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The Week of January 4th, 2019:
- On this week one year ago, Intel teamed up with independent researchers to form STORM, a hacker team to fight against severe processor security flaws Meltdown & Spectre. As of now, they are still fighting to eradicate it. (Wired)
- A new study released showing that 68 percent of 34 tested Android apps share user data with Facebook regardless if they have even made an account with the social media juggernaut at all. These tested apps have install bases of anywhere from 10 to 500 million users. (SC Magazine)
- A hacker named “Giraffe” unleashed a hack that used a connected device search engine to hijack flaws in smart TVs and Google Home devices. The device would halt the streaming services and display an image claiming you have been hacked, along with a message to subscribe to YouTube content creator, PewDiePie. (CNET Security)
- A new ransomware called “Ryuk” attacked Tribune Publishing. Although the attack originated overseas, it affected all their affiliate newspapers around the globe including the Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun, as well as former affiliate, The Los Angeles Times. (CSO Online)
- An Amazon Alexa user in Germany requested Amazon to retrieve his collected personal data, which is supported under GPDR law. Instead, he received another user’s recordings from a different Alexa device, with a total of 1,700 recorded messages disclosed by accident. Amazon accrues the leak to a "human error." (CNET Security)