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Microsoft Edge’s “Super Duper Secure Mode” Does What It Says These are some of the things we believe in

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Microsoft Edge's "Super Duper Secure Mode" Does What It Says
These are some of the things we believe in
Plus: Hacking Facebook accounts, Instagram-ban fraudmers and other top security news.

This week, Apple made an announcement as surprising as it was controversial. The company will begin scanning both iCloud and user devices for child sex abuse materials. The company uses clever cryptography and won’t be able view images from a user’s iPhone or iPad unless they detect multiple instances of CSAM. However, some cryptographers raised concerns about how this technology might be used by authoritarian governments in the future.

Hacks are plentiful this week, as the Black Hat security conference was launched. A Google researcher found eavesdropping vulnerabilities in several major messaging apps; they’ve all been patched by now, but it speaks to what appears to be an endemic problem with certain kinds of video calls. Pneumatic tubes found in lots of US hospital systems are vulnerable to attack, which could cause chaos and delays, though not necessarily in that order. Although a fix was released this week, it is likely that there will be many questions about who installed them and when. And we spoke with one hacker who says he figured out how to control the lights, fans, and convertible beds in a capsule hotel in Japan–and used that knowledge to torment a noisy neighboring guest.

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We took a look at how regulators in France have managed to move the needle on Google and privacy. We whipped up a primer on RCS, the texting standard that’s going to make your life a lot easier as soon as all the players get on board. And we tried Citizen’s controversial new app that charges $20 a month for a personal security service.

There’s even more! Every week, we bring you all of the latest security news that WIRED hasn’t covered in detail. To read all the stories click on the headlines. Stay safe.

There have never been more options for privacy-focused browsers, particularly with all of the recent anti-tracking tools Apple Safari offers. It’s hard to match what Microsoft did with Edge’s new Super Duper Secure Mode. It disables JIT (Just-in-Time) in Edge’s V8 JavaScript. This is the primary adjustment. JIT is a useful tool to keep the web moving, but it also exposes a large number of vulnerabilities in browsers. Microsoft can disable JIT to implement security features which are not compatible with JIT. Although it is not yet clear if Microsoft will make Super Duper Secure Mode an officially-released feature, you can still test it if you are running Edge beta or dev builds.

It’s unlikely that you have ever had your Facebook account compromised or been placed in an awkward situation where you need to speak to someone at Facebook. This is almost impossible. Some frustrated users have found a way to get their News Feeds back: they bought an Oculus Quest 2 for $300 and went through the customer service system. Oculus is owned by Facebook, which means that the device requires users to have a Facebook account. This workaround seems to have worked for some. The main takeaway is not that Oculus should be difficult to set up an account and get some help if things don’t go according to plan.

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Motherboard reported this week that Instagram scammers are making a lot of money by getting people banned. They use tricks such as filing fake impersonation claims and reporting fraudulously about accounts violating self-harm policies. It can be as low as $60 to ban someone. Although it doesn’t seem like much is being done to prevent this type of chaos, Instagram claims it is investigating the websites that are selling it.

This week, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency announced the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative. It is a collaboration between CISA and tech companies such as Microsoft, Amazon and Google. This collaboration will increase the information flow between government agencies and private sectors to better combat ransomware attacks. For sure, every little bit helps, but ransomware will likely continue to be a serious problem until and unless Vladimir Putin starts cracking down on groups in Russia. Which seems … unlikely.

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Publited Sat, 07 August 2021 at 13:20:47 +0000

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