blockers Because Online Advertising Is So Dangerous

A national U.S. data privacy law would solve a trillion-dollar problem. Recognizing the problem is the first step … Once it can be expressed in $$$, may be something can be done about it?


As we’ve gotten used to, there were multiple ransomware attacks:

Trying to stem the tide a bit, US Treasury Dept. sanctions Russian cryptocurrency exchange for work with ransomware groups

Beyond ransomware, there were other news about hacks and leaks:

and new vulnerabilities & exploits were exposed:

even creating new business models: This phishing-as-a-service operation is responsible for many attacks against businesses, says Microsoft

Apple had an unhappy week in security. While Apple Patches Zero-Day Attack Against Macs, iOS Already Being Exploited, some of their fixes were not particularly artful: Apple tried to patch this security hole in macOS Finder but didn't consider upper and lowercase characters. Ignoring bug reports caused some additional problems: Frustrated dev drops three zero-day vulns affecting Apple iOS 15 after six-month wait

Illustrating the root of the problem, Executives and teams disagree on who is responsible for software security. It’s no surprise that Multi-party breaches cause 26-times the financial damage of the worst single-party breach: Report


Addressing cryptocurrency issues, Following SEC lawsuit threat, Coinbase cancels launch of ‘Lend’ product and China says all cryptocurrency-related transactions are illegal and must be banned, dealing with both the financial and the environmental risks.

On the anti-trust front, New FTC memo calls for a focus on ‘structural dominance’ from big companies

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