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Mass surveillance industry

WhatsApp confirms a major security bug in the app let hackers remotely install surveillance software on its users' devices. All 1.5 billion users are urged to update WhatsApp as a precaution. The technology used in the cyberattack appears to have originated from NSO Group, a technology company operating out of Israel.

"An advanced cyber-actor" exploited a major flaw in the Facebook-owned messaging service, WhatsApp confirms.

Microarchitectural Data Sampling

Linux kernel developers, Apple, Google and Microsoft release emergency patches for their products to mitigate ZombieLoad.

Big tech is stepping in to patch newly disclosed security flaws affecting almost every Intel chip since 2011. Researchers on Tuesday released details of the vulnerability, known as ZombieLoad — or microarchitectural data sampling (MDS) as its technical name — which can leaked sensitive data stored …

Microarchitectural Data Sampling

Security researchers from Graz University of Technology and Catholic University of Leuven discover a major new class of Microarchitectural Data Sampling vulnerabilities called ZombieLoad in Intel processors, which, if exploited, can be used to steal sensitive information directly from the processor. Almost every computer with an Intel chip dating back to 2011 is affected by these vulnerabilities.

Security researchers have found a new class of vulnerabilities in Intel chips which, if exploited, can be used to steal sensitive information directly from the processor., The bugs are reminiscent of Meltdown and Spectre, which exploited a weakness in speculative execution, an important part of how…

Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announces that Russian hackers accessed voter databases in two Florida counties prior to the 2016 presidential election. No data or vote tallies were affected.

The attack had not been publicly known until last month's release of the Mueller report. The governor said no vote tallies were affected and that no data had been manipulated.

Dispute over the presidency

Venezuelan security forces surround the Palacio Federal Legislativo in Caracas, preventing opposition National Assembly lawmakers from entering the building to discuss a response to the recent arrest of National Assembly Vice President Edgar Zambrano.

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan security forces prevented opposition lawmakers from entering the parliament building for a session on Tuesday, a week after the top court


French anaesthesiologist Frédéric Péchier, previously investigated in the poisoning of seven patients at private clinics in Besançon, France, is being held over suspicions that he poisoned a further 17 - 50. Mr. Péchier has denied all charges, and is scheduled for a hearing later this week.

BESANCON, France: A French doctor already under investigation for poisoning seven patients has been charged with poisoning 17 more people at a ...

New York City

Former New York congressman Anthony Weiner is released from a halfway house in the Bronx, completing his 21-month federal prison sentence for illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl.

Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner left a New York City halfway house on Tuesday after completing his prison sentence for illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl.

Russia–United States relations

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Russian President Vladimir Putin and warns Russia to not interfere in the 2020 United States presidential election.

"If the Russians were to engage in that in 2020, it would put our relationship in an even worse place than it has been," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.


A 7.5 MMS quake rattles New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. Police Sergeant Frank Kilaur says that the quake was "very, very violent" but no immediate reports of major damages or casualties have been reported. A tsunami alert is issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The tsunami threat has now largely passed.

A strong, shallow earthquake struck the Papua New Guinea town of Rabaul overnight, sending residents fleeing into the streets and cutting power to the town of nearly 4,000.

Saudi Arabia–Yemen relations

Two Saudi Aramco oil pumping stations are attacked in an apparent drone strike according to Saudi Arabia's Energy Ministry. The stations are linked to a pipeline transporting oil from the eastern fields to the western coast port of Yanbu on the Red Sea.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf, elsewhere in Mideast, amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 4:25...