Apple Accused of Violating EU Antitrust Rules

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The European Commission has accused Apple of violating antitrust rules, alleging the company of restricting competition in the mobile wallets market on iOS. The commission said that Apple has not made available to third-party application developers of mobile wallets the …

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Chinese Hackers Exploit VLC Media Player

Symantec researchers reported that a suspected Chinese state-sponsored hacking group has managed to exploit vulnerabilities in the popular video playing app VLC media player. The researchers said that the Cicada ( APT10) campaign exploited popular freeware to load spyware into …

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Russian Oligarch Asset Tracker Launched

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The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) announced that it has launched the Russian Oligarch asset tracker tool. According to the OCCRP, the asset tracker is the most comprehensive public database of oligarch assets to date and was made …

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Russia Forces Google to Delist VPN Websites

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Virtual private network (VPN) provider Surfshark reported a government crackdown in Russia on thousands of URLs that link to VPNs.  According to journalist John Koetsier of Forbes, in an exchange of emails with VPN provider Surfshark, Russian telecoms regulator (Roskomnadzor) …

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Brazilian Supreme Federal Court (STF) Reverses Ban on Telegram

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Brazilian Supreme Federal Court Justice Alexandre De Moraes reversed the previous ruling to ban the messaging application Telegram blocked in Brazil on Sunday after the tech company complied with an earlier decree to make modifications to the platform. “Considering the …

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Apple Music, Apple Maps, iCloud, the App Store, iMessage, and Apple TV Down

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Apple has experienced a widespread outage in its major services including corporate and point of sale systems. According to Apple, major services such as App Store, iCloud, Siri, iMessage, iTunes Store, Apple Maps, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, Apple Arcade, Apple …

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Open Source Module Reportedly Spreads Malware that Wipes Russian and Belarusian Drives

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Node-IPC, a JavaScript module for interprocess communication used in building software reportedly contained malicious code that wiped systems geolocated in Russia and Belarus. Software security company Snyk reported that node-ipc had been updated with a malicious package that targets IP …

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Samsung Reports that Galaxy Source Code Stolen by Hackers

Samsung has confirmed on Monday that hackers breached its internal company data, gaining access to some source codes of Galaxy-branded devices like smartphones. “We were recently made aware that there was a security breach relating to certain internal company data. …

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