Security 272 – Free Dumb Phone

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Today we are talking about the freedom phone. A new phone without “Censorship from Big Tech.” This is a scam, but why? We discuss:

https://freedomphones.net/

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005001468394552.html

https://freedomphones.net/pages/pixel-4-series

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/07/the-maga-targeted-freedom-phone-has-a-breathtaking-amount-of-red-flags/

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Security 271 – Western Digital Did Bad (But Maybe Not)

The big topic of the week is that if you had a Western Digital MyBook from 2015, there was a bug/exploit that wiped all your data. We talk about the bug, and whose fault it is (WD). Then we finished up with their response, which was as good as can be given the circumstances.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/06/hackers-exploited-0-day-not-2018-bug-to-mass-wipe-my-book-live-devices/

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/wd-my-book-nas-devices-are-being-remotely-wiped-clean-worldwide/

Security 270 – Good Police Work

We cover two recent stories on what we call “Good Police Work.” Without breaking encryption, the police find ways to catch criminals.

How the FBI Tricked Criminals into Using its Messaging App

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/department-justice-seizes-23-million-cryptocurrency-paid-ransomware-extortionists-darkside

Security 269 – Cookie Law

We go on a rant about cookies, and the cookie laws.

Countries are talking about simplifying the law to create “acceptable cookie levels” in browsers, this means you’ll need to set this for every device and every browser.

Banner Blindness
User Training


https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=CELEX%3A32002L0058

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