Welcome to this week in NerdNews (TWINN). Your weekly top 5 technical and security issues Nerds should pay attention to:
Warning: Update Chrome Now As Hackers Attack Two Major Vulnerabilities In Google Browser. Might be a good time to use Brave instead as an alternate browser for better privacy and better security while maintaining compatibility with the broader web. The latest Brave is also 93.0.4577.82 which is the most secure version.
Apple patches ForcedEntry vulnerability that was used to target political activists with spyware. Also, since iOS15 launched today, which has additional iMessage defenses. This should definitely be the highest priority for everyone on an iOS device.
Customer Care Giant TTEC Hit By Ransomware. I was hoping for a ransomware-free news week but this isn’t the week. This is a 60,000 employee company that supplies customer support services to the likes of banks and retailers and mobile phone companies.
Exclusive Data: An Inside Look at the Spy Tech That Followed Kids Home for Remote Learning — and Now Won’t Leave. This is more of a story around parenting than anything. Parental digital supervision is more important today than ever as leaving it for third parties is ineffective and invades our homes and privacy.
OMIGOD: Azure users running Linux VMs need to update now. “Users of Azure who are running Linux virtual machines may not be aware they are have a severely vulnerable piece of management software installed on their machine by Microsoft, that can be remotely exploited in an incredibly surprising and equally stupid way.” If you’re running Linux on Azure, you need to take action today.
Did you know?
You can now facetime with Android users. Once you upgrade to iOS15 you can create a Create a Link in the iOS 15 Facetime app that works outside of iPhone as well.
For a video version of this, see https://youtu.be/iMLBzmTl0f4