tlhIngan writes: US election day 2016, as the results were streaming in, the Immigration Canada website mysteriously went down, returning errors to visitors. It turns out that yes, a surge of visitors brought the website down. There were approximately 200,000 visitors when it went down, compared to an average of 17,000. Of those, half of those visitors were from the US, presumably looking up information on how to immigrate.
tlhIngan writes: It's no secret Apple's on a privacy bent as of late. But that extends inside of Apple as well with various internal groups fighting for access to user data and often being denied by Apple's privacy "czars" who ensure Apple doesn't collect information they don't have to, that information is used only the ways the user allows and to design the systems to keep user data separate. This has lead to many conflicts, especially for the Siri and iAd team who often cannot access user data they need. Of course, Apple can do this because unlike Google or Facebook or others, Apple makes money on the hardware and not on the sale of customer data.
tlhIngan writes: When moving from an iPhone to something else, if you were an avid user of iMessage, you may find your messages missing, especially from iOS-using firends. Indeed, it has been such a problem that there are even lawsuits about the problem. While Apple has maintained that users can always switch off iMessage, that only works if you still have your iOS device. Unless one also has other iOS devices or a Mac, they may not even realize their friends have been sending messages that are queued up on Apple's services via iMessage. Well, that problem has been resolved with Apple creating a deregistration utility to remove your phone number from the iMessage servers so friends will no longer send you texts via iMessage that you can no longer receive. It's a two-step process involving proof of number ownership (via regular SMS) before deregistration takes place.
tlhIngan writes: You, a security minded consumer, enable two-factor authentication on your important accounts (e.g., Google) to ensure that only you can log into it. Many two-factor systems rely on sending you a text when you log in to confirm your identity or to perform and confirm transactions. However, you may have overlooked security of your cellphone carrier — and Grant Blakeman found out the hard way when his Google account was hacked in order to steal his Instagram handle. Turns out hackers enabled call-forwarding on his cellphone (which redirects texts to that new number as well), enabling them to obtain the necessary passcode to log in. Hacker News has a bit more commentary.
tlhIngan writes: FinFisher, the German spyware installed by the government onto PCs for spying purposes has been leaked to Wikileaks which hosts copies of the server side packages (that collect data from targets) as well as copies of the malware that gets installed on target PCs.