A Hacker Found a Way to Take Over Any Apple Webcam

A Hacker Found a Way to Take Over Any Apple Webcam

Apple has a well-earned reputation for security, but in recent years its browser Safari has had its share of missteps. This week, a security researcher publicly shared new findings about vulnerabilities that would have allowed an attacker to exploit three Safari bugs in succession and take over a target’s webcam and microphone on iOS and…

The CDC Now Recommends Americans Wear Face Masks

The CDC Now Recommends Americans Wear Face Masks

On Friday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that citizens should wear “non-medical, cloth masks” to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Previously, the CDC had recommended that only those with Covid-19 symptoms wear masks. The agency now recommends that those who aren’t feeling sick should still wear a mask, though…

Trials of Plasma From Recovered Covid-19 Patients Have Begun

Trials of Plasma From Recovered Covid-19 Patients Have Begun

US Food and Drug Administration officials announced today they have approved plans for nationwide trials of two treatments for Covid-19, the global pandemic disease caused by the new coronavirus—and for their simultaneous use in perhaps hundreds of hospitals.The therapeutic agents—convalescent plasma and hyperimmune globulin—are both derived from the blood of people who have recovered from…

Google Reveals Location Data to Help the Coronavirus Response

Google Reveals Location Data to Help the Coronavirus Response

Google is revealing anonymized location data on the movements of people in 131 countries as a guide for public health officials during the coronavirus pandemic.The reports, available in PDF format, show how visits to broad categories of places—such as retail and leisure establishment, grocery and pharmacy stores, and residential areas—have changed in the past two…

The Biggest Coronavirus Myths, Busted

The Biggest Coronavirus Myths, Busted

We’re living in uncertain, surreal times, as the coronavirus crisis worsens in the United States. As we’re struggling with a vacuum of reliable information, coronavirus myths are spreading as quickly as the disease, amplified by social media. Luckily, we’ve got Dr. Seema Yasmin, director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative at Stanford University. In the…

So Wait, How Encrypted Are Zoom Meetings Really?

So Wait, How Encrypted Are Zoom Meetings Really?

The videoconferencing company Zoom has seen its star rise exponentially during the Covid-19 pandemic, as friends and coworkers increasingly turn to the service for a communication lifeline. With this notoriety, though, has come mounting scrutiny of Zoom’s security and privacy practices. Zoom is safe for most people. But as the United States federal government and…