Target won't move forward with Target Fetch, a service that would have used Bluetooth-connected household goods to monitor and reorder your toilet paper, paper towels and hand soap.The company announced the decision Aug. 31 in a message to people who pre-ordered the service through its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Backers will receive a refund.Target launched the Indiegogo campaign for Target Fetch on May 1. At the time, the company wanted to gather 250 beta testers to try the service. Target Fetch would have included a toilet spindle (the springy thing that holds the roll), paper towel holder and soap pump that are all Bluetooth-enabled and equipped with sensors. The sensors in each product would have kept track of how much of each item you use, and the app would have sent you an alert when you were about to run out. Target Fetch would then order and ship your supplies. "We're always testing and piloting new products and services for our guests as we work to meet their needs … [Read more...] about Target halts smart product line that would have ordered refills for you
The phone monitoring app mSpy leaked information from its users -- and from the phones running its software -- on an open database, according to a report from cybersecurity expert and journalist Brian Krebs.That means both the customers and the targets of the spy software had their data exposed.The leaked data included the usernames and login credentials of the company's customers, as well as the iCloud account information and WhatsApp and Facebook messages of the phones that mSpy software was monitoring. Krebs said the database was no longer available 12 hours before he published his report Tuesday, after he notified the company of the problem.The company bills itself as the "ultimate monitoring software for parental control." MSpy didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.Beyond the data directly exposed in the database, the user login information could have let anyone log in to customer accounts and see all the data available from phones being monitored by mSpy software, … [Read more...] about Spy app for parents leaked messages from targets’ phones, report says
Though it’s still 107 million miles from its target, the New Horizons spacecraft has caught a first glimpse of Ultima Thule, a mysterious Kuiper Belt object. With Pluto now firmly in its rearview mirror, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is steadily chugging towards Ultima Thule, a Kuiper Belt object located, on average, about 44 AU from the Sun (one AU is the average distance of the Earth to the Sun). By comparison, Pluto’s orbit is around 33.63 AU. On August 16, and at a distance of 107 million miles from Ultima Thule, New Horizons used its telescopic Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) to snap four dozen images. The data was transmitted back to Earth, where NASA scientists, to their delight, managed to create a composite image and discern the dim object from all the background noise produced by stars. Happily, the location of Ultimate Thule, or (486958) 2014 MU69 as it’s officially known, was exactly where NASA scientists had predicted. That means New … [Read more...] about NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Captures Its First Photo of Ultima Thule, Its Next Target
Threat actors from Iran have been targeting universities and educational institutions across 14 countries in a bid to steal intellectual property. More security news Google sued for tracking you, even when 'location history' is off Microsoft: We've just messed up Russian plans to attack US 2018 midterm elections Gmail now lets you send self-destructing 'confidential mode' emails from your phone 'Hacky hack hack': Teen arrested for breaking into Apple's network The Secureworks Counter Threat Unit (CTU) said on Friday that the campaign is likely the work of who they call Cobalt Dickens, an Iranian advanced persistent threat (APT) group.The researchers have connected Cobalt Dickens to the Iranian government and in March nine apparent members of the group were indicted for conducting a series of attacks on universities and companies on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).The Mabna Institute, working as part of Cobalt Dickens, … [Read more...] about Iranian hackers target 70 universities worldwide to steal research
When the Patriot Prayer group and the Proud Boys—two groups identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as hate groups with white nationalist leanings—decided to rally in Portland, Ore., on Aug. 4, counter-protesters made plans to have a presence there as well. From a First Amendment standpoint, both groups had a constitutional right to be there. Police showed up—ostensibly to keep order—but by many first-hand accounts, when it came time for police to flex their muscles, they seemed to target the counter-protesters while simultaneously protecting the Patriot Prayer and Proud Boy members. Similarly at “Charlottesville 2.0” on Aug. 12, some have suggested that police seemed to go out of their way to ensure that white nationalist groups were provided with special transport and protection on a day when many more people showed up to demonstrate against them. Again, there have been accusations that police appeared to target counter-protesters when … [Read more...] about Do Police Shield White Nationalists While Targeting Counter-Protesters?