Apple has reportedly poached multiple engineers and research staff from Intel for a new facility in Washington County, close to the chipmaker’s home base.

The hiring appears to have begun back in November, and is likely to further fuel speculation about Apple replacing Intel chips with its own ARM-based Mac CPUs within the next few years …

https://9to5mac.com/2018/05/31/apple-intel-chip-engineers/

The FBI has issued a dire warning to everyone who has a router in their home. The Internet Crime Complaint Center sent a rare Public Service Announcement declaring: “Foreign cyber actors have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices worldwide.”..

https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/security/a20918611/vpnfilter-malware-reboot-router/

Hackers have come up with a different method of installing vulnerable backdoored plugins in websites powered by WordPress. The technique relies on taking advantage of weak WordPress.com accounts and the JetPack Plugin. The technique is highly complex to compromise a website and a hacker must utilize multiple steps to attack a WordPress website. The attacks started on May 16 from a report released by WordPress Security Firm WordFence…

https://latesthackingnews.com/2018/05/25/hackers-using-new-approach-for-hacking-wordpress-websites/

Home routers have become the rats to hackers’ bubonic plague: an easily infected, untreated, and ubiquitous population in which dangerous digital attacks can spread. Now security researchers are warning that one group of sophisticated hackers has amassed a collection of malware-infected routers that could be used as a powerful tool to spread havoc across the internet, or simply triggered to implode networks across the globe… 

https://www.wired.com/story/vpnfilter-router-malware-outbreak/

Comcast has just been caught in a major security snafu: revealing the passwords of its customers’ Xfinity-provided wireless routers in plaintext on the web. Anyone with a subscriber’s account number and street address number will be served up the Wi-Fi name and password via the company’s Xfinity internet activation service… 

https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/21/comcast-is-leaking-the-names-and-passwords-of-customers-wireless-routers/

from the Whoops-a-daisy dept

A company by the name of LocationSmart isn’t having a particularly good month.

The company recently received all the wrong kind of attention when it was caught up in a privacy scandal involving the nation’s wireless carriers and our biggest prison phone monopoly. Like countless other companies and governments, LocationSmart buys your wireless location data from cell carriers. It then sells access to that data via a portal that can provide real-time access to a user’s location via a tailored graphical interface using just the target’s phone number… 

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180518/11470039864/nearly-everyone-us-canada-just-had-their-private-cell-phone-location-data-exposed.shtml

Lots of malware tries to bog down your browser, but Google Chrome isn’t defenseless—on Windows there’s a built-in scanner called Cleanup.

This software runs in the background periodically, but you can manually run a scan right now by heading to the URL chrome://settings/cleanup in your browser, or by going to Settings > Reset and clean up > Clean up computer. Give it a shot, especially if your browser seems sluggish… 

https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/chrome-has-a-built-in-malware-scanner-heres-how-to-use-it/

Chinese iOS jailbreakers called the Pangu Team have found a vulnerability that affects almost 10% of iOS apps in the store. The attack can wipe users data when the code is being executed.

The vulnerability has been named ZipperDown although the researchers didn’t give out any technical details because the vulnerability is still in the wild, the team are currently asking the app developers to contact them privately for technical details of the vulnerability so that they can test their applications for the presence of the vulnerability… 

https://latesthackingnews.com/2018/05/19/zipperdown-the-vulnerability-that-may-well-impact-10-ios-apps-on-the-app-store/