The biggest risks of using fitness trackers to monitor health

Fitness trackers, which help keep tabs on sleep quality, heart rate and other biological metrics, are a popular way to help Americans improve their health and well-being.  There are many types of trackers on the market, including those from well-known brands such as Apple, Fitbit, Garmin and Oura. While these devices are growing in popularity … Read more

A Destabilizing Hack-and-Leak Operation Hits Moldova

It was a truly wild week in the tech industry as new details emerged about the FTX cryptocurrency exchange’s collapse and Elon Musk drove an ever-increasing number of Twitter employees out of the company. Cryptocurrency tracers have been scrambling to understand what happened to nearly half a billion dollars worth of cryptocurrency that was pulled … Read more

Here’s How Bad a Twitter Mega-Breach Would Be

“Twitter has seemingly neglected security for a very long time, and with all the changes, there is risk for sure,” says David Kennedy, CEO of the incident response firm TrustedSec, who formerly worked at the NSA and with the United States Marine Corps signal intelligence unit. “There’s a lot of work to be done to … Read more

Russia’s New Cyberwarfare in Ukraine Is Fast, Dirty, and Relentless

Since Russia launched its catastrophic full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, the cyberwar that it has long waged against its neighbor has entered a new era too—one in which Russia has at times seemed to be trying to determine the role of its hacking operations in the midst of a brutal, physical ground war. Now, … Read more

The Hunt for the FTX Thieves Has Begun

That means it will be very difficult for the thieves to abscond with their profits in a spendable form without being identified, says Michelle Lai, a cryptocurrency privacy advocate, investor, and consultant who says she’s been tracking the movements of the stolen FTX funds with “morbid fascination.” But the real question, Lai says, is whether … Read more

TikTok Admits Staff in China Can Access Europeans’ Data

Open internet proponents were relieved last month when an American candidate beat a Russian challenger in an election to run the International Telecommunications Union, an important international standards body tasked with cross-boundary communications. Meanwhile, though, we took a look at the fragility of the world’s internet infrastructure and the vulnerability of crucial undersea cables. Researchers … Read more

FTC seeks to hold Drizly CEO accountable for alleged security failures

The Drizly application on a smartphone. Tiffany Hagler-Geard | Bloomberg | Getty Images In a new proposed settlement, the Federal Trade Commission is seeking to hold a tech CEO accountable to specific security standards, even if he moves to a new company. The agency announced Monday that its four commissioners had voted unanimously to issue … Read more

How Vice Society Got Away With a Global Ransomware Spree

Throughout 2021, Vice Society’s health care targets included Barlow Respiratory Hospital in California, Eskenazi Health in Indiana, Centre Hospitalier D’Arles in France, United Health Centers in California, and a dental company in Brazil. The group also attacked New Zealand’s Waikato District Health Board that summer, which, among other impacts, resulted in the cancellation of two … Read more

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Bails on Starlink Funding for Ukraine

Users of the cryptocurrency exchange Celsius are in danger. Last week, as part of its bankruptcy proceedings, the company submitted a 14,500-page document that appears to contain the full names and recent transactions of its users. Typically private, this sensitive information ties people’s real-world identities to their once-anonymous cryptocurrency transactions, making them ripe targets for … Read more