While there have been previous instances of Android-based malware designed to infect Windows computers, a new malware named Droidpak seeks to infect android mobile banking apps via a Windows infection. Android users are urged to use caution when assigning permissions to apps and are advised to disable USB debugging on their devices.
Some of the assumptions at the heart of cryptographic theory may be wrong, which could have significant ramifications on how secure our encrypted data actually is. Does that mean your data isn't safe? Not necessarily. But it does mean that the formerly "impossible to break" encryption we use may now be just "very difficult to break".
Given that the alternative is no encryption, and given that the government (and others) already have legal access to a fair amount of our cloud-based data, this may not be the most pressing privacy concern out there. But if information theory and encryption is something that interests you, follow the previous link to read the full article from MIT, or jump straight to the scientific paper on the matter. NOTE: Follow the second link may set off your Nerd Alert alarms.
I suspect few of you knew of the existence of a Smart Toilet. The Japanese SATIS is "a cutting-edge toilet with advanced electronics technology." Owners can expect their throne to open automatically upon arrival, play music while you "work", then flush and close the lid based on your movement. The SATIS deodorizes automatically, has dedicated front and rear cleansing nozzles, and the bidet also features a "massage feature" for a truly unique potty experience.
Unfortunately, due to a Bluetooth vulnerability, the SATIS can be hacked, and attackers could unexpectedly open and close the lid, flush the toilet constantly, turn the music or lights on or off at will, or even activate the bidet jets at what may prove to be an inopportune time.
A hacked SATIS could significantly run up an owner's electric and water bills, but I would think that if you can pay over $4000 for a toilet, you can afford the extra water.
Ever wonder how to make your "alone time" a little more special? Watch this promotional SATIS video to see what you never knew you were missing!
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