The Texas Workforce Commission has detected 738 instances of fraudulent claims for benefits this year that involved identity theft. The cases often involve stolen identities being used to apply for benefits or bank account information being fraudulently switched after benefits have been approved.
Numerous iOS and Android apps, including TikTok, Hotel Tonight and a long list of news and gaming apps, can surreptitiously read content copied to mobile devices' clipboards, researchers have found. The developer beta of iOS 14, which is now available for installation, includes a feature that alerts the user anytime clipboard contents are read by an app.
Young gamers on the Roblox platform, which has more than 90 million users, are receiving "vote for Trump" messages. Hackers are using abandoned accounts to spread the message, with the number of compromised accounts believed to have exceeded 1,000.
The Trump administration's move to suspend H-1B, H-2B and other types of work visas through the end of the year could hurt the legaltech sector, observers say. "What it will do in the long term is reduce production in the US because they won't be able to find the skills," says Jessica Demuth of Exigent Group, which drafts visas for the legal sector.
When the call went out for tech tools to fight the pandemic, e-discovery providers realized their tools might be of assistance. Blogger/attorney Robert Ambrogi recounts how researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario and Chicago-based legaltech company Relativity have pitched in with artificial intelligence and text-mining tools.
Today's the day California can begin enforcing its Consumer Privacy Act, which consists of many provisions, some still quite murky. Under the "financial incentives" provision published in March, companies might be forced to disclose the exact dollar value for the consumer data they extract, a task that could be close to impossible.
EvilQuest ransomware can now access Mac computers via a fake installer for the Little Snitch app, which was discovered on a Russian torrent forum. Thomas Reed of Malwarebytes says the ransomware is poorly designed, with installation problems and an unprofessional appearance, but that it could be destructive.
Cybersecurity for future consumer connected devices should get a boost under the Europe-based ETSI organization's new standards for internet of things devices. The standards, which set a baseline for certification, apply to consumer products such as smart home devices, baby monitors, wearable health trackers and connected appliances.
US Cyber Command warns of a critical flaw affecting PAN-OS, the software that runs various Palo Alto Networks firewalls and enterprise VPN appliances, saying nation-state attackers could exploit it to compromise an organization's network. Palo Alto has released a fix for the flaw; the company says enterprises can also mitigate it by turning off Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML).
Google has made Connected Sheets generally available for G Suite users, giving them the ability to work with huge datasets within Google Sheets without needing to use programming languages. Two new artificial intelligence-driven features, Smart Fill and Smart Cleanup, will be coming to Sheets this year to automate data preparation and analysis.