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May 8, 2020
Ryan Gallagher / Bloomberg

Ryan Gallagher / Bloomberg  
Iran’s Charming Kitten APT Group Attempted to Steal Passwords From WHO Computers and Possibly Install Malware on WHO’s Systems

A spearphishing-led hacking attempt to steal passwords and possibly install malware on WHO computers began on May 3, one of a string of hacking incidents against the venerable health institution, sources say. The spearphishing emails contained malicious links, and some security experts have traced the emails to”Charming Kitten,” a hacking group in Iran believed to be sponsored by the government. Two messages reviewed by Bloomberg were designed to look like coronavirus newsletters from the British Broadcasting Corporation. In contrast, a third message was tailored to look like an interview request from the American Foreign Policy Council, a conservative think tank based in Washington. Ohad Zaidenberg, the lead cyber intelligence researcher at Clearsky Cyber Security, who reviewed the messages, concluded with high confidence that they were the work of Charming Kitten. The APT group began a new campaign in April of attempted hacks, sending emails about fake coronavirus research to researchers, journalists, and government officials. Earlier this week, cybersecurity agencies in the U.K. and U.S. issued a joint warning that state-sponsored hackers were “actively targeting organizations involved in both national and international Covid-19 responses.”

March 16, 2020
Shira Stein and Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg

Shira Stein and Jennifer Jacobs / Bloomberg  
U.S. Health and Human Services Department Was Target of Apparent DDoS Attack as It Grapples With Coronavirus Pandemic

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department suffered a cyber-attack, an apparent DDoS attack, on its computer system Sunday night during the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The attack appears to have been intended to slow the agency’s operations down but didn’t do so in any meaningful way, according to a source. A tweet issued by the National Security Council warning of a fake quarantine alert is somehow related to this cyberattack and the release of disinformation.

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AOL: U.S. health department hit by a cyberattack: Bloomberg
Tech Insider: Hackers just attacked a US health agency’s computer system in an attempt to slow down its COVID-19 response
MSSP Alert: Cyberattack Hits US Health Agency Amid Coronavirus Response Efforts
RT USA: US Health and Human Services faces cyber attack during coronavirus response — reports
Good Morning America: Cyberattack on HHS meant to slow coronavirus response, sources say
CNET: Hackers hit US health agency during coronavirus crisis
The Hill: Cybersecurity: Top US health agency suffers cyberattack: report
FOX News: Cyberattack hits Department of Health and Human Services, report says
Mashable: U.S. health agency attacked by hackers amid coronavirus outbreak
Washington Examiner: Health and Human Services hit with cyberattack
ABC News: U.S.: Cyberattack on HHS meant to slow coronavirus response, sources say
Channel News Asia: Cyberattack hits US health department amid coronavirus – Bloomberg
Mercury News: Coronavirus: Stocks plunge; Apple, Intel slump despite Fed’s rate cut
The Sun: Cyber attack to ‘slow US response to coronavirus’ took place overnight
Cyberscoop: HHS saw increase in network scanning in midst of COVID-19 outreach

@shiramstein: SCOOP: HHS suffered a cyber-attack last night during the nation’s response to #COVID?19. The attack appears to have been intended to slow the agency’s systems down, but didn’t do so in any meaningful way. From me and @JenniferJJacobs
@jenniferjjacobs: NEWS: The National Security Council’s tweet on Sunday night was related to HHS hacking and release of disinformation, per sources. The govt realized Sunday that there had been a cyber intrusion and false information was circulating. Story with @shiramstein https://bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-03-16/u-s-health-agency-suffers-cyber-attack-during-covid-9-response
@jenniferjjacobs: LATEST: U.S. officials have not yet confirmed who was behind the HHS hacking. The hack yesterday involved overloading the HHS servers with millions of hits over several hours, sources tell me and @shiramstein https://bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2020-03-16/u-s-health-agency-suffers-cyber-attack-during-covid-9-response
@josephfcox: - "The hack involved overloading the HHS servers with millions of hits over several hours." - "intended to slow the agency’s systems down, but didn’t do so in any meaningful way." So a failed DDoS. Meh.
@gregotto: VERY scant details from Bloomberg right now. Reading between the lines it looks like someone tried to DDOS @HHSGov last night -- and most importantly, it looks like the attempt failed
@WHNSC: Text message rumors of a national #quarantine are FAKE. There is no national lockdown. @CDCgov has and will continue to post the latest guidance on #COVID19. #coronavirus
@kevincollier: The Bloomberg HHS story seems really overblown by what they have so far. An unsuccessful DDoS attack isn't a major concern, is extremely difficult to attribute, and importantly isn't a "hack." Of note: neither of the bylines are from cyber reporters. Tread lightly w this one.
@kevincollier: Not every smidgen of suspicious internet activity is a hack, or newsworthy. We cyber reporters would have a lot more to do if it was. This is one of those times where news outlets should lean on the judgement on the experts they have in-house.
@ericgeller: Can't emphasize enough how important it is for newsrooms to vet these things with their in-house experts, i.e. their cybersecurity reporters.
@gregotto: Myself, @snlyngaas & @shanvav did some work on this -- sources tell us it was a failed DDOS attempt at best. Systems/website never went down


May 16, 2020
William Turton / Bloomberg

William Turton / Bloomberg  
Supercomputers Used for Conducting COVID-19 Research Were Hacked in Switzerland, Germany and the UK

Supercomputers in Switzerland, Germany, and the U.K used for COVID-19 research were hacked this week, according to several laboratories. Some of the computers remain offline following the attack. Several labs said that only the login portal to the supercomputers was affected, not the machinery that runs the computations. Among the labs that confirmed an attack are the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, the U.K. National Supercomputing Service named ARCHER, and the supercomputing center in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.

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June 3, 2020
Nico Grant / Bloomberg

Nico Grant / Bloomberg  
Zoom Won’t Give Higher Level of Encryption to Free Users Because It Wants to Work With Law Enforcement CEO Says

Zoom is rolling out end-to-end encrypted calls for its premium users but won’t give the greater security option to its free users because it wants to cooperate with law enforcement, company CEO Eric Yuan said during Zoom’s earnings call. “Free users for sure we don’t want to give that because we also want to work together with FBI, with local law enforcement in case some people use Zoom for a bad purpose,” Yuan said on the call. Alex Stamos, working as a security consultant with Zoom, said it wants to catch repeat offenders for hate speech or child exploitative content by not offering end-to-end encryption t0 free users.

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Engadget: Zoom explains why free users won’t get encrypted video calls
MSPoweruser: Zoom CEO confirms video calls by free users will not be encrypted to allow law enforcement easy access
Techradar: Free Zoom meetings won’t be getting this privacy feature any time soon
The Next Web: Zoom won’t encrypt free calls because it wants to comply with law enforcement
CNET: Zoom won’t add end-to-end encryption to free calls so it can keep aiding police
Techradar: Free Zoom meetings won’t be getting this privacy feature any time soon
WCCFtech: Zoom (NASDAQ: ZM) Collects Laurels From Wall Street on Q1 2021 Earnings With “the Largest Beat” in Software Sector for Over 20 Years, According to JP Morgan (NYSE: JPM)
HotHardware.com: Zoom End-To-End Encryption Sadly Isn’t Coming To Free Accounts, And Here’s Why
Gulf News Technology: Zoom earnings soar as video meets become COVID-19 pandemic norm
Verdict: Zoom revenue soars 169% in one year, fuelled by remote working surge
Pocketnow: Zoom won’t secure your video calls with end-to-end encryption, unless you pay
Android Authority: Zoom thinks law enforcement should get access to your calls (unless you pay)
City A.M. – Technology: Zoom revenue surges as video app cashes in on Covid-19
Computer Business Review: Zoom Wrestles Publicly with its Encryption Demons
WRAL Tech Wire: ‘Incredible’: Pandemic helps turn Zoom Video into a gold mine for investors
AndroidRookies: Zoom App earnings grow by 129% in coronavirus pandemic even as its security sucks
Input: Zoom won’t encrypt free calls so it can work with cops
Silicon Republic: Zoom reveals the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on its earnings
Daily Dot: Zoom says encryption will only be available to paid users to help the FBI
Business Insider: Zoom isn’t beefing up security for free users so that it’s better able to ‘work with law enforcement’ (ZM)
The Next Web: Zoom won’t encrypt free calls because it wants to comply with law enforcement
MobileSyrup.com: Zoom says free users’ calls won’t be encrypted to allow law enforcement to intercept
Slashdot: Zoom Won’t Encrypt Free Calls Because it Wants To Comply With Law Enforcement
MSPoweruser: Zoom CEO confirms video calls by free users will not be encrypted to allow law enforcement easy access
Tickle The Wire: Zoom Won’t Encrypt Free Calls So It Can Help FBI
Pocketnow: Zoom won’t secure your video calls with end-to-end encryption, unless you pay
Engadget: Zoom explains why free users won’t get encrypted video calls
Newsweek: Zoom Won’t Encrypt Free Calls So Police Can Access User Information and Track ‘Misuse’
TechCrunch: Zoom faces criticism for denying free users e2e encryption

@alexstamos: Nico, it's incorrect to say that free calls won't be encrypted and this turns out to be a really difficult balancing act between different kinds of harms. More details here:
@PeggyKTC: Zoom apparently won't be encrypting free calls. For free end-to-end encrypted video calling there's Google Duo, Facebook's WhatsApp, Apple's FaceTime (iOS/macOS only), Signal.
@kaepora: A thread in which Alex Stamos justifies @Zoom 's plan to not provide e2e encryption except to paying customers by calling it a "safety issue". His comments regarding "AES encryption" for free tier refer to fake encryption that won't survive MitM attacks. https://twitter.com/alexstamos/sta
@mmasnick: Long night for Alex, who says that when Zoom's CEO said this about encryption: "Free users for sure we don’t want to give that because we also want to work together with FBI, with local law enforcement in case some people use Zoom for a bad purpose,” he meant something different
@NicoAGrant: Zoom’s CEO says he won’t encrypt free calls so Zoom can work more with law enforcement: “Free users for sure we don’t want to give that because we also want to work together with FBI, with local law enforcement in case some people use Zoom for a bad purpose,” Yuan said. $ZM
@nixcraft: Zoom says they won't encrypt free calls so Zoom can work more with the FBI. https://bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-02/zoom-transforms-hype-into-huge-jump-in-sales-customers Well at least he is honest. Only paid customers will get encryption. Remember, Zoom is totally closed source. So you can't trust their encryption to begin with.


April 21, 2020
Helene Fouquet / Bloomberg

Helene Fouquet / Bloomberg  
France Says Apple’s Privacy Feature That Prevents Bluetooth From Continually Running in the Background Stands in the Way of Coronavirus Contact-Tracing

A privacy feature in Apple’s mobile operating system is standing in the way of government contact-tracing in France, and the French government is asking Apple to move it. Apple’s operating system prevents Coronavirus contact-tracing apps using its Bluetooth technology from continually running in the background if that data is going to be moved off of the device, a limit designed to protect users’ privacy. This feature is the feature that thwarts France use of the app, Digital Minister Cedric O said. France aims to deploy its app by May 11, which is when France wants to begin to lift restrictions on movement that were imposed in mid-March. France’s development of a contact tracing app is taking place against a backdrop of heated debate over the privacy of all the tracing apps emerging onto the scene, including the joint one devised by Apple and Google.

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Tweets:@kaepora @a_bacci

iTnews – Security: Rift opens over European coronavirus contact tracing apps
AndroidHeadlines.com: Here Is What You Need To Know About Contact Tracing
The New Daily: Contact tracing app could help combat coronavirus, but privacy fears remain
TechCrunch: Hundreds of academics back privacy-friendly coronavirus contact tracing apps
iMore: France claims Apple’s privacy policy is blocking its contact tracing app
MacRumors: France Wants Apple to Lift iPhone Bluetooth Restrictions for Deployment of Virus Tracking App
HealthITSecurity: ACLU, Scientists Urge Privacy Focus for COVID-19 Tracing Technology
FOX News: ACLU says Google-Apple coronavirus contact tracing effort poses ‘significant risk’ to privacy, civil liberties
TechCrunch: France’s Inria and Germany’s Fraunhofer detail their ROBERT contact-tracing protocol
Fortune: Controversy around privacy splits Europe’s push to build COVID-19 contact-tracing apps
NS Tech: PEPP-PT vs DP-3T: The coronavirus contact-tracing privacy debate kicks up another gear
Blog | Avast EN: What to Know About Government Contact Tracing Apps | Avast
The Mac Observer: Disagreement Over How to Proceed with European Coronavirus Contact Apps
Business Insider: Europe’s coronavirus-tracing apps risk an unprecedented increase in mass surveillance, experts warned
Databreachtoday : Contact-Tracing Apps Must Respect Privacy, Scientists Warn
AndroidHeadlines.com: Here Is What You Need To Know About Contact Tracing
The Register – Security: Europe publishes draft rules for coronavirus contact-tracing app development, on a relaxed schedule
iPhone Hacks: France Wants Apple to Remove Bluetooth Restrictions in iOS for Its Contact-Tracing App
ZDNet Security: France asks Apple to relax iPhone security for coronavirus tracking app development
Engadget : France asks Apple to lift Bluetooth limits to further its coronavirus tracker

@kaepora: Why are all of France's technical and cryptographic proposals surrounding COVID-19 and pandemic contact tracing in general so flat-footed? First ROBERT and now this. It's never been a more embarrassing time to be a France-educated cryptography researcher.
@a_bacci: France is calling for privacy safeguards to be dropped from apple's OS. This is not a good look for a government hoping to establish trust in its contact tracing app.


March 11, 2020
Jeran Wittenstein and Kartikay Mehrotra / Bloomberg

Jeran Wittenstein and Kartikay Mehrotra / Bloomberg  
Two Exabeam Employees Who Attended RSA Conference Test Positive for Coronavirus

Two cybersecurity company employees of the company Exabeam who attended an annual industry conference last month in San Francisco, have tested positive for the coronavirus, with one of the employees seriously ill with respiratory illness. One of the workers is a 45-year-old engineer who began experiencing symptoms when he returned home to Connecticut from California on Feb. 28 after attending the RSA cybersecurity conference. The individual is predisposed to pneumonia due to an underlying heart condition. Exabeam said it could not confirm whether the workers contracted COVID-19 before, at or after the conference, if you came into contact with our staff, please be vigilant in monitoring yourself for symptoms. This year’s RSA Conference was held Feb. 24 to Feb. 28 and drew 36,000 attendees from the cybersecurity community.

April 10, 2020
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg  
Apple and Google Form Rare Alliance to Partner on Opt-In COVID-19 Contact Tracing Technology That Will Be Managed by Public Health Authorities

Apple and Google unveiled a rare partnership to add opt-in contact tracing technology to their smartphone platforms that will alert users if they have come into contact with a person with COVID-19, a system has the potential to monitor about a third of the world’s population. The companies said the technology would be deployed in two steps: In mid-May, the companies will add the ability for iPhones and Android phones to wirelessly exchange anonymous information via apps run by public health authorities. The companies will also release frameworks for public health apps to manage functionality. The much longer-term second step entails both companies adding the technology directly into their operating systems so that the contact-tracing software works without having to download an app. The combination of both the massive data caches that both Google and Apple maintain on their users combined with the power of state and local governments has some public interest, privacy and security advocates concerned over privacy and surveillance abuses even if the technology can ultimately save lives.

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Financial Times Technology: Apple and Google join forces to develop contact-tracing apps
Daring Fireball: Draft Technical Documentation for Apple and Google’s Privacy-Preserving Contact Tracing
The Apple Post: Apple and Google partner on new coronavirus contact tracing technology
Android Central : Apple and Google announce partnership to help track COVID-19 infections
Tom’s Guide: Apple and Google teaming up to fight coronavirus with contact tracing
Cult of Mac: Apple and Google team up to build COVID-19 contact tracing apps
TIME: Apple, Google Announce COVID-19 Smartphone Contact Tracing in Rare Partnership
Fortune: Apple, Google bring coronavirus contact-tracing to 3 billion people
New on MIT Technology Review: Apple and Google are building coronavirus tracking into iOS and Android
iMore: Apple and Google announce partnership to help track COVID-19 infections
TechCrunch: Apple and Google are launching a joint COVID-19 tracing tool for iOS and Android
MacDailyNews: Apple and Google team on cross-platform COVID-19 contact tracing tool
Mercury News: Coronavirus: Apple, Google to work on contact tracing tech
WCCFtech: Apple and Google Partner to Launch a Joint COVID-19 Contact Tracing Framework
Pocket-lint: How Apple and Google plan to use your phone to track COVID-19
Axios: Apple, Google team up on coronavirus contact tracing
RT News: Apple and Google debut Bluetooth-based contact-tracing platform to combat Covid-19…and end privacy?
SlashGear: Apple and Google team up to use phones for coronavirus contact-tracing
Axios: Apple, Google team up on coronavirus contact tracing
iClarified: Apple and Google Announce Partnership to Build Contract Tracing Functionality Into iOS and Android
iPhone Hacks: Apple and Google Collaborating on Bringing COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Tech
Tom’s Guide: Apple and Google teaming up to fight coronavirus with contact tracing
The Next Web: Apple and Google team up to build a coronavirus tracking system
Gizmodo: Apple and Google Are Teaming Up to Build Coronavirus-Tracking Tech. Hold Your Applause.
Mashable: Google and Apple team up to support coronavirus contact tracing
MacRumors: Apple and Google Partner on Opt-In COVID-19 Contact Tracing Technology to Be Added to iPhone and Android Smartphones
WCCFtech: Apple and Google Partner to Launch a Joint COVID-19 Contact Tracing Framework
POLITICO: Apple, Google team up on big effort to trace coronavirus cases
Tech Insider: Apple and Google are teaming up to create a way for your smartphone to alert you if you’ve come into contact with someone infected with the coronavirus (AAPL, GOOG, GOOGL)
Apple: Apple and Google partner on COVID-19 contact tracing technology
Google: Contact Tracing (PDF)
Washington Post: Apple, Google debut major effort to help people track if they’ve come in contact with coronavirus
The Verge: Apple and Google are building a coronavirus tracking system into iOS and Android

@tim_cook: Contact tracing can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and can be done without compromising user privacy. We’re working with @sundarpichai & @Google to help health officials harness Bluetooth technology in a way that also respects transparency & consent.
@aslavitt: BREAKING: New infrastructure for contract tracing is coming to our phones using Bluetooth. Strong privacy protections— but I hope EVERYONE opts in for one another. This is time to pull together in new ways. Thank you to @Apple & @Google
@lukOlejnik: Cryptography specification of the Google-Apple contact-tracing API protocol is here (https://covid19-static.cdn-apple.com/applications/covid19/current/static/contact-tracing/pdf/ContactTracing-CryptographySpecification.pdf). #COVID?19
@RonDeibert ·: Important observations from @ashk4n on @Apple and @Google plans to roll-out contact tracing apps for #COVID19 . Down pointing backhand index
@ashk4n: BIG MOVE: @Apple and @Google are creating API's to permit health authorities implement 'Contact Tracing' apps that monitor Bluetooth signals and identify whether individuals have been in contact with someone that has been infected by #COVID19 https://washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/04/10/apple-google-tracking-coronavirus/ THREAD:
@natfriedman: Huge thanks to Apple and Google for building privacy-preserving contact tracing into iOS and Android. Tech is emerging as a pillar of civilization and a critical reservoir of competence.
@kurtopsahl: Apple and Google announced a joint Bluetooth based proximity API for contract tracing, to be used by approved apps. Later they will be building this functionality into the underlying iOS/Android platforms.
@lukOlejnik: Will integrate this with their operating systems? "in the coming months, Apple and Google will work to enable a broader Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform by building this functionality into the underlying platforms" #COVID?19
@jsnell: Apple has experience with something similar to contact tracing thanks to the new Find My system. Probably gave them a head start. Good to see Apple and Google doing this and emphasizing consent and privacy.
@fs0c131y : Contact tracing apps will not defeat the #Covid19... even with the support of Apple and Google... A contact tracing app is for sure a way to monitor a population, #PrivacyByDesign or not. Don’t give your privacy to your gov or the GAFA against something which is not even working
@Khanoisseur: Apple and Google are partnering on technology for smartphones that will alert users if they’ve come into contact with a person with Covid-19 (but could be useful later for HIV, Ebola and other diseases). People must opt in and “privacy advocates” may fight this.


April 27, 2020
Angus Whitley and Tracy Withers / Bloomberg

Angus Whitley and Tracy Withers / Bloomberg  
Two Million Australians Downloaded Coronavirus Contact Tracing App COVIDSafe on First Day

More than two million people in Australia have downloaded a coronavirus contact tracing app, the COVIDSafe app, designed to help trace coronavirus infections as parts of the country start to loosen restrictions on movement. The app records digital handshakes between smartphones via Bluetooth, and if someone catches the virus, health authorities can track who has been within 1.5 meters of the person for 15 minutes or more. Although authorities in Australia say that only health officials will use the app, the potential long-term persistence of this and other contract tracing apps raise a host of privacy and security issues.

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April 25, 2020
Russell Brandom / The Verge

Russell Brandom / The Verge  
Apple and Google Reveal Enhanced Privacy Practices for Coronavirus Contact Tracing App, Say It Will Be Disbanded Once Virus is Contained

Apple and Google released a set of FAQs regarding their ambitious joint coronavirus contact tracing app and outlined some of their privacy practices and pledged for the first time to disband their effort after the virus becomes contained. Under a new encryption specification, daily tracing keys will now be randomly generated rather than mathematically derived from a user’s private key and will be called temporary tracing keys. More importantly, the daily tracing key is shared with the central database if a user decides to report their positive diagnosis. The companies also developed a new system for encrypting Bluetooth transmissions such that they cannot be decoded in transit. Finally, the companies will no longer call their effort contact-tracing system but instead refer to it as an “exposure notification” system.

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CNET News: Apple and Google’s coronavirus tracking tool: How privacy fits in – CNET
Engadget: Google and Apple detail privacy measures ahead of coronavirus tracking tests
AppleInsider: Apple and Google evolve Exposure Notification to boost privacy, enhance encryption
UPI.com: Joint Apple-Google coronavirus tracker gets improved technology
CNBC Technology: Apple and Google are tweaking plans for tech to help officials track coronavirus exposure
Bloomberg Technology: Apple, Google Boost Privacy Protections for Contact-Tracing Tool – Bloomberg
SlashGear: Apple and Google change coronavirus contact tracing after privacy pushback
TechCrunch: Apple and Google update joint coronavirus tracing tech to improve user privacy and developer flexibility
Android Authority: Google and Apple announce new contact tracing name and security measures
Reuters: Apple, Google update coronavirus contact tracing tech ahead of launch
Axios: Apple, Google tweak contact tracing specs as launch nears
FOX News: Apple and Google will shut down coronavirus tracing app when pandemic ends, companies say
VentureBeat: Apple and Google build more privacy and flexibility into Bluetooth contact tracing tech
Tech Insider: Google and Apple are adding some key privacy boosts to their upcoming coronavirus-tracking tool, and say they’ll shut it down once the pandemic is over (APPL, GOOG, GOOGL)
iMore: Apple and Google will disable COVID-19 tracing when pandemic ends
HealthITSecurity: ACLU, Scientists Urge Privacy Focus for COVID-19 Tracing Technology
HotHardware.com: Apple And Google Clarify COVID-19 Contact Tracing Pact Following Privacy Uproar
Trusted Reviews: Can privacy survive coronavirus? Apple and Google detail contract tracing plans
MobileSyrup.com: Apple, Google update exposure notification APIs with new protections and capabilities
ExtremeTech: Apple, Google Announce Privacy Changes to Coronavirus Tracing
Bloomberg Technology: Apple, Google Boost Privacy Protections for Contact-Tracing Tool – Bloomberg
BBC News: Apple and Google accelerate coronavirus contact tracing apps plan
PhoneArena: Apple and Google make changes to their contact tracing solution to address privacy concerns
Security News | Tech Times: Apple, Google to Terminate COVID-19 Tracking Tools When Pandemic Ends, But Here’s The Catch
iPhone Hacks: Apple, Google Introduce Privacy and Accuracy Related Changes to Upcoming COVID-19 Exposure Notification App
MacRumors: Apple and Google Strengthen Privacy of COVID-19 Exposure Notification System, Targeting Next Week for Beta Release
Slashdot: Apple and Google Pledge To Shut Down Coronavirus Tracker When Pandemic Ends
Vox: Could contact tracing bring the US out of lockdown?
TechTarget: NHSX reveals full details of UK Covid-19 contact-tracing strategy
The New Stack: Safe Paths: MIT Coronavirus Contact-Tracing App Protects User Privacy
Cult of Mac: Apple and Google enhance protection for contact-tracing tool; target beta for next week
Vox: Apple and Google’s new contact tracing tool is almost ready. Just don’t call it a contact tracing tool.
Apple-Google: Exposure Notification Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

@markgurman: Apple and Google are upping the privacy protections of its Covid-19 Contact Tracing tool (now called Exposure Notification) — adding more randomly generated keys, Bluetooth metadata encryption, exposure recording limit of 30 minutes. It’s also launching in beta next week.
@stshank: Apple and Google have updated their coronavirus contact tracing technology to try to address privacy concerns (and to make it easier for health authorities to write apps): https://cnet.com/news/google-apple-adjust-coronavirus-tracking-app-to-get-ahead-of-privacy-concerns/ from @iansherr


May 10, 2020
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg

Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg  
Blockchain Advisory Firm Founder Seeks $71 Million From Westchester County Teen Hacker Who Led Crew of ‘Evil Computer Geniuses’ in $24 Million Theft

A teen hacker, Ellis Pinksy, and his crew of “evil computer geniuses” in Westchester County, New York, are accused of stealing $24 million in cryptocurrency from blockchain advisory firm founder Michael Terpin as part of a sophisticated crime spree. Terpin filed suit against Pinsky, now 18 but only 15 when he allegedly committed the theft, seeking $71 million under a federal racketeering law that allows for triple damages. Pinsky has boasted to friends that, starting at age 13, he stole more than $100 million worth of cryptocurrency, hundreds of thousands of dollars of which has been converted into cash stored in his bedroom, the lawsuit alleges. Terpin has already won a $75.8 million default judgment against one of Pinsky’s crew members, Nicholas Truglia, last year in California state court.