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Apple released emergency security updates to patch a new zero-day security flaw exploited in attacks targeting iPhone and iPad users.

"Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited against versions of iOS before iOS 16.6," the company said in an advisory issued on Wednesday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct an emergency alert to all consumer cell phones on Wednesday, October 4, at 2:20 p.m. ET. This test measures the effectiveness of Wireless Emergency Alerts to determine how well FEMA can alert people of emergencies via cell phone.

Back in the day, cops had to put physical “bugs” (recording devices) in criminals’ houses and cars.

Now, they just use your phone, especially if you’re on Android.

No worries, even if you’re using Apple, you probably have apps installed that can be used to listen to you and track you.

At one point, in one of the WikiLeaks dumps, it was revealed that cops were using Angry Birds to invade people’s privacy.

So, there’s no privacy, regardless of what you’re using.

Little is known about the high school student Manar Al Gafiri, an 18-year-old who, according to the exiled Saudi human rights group ALQST, was sentenced in August to 18 years in prison by the Saudi Specialized Criminal Court, in charge of trying terrorism crimes. Al Gafiri was still underage when she was arrested for tweeting in support of political prisoners in Saudi prisons and “human rights defenders, especially women who demand equal rights,” Carlos de las Heras, a specialist on Saudi Arabia at Amnesty International, confirms by telephone.

Artificial Intelligence Goes to War MikeRivero Wed, 10/04/2023 - 06:31

Uh… gulp… you thought it was bad when that experienced pilot ejected from one of the Air Force’s hottest “new” planes, the F-35 combat fighter, near — no, not China or somewhere in the Middle East — but Charleston, South Carolina. The plane then flew on its own for another 60 miles before crashing into an empty field. And that was without an enemy in sight.

Windows operating systems are the target of new malware dubbed ZenRAT by U.S.-based cybersecurity company Proofpoint. The attackers built a website that impersonates the popular Bitwarden password manager; if accessed via Windows, the fake site delivers the ZenRAT malware disguised as Bitwarden software. It’s currently unknown if the malware is used by threat actors for cyberespionage or for financial fraud.

The Heat Initiative, a nonprofit child safety advocacy group, was formed earlier this year to campaign against some of the strong privacy protections Apple provides customers. The group says these protections help enable child exploitation, objecting to the fact that pedophiles can encrypt their personal data just like everyone else.