Earlier this week, OnePlus had chosen to shut down all credit card payments on its official website, after several customers have reported noticing unusual or unexplained activity on their credit card account after making a purchase from the Chinese phone maker’s online store. At that time, the company said the decision was a precautionary measure while they were trying to look into the issue.
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Vivo was able to successfully demo a fully functioning prototype of its under-display fingerprint scanning technology. Although the Chinese tech giant’s prototype handset does not come with any official model or product name yet, it is nevertheless a real, physical prototype, as opposed to an idea or a virtual simulation.
Apple has said this week that Meltdown and Spectre, the two newly discovered processor security vulnerabilities, can impact almost all of its devices, including iPhones, iPad tablets, and even Mac computers. But the tech giant is also taking the opportunity to point out that risk can be reduced significantly if Apple users make sure to download the newest software updates, which come with fixes for one of the flaws.
According to a report recently published by the Korea Herald, Samsung is planning to introduce various improvements to the iris scanner on its next generation flagship device offering, particularly the Galaxy S9, which is rumored to make its debut a month from now.
Google has been busy developing a new artificial intelligence feature that alerts mobile users when another person is peeping at their device over their shoulder. The feature is called the Electronic Screen Protector, and it was created by Hee Jung Ryu and Florian Schroff, a couple of researchers at Google.
A number of users have found that several models of OnePlus smartphones, including this year’s OnePlus 5, feature a Qualcomm testing app called EngineerMode. This tool happens to allow anybody to gain root level access to a OnePlus device without needing to unlock that handset’s bootloader. While it is true that somebody with less than immaculate intentions would still need to have physical access to a OnePlus phone to really do some serious hacking, but the existence of EngineerMode now gives them a backdoor in which they can put some trackers and other means to get around the phone’s security.
A report recently published by TechCrunch says that mobile phone companies are still giving users’ phone numbers and location information to third parties. The article then reported about Philip Neustrom, the co-founder of Shotwell Labs, who came across a couple of websites that that sent back various user data when accessed from a mobile data connection.
Less than a week ago, it was reported that OnePlus was gathering tons of data from mobile devices powered by its OxygenOS, apparently without the consent of the owners of those devices. A software engineer named Chris Moore had discovered the phone maker’s data collection activities, and thereafter, various users have been demanding an explanation from OnePlus.
According to a report recently published by ZDNet just this week, it appears that researchers have discovered a bug within the WPA2 security protocol utilized in just about every Wi-Fi enabled gadget today, including computers, routers, and even mobile devices. The flaw now goes by the nickname KRACK (which is short for Key Reinstallation Attack) and was reportedly uncovered by Mathy Vanhoef, a computer security academic.
According to a report recently published by Motherboard, it appears that there is a flaw in T-Mobile’s website that allowed unauthorized access to personal information of millions of the major US wireless carrier’s subscribers. The personal info reportedly included account numbers and email addresses. Thankfully, the flaw was already fixed last Friday.
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