Apple says the patches address a memory corruption that allowed an application to execute arbitrary code and a WebKit vulnerability that allowed malicious code execution through web content. The attacks were only seen on devices running versions of iOS released before iOS 15.7, according to the company. Even if you’re an unlikely target for spyware, now is a good time to update your iPhone.
This week, an alarming investigation by NBC News revealed that Discord, a social media outlet popular with gamers, has become a popular place for child sexual exploitation. NBC News has identified 35 cases over the past six years in which adults have been accused of kidnapping, grooming or sexual assault allegedly facilitated by Discord. Nearly half of these cases have resulted in guilty pleas or verdicts, while many others are still under investigation.
NBC News’ review of the cases is likely a vast undercount, the report said, because those numbers only represent reported cases where charges were laid. Victims typically face significant reporting, investigation and prosecution challenges. Stephen Sauer, director of the whistleblower line at the Canadian Center for Child Protection, told NBC News: “What we are seeing is just the tip of the iceberg.
According to experts interviewed by NBC News, while online child exploitation is not exclusive to Discord, the platform’s decentralized moderation system and young user base have likely made it an attractive environment for those seeking to exploit children.
The survey is presented as a Washington Post report found that thousands of AI-generated child sexual abuse images have been found on forums across the dark web.
According The Wall Street Journal, US officials are monitoring the activities of employees working for Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei Technologies and ZTE at suspected spy facilities in Cuba. The news falls in the middle a push to restrict the use of Huawei and ZTE mobile infrastructure across the West.
Earlier this month, THE Log reported that China has operated a spy base in Cuba since at least 2019 and that the two countries jointly maintain four additional listening stations on the island. Biden administration officials warn that these facilities could potentially intercept electronic signals from US military bases.
According to Representative Mike Gallagher, chairman of the United States House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, Huawei and ZTE have had a regular business presence in Cuba while working to modernize the island’s internet infrastructure. In a letter sent by Gallagher to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, that the Log seen, Gallagher wrote that any improvement in China’s intelligence capabilities in Cuba “is likely” to be aided by Chinese telecommunications companies.
In a statement, Huawei called the report “baseless accusations” and stressed its commitment to fully comply with applicable laws and regulations in the regions where they operate. Similarly, ZTE rejected the Logreports as “unfounded”.
Reddit’s recent protest against changes to its business that threaten third-party apps was messy enough without hackers getting involved. The BlackCat ransomware gang is threatening to leak some 80GB of data that the company says was stolen earlier this year through a “highly targeted” phishing attack.
Reddit says it doesn’t believe the hackers stole user data like passwords, but BlackCat says the files contain “confidential” information. The group is asking Reddit to pay $4.5 million and reverse its plans to charge app developers exorbitant fees for access to its application programming interface, or API. Otherwise, the group says it will release the data ahead of the company’s planned IPO.