Au revoir laptops | This week in cybersecurity
The Department of Homeland Security is considering banning laptops and other large electronic devices from carry-on bags on flights from Europe to the United States, a department spokesman said on Wednesday. The action would extend a limited ban that was put in place in March. Read more.
Users who've recently downloaded the Handbrake video transcoder app for Apple Mac may have been infected with Trojan malware. The creators of the platform have issued a statement warning that anyone who downloaded Handbrake on Mac between 2 May (14:30 UTC) and 6 May (11:00 UTC) from the downloadhandbrake.fr mirror could be at risk. Read more.
Users of the dating website Guardian Soulmates have received explicit emails following a data breach. The email addresses and Soulmates usernames were exposed by a third-party service provider, according to Guardian News and Media (GNM), which has run the online dating service since 2004. Read more.
Microsoft last night (May 8) rushed out an emergency patch to fix a grave flaw that could have let hackers disable, or even hijack, Microsoft's own antivirus software with a single malicious tweet. The patch came less than 24 hours before Microsoft's regularly scheduled monthly software updates. The fact that the company didn't want to wait testifies to the severity of the flaw, which had been discovered only Friday by two Google security researchers. Read more.
Over 122,000 cameras from a variety of manufacturers are vulnerable to becoming part of the Persirai botnet — and the vast majority of owners don't even know their devices are exposed on the internet and thus easily targeted by malware. Read more.
U.S. officials are concerned that Russian spies might try to exploit one of the world’s most respected cybersecurity firms to snoop on Americans or sabotage key U.S. systems, according to an ABC News investigation. Read more.
Another vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft's Edge browser that can be exploited to bypass a security protection feature and steal data such as passwords from other sites, or cookie files that contain sensitive information. Read more.