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Researchers uncover new attacks against LTE network protocol

If your mobile carrier offers LTE, also known as the 4G network, you need to beware as your network communication can be hijacked remotely. A team of researchers has discovered some critical weaknesses in the ubiquitous LTE mobile device standard that could allow sophisticated hackers to spy on users' cellular networks, modify the contents of their communications, and even can re-route them to malicious or phishing websites.

LTE, or Long Term Evolution, is the latest mobile telephony standard used by billions of people designed to bring many security improvements over the predecessor standard known as Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications.

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Taiwan's DPP website hacked by Chinese hackers

According to reports on some politically motivated hacking, The Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) official website was attacked by Chinese hackers early Tuesday morning, and the website was replaced with pictures and words reading "Chinese netizens are supporting Tsai Ing-wen to run for re-election" in simplified Chinese characters.

DPP spokesperson Kolas Yotaka said on Tuesday noon that the cyber attack took place between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. July 3, and the party will heighten its cybersecurity after the hack.

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Firefox Monitor tool informs users if they have been hacked

Mozilla foundation has announced launching a website called The Firefoxn Monitor that will inform the user if their email address has been leaked online or became part of a data breach. The service works in partnership with HaveIBeenPwned (HIBP) and IT security firm Cloudflare.

This will allow users to enter their email address in a search bar to see if it is present in databases stolen by hackers. The news was announced on 25th June 2018, however, the website is still under development.

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Wi-Fi security is starting to get its biggest upgrade in over a decade

Wi-Fi devices have been using the same security protocol for over a decade. But that's about to change: the Wi-Fi Alliance overseer of the adoption of Wi-Fi standard, has began to certify products that support WPA3, successor to the WPA2 security protocol of 2004.

The new protocol has additional protections for devices connected over Wi-Fi i.e. One big improvement makes it harder for hackers to crack your password by guessing it over and over again, and another limits what data hackers can see even once they'€™ve uncovered the passcode.

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Apple fined $6.8M in Australia after Error 53 controversy

The time has come for Apple to pay for the infamous Error 53 that bricked iPhones and iPads taken to a 3rd party for repairs. The Federal Court of Australia announced recently its order for Apple to pay AU$9 million (around US $6.8 million converted) for telling customers who encountered the error they weren't entitled to a refund.

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Google developer discovers a critical bug in modern web browsers

A researcher at google has discovered a severe vulnerability in modern web browsers that could have allowed websites you visit to steal the sensitive content of your online accounts from other websites that you have logged-in the same browser.

The vulnerability resides in the way browsers handle cross-origin requests to video and audio files, which if exploited, could allow remote attackers to even read the content of your Gmail or private Facebook messages.

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