Day: July 22, 2020

Apple’s new security program gives special iPhone hardware, with restrictions attached – CNET

The iPhones will give the researchers privileged access for finding new vulnerabilities. But researchers are rejecting it over legal restrictions. …read more Source:: CNet

Apple hires economists to help argue its App Store commissions aren’t anti-competitive – CNET

The independent economists from Analysis Group found Apple’s App Store commission rates are “similar” to others. …read more Source:: CNet

Microsoft President Raised Apple Issues To House Antitrust Group

Microsoft President Brad Smith raised concerns to U.S. lawmakers about what the company regards as Apple’s anti-competitive behavior around its app store, Bloomberg reports. From the report: Smith, who is also chief legal officer, was invited by the House of Representatives’s antitrust subcommittee to share his experiences around Microsoft’s own antitrust battle with the U.S….

VC Investment in Cybersecurity Dips & Shifts with COVID-19

While the pandemic has infected funding for cybersecurity startups, it also has emboldened some startups with innovative tools that secure the wave of at-home work. …read more Source:: DarkReading

OilRig APT Drills into Malware Innovation with Unique Backdoor

The RDAT tool uses email as a C2 channel, with attachments that hide data and commands inside images. …read more Source:: Threatpost

Apple Security Research Device Program Draws Mixed Reactions

Apple’s Security Research Device program is now open to select researchers – but some are irked by the program’s vulnerability disclosure restrictions. …read more Source:: Threatpost

Tesla confirms US Gigafactory location decided as Austin, Tulsa wait – Roadshow

But the automaker stopped short of saying whether Austin, Tulsa or some other city will call the facility home. …read more Source:: CNet

SpaceX pulls off an incredible catch, netting both halves of its Falcon fairing as they fell Earthwards after latest launch

Fair(ing) play, engineers SpaceX has pulled off another remarkable feat of space rocket recycling, capturing both pieces of a nose cone shield from its most recent launch, using giant nets suspended over the back of two boats in its fleet.… …read more Source:: TheRegister

Security Breach Exposes More Than One Million DNA Profiles On Major Genealogy Database

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed News: On July 19, genealogy enthusiasts who use the website GEDmatch to upload their DNA information and find relatives to fill in their family trees got an unpleasant surprise. Suddenly, more than a million DNA profiles that had been hidden from cops using the site to find…

This miniature USB-powered desktop fan is just $9 – CNET

Getting half off this fan might be the antidote to 90-degree summer days. …read more Source:: CNet