President Donald Trump has issued two executive orders, which take effect in 45 days, that could ban TikTok and WeChat from the Apple and Google app stores in the US on the grounds of security concerns. The vague ban targets ByteDance, the apps' Chinese parent company, which says it has 100 million US users.
Intellectual property is part of 20 GB of data belonging to chipmaker Intel that is now posted online. The data, which does not appear to include information about employees or customers, was posted by Swiss researcher Till Kottmann, who said an anonymous hacker sent it to him.
Researchers participating in an online security conference described how they were able to remotely open the doors and start the engine of a Mercedes-Benz E-Class car by gaining access to a root shell of the telematics control unit. The 19 vulnerabilities cited by the Sky-Go Team researchers have been fixed.
ROSS Intelligence has issued an extension for Google's Chrome web browser that takes a sentence and initiates a search for related legal cases through a "find similar language" function. The tool works on email, web pages and embedded PDFs, and ROSS is giving prospective clients a 14-day free trial to its platform.
One key to having a simple, effective law practice is going paperless, writes Los Angeles tax attorney Steven Chung. He advises that the first step is scanning "every paper that comes in your office" and that if something has to be printed to please a client or court, it should be mailed the same day.
Boyce Technologies, which manufacturers ventilators that are being used to treat coronavirus patients, has been hit with ransomware by the DoppelPaymer gang. The hackers are threatening to post data stolen from the company, which was manufacturing 300 ventilators a day before it was attacked.
More than 40% of Android devices contain a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip that researchers say has more than 400 vulnerabilities, putting them at risk of malicious activity such as denial of service, data theft and spying. Qualcomm has patched the vulnerabilities, though the threat remains until networks and vendors push updates out to users.
The FBI is urging the private sector to stop using Windows 7, which is no longer supported and is seen by hackers as a "soft target." The costs of upgrading, the FBI says, "do not outweigh the loss of intellectual property and threats to an organization" that could occur with a breach.
Google has unveiled Android 11's last beta edition, which mostly features optimizations and bug fixes, in advance of the operating system's official release date. The update includes Exposure Notification System enhancements that allow the contact-tracing app to run without requiring users to turn on location settings.
WordPress' parent company, Automattic, is making its own internal collaboration tool, called P2, available for free in beta in an effort to help facilitate collaboration among teams. The tool, which Automattic has been using for more than 10 years, concentrates on cross-time-zone asynchronous communication.