Users revolt as Microsoft bolts a short-term financing app onto Edge

Getty Images reader comments 78 with 65 posters participating Share this story Microsoft is taking a lot of flak for planning to integrate a short-term financing app into the company’s Edge browser. The app would allow users to make purchases immediately and pay for them at a future date. In recent years, Edge has built […]

Google Play apps downloaded 300,000 times stole bank credentials

reader comments 17 with 15 posters participating Share this story Researchers said they’ve discovered a batch of apps downloaded from Google Play more than 300,000 times before the apps were revealed to be banking trojans that surreptitiously siphoned user passwords and two-factor authentication codes, logged keystrokes, and took screenshots. The apps—posing as QR scanners, PDF […]

A grim milestone: I maxed out the number of spammy addresses Gmail can block

Getty Images reader comments 27 with 22 posters participating Share this story A few months ago, my G Suite-enabled Gmail account reached a grim milestone: with no warning, the “block [email address]” feature—available from the menu with the three vertical dots in the upper left of the Gmail screen—stopped working because I had maxed out […]

Locked out of “God mode,” runners are hacking their treadmills

Enlarge / NordicTrack owners aren’t giving up the fight just yet. Sam Whitney | Getty Images reader comments 30 with 21 posters participating Share this story JD Howard just wanted to watch cloud security tutorials. Howard, a construction industry worker on sabbatical, spent $4,000 on a NordicTrack X32i treadmill, lured in by its 32-inch HD […]

DuckDuckGo wants to stop apps tracking you on Android

Enlarge / Gabriel Weinberg, creator of DuckDuckGo. Washington Post | Getty Images reader comments 12 with 9 posters participating Share this story At the end of April, Apple’s introduction of App Tracking Transparency tools shook the advertising industry to its core. iPhone and iPad owners could now stop apps from tracking their behavior and using their […]

Malware downloaded from PyPI 41,000 times was surprisingly stealthy

reader comments 16 with 14 posters participating Share this story PyPI—the open source repository that both large and small organizations use to download code libraries—was hosting 11 malicious packages that were downloaded more than 41,000 times in one of the latest reported such incidents threatening the software supply chain. JFrog, a security firm that monitors […]

Ford and chipmaker announce noncommittal “partnership” to alleviate shortages

Bloomberg | Getty Images reader comments 35 with 23 posters participating Share this story In an effort to combat the ongoing global chip shortage, chipmaker GlobalFoundries and the Ford Motor Company have announced a “strategic collaboration” today, both via press release and coverage in The Wall Street Journal. The “non-binding agreement,” according to the release, […]

Securing your digital life, part three: How smartphones make us vulnerable

Enlarge / In this story, we’re going to learn about “pig butchering.” Aurich Lawson / Getty Images reader comments 4 with 4 posters participating Share this story Securing your digital life View more stories There are, by some estimates, more smart phones on this planet than human beings to use them. People who have never […]