This Week in Tech News

Tech Companies Respond to Trump's Immigration Order

Episode 1359

Protests broke out at airports across the country in response to Trump's executive order to ban people from certain countries. The reaction from the tech community was loud as well. One of the founders of Google, Sergey Brin, went to San Francisco International Airport to protest. Google CEO Sundar Pichai made a statement as well, and nearly 200 Google employees were affected by this. Google is considering a recall of all employees currently outside of the country. Other tech companies responded equally to the ban.

Leo Gets Warning From Comcast for Exceeding Bandwidth

Episode 1359

Leo has Comcast at home and he got a warning that he has exceeded his bandwidth cap of 1TB. Leo says he hasn't done anything different than before, however, and he wonders if the metering is accurate. Additionally, Leo has discovered that Comcast uses a man in the middle scheme and can take over his screen if they so desired. That's bad news because privacy issues abound.

Ransomware Attack Targets Hotel Door Locks

Episode 1359

Ransomware has always been a terrible plague of the internet, where bad guys inject software into your computer through phishing emails. They usually trick you by saying it's from your bank, the IRS, or even your boss asking you to open something. When you do that, it's an application that runs and scrambles all of your data and asks you to give them money to get the data back.

WhatsApp Not Vulnerable to Hacking, Experts Say

Episode 1357

WhatsApp

Many publications including The Guardian reported that the messaging app WhatsApp was insecure and hackable. The creator of that encryption protocol, Moxie Marlinspike from Open Whisper Systems, posted on his blog that this was incorrect. Now a large number of security professionals have written an open letter to The Guardian asking them to retract the story. There is no back door in WhatsApp, and the article was wrong. It was written in a sensational way to drive traffic.

Pwn2Own Competition Shows What Platforms are Most Secure

Episode 1357

Hacking

Pwn2Own is an annual competition held at CanSacWest in Canada. Prizes are awarded to the hackers who can most quickly hack various operating systems and programs. This year a million dollars in prizes will be awarded, meaning it attracts the best hackers in the world. The money awarded is directly related to the difficulty in hacking the target. The most money goes to anyone who can hack an Apache web server.

Read more at blog.trendmicro.com.

Changing of the Twitters: Trump Moves to @POTUS

Episode 1356

@POTUS Twitter Account

Now that President Donald Trump has taken office, the question is whether he will continue to tweet, and what phone will he use? Leo says that he used an iPhone until halfway through the campaign, and then shifted to what Leo thinks is a Samsung Galaxy S. Now that he's president, he has to use a massively modified and far more secure mobile device. But can he tweet with it? The Secret Service has also urged the President to stop tweeting from his @realdonaldtrump account. Although Leo says he did tweet from it earlier today. Like Obama, Trump uses his phone for news and social outreach.

Russians Crack Popular Encryption System

Episode 1354

Telegram

Telegram is an encryption system that many use to keep messages secure. The news is that Russians have cracked it, though. That could impact other apps like WhatsApp, but Open Whisper Systems says that WhatsApp, Signal, and even Facebook are still secure in encrypted mode. Leo also says that if you want to encrypt your email, PGP and GPG are still solid.

Read more at Mashable.com.