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AccuWeather Caught Sending User Location Data, Even When Location Sharing Is Off

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Zack Whittaker, reporting for ZDNet:

Popular weather app AccuWeather has been caught sending geolocation data to a third-party data monetization firm, even when the user has switched off location sharing. […]

Security researcher Will Strafach intercepted the traffic from an iPhone running the latest version of AccuWeather and its servers and found that even when the app didn’t have permission to access the device’s precise location, the app would send the Wi-Fi router name and its unique MAC address to the servers of data monetization firm Reveal Mobile every few hours. That data can be correlated with public data to reveal an approximate location of a user’s device.

We independently verified the findings, and were able to geolocate an AccuWeather-running iPhone in our New York office within just a few meters, using nothing more than the Wi-Fi router’s MAC address and public data.

In other words, if you deny AccuWeather permission to use the Location Services APIs on you iPhone, they’ll go around your back and send your Wi-Fi router name and the router’s MAC address to these shitbirds at Reveal Mobile, and they maintain a database that maps Wi-Fi routers to locations.

To me this is a one strike and you’re out situation. Apple should remove this version of the AccuWeather app from the App Store, and any of you reading this who have it installed should delete it from your devices and never re-install it. How can you trust them? There are plenty of excellent weather apps in the App Store that would never blatantly abuse your privacy like this. Off the top of my head: Dark Sky, Weather Line, and Carrot, to name just three. Also, the built-in Weather app that comes with iOS is really good and has gotten a lot better in the last few years.

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MotherHydra
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I'm currently loving Hello Weather.
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CrashPlan Discontinues Consumer Backups

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Code42 Software has announced it’s discontinuing the CrashPlan for Home backup service, and will focus exclusively on the business and education markets in the future. Joe Kissell explains why he’s angry about this news and now hesitates to recommend CrashPlan even to businesses.

 

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MotherHydra
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Who is using CrashPlan, I've never seen it in the enterprise or SOHO markets.
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peelman
1 day ago
My old employer resells it as a service to local companies. It sucked. A lot.
Technicalleigh
1 day ago
I do, though I'd already been planning to move away from it once my subscription runs out.
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VMware debuts VMware Fusion 10 versions for tech pros and end users

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VMware has announced new versions of VMware Fusion solutions that provide Windows virtualization on Mac. 

VMware Fusion 10 Pro, designed for technical professionals that want to build, test and demonstrate Mac, Windows and Linux applications on a Mac, will include advanced capabilities that continue to evolve the solution to support technical professionals and developers, according to Dave Grant, vice president, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware. VMware Fusion 10 designed for personal use, will offer Touch Bar support, enhanced GPU and 3D graphics performance, and an updated user interface (UI) to leverage the latest innovations in Mac, he adds.  

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It enables multi-operating system development, multi-operating system testing, and integration into DevOps/agile development workflows. Fusion enables IT professionals and developers to run virtual machines that are compatible with corporate data centers from a Mac to perform tasks such as data center design and testing, data center management, network design and testing, and application development and testing.

Support for REST APIs will offer a new interface for managing virtual machines (VMs) remotely and programmatically. This will enable developers and enterprises to integrate Fusion into a modern development and testing pipeline by performing VM operations including VM inventory management, VM power management, cloning, networking, configuration, and IP and MAC address gathering, among others. Grant says that aevelopers will also benefit from integration with VMware PhotonOS that will support the most common container formats, runtime engines and scheduling frameworks for seamless migration of containers-based applications from development to production.

Support for Microsoft's new Virtualization Based Security features, such as Credential Guard for Windows 10 virtual machines, unified extensible firmware interface (UEFI) Secure Boot, and a virtual Trusted Platform Module will add to existing security features in Fusion 10 Pro. Enhanced networking controls will enable management of network address translation (NAT) rules, network packet loss and latency simulation, and renaming of VM networks for better organization, says Grant. 

VMware Fusion 10, a streamlined version of VMware Fusion 10 Pro, will offer integration with Windows and Linux applications for a native Mac application experience. Advancements will include improved graphics performance and accuracy with Apple Metal technology, Touch Bar support, and support for the latest versions of Windows 10.

VMware Fusion 10 Pro and VMware Fusion 10 are expected to be available in October for $159 and $79 respectively. VMware Fusion 10 Pro will also be available through VMware partners and distributors.

Customers who purchase Fusion 8.5 or Fusion 8.5 Pro between Aug. 22, 2017, and Nov. 1, 2017, will be eligible for an electronic upgrade to Fusion 10 or Fusion 10 Pro, respectively, at no additional cost. Fusion 8.5 customers will be able to upgrade to Fusion 10 Pro for only $119 and to Fusion 10 for $49 at the VMware online store or download a free trial.



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Android 8.0 Oreo

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I get it, Oreos are famous. But if you like Oreos you should try Newman-O’s, which are way way better. Newman-O’s are the cookies Oreos pretend to be.

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MotherHydra
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Agree, Oreos are well-known but far from the best sandwich cookie. Wether that particular cookie is a Newman-O is most debatable.
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Technicalleigh
1 day ago
Hydrox fan, perhaps? :)
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Wireshark’s new tool – Transum (by Tony Fortunato)

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I’ve been playing around with TRASUM for a year or so and got excited when it was announced that it is now included with the current Wireshark build. No more downloading, putting the files in the correct folder, etc..

Transum is a pretty helpful addon since it provides protocol various statistics in your trace file.

In the video below I provide a quick rundown of how to enable it, configure and use it. Once you get playing with it, you will see its immediate benefit.

Here’s the two links I reference in the video to make life a bit easier for you.

Transum Tribelab link:

https://community.tribelab.com/course/view.php?id=9

Sharkfest presentation:

https://sharkfest.wireshark.org/assets/presentations15/33.pdf

 

 

Continue reading other LoveMyTool posts by Tony Fortunato »

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MotherHydra
3 days ago
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DROOL!
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The Times Discovers Bubble Tea Many Years Too Late

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And lots of people are noticing

Once again, the New York Times is on it. The business section has discovered bubble tea, or as they are trying to call the boba at the bottom, “blobs.” In a story originally titled, “The Blobs in Your Tea? They’re Supposed to Be There,” the newspaper of record tries to build a case for boba finally hitting it big in the United States.

The title has since been changed to “Bubble Tea, Long a Niche Favorite, Goes Mainstream in the U.S.,” but that premise is not quite accurate, either: As many are pointing out on Twitter, the Taiwanese drink long ago hit remote corners of this country.

Chains like Lollicup, Vivi, Gong Cha, and Kung Fu, CoCo, and Ten Ren have been opening branches from Missouri to Connecticut for years. Here in New York, hundreds of bubble tea shops dot the five boroughs, with companies like Boba Guys putting a trendier spin on the drink, serving it in Mason jars with organic ingredients as of late.

Someone at the food section must be seeing red, since the story reads as though the business team did not consult the dining experts. In December, the dining section published a food trend story with the title, “Bubble Tea? So 2002. A Sampling of Food-Trend Predictions,” yet six months later, the business section is treating the drink like it’s a foreign object.

Then there are the subtly ignorant parts to the story, like calling this Asian drink “exotic” and “curious” when it has been in the country and beyond for upwards of 30 years.

Bubble tea was also a hot topic recently when an Insider story questioned the health aspects of the drink. Vice responded with an op-ed telling white people to stop demonizing an Asian drink.

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MotherHydra
4 days ago
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Just wow.
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cinebot
6 days ago
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LOL
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