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3/27/2020

An unpatched security vulnerability in iOS 13.3.1 and later versions allows data to bypass virtual private networks, which normally would encrypt all traffic. The bug could expose the personal data of users or provide their IP address details to attackers.

3/27/2020

The Folding@Home distributed computing application has seen a surge in the number of computers contributing to its effort to help develop therapies for coronavirus. The project, which Juan Orlandini of Insight Enterprises encourages all IT vendors to contribute to, is building computational models of the protein that enables the coronavirus to attach to human cells, which researchers hope will help identify sites that can be targeted by antibodies.

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CRN (US)
3/27/2020

The Trump administration is discussing how to place more restrictions on the worldwide supply of chips for Huawei Technologies, according to sources familiar with the matter, as tensions continue to rise between China and the US. Meanwhile, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei says the embattled company is rebounding from problems related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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3/27/2020

The $2 trillion economic stimulus bill approved by the Senate includes $7.5 million for the judiciary as well as provisions authorizing videoconferencing for certain court proceedings, including misdemeanor sentencing. Remote hearings for felony pleas and sentencing will be allowed if proceedings "cannot be conducted in person without seriously jeopardizing public health and safety."

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3/27/2020

The coronavirus outbreak has brought an epidemic of phishing emails -- they're up more than 600% since the end of February, reports Barracuda Networks. The security firm says it has detected more than 9,000 attacks in March, compared with 1,188 in February and 137 in January.

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Infosecurity (U.K.)
3/27/2020

A US company received a letter accompanied by a fake $50 gift card to Best Buy and a USB stick that carried malicious firmware, Trustwave reports. The firmware was designed to inject JavaScript that could scrape information if the USB stick was connected to a PC.

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Infosecurity (U.K.)
3/27/2020

Most lawyers would be cautious about such things as a matter of course, but UK-based firm Mishcon de Reya has formally notified its staff to turn off tools such as Amazon's Alexa when working from home. "We'd rather not take those risks," says Joe Hancock, head of the firm's cybersecurity practice.

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ZDNet
3/27/2020

Huawei has introduced a smart voice assistant, Celia, as it attempts to attract Western customers to its Google-free ecosystem. It is expected to run in the same way Google's and Apple's offerings did in their early days; is capable of understanding commands in English, French and Spanish; and has some basic voice interactions with core phone features.

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VentureBeat, 9to5Google
3/27/2020

Domain registrar Namecheap is ending the automated registration of website names that include words or phrases related to the coronavirus in an attempt to combat coronavirus-related misinformation, abuse and fraud. However, legitimate companies and website owners can still apply for domains containing one of the banned words, and support teams will review the applications.

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The Verge
3/27/2020

Microsoft is acquiring Affirmed Networks, which specializes in software for mobile carriers, for an undisclosed amount. As it looks to get deeper into the telecom sector, Microsoft plans to integrate Affirmed Networks' technology into Azure to help the telecommunications industry deploy and maintain 5G networks via the cloud.