Time for another news recap, we got a good variety of stories for you this week, so I hope you enjoy reading it!
- First story of the week is one focused on privacy, and for once the news is positive. Cox Communications, a U.S based ISP has decided to stand firm on their decision to protect the privacy of their customers by refusing to police their customers. Hollywood and the rest, want Cox to monitor their customer’s activities for illegal downloads and to take action, up to and including termination of their service. Cox is arguing that this is an unreasonable demand, and quite frankly they are right, however you can’t help but feel they are fighting an uphill battle. But good on them for sticking to their principles.
- Read More @ http://hothardware.com/news/cox-wont-spy-on-customers-to-appease-copyright-holders
- A US Magistrate judge has told Apple to help the FBI bypass the encryption on the iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooter. Apple is insisting that as of iOS8 update they are unable to bypass the security on the iPhone, and decrypt the data. The FBI is essentially asking Apple to release a new version of the iOS that is backdoored in order to allow access to the device, and Apple has, rightfully so, refused to comply.
- Read More @ http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/16/judge-tells-apple-to-help-fbi-access-san-bernardino-shooters-ip/
- Last story in this ongoing saga between Apple and the Feds. It looks like the Department of Justice was not a fan of Apple’s response to the request, and they are now attempting to get the courts to force Apple to comply. The DoJ is claiming that this is a move by Apple aimed at protecting their business model, which to be fair is not entirely incorrect, but the larger point still stands. This would be a terrible move and set a bad precedent for privacy.
- Read More @ http://www.scmagazine.com/doj-slams-apple-demands-court-make-company-comply/article/478111/
- Coming fresh of the above story about Apple, they have received support for their stance on the matter from other Sillicon Valley giants, like Facebook and Twitter. Hopefully more and more companies will come out and show their support for this move, as it’s quite frankly a ridiculous request that would most definitely lead to more harm than good.
- Read More @ http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2499691,00.asp
- Researchers at Google and Red Hat have discovered a severe vulnerability in the Gnu C Library’s DNS client, that affects a large number of Linux hosts. This has since been patched, but this is still quite a big issue as you can’t expect every machine affected to be patched in a timely manner.
- Read More @ linux.slashdot.org/story/16/02/16/1724222/red-hat-google-disclose-severe-glibc-dns-vulnerability-patched-but-widespread
- Researchers from the U.K have demonstrated a method for compromising certain VOIP phones, and this would allow them to do things like eavesdrop on the calls placed on the phone.
- Read More @ https://www.onthewire.io/owning-voip-phones-with-zero-clicks/
- Ok, this next one is pretty damn funny. An anonymous hacker, Martin Gottesfeld, 31, was being investigated by the FBI for taking part in a cyber attack on a children’s hospital in 2014. Well, apparently he was stranded at sea, off the coast of Cuba in a sailboat alone with his wife. A Disney Cruise ship found them, took them to the Bahamas where he was arrested by the FBI. You can’t make this stuff up folks.
- Read More @ yro.slashdot.org/story/16/02/19/024237/anonymous-hacker-gets-lost-at-sea-rescued-then-arrested